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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.

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.
February, 2018

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

Press Contacts:

Rochester: Carly Fox, 585-500-9409, cfox@wjcny.org

Syracuse: Rebecca Fuentes, 3152185708, rfuentes@workerscentercny.org

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!

Gov. Cuomo: Take Executive Action for Driver’s Licenses Now!

Torneo de Fútbol/Soccer Tournament! 7/22

Sunday, July 22nd 8am-4pm – WCCNY’s 4th Annual Soccer Tournament Fundraiser
Where: Christian Brothers’ Academy – 6245 Randall Road Syracuse, NY 13214

We are very excited to be having our annual family friendly soccer tournament fundraiser.

We are still very much in need of more volunteers to help with set up, serving and selling food, childcare, staffing the welcome/info table (especially our bilingual friends!), clean up, etc.

We are asking volunteers to take one of the following shifts: 6am-9am, 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm. If these times don’t exactly fit your schedule, we can make modifications.

We are also asking for donations to help us purchase gifts that will be raffling throughout tournament and to purchase ingredients to help us cook the delicious homemade food we will be selling on Sunday.

If you would like to make a donation, you can come by our office. We certainly appreciate your donations whether that be your time or your financial contriubtions! Please email Kayla at kkelechian@workerscentercny.org or give her a call at 315-385-9874 to volunteer or to donate.Again, we truly appreciate your support!

May Day Festival!

When: Tuesday May 1, 2018 11:00am-1:00pm

Where: Perseverance Park, Syracuse NY

Join us for a celebration of May Day, the International Workers’ Day! We will gather for speakers, music, and food.

Groups of workers are divided and exploited in various ways, but we are all a part of the same struggle. How can we fight back in the workplace to win better working conditions? We can learn from workers of the past and present who have fought and won!
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Accessibility info: This event will be in Spanish and English. ASL interpretation will be provided. The park is accessible by wheelchair. Please refrain from wearing fragrances and smoking near the event space. Children welcome. Please post or message the page with any accommodations questions or requests.

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¡Únete a nosotros para una celebración del Primero de Mayo, el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores! Nos reuniremos para oradores, música y comida.

Los grupos de trabajadores se dividen y explotan de diversas maneras, pero todos somos parte de la misma lucha. ¿Cómo podemos luchar en el lugar de trabajo para ganar mejores condiciones de trabajo? ¡Podemos aprender de los trabajadores del pasado y del presente que han luchado y ganado!
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Nota: abstenerse de fumar cerca o usar fragancias. Esto hará que el espacio sea más seguro para aquellos con sensibilidades químicas.
Información de accesibilidad: Este evento será en español e inglés. Se proporcionará interpretación de ASL. El parque es accesible en silla de ruedas.

Link to Facebook Event Here

March for Justice: Immigrants and Refugees are Welcome Here

When: Monday, January 29 at 12 PM – 1 PM

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Another tragedy at Marks Dairy Farm in Lowville, NY

Dairy farms can be a dangerous workplace. Between 2006 and 2015, there have been 69 dairy farm fatalities, according to data compiled by the New York state Department of Health.

We wrote this op-ed to review the history of labor abuse at this farm, and why maybe this fatality was preventable.

By Carly Fox and Rebecca Fuentes | Special to Syracuse.com

We didn’t personally know Ryan C. Ouellette, the dairy worker who was killed in a tragic workplace “accident” Nov. 19, 2017, at Marks Farm, a factory farm on the southern border of the Adirondacks in Lowville, but we are deeply saddened by his death. Ouellette died after his head became trapped in a manure separator machine. This tragedy occurred on the eve of our nation’s day to give thanks for food and family. Despite years of efforts by farmworkers and advocates to improve health and safety conditions at Marks Farm, dairy farmworkers continue to be exposed to significant risks of injury and death that are ultimately preventable.

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Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos 10/15

Central and Western NY were presente yesterday at the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign’s retreat where we learned together and established our goals for the next year.
El Centro y el oeste de NY estuvieron presentes el día de ayer en el retiro de nuestra campaña para ganar licencias de manejar en NY “Luz Verde NY: Manejando Juntos” donde nos preparamos juntos y establecimos metas para el próximo año. Sí se Puede!