PeaceWorks Rochester

Stand With Workers Fighting For a Living Wage

If you believe it is immoral that somebody can work long hours and not make enough to live on,

If you believe that our community should value the labor of women and people of color,


Roc/ACTS Public Meeting
Thursday, November 2
Antioch Baptist Church
304 Joseph Avenue, Rochester NY 14605

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This past year we have worked on the implementation of a new system that protects members of the community from police violence. We are working on raising the wage of home health care aids. We have continued to work for expanded childcare assistance.

The Rochester ACTS Public Meeting will be an opportunity to have decision makers in our community commit, to the hundreds of residents in attendance, their support for social change on these issues

This year Rochester ACTS is standing with the workers organizing at the Rochester Workers' Center. Home Health Care Aides are coming together to fight for their rights.

Here's What People Say About Poverty and Jobs... And Our Response

Just Get a Job – Most Monroe County residents living in poverty work part-time/part year and work multiple jobs. Even full-time workers get paid so little they fall under the poverty line. And the jobs that pay so little are more likely to be filled with people of color and women.

Just Get an Education – While a college degree might help one individual earn more, it doesn’t make low-paying work disappear. If our community is serious about ending poverty, then we must raise wages for everybody, not just those who get degrees.

But the Market Determines Wages – Rochester is experiencing a boom in healthcare. And minorities are concentrated in the lowest paying jobs in this industry. Women, in particular, make up the bulk of the home health aide workforce earning as low as $9.70/hr. These jobs experience a high turnover, a shortage of workers and high demand as our population ages and as more people with disabilities are moved out of nursing homes into community living. Wages have been stagnant and in some cases, decreased. And when employers pay low wages, the government has to make up the difference. As a community, we have to value the labor of people doing this important work. It’s up to us to make sure work pays enough to get by. As Governor Andrew Cuomo has said, “No person working full time should not be able to meet the basic needs of her or his family.”

Poverty versus Self-Sufficiency – A home health care aide with two children, working 40 hours a week, earning 10/hr, falls below the federal poverty line. However, if that home health care aide earns another dollar an hour she is above the “poverty line” but still eligible for public assistance like SNAP benefits (food stamps), Medicaid and Section 8 housing assistance. As a society, we have decided that for a mom with two children, $11/hr is not enough to live on. Her employer does not pay her enough to be self-sufficient from public assistance. In this way, we subsidize the employers who pay workers so little they need assistance to get by. But our government assistance is paltry compared with other nations. Workers with low incomes struggle to get their car fixed, pay rent, and have to figure out trade-offs, such as whether to take their full medical prescription or not. Workers with low incomes are continually fighting economic insecurity.

Antioch Baptist Church
304 Joseph Avenue, Rochester NY 14605
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124 Evergreen Street
Rochester, NY 14605

Click here for the Public Meeting flyer

Click here for the Raise the Wage handout

Click here to see video interviews with Lisa Davis, Nellie Jones and Rose

Location: Antioch Baptist Church 304 Joseph Avenue, Rochester NY 14605
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 6:30pm EDT
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Ted Wilcox
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 2:53am GMT