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Can My Boss Do That?

Save the Date

Date: June 8 2018

Time: 12pm-2pm

Place: 2013 E. Genesee St Syracuse Ny 13210

Bosses Stealing your Tips?

Unsafe Working Conditions?

Not Getting Overtime Pay?

Stolen Wages?

Hurt on the Job?

Come learn and share about your experiences with other workers! Hosted by the Workers’ by the Workers’ Center of Central New York, more details coming soon!

Please RSVP by 05/28/18

How to RSVP: call Kayla Kelechian (315) 385-9874, the Workers’ Center of Central New York (315) 218-5708 or email kkelechian@workerscentercny.org

Please notify us if you will be needing interpretation or childcare services

Drivers Licenses NOW!/Licencias de conducir ahora!

**Please WEAR GREEN to show your support for Green Light!**

Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
Date: May 14th
Location: Albany, NY

**Carpool from Syracuse leaving at 7:30am on the 14th, meet at the center. We want to bring around 20 people and have volunteer drivers arranged.**

The Green Light NY Coalition is mobilizing to Albany to say the time is NOW to pass the Drivers Licenses Bill A10273! The coalition, made up of directly affected community members, advocates, and allies, have been organizing around licenses for years. New York is behind 12 other states and the benefits in public safety, economics and community integration are clear. The time is now to pass the bill and we are calling on everyone in the community from across the state to join us in Albany and send the message to our legislators loud and clear: Our communities can not wait, our economy can not wait, pass the GREEN LIGHT NY BILL NOW!
Sponsored by 32BJ: SEIU
Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
Date: May 14th
Location: Albany, NY

The details of the event are still in the works. This is a grassroots campaign and we are fundraising to ensure that the people from all corners of the state who are dedicated to this campaign can be in Albany. Everyone must sign up and/or make a donation on Eventbrite, bit.ly/GreenLightNY5-14
Please contact your local steering committee member if you have questions.
Tentative Bus Departure points:
Buffalo
Rochester
Syracuse
Lower Hudson Valley
Mid-Hudson Valley
New York City
Long Island

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La Coalición Green Light NY está movilizando a Albany para decir que es el momento de aprobar el Proyecto de Licencias de Conducir A10273. La coalición, compuesta por miembros de la comunidad directamente afectados, defensores y aliados, se han estado organizando alrededor de las licencias por años. Nueva York está detrás de otros 12 estados y los beneficios en seguridad pública, economía e integración comunitaria son claros. Ahora es el momento de aprobar la ley y hacemos un llamamiento a todos en la comunidad de todo el estado para que se unan a nosotros en Albany y envíen el mensaje a nuestros legisladores alto y claro: nuestras comunidades no pueden esperar, nuestra economía no puede esperar, pasar ¡GREEN LIGHT NY BILL AHORA!
Patrocinado por 32BJ: SEIU
Hora: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fecha: 14 de mayo
Ubicación: Albany, NY

Los detalles del evento aún están en proceso. Esta es una campaña de base y recaudamos fondos para garantizar que las personas de todos los rincones del estado que están dedicadas a esta campaña puedan estar en Albany. Solicitamos que las personas se registren y/o hagan una donación en Eventbrite: bit.ly/GreenLightNY5-18 Por favor, póngase en contacto con su miembro del comité de dirección local si tiene alguna pregunta.
Puntos tentativos de salida del autobús:
Buffalo
Rochester
Syracuse
Lower Hudson Valley
Mid-Hudson Valley
New York City
Long Island

#GreenLightNy #LuzVerdeNY #DriversLicensesNow

Link to Facebook event here

UPDATE 5/11/2018

Hi Green Light Coalition Members!

Monday is a huge day for the coalition! We will be moblizating from across the state to descend on Albany and demand drivers licences now!  There is still time to sign up for a bus! You can register here today.  Please take a second to share the event on social media and/or make a donation to the mobilization!
For those of you who have already signed up and/or are driving yourself we wanted to share a few details on the day.  (Each location has different departure plans and times so please contact your local lead for more details, if you don’t know who that is I will be happy to connect you.)  We will be gathering at Academy Park at 10:30am, there will be a small press conference at 11:30am in the LOB and legislative visits from 1:00-3:00pm.  A bagged lunch will be served at the park.  On Monday we will share a social media tool kit so we can show everyone our presence in Albany!
Please WEAR GREEN to show your support for Green Light!

Arrival Information:

  • We will be gathering and eating at the Academy Park, Albany NY

  • Buses and vans should drop people off there by 10:30am

  • Parking option for cars/vans: Street parking if you wanna risk it!; or Empire State Plaza Parking S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12210 https://goo.gl/maps/H6sWGw3TLq82.

Park

  • The Academy Park will be our landing space for the day

  • There are some benches, but if your groups need to be seated feel free to bring foldable light chairs.

  • The weather is supposed to be in the mid 60’s and cloudy

  • There will be volunteers there throughout the day

Thank you all who have supported this campaign so far, we have 20 assembly members signed on and our support is growing every day!

 

May Day Outreach!

Please join us for outreach downtown for our May day event! We will meet at the Workers’ Center of CNY at the address provided to hand out flyers and engage with the public. We hope to see you there!

Where: Workers’ Center 2013 E. Genesee St

When: April 27, 2018 at 12:00pm

END Deportations NOW!

Please join the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network and the Workers’ Center of Central New York, to rally in support of immigrants facing detention and deportation. In less than 2 weeks we have responded in support of 3 immigrants who have been forcibly detained by ICE agents, often with the collaboration of local police departments, like Manlius Police department who stopped 1 man this week for an alleged seatbelt violation and 4 men this past February for snow covering their license plate. Meanwhile, Border Patrol arrested another man at the Regional Transportation Center while he was transferring to an NYC bound bus enroute to see his family, putting his health in jeopardy. This Wednesday, yet another father, a dairy worker, was brutally apprehended by ICE agents in front of 2 of his young children as they waited for school, without a warrant, and leaving his 2 young children unattended while their mother, who is 7 months pregnant, was away at a doctors appointment. Within that same time period, ICE agents conducted raids that resulted in the detention of 225 immigrants in NYC, Long Island and Hudson Valley.

Immigrants in upstate New York for years have faced incredible isolation and discrimination. In addition of facing discrimination at the workplace, they deal with the ever present Border Patrol in our communities. Border Patrol’s close relationship with local law enforcement and the lack of the ability to obtain a driver’s license forces them to break the law to be able to meet their basic needs. Despite this criminalization and constant risk they continue to be a vital part of our communities by playing a crucial role in the state’s diary industry, and being at the forefront of the fight for drivers’ licenses for all. Under the Trump administration, and with the current budget increasing detention dollars and money for border Patrol, the immigrants in our communities are being torn apart from our communities and their families.
#enddeportationsnow
#stopseparatingfamilies
#getBPoffthebus
#notonemore
#not1more
#dignitynotdeportation
#nohumanbeingisillegal

Link to Facebook event HERE

Green Light NY Albany Day Sign Up and Call to action 4/4 and 4/18

On Wednesday 4/18 we are mobilizing to Albany from across the state to show the mass support and push the legislator to move forward with the Green Light legislation. In order to plan the event we need to know who is able to spend the whole day in Albany with us and where you are coming from. Please fill out this form to express your interest in going to Albany and let us know how many people you can bring with you!

Call to Action! Many of you upstate participated in the this call to action two weeks ago. TODAY we are calling on down state supporters to make the call to Crespo today!

Dear New York City Community Members & Allies,

 

The Green Light NY Driving Together Campaign needs you to show your support for NYS expanding access to driver’s licenses! We need you to take action TOMORROW, Wednesday April 4th by calling Assemblymember Marcos Crespo, the lead sponsor on the bill to thank him for his support for the legislation and ask him how we can accelerate the process of getting a bill number. Below is a sample script with the phone number to call (in English and Spanish).

We are asking you to:

  • Call Assemblyman Crespo and forward this call to action to your networks (script below).
  • Take a picture or video of you calling his office & post it on Twitter tagging @GreenLightNYDT @thenyic and/or send it to me.
  • Utilize our graphics, sample tweets & messaging on your digital media platforms: Facebook & Twitter using the hashtags: #GreenLightNY #DriversLicencesNOW. Please Tag: @GreenLightNYDT & @MarcosCrespo85.
  • Graphics & messaging can be found here and pasted below
  • Once you have called please fill out this quick form to tell us how it went!

 

We want to make sure he hears from allies, directly affected community members, other elected officials, and community leaders so please spread the word to all your networks.  The time to act is now!

Work for Tips? Testify to End Tipped Wage

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 wccny@workerscentercny.org 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 .

 

 

Urgent Action at Regional Transportation Center!!!

Thursday, March 22nd 12:00pm

This Thursday, in conjunction with our friends from the Rapid Response Network in Rochester, we will be planning a coordinated and urgent action to address U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s racist profiling and harassment of community members on the buses at the Regional Transportation. We will have more details and specifics for you tomorrow but we just wanted to be sure to put this on your radar ASAP! Please let me know if you are able to join us for a lunch time action on Thursday!

Immigrant Women Creating Sanctuary in Central NY!!!

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
https://www.youcaring.com/renemendezperez-1087700
Help the family of Arely Tomas Navarro
https://www.youcaring.com/arelytomas-804962

Link to Facebook event Here

Free Hector! Vigil and Press Conference!!

Hector Navarro Miranda, the father of three US children and an outstanding member of our Syracuse community, was abruptly and unjustly detained by ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) only a few days before Christmas.

On Tuesday, February 20th 2018, his family, friends and allies will have a vigil and press conference to #Free Hector.
At 9:00 am family and supporters will accompany him for his scheduled court hearing.

Please join us in support of family reunification in solidarity with all immigrant families who are suffering this inhumane immigration system.

You can join the group of supporters who will be leaving at 6:00 am from the Center for Peace and Social Justice.
Address: 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210
Parking in the back of the building.

For more information please call: Rebecca Fuentes 315-657-6799

#FreeHector

Link to Facebook Event Here

Rally for Dignified Living and Working Conditions!!!

Thanks so much for the outpouring of support. We are very happy to report that many Auburn community members in general and members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church have mobilized to provide the families with housing and financial. If you would like to support the family and find out what else they need, please contact the pastor Patrick Heery at pastor@westminsterauburn.org. Thanks so much to them and to so many of you for reaching out to your networks and working quickly to help provide support and solidarity with the families.  We invite you to join us in an action tomorrow at the farm to highlight the unjust and undiginified living and housing conditions and to demand justice.

Join us at the action tomorrow:

Rally for Dignified Living and Working Conditions
Friday, February 16th at 10:15am
3815 Melrose Road Auburn, NY 13021

Some of us will be leaving from the center at 9:00am to arrive a little earlier so if you would like to carpool with us, if you have any questions, or if you will be attending (even if you have your own transportation) please email Nikeeta at nslade@workerscny.org.  

Thank you all again so much for all of the support and solidarity!

WCCNY