Keep Our Jobs and Food Safe
Jobs inside poultry plants are some of the most dangerous and difficult in America, and the risk to food workers and our food supply increase when the line speeds increase.
Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Drive
The Workers Center of CNY and the Radical Education Collective along with other social justice groups is joining local efforts to gather donations in solidarity with Puerto Rico. You can drop off donations at the Center: 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY (you can call 315-218-5708 to schedule a drop off). En solidaridad, muchas gracias
Another NY farmworker dies on the job; we must get serious about safety (Commentary)
Another tragedy at Marks Dairy Farm in Lowville, NY. We wrote this op-ed to review the history of labor abuse at this farm, and why maybe this fatality was preventable. Please share.
Read Farmworker Justice’s press release about Congressman Goodlatte’s introduction of a devastating bill to expand the H2A guest worker program to year round workers which would include dairy workers.
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Volunteer assistance needed to drive to NYC on Tuesday, October 10. Person will be a secondary driver. Please contact Sheila Sicilia Sheila <email@example.com> or Rebecca <rfuentes
Workers’ Center of CNY board member, community organizer & leader, and mother Dolores Bustamante has just experienced the devastating loss of her son. This is an extremely difficult time for Dolores and her family and we want to show them as much support as possible. In her recent fights to resist deportation, she has shown a tremendous amount of courage and bravery. Many of us have been deeply moved and inspired by her commitment to immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. Let us all donate and encourage others to donate and support her and her family in the wake of such an earth shattering loss. Estamos con Dolores!
Wed. September 27th at 6pm
Bishop Harrison Center 1341 Lancaster Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210
Please join our friends Michael and Nick from Friends of Dorothy at their delicious and solidarity building dinner at the Bishop Harrison Center. There are fantastic vegan and gluten free options and and the dinner is sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of payment). Michael and Nick provide hospitality and shelter to those who need it and proceeds from the dinner go towards supporting this important work. We encourage you to support this wonderful event!
For More Information, Link to the Facebook Event Here
The Rapid Response team will be doing outreach again at 2pm on Monday, September 25th. Please message Workers’ Center of CNY if you would like to join!
“The Rapid Response team responds to immigration enforcement emergencies in Syracuse (like if ICE shows up at your door or at your workplace or if you are being detained by Border Patrol). The number for the hotline is 315-552-1670.”
On July 27th, WCCNY member Fernando along with the support of other workers and allies, led an action at Frazee Farms to retrieve his stolen wages. At this farm, the employer paid Fernando subminimum wages, took illegal deductions, and withheld one of Fernando’s paycheck.To add insult to injury, the employer fired Fernando for missing two days of work because he was sick. Because the employer provides not only the job, but housing, Fernando was without a job, on the brink of homeless. Fernando called the Workers’ Center and with access to housing, and support from the organization, he led a collective action to demand his stolen wages back. At the action, Fernando told his history and delivered a letter to the employer demanding $8,000 in stolen wages and damages. Feeling the strength and power of the collective action, the employer called the next day and offered a measly $400. We held firm, and after a short period of negotiation, on Monday August 14th, Fernando received his check for over $7,000 in stolen wages and damages!!We would like to sincerely thank all of you for your support!
Monday, July 31st at 7pm
The Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition has invited farmworkers, researchers, and organizers from the Workers’ Center of CNY and the Worker Justice Center of New to speak on a panel about the MILKED report which documents the living and working conditions of dairy farmworkers in upstate New York. Join us to find out more about the report findings and about what we can do next to support the rights of immigrant dairy workers in New York.
Wednesday, August 2nd at 4:30pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 179 Main St, Penn Yan, NY 14527
On Wednesday, August 2nd, we invite you to come together as community members, allies, faith groups, and other people of conscience to be in solidarity with families affected by polimigra and racist policing.