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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.
• 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.
Please send your cover letter and resume with “Organizer Position” as email subject to Gretchen Purser at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kayla Kelechian at email@example.com. 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.
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.
• 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.
Por favor enviar su currículo por correo electrónico con el título: “organizador(a)” a Gretchen Purser a: firstname.lastname@example.org y a Kayla Kelechian a: email@example.com. 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.
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.”
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!
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!
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:
Both days will be starting at 5:00pm
PRESS CONFERENCE: Farmworkers, advocates and local residents speak up for dignity and respect in front of Melrose Farms
Press contact: Rebecca Fuentes (315) 657-6799 Workers’ Center of CNY
Farmworkers and advocates give a report to the community about the conditions at Melrose Farms. Enough is enough!
On February 7, 2018 the town of Owasco ordered the owner of Melrose Farms, in the town of Owasco, to “cease and desist” the use and occupancy of the building where he had been providing housing to farmworkers and their families (see attachment for more information). Many people came together to support the families who then became homeless. It was a beautiful show of support for the farmworker community, as the families were assisted in finding housing, food and support while they found another job.
The farm was not only in violation of housing code enforcement, but also the Cayuga county health department found the farm did not obtained any permit to build a septic tank for the housing and that the waste was being discharged into the farm’s manure lagoon.
Even before many of us became aware of the inhumane housing conditions at Melrose, several workers had contacted the Workers’ Center of Central NY to complain about wage theft, as workers were not getting minimum wage or getting payed for all their hours.
On Tuesday, August 28, we are coming back to Melrose farm to give a community report about today’s working and housing conditions at this farm. We will share worker’s testimonies about current conditions at Melrose and demand action from local officials.
WHAT: Farmworkers and advocates present a report to the community about working and living conditions at Melrose Farms. Farmworkers will share their testimonies about working and living at Melrose Farm.
WHERE: Across the road from Melrose Farms, 3815 Melrose Rd. Auburn, NY 13021
WHEN: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 11:00 am
WHY: Farmworkers deserve dignity and respect now!
Six months after Melrose Farm’s owner J. Tidd was ordered to cease and desist use and occupation of a building that was found unfit for human habitation, what has been done by the owner and the local authorities to correct the working and living conditions at this farm? We must speak up and continue the pressure so employers do the right thing. The safety and dignity of farmworkers as well as the environment, depends on it.
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Trabajando fuerte para traer los servicios a nuestra comunidad. Aquí con miembros del consulado sobre ruedas de Mexico que estuvieron en nuestro Centro de Trabajadores.
Sí se puede!!!
Working hard to bring services and resources to the community. Here with members of the Mexican Consulate on wheels. They were in Syracuse at our Workers Center. Thank you to all who helped us and made sure it was a success.
Press Release: NY State Fair Opens with Upstate Demand for Driver Licenses: Farm Workers, all Immigrants Need License Access Now
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 21st 2018
Rochester: Carly Fox, 585-500-9409, firstname.lastname@example.org
Syracuse: Rebecca Fuentes, 3152185708, email@example.com
Buffalo: Jennifer Connor, 716 550 9393 JFMFPress@gmail.com
NY State Fair Opens with Upstate Demand for Driver Licenses: Farm Workers, all Immigrants Need License Access Now
The State Fair largely celebrates New York’s Agricultural industry and the workers that hold up that industry would like to have freedom of movement and protection from being put in the deportation pipeline simply because they don’t have a NYS license. “Farmworkers, are an integral part of the motor that drives our state’s agriculture. says Luis Jimenez, president of the Agricultural Alliance in Western NY. “As a father raising U.S.-born children, I want them to have the same opportunities as others. If the police stop us, we might be deported just because we can’t show a license. My children are terrified every time we drive because it could mean we will be permanently separated.”
Advocates across the state say that New York should join the twelve other states for whom getting a driver’s licenses is only about driving and is not connected to immigration status. “New York should resume issuing licenses to all, and join the 12 other states that do. It is a simple matter of safety for all who drive, and it will generate $57 million dollars a year for our state’s economy. It is common sense policy and the Rochester City Council is fully supportive of this measure.” Jackie Ortiz, Rochester City Council Representative
License regulations can either be changed through two paths: Governor’s direct order, and through a change in the law. Assembly Bill 4050, first introduced in 2016, would make a standard license available, regardless of immigration status. The bill gained momentum during the 2017-2018 legislative session, with 34 Assembly Members signed on, including Pamela Hunter, Harry Bronson, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and it was introduced in Senate as S? at the end of session. Nine Senators have signed on so far.
“Farms are really important in Western New York and form an integral part of New York’s identity and economy, and today, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse stand together to say: we need New York’s elected officials to deliver on issues that are important to us” says …. The health of our upstate farms and cities are inseparable, and safe driving for workers, by having access to a license, would drive the health of our region. Driving is not a privilege, it is a necessity to daily life, and both migrant farm workers who keep farms going as well as asylum seekers who bring new life to our cities need access to a license now.
“We are out here because we support freedom of movement for the workers who keep our agricultural industry alive through the sweat of their labor” said Carly Fox, Senior Worker Rights Advocate with the Rochester Worker Justice Center. “The State Fair is a moment to celebrate the contribution of Agriculture to New York State, however, for most of the workers in NY who pick our fruit and milk our cows, there are significant barriers to be able to get to the grocery store and buy food.”
Gov. Cuomo: Take Executive Action for Driver’s Licenses Now!
Immigrant families cannot wait until 2019 legislative session for protection. It is time for Governor Cuomo to use his executive power to allow undocumented New Yorkers to obtain a standard driver’s license, register and insure their vehicles, and drive safely without fear that simple traffic violation will put them in the crosshairs of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
In recent weeks our country has witnessed an escalation in the Trump Administration’s full-force assault on immigrant communities at the border and at home. Our communities are facing the reality of heightened and inhumane immigration enforcement and no one feels safe. ICE, Border Patrol and local police departments have created chaos in our neighborhoods, courts, schools, and workplaces. Children are afraid that their parents may not come home after work or that ICE might break into their house.
Despite the growing support at the community level, the New York Senate and Assembly failed to pass the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (A.10273/S.08680) in the 2018 legislative session. For this reason, we are calling on you to be true to your commitment to do everything in your power to stand up to the Trump Administration and protect New York’s immigrant and refugee families immediately.
A driver’s license is the most effective protection for many in our communities. In most areas of the state where driving is a necessity, driving without a license is extremely risky and every day leads to deportation. New York’s immigrants are frequently profiled by the local police and referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Border Patrol (BP) as the result of a simple driving infraction or routine stop. Those living and working along the northern border of our state are especially vulnerable. Having a driver’s license can serve as a shield to protect New York’s immigrants and keeping families together.
We appreciate past measures you have taken for New York to stand in support of immigrant families and against the policies of this administration. In recent weeks, we have seen you take swift executive action on other issues where our legislative bodies have failed. We now ask you to make the New York State standard driver’s license accessible to all state residents regardless of immigration status by issuing an executive order immediately. Immigrant families cannot wait until 2019 legislative session for protection.
This petition and campaign is led by The Green Light NY: Driving Together Coalition, representing dozens of immigrant base-building organizations and their allies across the state. For the past two years the coalition has been advocating for legislation that would restore access to driver’s licenses for undocumented New Yorkers, but the legislature has failed to act and will not consider the issue until the 2019 legislative session. This is why our coalition is calling on Governor Cuomo to use his executive power to allow undocumented New Yorkers to obtain a standard driver’s license, register and insure their vehicles, and drive safely without fear that simple traffic violation will put them in the crosshairs of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Steering Committee Member Organizations:
- Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
- Worker Justice Center of NY
- Workers’ Center of Central NY
- Justice for Migrant Families
- Columbia Count Sanctuary Movement
- MinKwon Center for Community Action
- Make the Road NY
- New York Immigration Coalition
If you would like your organization to endorse the Green Light Campaign, please fill out our campaign sign-on letter HERE