Employer influence has prevented unions from gaining a strong foothold at Queens Center Mall. As a result, most stores in the mall are nonunion, resulting in poverty wages throughout the mall and difficulty at the bargaining table for the few union stores.

Workers at the stores need the voice in the workplace that union membership would give them, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be allowed, on their own time, to speak with union organizers in public spaces at the mall. It should be required through lease agreements that the stores at Queens Center Mall remain neutral during union organizing drives, so that workers can decide on their own if they want a union voice without intimidation or fear of reprisals from their employers.

Unions have proven to be the best anti-poverty solution for workers in America, and would help make the Queens Center Mall the true center of community growth that it has the potential to be.