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CNN Program to Focus on NY LiUNA! Organizer This Sunday at 10PM

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This Sunday, the final installment of CNN’s Inside Man, hosted by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, will take viewers through a day in the life of LiUNA! organizer Chaz Rynkiewicz.  The episode airs at 10PM.

Shedding light on the hurdles faced by of a New York labor organizer shows how limitations placed on unions have exacerbated income inequality and shrunk the middle class.

Morgan spent the work day with Chaz Rynkiewicz, Local 79 Director of Organizing, finishing up at a worker rally in the heart of the city. Along the way, the two talked about the impact of limiting union membership growth. Sunday’s installment also includes a discussion about the latest efforts in the state to renew the push for worker rights with leaders from “Build Up New York City” (BUNYC).

“We’re so grateful that CNN is reporting such an under-covered story about how the corporate war on worker rights threatens the future of America’s middle class,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan says. “We face a middle class crisis, in which LIUNA organizers, along with Build Up New York City, are working to make a real difference.”

The episode will feature the Build Up New York campaign and Rynkiewicz will show how such campaigns are at the heart of the labor movement’s future.  Increasing union density is essential to rebuilding the middle class which bore the brunt of the country’s economic contraction.  

The Center for American Progress predicts that increasing union membership would result in higher average incomes for middle-class households, whose share of our nation’s income has declined in correlation to reduced union membership. Average non-union construction employees are only able to earn about 35 percent less than the average union workers, according to the Current Population Survey.

The video below provides some background on BUNYC:

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