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MEDIA ADVISORY: Dads Deserve a Living Wage!

June 18, 2010
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Contacts: Irene Tung ‐ 718‐755‐6750 Michael Yellin ‐ 917‐434‐6130

Father’s Day Action at Queens Center Mall to Highlight Need for Living Wages, Community Space and Organizing Rights at Publicly Subsidized Mall

Hundreds of Queens residents and workers will rally and hold a press conference at the Queens Center Mall to demand the mall’s owner, the Macerich Company, provide community benefits and require their tenants to pay a living wage and respect their employees’ right to organize a union without threat or intimidation—in exchange for the more than $100 million in tax breaks Macerich receives. Additionally, Queens Center Mall employees will share stories about maltreatment at their jobs. The rally will take place on Father’s Day.

Who: Community organizations including Make the Road New York; Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union members, Jennifer Mercado, former employee at Children’s Place and Yellow Rat Bastard in the Mall; Marvin Hernandez, laid-off JC Penny worker; Irene Romero, retail Worker and resident of Queens; Jeff Eichler, RWDSU Organizing Director; José Blanco, President of the Queens Parents Little League 2006; Little League players; and Sarah Ahn, Nodutol for Korean Community Development.

When: Sunday, June 20, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., (92nd St. between 57th and 59th Ave.), Flushing, NY (R or V train to Woodhaven Blvd.)

The Queens Center Mall Campaign has been endorsed by many components of the Queens community and labor, including: Make the Road New York, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice, Chhaya CDC, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, UMC Community Voices Heard, Damayan Migrants Workers Association, Drum Desis Rising Up & Moving Up, Good Jobs New York, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jobs with Justice New York, Judson Memorial Church, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan NY (KCS), Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center (MCIF), Mothers on the Move, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), Queens Community House, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, South Asian Youth Action (Saya), Urban Justice Center, Working Families Party, MinKwon Center