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Buffalo Rising
Jun 22, 2011
The Real Deal
Jun 21, 2011
Your Nabe
Jun 02, 2011
Forest Hills Patch
May 27, 2011
Queens Chronicle
May 26, 2011
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Advocates Hunt For Missing Jobs Plan
Buffalo Rising

June 22, 2011 - QCMC participated in a statewide day of action demanding that subsidized projects provide good jobs for our communities. Read more.


Activists oppose Queens Center's property tax subsidies
The Real Deal

June 21, 2011 - Community activists rallied outside the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst today to oppose the use of taxpayer money to fund projects that don't provide jobs beyond part-time, minimum wage ones. Read more.


Living wage bill necessary for Queens Center Mall workers
Your Nabe

June 2, 2011 - A Queens resident writes about the need for living wages at QCM. Read more.


Concerns Over Wages At Queens Center Mall
Forest Hills Patch

May 27, 2011 - A Queens residents speaks out on concerns at the borough's largest shopping center. Read more.


Hike Retail Wages Now
Queens Chronicle

May 26, 2011 - A Queens resident calls on the Queens Center Mall to raise the starting pay to $10 per hour with benefits. Read more.


Queens Center Mall should pay living wage
Leader/Observer

May 24, 2011 - On Saturday May 21st, I attended a Town Hall meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona with hundreds of others to demand that the owner of the highly profitable Queens Center Mall give back to the community. Read more.


Campaña en contra de ‘abuso’ en Queens Mall
Queens Latino

May 23, 2011 - Spanish language coverage of the May 21st Town Hall. Read more.


A Reflection on Community Values for Queens Center Mall
North Star Fund

May 20, 2011 - Rev Waldron blogs about the need for living wages at the Queens Center Mall. Read more.


Public Comment Sought On Queens Center Mall Conditions
New York 1

April 30, 2011 - Public Comment Sought On Queens Center Mall Conditions Read more.


Luchan por Salarios Dignos en Queens
El Diario

December 8, 2010 - Trabajadores del centro comercial alegan que no reciben ni salarios mínimos Read more.


Community Demands Living Wages
The Queens Courier

November 10, 2010 - Labor and community groups gathered at Queens Center Mall recently to raise awareness about what they call the horror of working in retail. Read more.


Protesters Rally in Front of Queens Center
Queens Chronicle

November 4, 2010 - Drawing creative inspiration from the Halloween season, retail workers transformed themselves into ghastly zombies, slathering on white makeup and fake blood last Thursday night outside the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst. Read more.


Bus Drivers, Riders Fed Up With Traffic Congestion At Queens Center Mall
NY1

November 3, 2010 - The Queens Center Mall is one of the most-heavily trafficked malls around, and bus drivers say that can make the curbside scene there way too crowded. NY1's transit reporter John Mancini explains why riders are forced to step too far into the street, and, Read more.


Poverty Wages at Queens Center
Queens Latino

October 28, 2010 - Labor and community groups gathered at the Queens Center Mall to raise awareness to Halloween shoppers about what working in retail is really like – and based on the looks of our retail zombies, it’s a horror!! Read more.


Queens Center Workers Protest For More Benefits
YourNabe.com

June 28, 2010 - A group of former employees of stores at the Queens Center Mall rallied outside the doors of the Elmhurst shopping center on Father’s Day to demand that its owner give them more benefits since it gets huge tax breaks from the city. Read more.


Groups Protest Elmhurst Mall
YourNabe.com

April 29, 2010 - Union, Make the Road want Queens Center stores to pay living wage Read more.


Queens Mall Urged to Hike Pay
NY Daily News

April 26, 2010 - The Queens Center Mall may make millions a year, but its workers are barely scraping by, community activists say. Read more.


Piden Salarios Dignos en el Queens Mall
El Diario

April 26, 2010 - Espacios para la comunidad, salarios dignos y el derecho de los trabajadores a organizar un sindicato sin amenazas ni intimidación, fue lo que demandó ayer una coalición de organizaciones comunitarias al dueño del Queens Center Mall, Macerich Company. Read more.


Drivers Going in Circles when Traffic Flows through Queens Center Mall Parking Garage
NY Daily News

April 23, 2010 - A manuever by parking attendants at Queens Center Mall that diverts drivers into their garage on the busiest shopping days has locals up in arms. Read more.


Parking Scam at Queens Center Mall Deserves Investigation
Queens Ledger

April 20, 2010 - As representatives of Queens, we know the borough has its share of bad corporate citizens. We are currently working hard to confront bad corporate behavior by the Queens Center Mall and its retail giant, JC Penney. Read more.


Subsidies in the City: Part II
Gotham Gazette

April 13, 2010 - This is the continuation of a "Subsidies in the City." Read more.


Subsidies in the City: Part I
Gotham Gazette

April 13, 2010 - ix years ago, Manhattan Laminates received tax breaks from the city's Industrial Development Agency, the financing arm of the city's Economic Development Corp. In a deal that will span 25 years ending in 2029, Laminates has already received $197,000 in pu Read more.


Cheating U.S. Workers
Znet

April 12, 2010 - Hundreds of thousands of workers are being cheated by U.S. employers who blatantly violate the laws that are supposed to guarantee workers decent wages, hours and working conditions. Read more.


Liu Says New Tax on Wall St. Bonuses Fair Game
Crain's New York

April 8, 2010 - City comptroller favors living wage requirement in government-subsidized realty developments; also won't rule out supporting added taxes on Wall Street bonuses. Read more.


Union Wage Push Meets Resistance
City Limits

April 6, 2010 - The City Council might require buildings that receive tax breaks to pay their staff higher wages. The real estate industry opposes the idea. Where does the mayor stand? Read more.


Workers Deserve to be Paid
Times Union

April 6, 2010 - At a time of massive revenue shortfalls and harsh budget cuts for New York, it's rare to find a policy that produces public benefits without painful costs. Read more.


The Tax-Chop Champ
New York Post

April 4, 2010 - Real-estate mogul Steve Ross found one of the few upsides to owning one of the city's premier properties in a severe recession -- he won steep tax reductions for his Time Warner Center holdings when he joined a record number of property owners challenging Read more.


Resurrection City: For A Living Wage
The Huffington Post

April 3, 2010 - When Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the world stopped for a moment. Shaken, confused but searching for a way to continue the fight, civil rights leaders decided to continue King's Poor People's Campaign by building a tent city Read more.


There’s A Hidden Crime Wave, But A New Wage Theft Bill Could Halt It
WBAI

March 29, 2010 - Nearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year, & the thieves aren’t even worried about getting caught. Read more.


Living Wage Lives!
The Neighborhood Retail Alliance

March 26, 2010 - The push for the creation of a city wide living wage law is beginning to gear up-and the Observer has the story Read more.


Dozen Council Members Form a Bloc for Liberals
New York Times

March 23, 2010 - Frustrated by what they say are plutocratic policies that have squeezed the neediest New Yorkers, the City Council’s most liberal members are establishing a new bloc to champion a progressive agenda on housing, economic development, labor and civil rights Read more.


London Citizens Take Living Wage Campaign to Oxford Street Stores
Citizens UK

March 22, 2010 - More than 200 people drawn from the capital’s largest civic alliance called on Oxford Street department stores Saturday to pay the hourly wage described by London’s mayor as “the basic pay rate” for the city. Read more.


Payback Time: State Must Nail Sleazy Bosses Who Steal Their Workers' Wages
NY Daily News

March 13, 2010 - Advocates for immigrants and the poor want the state to crack down on a type of robbery rampant in New York: wage theft. Read more.


WBAI Interviews QCMC's Julissa Bisono
WBAI

March 10, 2010 - Julissa Bisono discusses the Queens Center Mall Campaign and the effect that Macerich is having on the community. Read more.


Queens Center Mall: Giving Space But Lacking Spirit Indeed
The Queens Ledger

March 10, 2010 - While Queens Center Mall employees protested and picketed the management office on Monday demanding better living wages for employees, management is still trying to catch its breath after being caught in the unlawful act of putting “No Parking” signs over Read more.


Demandan Salarios Justos en Queens Center Mall
El Diario La Prensa

March 9, 2010 - Salarios dignos y espacios para la comunidad fue lo que demandó ayer una coalición de organizaciones comunitarias, trabajadores y oficiales electos de Queens, al dueño del Queens Center Mall, Macerich Company, al que acusan de mantener a los trabajadores Read more.


Sights And Sounds From International Women's Day
Black Radio Network

March 9, 2010 - Julissa Bisono, Activist with Women's Work Place Justice, speaks about the Queens Center Mall campaign at an International Women's Day Rally in NYC Read more.


NY 1 Coverage of Rally for Living Wages
NY1

March 8, 2010 - Watch NY1's coverage of our March 8 rally. Read more.


Queens Center Mall Steers Shoppers to its Garage with Bogus Signs on Parking Meters
NY Daily News

March 7, 2010 - Parking attendants at a Queens mall have been caught red-handed posting phony no-parking signs on street meters that lure drivers into their garage. Read more.


In Nod to Labor Unions, White House May Require 'Living Wage' in Government Contracts
CNS News

February 26, 2010 - The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer generous benefits and good pay. Read more.


Plan to Seek Use of U.S. Contracts as a Wage Lever
New York Times

February 25, 2010 - The Obama administration is planning to use the government’s enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials and several interest groups briefed on the plan. Read more.


Liu Wants To Change Community Benefit Agreements, Development Subsidies
The New York Observer

February 10, 2010 - For the second time in as many days, Comptroller John Liu has announced plans to revamp a process related to real estate development. Read more.


Mayor Skips Over some Big Issues
Metro NY

January 21, 2010 - Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s State of the City address yesterday scored high marks for encouraging small-business growth, helping low-income New Yorkers with bank accounts, and aiding teens who’ve been jailed. Read more.


Aid Haitians, Immigrants to Help NYC Economy
Reuters

January 21, 2010 - New York City can revive its economy by helping Haitians and other immigrants get small business loans, creating jobs and other programs for at-risk youths, boosting anti-foreclosure efforts, and setting up neighborhood credit unions, Mayor Michael Bloomb Read more.


Mall Target of Wage Criticism
The Queens Courier

January 18, 2010 - Queens Center Mall, a popular shopping destination and community partner, finds itself the latest target of the living wage debate. Read more.


Martin Luther King Jr. Focused on Ending Poverty
The Commercial Appeal

January 18, 2010 - As the nation commemorates King's 81st birthday today, they say he should best be remembered for his career-long focus on the poor. Read more.


The Living Wage After Kingsbridge
Gotham Gazette

January 15, 2010 - First came Kingsbridge: A highly unusual vote at the City Council, which shattered an approximately $300 million proposal from the Related Companies to morph a Bronx armory into a mall. Then came the Queens Center Mall: A call to beef up wages at one of t Read more.


For Millions of Workers, a Minimum Wage Increase Still Falls Short of a Living Wage
NY Daily News

January 13, 2010 - "It's better than nothing ..." That was the reaction of Walter García, a restaurant cashier in Jackson Heights, Queens, when we told him about the federal minimum wage increase that became effective on Friday. Read more.


Poverty Wages at the Mall?
Asia Pacific Forum

January 12, 2010 - Elmhurst’s massive Queens Center Mall is one of the busiest and most profitable malls in the country, but most of the workers who staff its stores and restaurants earn no more than $7.25—the federal minimum wage. Read more.


Low-Wage Jobs
Center for an Urban Future

January 11, 2010 - Nearly a third of all adult workers in New York City are employed in low-wage jobs, but the Bronx is in a league of its own. Read more.


America’s Low-Wage Future
Working-Class Perspectives

January 11, 2010 - British historian E.H. Carr once said something to the effect that while no serious scholar makes up the facts, they all choose which facts “to put on stage.” Read more.


Armory Battle is Just The First Round
Crain's New York

January 10, 2010 - The City Council's December decision to turn down the Kingsbridge Armory project has been described as a stunning blow to developers. Crain's editorialized that “there are only losers here” (“An unmistakable political shift,” Jan. 4). But the council's ac Read more.


City Must Attach Strings to its Economic Aid
NY Daily News

January 8, 2010 - Last month, the governor and state Legislature enacted long-overdue changes to the rules governing the state's many authorities - unaccountable, secretive boards and agencies that have broad powers to direct government resources. But unless we make change Read more.


Cities, Counties Take Back Corporate Tax Breaks
Associated Press

January 7, 2010 - Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal's a deal. Read more.


The Mall as Poverty Wage Center
In These Times

January 6, 2010 - Can retail workers organize? Can they get a living wage? These may be philosophical questions, but to the thousands of retail workers who rely on their wages to support themselves, they are at the center of a grim reality. Read more.


Something for Nothing Must Stop at Subsidized Queens Mall
NY Daily News

January 5, 2010 - The Queens Center Mall has received more than $48 million in tax breaks since 2004. “The mall stands to receive an additional $70 million to $80 million in tax breaks during the next 10 years. Read more.


Workers Demand Living Wage From Mall
The Queens Courier

December 29, 2009 - The holiday wish list for the owners and stores at Queens Center Mall most likely included increased sales. It probably didn’t include being called a “publicly subsidized poverty wage center.” Read more.


Queens Center Mall Employees Rally for Better Wages
Yournabe.com

December 24, 2009 - More than 25 workers in varying jobs at Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall joined advocacy group Make the Road New York and several borough elected officials Sunday to protest their low wages and lack of benefits. Read more.


Protesters Converge on Queens Center Mall to Fight Lack of Living Wage Requirement
NY Daily News

December 23, 2009 - On the heels of a City Council decision to nix the Kingsbridge Armory mall project over the lack of a living wage requirement, advocates and elected officials are raising similar concerns about the Queens Center Mall. Read more.


'Tis the Season: Protesters Hit A Queens Mall With Demands For a Living Wage
The Village Voice

December 21, 2009 - s shoppers scurried to snatch up last minute gifts inside the Queens Center Mall, local elected officials and community organizations painted the shopping destination's landlord, Macerich, as the latest Grinch in the ongoing fight for living wages -- just Read more.


Growing Rage Against Low Wage: Creating Decent-Paying Jobs is the Most Pressing Economic Issue
NY Daily News

December 20, 2009 - A key skirmish in the battle over living wage jobs takes place in Elmhurst at 11 a.m. today, when a cluster of community and labor organizations and local pols will gather at the main entrance of Queens Center Mall for a press conference condemning low wa Read more.