Monthly Archives: November 2017

Pathways to Success: The Need for Better Training for Retail Workers

Over the past two years, the Center for Frontline Retail identified training and career advancement as an unmet need for retail workers in New York City.

This prompted CFR to partner with the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center (CDP) on a participatory research project, collecting 292 surveys, holding three focus groups, and conducting a literature review in order to explore the training and advancement barriers and opportunities for workers.

The report, Pathways to Success, shows that while career ladders exist in retail, workers have trouble climbing those ladders and are expected to take on additional responsibilities without a change in title, pay or additional training. Expanding access to quality training is a key mechanism to increase longevity, de-segregate the workforce, and build a career ladder for retail workers.

Expanding Food Benefits for Immigrants

The United States has many social benefit programs that help people avoid hunger.  Not everyone, however, has access to these food safety net programs and many are unaware of their eligibility or face obstacles in enrolling.

Expanding Food Benefits for Immigrants by Anabel Perez-Jimenez and Nicholas Freudenberg, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute explored the eligibility of various categories of New York City’s immigrant populations, from those who have become citizens to permanent residents to those who lack legal immigration status, for the nation’s main food benefit programs.

The goal is to widen a public conversation among immigrants and their organizations, food security groups, food justice advocates and policy makers about identifying policies and practices that will make New York City a national model for immigrant access to food benefits.