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 workers.
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
unemployed New Yorkers take advantage of their right
to unemployment insurance benefits through Know Your
Rights Trainings and individual case management;
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.