The Workers’ Center of Central NY is excited to hear of the NYS Dept of Labor Wage Board Hearings across New York on potentially ELIMINATING the sub-minimum wage for those who work for tips throughout the State.
The proposal would not eliminate tipping itself, rather the tipped wage.
One of the first hearings will be held in Syracuse on Monday, April 30th, at 10 a.m. [A rally and news conference will begin at 8:45 a.m.] The WCCNY along with the Tompkins County Workers Center intends to turn out in force to this hearing, ESPECIALLY with workers who presently receive the tipped minimum wage, as well as with workers who PREVIOUSLY have worked in a tipped profession. Believe us: if we and you don’t testify, industry sure will.
Read more about why the restaurant industry’s two-tiered wage system is broken. From the One Fair Wage Campaign:
Due to the lobbying power of the National Restaurant Association and Fortune 500 restaurant corporations, the restaurant industry is one of the only industries that gets away, in 43 states, with not paying the great majority of people who work in restaurants — servers, bussers, hosts, bartenders — at least the minimum wage.
- Since the restaurant industry does not pay its servers the minimum wage, servers are forced to rely on tips as their wage. Their employer gives them as little as $2.13 an hour (the federal tipped minimum wage since 1991), and then takes out taxes. This leaves them with $0 paychecks, obviously insufficient to pay rent or put food on the table for their families.
- Although employers are legally required to “top off” the pay of a person who works for tips if don’t add up to at least the minimum wage, enforcement is so lax and disorganized that wage theft has reached epidemic levels.
- The restaurant industry includes 7 of the 10 lowest paying jobs in the country. In fact, people who work in the industry are twice as likely to need food stamps than the rest of the US workforce, and three times as likely to live in poverty.
- Seventy percent of people who work in the restaurant industry are women. Since a living base wage is not guaranteed, and women are instead forced to depend on tips, they frequently have to put up with sexual harassment from customers, co-workers, and management. The EEOC has targeted the restaurant industry as the single largest source of sexual harassment charges filed by women with a rate FIVE TIMES higher than any other industry.
Please send us an email at email@example.com if you would like to take part in the hearing. Facebook event page here
You can also call 315-218-5708
For other hearings dates and locations click here .
MOBILIZATION TO BATAVIA DETENTION CENTER
“We Will Not Be Caged, Immigrant Women Speak Out!”
Please join the WCCNY and New York Immigration Coalition on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 am at 2013 E Genesee st. Syracuse , as we depart to Batavia Detention Center in Upstate New York. This request to mobilize is URGENT!
Our Upstate brothers and sisters NEED YOU to come with us to support one of our community members who is being targeted for deportation! Please join us to support Arely, a member of our upstate community and a mother of three U.S citizen kids. She was turned over to Border Patrol by the Troopers in 2013 because she and her husband did not have a licence when driving to Ithaca, NY. Despite checking in with ICE for years, recently ICE has changed her phone check in to in person and now her most recent check in scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 28th at Batavia Detention Center.
Please stand with us to protect this fierce advocate and community leader and demand that the detention & deportation machine stop ripping families, mothers and children apart!
What: Rally Outside Batavia Federal Detention Center
Who: NYIC, Worker Justice Center, and Worker Center CNY
Bring together our members from across the state to support & Highlight Women & Mothers facing deportation in Upstate NY.
Support a member of the Worker Center of CNY whose check-in was moved from Syracuse to Batavia on that day.
Call attention to the expansion of Batavia to now detain Women.
More information on the Facebook event page
Where: Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice 2013 E Genesee St
When: Thursday March 8 7-9pm
On International Women’s Day Immigrant women will talk about creating sanctuary in Central NY to keep our families together and how we are organizing for dignity and respect in the workplace and in the community.
The event is free but donations will be accepted for families facing separation due to the unjust and inhumane immigration system.
Everyone is encouraged to donate at these families fundraising campaigns:
Help the family of Rene Mendez Perez
Help the family of Arely Tomas Navarro
Link to Facebook event Here
Our compañera Arely’s immigration check in is this Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 am. She will appreciate your support on that day. Fortunately her lawyer has indicated there is not high risk of detention. For anyone able to join, this will not be a protest but just a show of support with your presence. Also we need a volunteer to drive her from her job to the check in and back on the day. Please let us know if you could help.
Volunteer assistance needed to drive to NYC on Tuesday, October 10. Person will be a secondary driver. Please contact Sheila Sicilia Sheila <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Rebecca <email@example.com> if you’re able to assist.
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!
Link to Fundraiser Here
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.”
Our monthly call for community members is tonight 9/18 at 7pm the call in information is below. The call is held in Spanish.