The better half dwells around the fact that workers had influence similar to other folks in New York hence making it progressive, a cultural center and an economic hub. The strength of labor unions and its influence on politics years after the World War II led to the rise of politics which was social democratic hence making New York special (Freeman 20).
In his book, Joshua explains that working people in New York now can access better health care, education opportunities are available, affordable housing and the working conditions have improved. These services were only reserved for the working-class who constituted of the upper and middle classes. In that case the working people are able to enjoy benefits such as vacations, cars, higher education, pensions and better homes.
Working people according to Freeman are able to join welfare programs and also join civil rights societies. In the working-class New York, only the upper and middle class would join such programs. These unions are able to fight for the rights of working people unlike during the working-class New York era where workers would be laid off without prior notice. Imposing of tuition during the working-class New York era changed for working people, during this era the working class did not get free higher education, and emergency loans did not reach the working class (28).
Since the World War II, New York has become more equitable towards the working class, according to freeman, the working people are considered with a more realistic path. There has been more liberation towards the working people of post World War II New York arising from the formation of labor movements. The mass transit in New York has become easy to use post World War II. This also includes the fact that it is cheaper to commute for the working people. Due to the labor movements been introduced, working people in factories has become better in terms of good working conditions and there has been