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Small Business

& Workers Rights

Our quality of life requires our local businesses and street vendors to have the resources and government support they need. Our small businesses are the providers that play a vital role in our community within our neighborhoods. From memories to employment, these businesses provide more for our city that can not be replaced by big box stores and overly commercialized entities. Both Union and non-workers make New York City the amazing city that it is. We cannot function until our small businesses can operate.

Shaeleigh's Plan

  • Support hazard pay to be given to ALL frontline workers.

  • Support the Small Business Job Survival Act that is currently proposed in committee, in order to ensure protections for small businesses

  • Support the implementation of a commercial rent control program for small business and union supporting businesses to ensure long term survival.

  • Committed to meetings with union representatives before the introduction and creation of bills made to properly protect and advocate for all our city workers.

  • Support the adoption of a 55/25 city retirement system 

  • Support legislation that increases protections and opens legal channels for unions forced to work without collective bargaining agreements

Shaeleigh's Vision

Small Business and Utility Bill Recovery

Recovery has to include the support of these small businesses that stands tall in the city that never sleeps.

 

  • Severino for City Council will support the Small Business Job Survival Act that is currently proposed in committee, in order to ensure protections for small businesses regarding limits to security deposits and protection against landlord retaliation. 

  • Severino for City Council supports the implementation of a commercial rent control program for small business and union supporting businesses to ensure long term survival.

  • Severino for City Council will take measures to create a City-wide long-term recovery fund and emergency protections for utilities during states of emergencies that include biological and natural disasters. 

  • Severino for City Council will call for the creation of legislation to impel utility companies to defer payments on customers and small businesses during city order shutdowns and/or natural disasters.

Unions

Throughout the history of this city, it was the unions that fought on the side of justice to protect and often fight for the rights we all deserve. Whether it was shorter work hours, safer conditions, or fighting for inclusion, it was the courage and strength of the unions to risk themselves night and day to build our city up. We must recognize those that uphold these values and put New Yorkers first. We must ensure now more than ever that working conditions stay safe for all, that health and safety are maintained, and that unions continue to thrive into this century and the next. (See Higher ed as well)

 

  • The Office of Severino for City Council will commit to meetings with union representatives before the introduction and creation of bills made to properly protect and advocate for all our city workers.

  • Severino for City Council supports programs allowing for Union representation/trades to be in school career offices, while also changing the DOE school rating system to include college AND trade school admissions in an evaluation of a given school. 

  • Severino for City Council calls for stricter mandates for training and safety to be provided by the developers or employers. 

  • Severino for City Council supports the unionization of services like rideshare in the city of NYC. 

  • Severino for City Council supports that all city contractors should be required to agree to be neutral towards worker organizing.

  • Severino for City Council supports changes to land use laws to ensure there are impact analysis and public input into commerce distribution center expansion. 

  • Severino for City Council will work to support legislation that increases protections and opens legal channels for unions forced to work without collective bargaining agreements. 

  • Severino for City Council supports hazard pay to be given to ALL frontline workers. 

  • Severino for City Council supports a Resolution to the State Legislature repay the UFT for the financial debt of $1.1 billion dollars owed in order to fully fund the Department of Education.

  • Severino for City Council calls for the expansion of union contracts for city projects within the community over big business and private developers. 

  • Severino for City Council will support Intro 946-A that would prohibit on-call scheduling for utility workers and require advance notice of work schedules.

City Employee Retirement System  

The current standard for retirement for city employees has been set to age 62 to receive full benefits or as early as 55 after completing 30 years of employment. In the past, this has been acceptable, however, since COVID-19 it has become clear that more and more New Yorkers are one accident or one repair away from financial collapse. The city functions because of its city employees who keep all aspects, from education to transportation, toll workers to maintenance and facilities, in order. It is time we create a standardized retirement system of 55/25. 

 

  • Severino for City Council will adapt the current Department of Education concept of earliest retirement being 55 years of age and completing 25 years of employment. This system will be extended to all city employees regardless of tiers to allow for full collection retirement benefits.

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