Nyc Workfare & Worker Benefits

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— In the second of his two-part series on New York's workfare program, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that the city's municipal labor unions are trying to persuade workfare participants to unionize. The workfare program employs almost 40-thousand welfare recipients who now work for their benefits. The jobs, mostly with city agencies like the sanitation or parks departments, are low-paying and don't provide social security, vacation time, or worker's compensation benefits.

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