One week ago, I was honored to stand with the Mayor, my colleagues, and hundreds of day laborers and construction workers to witness the signing of historic construction safety legislation.
As a policy advisor, so much of my work is behind the scenes and often unrecognized. I recently heard this quote from a television show: "Achievement is often anonymous. Some of the greatest things have been done by people you have never heard of, quietly dedicating their lives to improving your own." This bill represents exactly this: months of negotiations, meetings, redrafts, and many late nights. The result is a bill that protects all workers, regardless of union affiliation, language spoken or immigration status.
The most important victory, Mayor De Blasio stated, was seeing the building trades and day labor organizers together advocating for worker safety and training. I hope New York City can be an example to cities elsewhere: labor and immigrant worker movements are fighting the same fight.
In memory of those who lost their lives building this city, proud to stand with these workers for equal access to safety training and a right to come home at the end of the day.
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