Volunteers needed for Plowshares

Volunteers needed to fill shifts to sit at the WCCNY booth at Plowshares on December 1 and 2nd.

If you’re able to volunteer please contact Kayla kkelechian@workerscentercny.org or 315-385-9874

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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.

WCCNY members Hector and Arely Navarro in need of community support after medical emergency

On September 10th, Hector Navarro went to the hospital for a brain tumor, and on September 13th he was operated on to take out the 3 centimeter tumor. After the surgery Hector had an embolism, and right now he is still in the hospital recovering. They don’t yet know when he will be able to leave the hospital. They are completing more tests because he also has diabetes insipidus. He also has to go to rehabilitation in order to be able to walk and talk again. They say he will be okay but that he will need a lot of therapy in order to get better and take care of himself. They are also giving him Cortisol because it is not naturally producing in his body.

The family also also does not have a way to make money right now because Hector’s wife, Arely, will need to take care of him 24 hours a day and cannot work at this time. For this reason they need help with bills such as the rent, the electricity, food, and all that they need for the children to go to school. On top of this, Arely is fighting deportation and has legal fees.

They are going to receive an emergency health insurance that is going to help with half of the medical costs. Still they will have to pay for  he surgery, the hospital stay, and the subsequent physical and occupational therapy. They need your help to survive this hard time for the whole family: Hector, Arely, and their three children Lisania, Karen, and Angel, ages 12, 10 and 8. Hector and Arely are immigrants that came from Guatemala to this country for a better life and to work. They fled from the violence of the gangs of Guatemala, who had assaulted Hector. Please donate what you can to help for these costs.

Hector is a good father and a good husband. He loves his family very much and his children suffer for him. Hector worked in construction, painting, and landscaping to help his family continue onward. In addition to all of this, Arely is afraid that she will be deported and will be separated from her husband and kids, now that Hector needs more care than ever. Please, if you can, help this family.

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(The above text has been translated from the original version below, in Arely’s words)

El 10 de septiembre Hector Navarro fue al hospital para un tumor de cerebro y el 13 de septiembre operaron para quitar el tumor de 3 centimetros. Despues de la cirugeria le dio una embolia. Ahorita ya esta en el hospital recuperandose. Ya no saben cuando el va a salir del hospital. Estan haciendo mas estudios porque tambien tiene diabetes insipida y tiene que ir a rehabilitacion para poder caminar y hablar otra vez. Dicen que va a estar bien pero va a necesitar mucha terapia para mejorarse y para cuidarse. Estan poniendo cortisol porque con el tumor no se produca naturalmente en su cuerpo.

Tambien la familia ahorita no tiene una manera para ganar el dinero porque su esposa Arely tiene que cuidarle 24 horas del dia y no puede trabajar en este momento. Por eso necesitan ayuda con los biles, como la renta, la luz, la comida, y todo lo que necesitan los ninos para la escuela. Tambien Arely esta luchando con la deportacion y tiene biles de abogado.

Ellos van a recibir un seguro de salud emergencia que va a ayudar con la mitad de los gasto medicos. Sin embargo ellos ya van a tener muchos gastos medicos para la cirugia, la estancia en el hospital, y la terapia. Necesitan su ayuda para sobrevivir este tiempo muy dificil para toda la famailia, Hector, Arely y sus tres ninos Lisania, Karen y Angel, de 12, 10, y 8 anos. Hector y Arely son inmigrantes que vienen de Guatemala a esta pais para una mejor vida y a trabajar. Ellos huyeron de la violenca de las pandillas de Guatemala, ya que lo pegaron a Hector. Por favor que done lo que puede para estos gastos.

Hector es un buen padre y un buen esposo. El quiere mucho a ellos y los ninos sufren mucho por el. Hector trabajaba en construccion, pintura y landscaping para sacar a su familia adelante. Ademas de todo eso, Arely tiene miedo que van a deportarle y que ella va a estar separados de su esposo y sus hijos, ahorita que Hector necesita mas cuidados de ella. Por favor si pueden ayudar a esta familia.

https://www.gofundme.com/helphectorsfamily

Light Work Partners with For Freedoms To Launch Billboard Campaign in Syracuse, NY

QUESTION — Syracuse, NY “Sanctuary City”

In conjunction with our exhibition, “Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul,” #LightWork and “For Freedoms have collaborated on a series of billboards. The images and text that comprise these public art installations aim to provoke conversations in our community that lead to civic engagement. View downloadable map of six Syracuse billboards here – http://lg.ht/LWBillboards

Installation: Hank Willis Thomas, “THEY ARE US US IS THEM”

Tucked into the provincial city center, down the hall from a coffee shop and public library is an obscure office where ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers do their work. They investigate and often detain undocumented immigrants in Syracuse, setting them on a path for potential deportation.

“This is a notice of eviction,” stated Rebecca Fuentes, lead activist of Workers’ Center of CNY, “We have found your office and its counterparts in violation of a series of basic human rights. In Syracuse, you have intimidated the entire immigrant community by establishing checkpoints in public places and on public transportation, by invading or threatening to invade the homes of residents, and through the aggressive interrogations of our community members. For these reasons, we hereby demand that you leave our city.”

http://www.lightwork.org/news/light-work-in-partnership-with-for-freedoms-launches-billboard-campaign-in-syracuse-ny/

QUESTION — Syracuse, NY “Sanctuary City”

Governor Cuomo, give the Green Light NOW!!

Governor Cuomo, give the Green Light NOW!! Thank you Central NY for signing all these postcards for governor demanding he signs an executive order so all immigrants can have access to driver licenses. It is now up to the governor to do the right thing.
Thank you allies from the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network for all your support!!
Gracias a todos quienes firmaron las postales dirigidas al gobernador para que firme una orden ejecutiva permitiendo el acceso a las licencias de manejar en NY. Queremos Luz Verde ahora!

Today is the day to call Governor Cuomo to ACT NOW! DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ALL! NOW!

Today is the day to call Governor Cuomo to ACT NOW! DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ALL! NOW! We ask that you do the following:

Here is the script in both english and spanish:


ENGLISH (véase abajo para instrucciones en Español)

My name is (YOUR NAME) and I am from (YOUR CITY OR TOWN). I am calling today because last week another of our community members was separated from his three year old daughter because he didn’t have a driver’s license. It is in within Gov Cuomo’s power to make Carlos the last New Yorker who is facing deportation because he did not have access to a driver’s license. Carlos is a leader in the fight for licences and is one of thousands of NYers that support restoring access to drivers licences. Can we count on Gov Cuomo to act now to join 12 other states and to make New York safer for all?

ESPAÑOL

Mi nombre es (SU NOMBRE) y soy de (SU CIUDAD O pueblo). Estoy llamando hoy porque la semana pasada otro miembro de nuestra comunidad fue separado de su hija de tres años porque no tenía licencia de conducir. Está en poder del Gov Cuomo hacer que Carlos sea el último neoyorquino que enfrenta la deportación por no tener acceso a una licencia de conducir. Carlos es un líder en la lucha para las licencias y es uno de los miles de residentes que apoyan la restauración del acceso a licencias de conducir.

¿Podemos contar con el Gobernador Cuomo actuar ahora para unirse a los otros 12 usted y hacer el estado de NY más seguro para todas y todos?
Call/Llama: 1-518-474-8390

Twitter: @NYGovCuomo

Facebook: @GovernorAndrewCuomo

#GivetheGreenLightCuomo

#GreenLightNY

#LuzVerdeNY

#DriverLicensesNOW

#CuomoLetMeDrive

#Cuomodejamemanejar

32BJ Joins Board of Immigrant Workers’ Center!!

We are very happy to announce that Amy Sugimori, Director of Policy and Legislation for SEIU 32BJ, has joined the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Center of Central New York! We admire SEIU 32BJ’s history of fighting for workers’ rights and they have been very supportive of our work in Upstate NY for several years. Amy has a long history of activism and policy work in immigrants’ rights and labor, and drives 32BJ’s work on defending immigrant rights. Prior to her current position, Amy was executive director of La Fuente, a project engaging union members in civic participation in their communities, and was an attorney with the National Employment Law Project.
Welcome Amy and thank you Hector Figueroa, 32BJ President for your commitment to workers’ justice in NY. Sí se puede!

http://www.seiu32bj.org/press-releases/32bj-joins-board-of-immigrant-workers-center/

El Festival de la Cosecha/The Harvest Festival

Trabajadores del campo, miembros del Centro de Trabajadores que quieran ir, por favor déjennos saber y tal vez podamos conseguir raite! Este evento sera en Sodus NY: El Festival de la Cosecha, un evento para celebrar todas las contribuciones de los trabajadores agrícolas a la comunidad. Vamos a tener una mesa del Centro con información acerca de la membresía y sus beneficios para trabajadores agrícolas.
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Farmworkers, members of the center of workers who want to go, please let us know and maybe we can get ride! This event will be in Sodus NY: The Harvest Festival, an event to celebrate all contributions from agricultural workers to the community. We’re going to have a center table with information about membership and its benefits for agricultural workers.

Come join us for a volunteer craft making day at the Workers’ Center!

We are in need of volunteers to help us make things like buttons, mirrors, keychains, banners, etc. and prepare materials for our table at the Wescott Street Fair this September 23rd. Anyone with sewing skills would be especially helpful.

We will be holding 2 volunteer days for this:
September 14th
September 21st
Both days will be starting at 5:00pm