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Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new Community Hiring economic justice plan that includes a Project Labor Agreement obligating unions to hire workers from low income neighborhoods and create more opportunities for minorities and women.

He is also launching a campaign to push legislation in Albany that will allow the city to use its own purchasing power to direct contractors to hire low-income New Yorkers.

Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director at ALIGN, added, “The Covid-19 pandemic not only revealed our city’s vulnerability in the face of a crisis, but it also demonstrated how inaction around solving economic disparities in our city could jeopardize our collective future. A plan to ensure that low-income communities of color have access to career union jobs during the current economic crisis is a step in the right direction.”

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