Stuart Appelbaum

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men. - Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux

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Economic inequality is making us sick

Economic inequality has an even higher cost than many people realize.

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Car wash worker campaign continues to change lives

Earlier this year, 50 workers at SLS Car Wash in Brooklyn, New York, overwhelmingly voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

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New York’s workers deserve dignity and an immediate raise

There is dignity in all honest work and all workers deserve to be treated with respect.

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Grocery Worker Retention Act provides security in supermarket industry

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Grocery Worker Retention Act into law.

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Workers in retail need $15 an hour to survive

Nicole Brown, a 32-year-old single mother working in retail, shared her story at a press conference in Albany, N.Y., this month.

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All New Yorkers need a raise

New York’s low-wage workers are facing another difficult holiday season. They know it will be a struggle to just pay the bills and put food on the table, before even considering what it will take to buy gifts for their families.

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Fifteen dollars per hour sets precedent

If $8.75 isn’t enough for fast-food workers, it isn’t enough for retail workers or any of the other hardworking New Yorkers who still find themselves in poverty.

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New law brings order and oversight to car-wash industry

New York City’s car wash industry has long operated as if it has been doing business in the Wild West, with a history of wage and hour violations and exploiting workers.

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We need better pay for all low-wage workers

We are pleased that a state wage board has been called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to examine the impact of low pay in the fast-food industry.

Car wash workers win strike, sending a powerful message

After four months on the picket lines that spanned a brutally cold winter and a difficult holiday season, “carwasheros” at Vegas Auto Spa in Brooklyn, N.Y., have won their strike and ratified a landmark contract agreement that includes wage hikes, strong worker protections and a $1,500-per-person signing bonus.

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