Community-based organizations, unions, faith-based institutions, elected officials and individual supporters work together in the RAP Community Coalition to advocate for better employment opportunities in retail and hold individual retailers accountable for unjust treatment of workers.
Unemployment and access to decent jobs are issues that affect low-income communities throughout the city. Retail is one of the largest, fastest growing industries in New York City. Yet, employment opportunities in the retail industry do not meet the basic economic needs of workers and their families. Wages and benefits of NYC retail workers are so meager that taxpayers spend over $1 billion annually to prove the health insurance, rent subsidies,child care, food stamps and other assistance they and their families need to survive.
Please see videos with workers here.