The Workers’ Center of Central New York (WCCNY) will hold a short press conference and then cover Clinton Square with street art to symbolize the workers who have been killed on the job, in honor of Workers’ Memorial Day. Workers’ Memorial Day is observed across the world on April 28th where people take time to renew and continue their fights for healthier and safer working conditions and fair wages.
WHO: WORKERS’ CENTER OF CENTRAL NEW YORK
WHAT: Worker’s Memorial Day Press Conference & Street Art Action
WHERE: Clinton Square – 2 South Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
WHEN: Thursday, April 28 @ 12 pm
The public is also invited to the Workers’ Center of Central NY office starting at 10:00 am at 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210 to make signs and prepare for outreach and the public art action.
The Workers’ Center is holding this public event just one day before the annual Workers’ Memorial Day breakfast, where two of their members, Crispin Hernandez and Saul Pinto are receiving the ‘Health and Safety Heroism at Work’ awards, for speaking up and fighting for better working conditions while they were farm workers at Marks Farm in Lowville. They were subsequently retaliated against and fired for their efforts.
The Workers’ Center of CNY (WCCNY) is a grassroots membership-based organization committed to fighting for workers’ rights, including the right to a hazard free and safe workplace. Through their organizing, they have met farm workers throughout the Central New York region that have been trampled and knocked down by cows, experienced chemical burns, and/or been injured by machinery. They have also met the family members of farm workers who have unfortunately died as a result of these injuries. WCCNY encourages farmworkers (and other workers) to collectively organize to push employers to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), make sure all machinery is regularly maintained, and most importantly remove hazards in the workplace.
This is one of several events in Central New York.