Statement from 1199SEIU President George Gresham on Support for Fair Fares Campaign

December 23, 2016

"1199SEIU is proud to stand with transit advocates, legal, and community based groups to support the Fair Fares campaign. The vast majority of homecare and healthcare workers use public transit, and in many cases it is their single biggest expense after rent. Fares are projected to rise next year, and our members will be adversely affected, as would hundreds of thousands of low wage workers. A half price fare for those struggling to make ends meet is an idea whose time has come. It’s an important step in addressing income inequality. Fair fares is already working well in other cities across the country. We urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to fund this worthy initiative in the next city budget."

- George Gresham, 1199SEIU President