Melissa spoke yesterday at an event held by the Drum Major Institute (DMI), a progressive think tank, called the Marketplace of Ideas, which looks at policies enacted by cities around the world, and why New York City should follow their lead.
Yesterday’s event focused on tying wage standards to city subsidies, the spirit behind legislation Melissa introduced in February that would require that all building service workers would be paid a prevailing wage in those buildings where the City rents space or where the City has provided financial assistance.
Melissa served on the panel, which also included Pittsburgh Council Member Douglas Shields who spoke about his experience enacting legislation on this topic in his home city, as well as Peter Colavito of SEIU 32BJ and Ava Farkas of the RWDSU. Comptroller John Liu delivered opening remarks.
Click below to view a video clip from the panel, where Melissa speaks about the importance of having a standard prevailing wage policy, as well as the need to consider revenue options in light of the recent budget cuts and forecasts that next year’s budget will likely be even worse.
The event was covered in today’s Daily News.