York Unemployment Project is a membership-based organization
of unemployed New Yorkers committed to organizing
and fighting for family sustaining jobs and income
support across the New York City metropolitan area.
NYUP is the only organization in New York engaged
in direct education and organizing of unemployed
committed to building leadership among diverse groups
of unemployed New Yorkers to build a new constituency
for expanded, extended and accessible income support
for jobless workers. Our local organizing committees
cross racial, class, and gender barriers to build
power among unemployed workers—power to demand accountability
from their elected leaders and power to reform the
policies and laws that affect their lives.
work in their communities and across the New York
Metropolitan Area to inform other unemployed workers
of their rights, and strive to organize their neighbors
to take an active role in fighting for economic justice.
founded in 2001 as an initiative of the National
Employment Law Project in response to the growing
crisis in New York’s unemployment insurance (UI)
safety net to directly engage unemployed New Yorkers
in civic participation and community education around
issues concerning joblessness, unemployment insurance,
job training and job creation.
York Unemployment Project has evolved
into a membership based organization of unemployed
and low-income New Yorkers throughout New York
City, Long Island and Westchester County working
to promote policies that support the creation of
family sustaining jobs and adequate income support
for the unemployed.
addition to engaging unemployed New Yorkers in civic
participation and advocacy, NYUP spends a significant
amount of its resources and time:
unemployed New Yorkers take advantage of their
right to unemployment insurance benefits through
Know Your Rights Trainings and individual case
individuals denied unemployment insurance benefits
to legal advocacy that will impact the administration
of unemployment insurance; and
the right of New Yorkers whose earnings were adversely
impacted by the September 11th attacks
and the resulting aftermath to the Federal Emergency
Management Agency’s Mortgage & Rental Assistance
Program and Individual & Family Grant program.