Great video from @EyeOnTheGround re: our Bangladesh solidarity action in the Brooklyn Target store.
Target, Children’s Place and Gap Inc.: sign the Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Building Safety!
See http://99pickets.org/bangladesh for more info.
25 activists affiliated with 99 Pickets and other local solidarity groups staged a demonstration inside the Target store at the Atlantic Center Mall in Brooklyn, NY, calling on the company to sign onto the recently negotiated Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
The action drew a heavy police and security guard presence that eventually forced the group from the store after about 15 minutes. As they reached the store exit, repeated attempts were made to deliver a letter to the store manager on this issue, but nobody on staff would receive the letter. The group continued the demonstration as they made their way to the mall exit, and along the way, a letter was successfully delivered to the Children’s Place, another company that sources apparel from Bangladesh and that has not signed the Accord.
At the mall exit, amidst some confusion, an incident occurred where one of the activists was arrested and taken to the nearby 78th police precinct. More news will be forthcoming as we get it.
25 activists affiliated with 99 Pickets and other local solidarity groups staged a demonstration inside the Target store at the Atlantic Center Mall in Brooklyn, NY, calling on the company to sign onto the recently negotiated Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. The action drew a heavy police and security guard presence that eventually forced the group from the store after about 15 minutes. As they reached the store exit, repeated attempts were made to deliver a letter to the store manager on this issue, but nobody on staff would receive the letter. The group continued the demonstration as they made their way to the mall exit, and along the way, a letter was successfully delivered to the Children’s Place, another company that sources apparel from Bangladesh and that has not signed the Accord.
Unfortunately, the NYPD and Mall Security decided to arrest one of the activists after the group had left the mall. 99 Pickets and friends and family will be providing jail support tomorrow.
JAIL SUPPORT @ 9AM, Friday June 14thKings County (Brooklyn) Criminal Court — 120 Schemerhorn St.
Directions: N, R or M train to Lawrence Street Station; G train to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street Station; A, F or C train to Jay Street Station; 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Borough Hall Station. B67, B41 and B45 bus lines stop near Livingston Street and Smith Street; B63 and B65 bus lines stop near Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street.
Restaurant workers at DISHES, an upscale midtown Manhattan deli, are standing up against wage theft and for safety and respect in the workplace.
99 Pickets and the Occupy Wall Street community are mobilizing in support of these courageous workers.
“Line clogging” is a fun, easy way to pressure a restaurant owner to negotiate with his employees.
More info about what’s happening at DISHES:
More photos from our Bangladesh solidarity action. Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy: #EndDeathTraps now, sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangaldesh! Consumers, take action: http://laborrights.org/safety
Today we visited Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy to demand that Gap Inc sign the Bangladesh Fire & Safety Accord. We want ethically made clothing now!
On Memorial Day, Occupy Wall Street Activists to Protest Retailers, Demand They Sign Bangaldesh Safety Accord0
For Immediate Release
Press contact: Michelle Flores, 714-944-3422, firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: www.99pickets.org, www.laborrights.org/safety
New York, NY: On Monday, May 27 at 2:30pm, Occupy Wall Street offshoot 99 Pickets and other worker rights activists will visit several New York City retail stores to “hold U.S. retailers accountable for their inaction” in response to the deaths of over 1,200 workers killed in recent Bangladesh garment factory disasters. A significant portion of clothing carried by U.S. retailers is made by Bangladeshi workers. 99 Pickets, echoing other organizations such as the International Labor Rights Forum, United Students against Sweatshops and others, is calling for U.S. retailers to sign on to the “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh”.
The group writes in on their webpage, “It has been estimated that a mere $0.10 more per garment would pay for the factory improvements of this program. Is 10 cents per garment too much for worker safety? Walmart, K-Mart, Gap, Target, JC Penny, and other U.S. retailers say ‘yes’. We say ‘no more bloodshed!’”
The Accord is a new agreement between several global union federations and 40 prominent apparel and retail companies that was negotiated in the wake of the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in April that claimed the lives of over 1,100 workers and the Tazreen Factory Fire last November where over 100 workers died. Several European corporations have signed on, including H&M, Carrefour, and others, but in the United States almost none have participated.
The new agreement requires companies to participate in and fund a program of independent safety inspections, remediation, and worker safety trainings with the involvement of trade unions. They must also maintain commercial terms that enable factories to maintain safe workplaces and finance repairs. The program will be overseen by an equal number of representatives of trade unions and companies, and enforced through binding arbitration. This legal liability for dangerous conditions in factories manufacturing the corporations’ garments is often is U.S. retailer’s primary objection to the Accord.
Though details of the Memorial Day action are not being made public, 99 Pickets writes that it will “demonstrate at several prominent retail and apparel chain stores to call attention to the dangerous conditions in thousands of apparel factories in Bangladesh, ” stating that Monday’s event is only the latest in a series of actions “in solidarity with the three million apparel workers of Bangladesh” in May and June.
99 Pickets, a working group from Occupy Wall Street, seeks to build a mass worker’s movement in New York City and beyond. We are workers, immigrants, artists, the unemployed, students and retirees: the 99%.
Revitalizing the picket line—a tactic with a long and rich history—we use worker-driven, creative action to draw attention to the common struggles of people across the city.
From wage theft, discrimination, abusive employers, food justice, misclassification, exploitative working conditions, retaliation for organizing, to unsafe workplaces, 99 Pickets strives to connect the dots between seemingly isolated conflicts, building a community and a movement to counter the 1%.
Another city is possible, but we need to build it.
On May 15, 2013 the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 went on strike.
The union represents over 200 lawyers, paralegals, social workers and support staff who work at Legal Services NYC at offices around the five boroughs providing legal services to low-income New Yorkers. We are on strike to prevent unnecessary cutbacks and to make sure that Legal Services NYC can continue to provide high quality legal services to low-income New Yorkers for years to come.
LSSA is asking allies to support them and their efforts to end this strike so that they can get back to work as soon as possible.
LSSA members want to continue providing excellent services and continue working with vital community organizations like yours, but Legal Services NYC’s management is threatening those services and the important work that our organizations have accomplished together. Legal Services NYC’s management has demanded cuts to healthcare and retirement, cuts that make it harder for experienced staff to stay in their jobs. Legal Services NYC has enough money right now to avoid cuts, but the organization’s top-heavy management structure shifts that money into expensive management positions and away from the front-line staff that actually works with your members and represents them in court or at hearings. This is not fair to staff or to the communities we serve. We are fighting for a fair contract that allows good, experienced staff to stay at Legal Services NYC and provide legal help to those who need it. We are writing because we need your help in this fight.
What can you do?
- Write a letter in support of the union to members of the Legal Services Board. Please send a copy of the letter LSSA.
- Call Raun Rasmussen and tell him that you support our efforts to win a fair contract. He can be reached at 646-442-3590.
- Join us on the picket line. There is a schedule of our events posted on NYC Central Labor Council’s website.
- Send LSSA photos of your members or staff holding signs of support!
- Follow our progress online at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Saturday afternoon, workers and community members toured 4 grocery stores demanding an end to wage theft, retaliation and exploitation. Stay tuned for more from the Exploitation Free Flatbush campaign!
Join the Retail Action Project’s #JustHours May Day action! In NYC, over 1/3 of retail workers must be available for “on-call” shifts – where they must call the store to know if they are scheduled that same day – wreaking havoc in their lives and making arranging for childcare or going to school nearly impossible. That number is increasing every day, as more companies implement this low-road strategy, and prioritizing profits over workers’ lives. Show retailers that hundreds of thousands of NY retail workers are tired of waiting by the phone and deserve work! B
Between 10am and 11am and 2:30pm and 3:30pm on Wednesday, May 1, please call all three stores. DIAL *67 to block your number. Urban Outfitters 526 Avenue of the Americas, NYC *67, (646) 638-1646 (you will hear the automated system, press 3, and ask for the manager)
Abercombie and Fitch Scheduling number: *67, (212) 381-0110 720 5th Avenue, NYC DSW Shoes *67, (212) 674-2146 (you will hear the automated system, press 0, and ask for the manager) 40 E 14th Street, NYC You can use the below script as a guideline for your phone call, but please end with the LAST LINE: ·
Hi, it’s _YOUR FIRST NAME_. I’m calling to see if I’m working today. o [If they ask what position, pick one: cashier, sales floor, or stock. They will not have you on the schedule.] · How am I supposed to pay my bills when I don’t know how many hours I’m getting or how much my paycheck will be? · Retail workers deserve the right to know when we work. · On-call shifts are unfair and unjust and this abusive practice needs to stop at this store now!!!