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New Yorkers for a Fair Economy

Workers, small businesses, and community members uniting to put power in the hands of our communities.

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The Crisis:

Power is in the hands of too few corporations and our communities are being left behind. The rapidly growing power of big corporations such as Amazon, Walmart, Facebook, Apple, and Google over our economy and government is coming at the expense of our workers, small businesses, and the environment. Workers are suffering under low pay and dangerous work conditions while abusive corporations are making record profits. Small businesses are being overrun by abusive corporations. Of the most impacted, Black and brown New Yorkers bear the brunt of corporate control over our communities. When big tech corporations bully their way into neighborhoods with generous tax deals, rents skyrocket, leaving tenants and small businesses vulnerable. 

The Movement:

New Yorkers for a Fair Economy (NYFE) is a coalition of labor organizations, small businesses, and immigrant and community organizations uniting to safeguard our communities from abusive practices of big corporations and achieve an economy that works for all New Yorkers. This coalition includes the frontline workers who care and provide for our communities, the small businesses that provide essential services that we need,  the community organizations that protect the environment and the dignity of Black, brown, immigrant and gender-oppressed communities that make up our diverse state. 

Are you a worker, small business owner, or community member that wants to hold corporations accountable for abusive practices? Join our network of corporate accountability activists here.

What we are fighting for

  • Building local power. Our fight is about making sure that the power is in the hands of many, and not the few. We will not let our corporations decide how our economy and government will function. It should be up to workers, small businesses, and community members that should have a stake in our neighborhoods. 
  • Holding abusive corporations accountable.  We believe that our communities don’t have to sacrifice our right to build a thriving small business, live in healthy, sustainable neighborhoods, and work in fair and safe working conditions just to use the services of Amazon, Google, and Facebook.
  • Creating a movement where workers and small businesses stand together against big business. We will build vibrant communities that live in solidarity, where workers and small businesses can thrive together in dignity. Our solutions center on the livelihood of the working people that make up the heart and soul of our communities.

First Stop: Passing the 21st Century Antitrust Act (s933/a1812)

We are uniting to fight for the 21st Century Antitrust Act, which will shift the dominant power of big corporations back to the hands of workers, small businesses, and communities. Our current antitrust laws, or laws used to regulate abusive corporations, are outdated and inadequate. Corporate power grows while communities suffer, with no laws holding them accountable. This groundbreaking legislation will shift the power of big corporations back to the hands of workers, small businesses, and communities. The 21st Century Antitrust Act will:

  • Make it illegal for  corporations to use market power to harm their competitors, customers and workers.
  • Ensure that our communities have fair wages, strong benefits, and safe working conditions. 
  • Gives workers more choice to seek out employment with better wages and work conditions.
  • Provide clear measurable criteria to assess a corporation’s dominance over a community
  • Ensure that small businesses will thrive and have a chance to compete.  
  • Provide lower prices and better products for consumers.
  • Help empower communities to fight back against corporate abuses

Endorsers

ALIGN 

New York Communities for Change 

Make the Road New York 

Teamsters Joint Council 16 

American Economic Liberties Project 

Family Farm Action 

STOP 

Fight Corporate Monopolies 

Future of Music Coalition 

Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition 

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Small Business Rising

Main Street Alliance 

Public Citizen 

People’s Parity Project 

Tompkins County Workers’ Center 

National Employment Law Project 

DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving 

United Auto Workers Region 9A 

American Booksellers Association 

Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association 

North American Hardware and Paint Association 

Westchester Independent Business Alliance

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

Retail Action Project

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

Tech Workers Coalition

Strong Economy for All

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Music Workers Alliance

Boening/Oak

NY State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

LGBQ Chamber of Commerce

National Association of Latino State Chambers of Commerce

Save My Mom and Pop Business Coalition

NY NJ Regional Joint Board, Workers United/SEIU

CWA District 1

Athena Coalition

Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)

Open Markets Institute

Center for Popular Democracy

Jobs with Justice

Mobilization for Justice

United for Respect

Teamsters Local 210

Teamsters Local 808

Teamsters Local 812

Teamsters Local 456

Teamsters Local 804

Teamsters Local 533

Teamsters Local 445

SEIU 32BJ

Towards Justice

Empire State Indivisible

Teamsters Local 813

Alliance for Quality Education

Restaurant Opportunities Center – New York

Professional Staff Congress, AFT Local 2334

Public Rights Project

VOCAL-NY

Jobs to Move America

Citizen Action of New York

Community Voices Heard

Laundry Workers Center

Tech Oversight Project

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)

UAW Local 2325

UAW Local 2320

UAW Local 2110

UAW Local 7902

UAW Local 4100

UAW Local 259