WHAT: Workers and community members rally to ask luxury condo boards to sign onto code of conduct
WHO: Community members, residents, workers; Miguel Acevedo, president of Fulton Houses Tenants Association; Kyle Bragg, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ SEIU
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: 520 West 23rd St., btwn 10th & 11th Aves, Manhattan
WHY: Rents in Chelsea have skyrocketed over the past few years, driving out long-time residents and putting local shops out of business. The High Line park has created beautiful views for luxury condo owners and big profits for developers, but workers in many of those buildings make far below what other doormen and porters make, and many go without any health care coverage. Community members, residents and workers are coming together to ask developers and businesses to sign a code of conduct that would ensure that new housing in the area include affordable units and that jobs created pay a decent wage.
VISUALS: Blown up version of code of conduct, signs, banners
With 145,000 members in 11 states and the District of Columbia, including 75,000 in New York City, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country