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Take Action Now to Protect NY Farmworkers from COVID-19 (from the Worker Justice Center of New York)

Take Action Now to Protect NY Farmworkers from COVID-19

New York’s farmworkers are geographically isolated and face extreme challenges in securing food and supplies even in ordinary times. Lack of reliable transportation makes it difficult to seek testing and medical treatment. Some employers are failing to take the necessary measures to protect workers from COVID-19, and even less so on farm labor camps where workers often live in over-crowded and unsanitary conditions.

It’s Farmworker Awareness Week! Will you fight for the workers who keep us fed at great risk to themselves? 

Here is what you need to do:

1. Read our letter to Governor Cuomo and the legislature here.

2. Contact Governor Cuomo, your NYS State Senator and Assembly Member today.

3. Tell them to take swift action to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of New York’s farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic by: 

  • Developing a coordinated plan to address the unique needs of the agricultural workforce, including accessible know-your-rights materials, free testing in rural communities, and food and clean water. 
  • Requiring agricultural employers to inform workers about their rights to COVID-19-related benefits, like paid sick leave, paid family leave, and temporary disability. 
  • Extending unemployment benefits to H-2A workers affected by COVID-19.
  • Providing direct financial assistance to farmworker families regardless of immigration status.
  • Mandating health and safety protocols specific to COVID-19 for agricultural operations and farm labor camps.

Can you do even more?

We know that we will only get through this by working together. That’s why we’re asking you support these important campaigns led by some of our key partners! 

  • Sign on to the Food Chain Workers Alliance’s petition to Protect Front Line Food Workers during and after the pandemic.
  • Support the NY United Campaign and call on all levels of government to immediately enact common-sense measures to ensure immigrants across the state can remain safe and healthy. Text NYIC’ to 528-86 or go to bit.ly/NYUnited and follow the prompts!
  • Call for the release of people in immigration centers across NY State, including the 500+ people detained in the upstate Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. Learn more about how to take action here.

Thank you for standing together with workers!

Job Announcement: Organizer

2013 E. Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210
www.workerscny.org | 315-218-5708

Job Announcement: Organizer

The Workers’ Center of Central New York (WCCNY) is a Syracuse-based, grassroots organization committed to workplace and economic justice. Through community organizing, leadership development, popular education and policy advocacy, the Workers’ Center of Central New York aims to empower low-wage workers to combat workplace abuses and improve wages and working conditions. We are seeking a new organizer to work in collaboration with our existing staff, and with the support of the board of directors, to (1) expand and diversify the center’s membership base of low-wage workers in Syracuse, (2) develop and lead strategic campaigns for workplace and economic justice, and (3) recruit and coordinate volunteers/allies.

Organizer Job Description

Outreach and Membership Development
• Conduct outreach to, and recruit new members from, diverse constituencies of low-wage workers in Syracuse (in retail, restaurant, janitorial, temp or other industries where low wages and violations of labor laws are commonplace).
• Collaborate with staff on developing and facilitating opportunities for workers’ leadership development.

Develop and lead strategic campaigns for workplace and economic justice
• Work collaboratively with members and advocates to identify and develop workplace justice campaigns.
• Support members to collect evidence of workplace exploitation and to participate in collaborative research about their employer targets.
• Plan direct actions including community delegations, public protests, press conferences, etc.

Recruit and coordinate volunteers and allies
• Help to attract, train and support volunteers/allies from the community.
• Help build and sustain other organizational/community partnerships.

Qualifications
• A passion for social and economic justice and a strong commitment to organizing and the empowerment of low-income populations.
• Familiarity with workers’ centers and the current landscape of labor organizing in the U.S.
• Familiarity with, or willingness to learn, popular education and other leadership development practices.
• Community or labor organizing experience.
• A willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
• A collaborative spirit, ability to work independently, and strong interpersonal skills.
• A commitment to anti-racism.
• Preferred but not required: Fluency in Spanish.

Hours and Pay
This is a full-time, grant-funded position for 40 hours per week at a pay rate of $17.50/hour. Employee health insurance is available. There will be a performance review after 3 months.

To Apply
Please send your cover letter and resume with “Organizer Position” as email subject to Gretchen Purser at gpurser@workerscentercny.org and Kayla Kelechian at kkelechian@workerscentercny.org. Please be sure to include the names and contact information of two people willing to serve as references. Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2018.

The Workers’ Center of CNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity and culturally appropriate inclusion. We will not discriminate and will take measures to ensure against discrimination on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, military status, marital and parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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El Centro de Trabajadores de Nueva York Central es una organización de base comprometida con el trabajo y la justicia económica basada en Syracuse. A través de organizar a la comunidad, desarrollo de liderazgo, educación popular y promoción de políticas, el Centro de Trabajadores de Nueva York Central tiene como objetivo empoderar a los trabajadores de bajos salarios para combatir abusos en el lugar de trabajo, mejorar los salarios y las condiciones de trabajo. Estamos buscando un nuevo organizador u organizadora para trabajar en colaboración con los y organizadoras de personal y con el apoyo de la Junta Directiva en (1) ampliar y diversificar la base de miembros del Centro de trabajadores de bajos salarios, y (2) a desarrollar y conducir campañas estratégicas en el trabajo y sobre justicia económica, y (3) reclutar y coordinar los voluntarios y aliados.

Descripción de la posición

Alcance y desarrollo de la membresía
• Conducir alcance y reclutar nuevos miembros de diversos grupos de trabajadores de bajos salarios en Syracuse (en ventas, restaurante, limpieza, temporales u otras industrias donde los bajos salarios y las violaciones de las leyes laborales son común).
• Colaborar con el personal en desarrollar y facilitar las oportunidades para el desarrollo de liderazgo de los trabajadores.

Desarrollar y liderar campañas estratégicas para el trabajo y la justicia económica
• Trabajar en colaboración con miembros y aliados para identificar y desarrollar campañas de justicia laboral.
• Apoyar a miembros para recolectar evidencia de la explotación del trabajo y a participar en la investigación colaborativa sobre los objetivos del empleador.
• Planear acciones directas entre las delegaciones de la comunidad, protestas públicas, conferencias de prensa, etc.

Reclutar y coordinar los voluntarios y aliados.
• Ayudar el Centro atraer, entrenar, y apoyar a los aliados y voluntarios de la comunidad.
• Ayudar construir y sostener los enlaces entre la organización y la comunidad.

Calificaciones
• Una pasión por la justicia social y económica y un fuerte compromiso a la organización y el empoderamiento de poblaciones de bajos ingresos.
• Familiaridad con los centros de trabajadores y el panorama actual del trabajo en los Estados Unidos
• Familiaridad o disposición a aprender, educación popular y otras prácticas de desarrollo de liderazgo.
• Experiencia de organización comunitaria o laboral.
• Disposición para trabajar horarios flexibles, incluyendo noches y fines de semana.
• Un espíritu de colaboración, capacidad de trabajar independientemente y fuertes habilidades interpersonales.
• Compromiso con la lucha contra el racismo.
• Fluidez en español, preferido, pero no es obligatorio.

Horas y pago
Esta es una posición de tiempo completo (40 horas por semana) con un pago de $17,50/hora. Employee health insurance is available. Habrá una revisión del desempeño después de 3 meses.

Como aplicar
Por favor enviar su currículo por correo electrónico con el título: “organizador(a)” a Gretchen Purser a: gpurser@workerscentercny.org y a Kayla Kelechian a: kkelechian@workerscentercny.org. Por favor asegúrese de incluir los nombres e información de contacto de dos personas dispuestas a servir como referencias. Fecha límite es el 1 de noviembre de 2018.

Centro de CNY los trabajadores es un empleador comprometido a la igualdad de oportunidades y a promover la diversidad y la inclusión cultural apropiada. No discriminaremos y tomaremos las medidas en contra la discriminación basada en raza, color, género, origen nacional, edad, religión, discapacidad, estado militar, estado conyugal y parental, orientación sexual, identidad de género o de expresión de género.