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Camille Rivera
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Camille Rivera is the Executive Director of UnitedNY, which has been instrumental in uniting the various campaigns of low-wage workers to improve wages and working conditions in New York, including fast food, car wash, airport and supermarket workers. In addition to supporting low-wage worker campaigns, the group is active in pushing for job creation and economic justice in the New York metropolitan area. UnitedNY has organized various events to highlight the rights and power of workers and working-class people over wealthy corporations and special interests, such as the April 17, 2012 Day of Action to Reclaim Tax Day for the 99-percent, the July 24, 2012 Low-Wage Worker Day of Action, and a February 2013 Symposium on Low-Wage Worker Organizing. UnitedNY was an active member in coalitions that successfully saved the millionaires' tax and increased the minimum wage in New York, and is involved in the legislative campaign to allow localities throughout New York to set their own minimum wages, as already exists in California.

A Bronx native, Ms. Rivera is a graduate of Queens College. She is a former Community Organizer with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and a former Deputy Political Director with SEIU 32BJ. Ms. Rivera is also a leader in the Working Families Party.

Entries by Camille Rivera

Political Power to the People

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Everybody talks about giving power to the people, but recent events in Albany give us hope that will truly happen in the coming months and beyond.

On May 31, a great and historic coalition of workers, labor organizations and community groups like the

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Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Communities across the country are coming out to support the rights of workers -- their neighbors, and with good reason.

As corporations reap record profits in the billions of dollars, everyday Americans are recognizing the injustices in workers being paid poverty wages and denied their right to organize while executives...

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Eva Moskowitz's Shameful Misuse of Civil Rights

(107) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Just when you think you've seen everything, something comes along that knocks you off your feet.

Just a week after charter school queen Eva Moskowitz invaded the capital -- flanked by thousands of parents, children and teachers she practically required to attend from her 22 schools that...

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It's Time to Raise the Wage

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:20 PM

We're on a roll. In the last few weeks, those of us fighting to get economic justice for low-paid workers and for raising the minimum wage have scored some big wins.

The battle has been going on for some time, but it really got a boost on Martin Luther King...

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Workers Are Going to Win Justice

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 2:58 PM

For more than two and a half years, contracted airport workers at major New York-area airports -- JFK, La Guardia and Newark -- have been fighting for wage increases, benefits and paid sick days and holidays.

They have held demonstrations, presented petitions to the Port...

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Why Airport Workers Must Have MLK Day as a Paid Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:08 AM

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while in Memphis fighting on behalf of striking sanitation workers. Every year, we pause on his birthday to remember his heartfelt courage and honor his boundless legacy. Millions of Americans have the day off as a paid...

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A New Day, New York

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Nearly a month ago, a new day dawned in New York politics. After 20 years of Bloomberg and Giuliani, and city administrations that worked mostly for the mega-rich and for big business, a super-majority of New Yorkers voted for a government that stands up for working...

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Our Airports Shouldn't Be the Home of Low Road Employers

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Juan Chapman and his wife and their teenage daughter live on the $8 an hour he earns as a security officer for Aviation Safeguard at LaGuardia Airport. His pay comes to less than $300 a week, with no sick days or health benefits. "We avoid eating out as much as...

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Class Warfare

(8) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 1:32 PM

As an eyewitness to the growing gap in income inequality in New York City, I can't say I was shocked to hear Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Joe Lhota accuse Bill de Blasio of waging a mayoral campaign built on class warfare. I was surprised he was...

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Bad Banks

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Those of us who work with low-wage workers have had a busy -- and satisfying -- summer.

We have supported fast food workers who took the brave step of organizing strikes in New York and across the country with the simple demand of raising workers' poverty level...

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Justice Prevails, Racial Profiling Must End

(48) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 3:11 PM

As a person of color who has lived in mostly Latino and black communities all my life, the sight of young men of color being routinely stopped by police on the streets is a fact of daily life. I was even stopped once when I was a teenager walking home...

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Why the Strike Is Back

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 9:29 PM

It's been hard to escape news of strikes this year. Fast food strikes are spreading -- again -- through the country this week. Walmart workers launched strikes recently and the high-profile public transit strike in San Francisco showed that strikes are back.

Here in...

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Standing Up for Low Wage Workers

(18) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 3:06 PM

It has been amazing to witness the fast food-worker strikes that have swept the country in the past few months. It started in New York in late November with a one-day strike against fast-food chains like McDonald's and Wendy's and has spread to St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and...

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The Chained CPI: A Bad Deal for Our Seniors and Veterans

(13) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:30 PM

President Obama was absolutely right when he proclaimed in his inaugural address, "we must reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future."

But I strongly disagree with parts of his proposed budget that...

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A Bad Deal for New York's Low-Wage Workers

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 10:24 PM

By their nature, compromise agreements don't make everybody happy, but the new minimum wage deal that cleared the State Legislature is a particularly lousy compromise.

While it will definitely help some workers in the short-term, it will leave taxpayers subsidizing age discrimination and create a new "maximum wage"...

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March 1st Has Come and Gone - Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 12:24 PM

Well, the March 1 deadline for the so-called sequestration has come and gone and we are still standing.

But don't fool yourself, while much of the pain may not be immediate, it will soon take a horrible toll on all of us -- unless you...

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Uniting to Improve Wages and Conditions for Workers

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:27 AM

In March of 1968 -- just three weeks before he was assassinated -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared in a speech that one of the great lessons of the civil rights struggle was that it was not just about integration -- but also about economic justice.

"We know now...

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It's Time to 'Flip the Debt'

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Reports that the economy shrunk in the last three months of 2012 -- largely due to so-called austerity measures -- is not only bad news for the country: It could be terrible news for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who depend on the social safety net...

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Increasing and Indexing the Minimum Wage: Taking a Real Stand for Workers' Rights

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 9:29 AM

January has been a good-news, bad-news month as far as low-wage workers go.

The good news: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75.

The bad news: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the minimum wage to only $8.75.

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Low-Wage Workers: Stand Up, Fight Back!

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 4:29 PM

On July 24, thousands of low-wage workers across the city came together to call for better pay, good working conditions and dignity and respect on the job.

They came from a variety of industries -- car washes, airport security, food service and supermarkets, among others -- for a march...

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