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Monday, July 6, 2009

Work in Retail? We Need to Hear From You (Today)

Good morning. I'm posting this again, because we're still looking for input from Bronxites and other New Yorkers about their experience working for retail chains. Deadline is today at 5 p.m., so if you can help out, now's the time. Thanks! -- Jordan Moss

Central to the roiling debate over the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory is a demand by community organizations that the developer require prospective retailers to pay a "living wage." So, we thought we'd ask our readers who work in retail a few questions, including what your hourly wage is and whether it's enough to support you and your family.

The responses we get will be incorporated into an article we are working on for the next edition of the Norwood News. We are collaborating on this with the Huffington Post, which has a brand new New York site. The article we write will appear both in the Norwood News and on the Huffington Post. (The same questions are being asked on Huffington Post.)

So, tell us about your own experiences working in the city's retail stores by sending answers to the following questions to nycwages@gmail.com. If you can't answer all of the questions, we still want to hear from you - the ones below are just a guide. We will be using your anecdotes to compile a story this week.

Where do you work?

What is your hourly wage?

What kind of benefits do you get, if any?

What kind of work do you do?

How long have you been in your current job?

Are you unionized? What union do you belong to?

Is your wage enough to support you (and your family if you have one)? Or do you rely on other sources of income/support, such as a spouse/partner's/child's salary, another job, or public assistance (food stamps, section 8, etc.)? How many people are in your family?

Include any other information you'd like us to know.

Please submit your responses to nycwages@gmail.com.


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