Campaign Archive: Getting Our Money's Worth

Low-wage workers rally for $15 minimum wage

At a rally outside a McDonalds restaurant at 453 William St. in Buffalo Tuesday morning, Coalition for Economic Justice Executive Director Kirk Laubenstein said full-time workers can’t afford to pay their rent making the minimum wage. Kurt Schneiderman, an adjunct …

Presenting a $15/hour Living Wage for All Erie County IDA Public Subsidy Agreements

The Coalition for Economic Justice and members of our Subsidy Action Committee gave a presentation on economic development and quality job standards before the Policy Committee of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency earlier this morning. Our message was simple: …

CEJ’s Magic School Bus Field Trip

You know this story all too well: a wealthy corporation or developer gets tax breaks after promising to create jobs. One big problem with the jobs – they pay poverty wages. We want to change this story by ensuring that …

It’s your tax money, not their corporate piggy bank

Each year, New York spends $7 billion of your money on corporate tax subsidies in the name of job creation. But too much of this money is wasted on corporations that create no jobs, add poverty wage jobs, or even …

Subsidy Action Committee

The purpose of the Subsidy Action Committee is to win policy changes that reform WNY Industrial Development Agencies  in order to ensure that subsidized economic development represent high road economic development principles of sustainability, equitable economic opportunity, family sustaining jobs, …

Taking a closer look at tax breaks

By David Robinson | News Business Columnist If your company gets tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Agency, you just might have a visitor in the coming months. The IDA is planning to take a big step in ramping up its …

Economic justice group protests job cuts at mortgage company

By TWC Staff AMHERST, N.Y. — A local community group gathered in front of a mortgage company’s Amherst office Thursday to protest job cuts. PHH Mortgage Corporation recently announced plans to lay off 135 workers by July of this year. …

Protest Against PHH Job Cuts

AMHERST, NY – Last month PHH Mortgage announced 135 layoffs, after company executives had promised the Amherst Industrial Development Agency it would increase its workforce — in exchange for $4 million in tax breaks. On Thursday, there was a protest against …

Protesters target Amherst company over job cuts

By Eli George, WIVB.com Producer AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Around two dozen people protested outside the PHH headquarters in Amherst on Thursday. The company received $4.5 million in tax breaks in 2012 with the promise of adding 400 jobs. But now, …

Much of the benefits not received

By Jonathan Epstein More than 20 community and social activists marched in a cold breeze in front of the temporary offices of PHH Mortgage Corp. in Amherst on Thursday afternoon, protesting the company’s plans to lay off 135 workers after …