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NYC Worker Solidarity

Worker Action Calendar: Past Actions

Previous NY/NJ worker and labor actions.

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October 2014

  • Thu. 16

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    On October 16, join Walmart-Free NYC and OUR Walmart, alongside worker justice campaigns from across the New York City, for a march for higher wages and workplace dignity!

    Together, we’ll hit up multiple targets in Midtown East, include a fast food and a retail outlet, before concluding our action at the $25m condo that Walmart heiress, Alice Walton, recently purchased on Park Ave.

    Background and context:

    We’ve had it. Many of us are burning up with low-wage rage, and it’s time to call out who is responsible: Walmart and the Walton family. If you’re fed up, it’s time to rise up against them!

    Here’s why: Walmart’s worst practices have been adopted by NYC retailers, fast-food chains, and other low-wage employers. Walmart’s harm to NYC’s low-wage retail workers and fast-food workers can be seen and felt in growing poverty, erratic schedules, lack of stable hours and few opportunities for real career advancement among people of color, women, and immigrants.

    Retail workers, fast food workers, and other workers are therefore coming together for a massive march on October 16. We’ll take our issues to employers on the Upper East Side that are perpetrating these Walmart practices, and we’ll culminate at Alice Walton’s new $25m condo, to demonstrate the urgent need to address the dramatic and deepening inequality that the Walmart economy is driving. It’s time to tell Walmart and the Walton family to stop robbing workers of the American dream.

    Things will only get much worse if we stay silent and don’t make our voices heard together.

    The income inequality that the Walton family and Walmart have aggressively fueled throughout the United States is most extreme right here in NYC. From her luxury condo on Park Avenue in Manhattan, Alice Walton literally has a front row seat to watch her own greed in action.

    Join us in paying Alice a special visit. It’s time for her to step down from her luxury-condo-perch and have Walmart publicly commit to providing workers with higher wages and full-time, consistent scheduling. It’s time to raise the wage, raise up NY, and raise up all workers!

  • Thu. 9

          

    POSTPONED. The 99 Pickets book club resumes with a book dedicated to the recent People’s Climate March: Labor and the Environmental Movement: The Quest for Common Ground? (MIT Press).

  • Thu. 2

          

    We, workers from Liberato Restaurant, would like to invite you to our Court Action Date on October 2, 2014 in favor of our struggle at the Restaurant. For many years, the owner of Liberato Restaurant, Manuel Antonio Liberato, has paid us below the minimum wage standards. A female co-worker was sexually harassed and other co-workers were physically and verbally abused by the management. Back in December, we attempted to speak with management about the fact that we had been paid below minimum wage for many years. The Company reacted by firing two of our leaders, Oscar Ramirez and then Pablo Rutilio.

    Since April 19, 2014, We have engaged in direct actions to highlight the working conditions inside the workplace. We have collected more than 2,000 petitions from members of the community in support of our struggle. Yet, The owner still refusing paying minimum wage or conducting real structural changes. Our message as workers is: we will not stop taken direct actions until Liberato Restaurant pays our stolen wages and conducts real structural changes inside the restaurant. Please Join Us in Solidarity!

    When: Thursday October 2, 2014

    Where: 40 Foley Square (Inside the court and then in room 443)

    Time: 10:30 am

    Laundry Workers Center United addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers in the laundry and food service industries, as well as their families. Our work aims to combat abuses such as landlord negligence, wage theft, and hazardous and exploitative working conditions, all of which are endemic in low-income communities in New York City and New Jersey.

    Laundry Workers Center’s political philosophy is rooted in organizing workers and building their leadership skills and political power through a variety of worker-lead tools and tactics, including taking direct action at the workplace, serving as their own voice to media outlets, speaking out as member of this community, and acting as their own advocates at the negotiation table.

    Laundry Workers Center
    330 W 38 Street, Suite 505
    Manhattan, NY, 10018
    www.lwcu.org

September 2014

  • Tue. 30

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    After our most recent contract negotiations, it became clear that Barneys fails to recognize how critical certain issues are to the associates that make the company profitable.

    They want a 90% percent productivity standard so that it ‘will be easier to fire’ associates. They insist on devastating a healthy retirement plan that provides secure benefits after a lifetime spent at the company. They insist that despite reporting incorrect sales, no one was underpaid.

    Help Barneys understand how wrong they are. Join us on Tuesday September 30th at 6pm as we come together to demand a FAIR CONTRACT NOW!

  • Tue. 23

          

    On September 23, 2014, workers and supporters will protest the Bank of Tokyo to demand it stop benefiting from the sweatshop practices at Rainbow Limo. Two groups of workers at Rainbow Limo came forward to fight back against sweatshop conditions and filed lawsuits against Rainbow Limo and owner, SeongBae Dan for failing to pay overtime, stealing a percentage of the workers’ tips and demanding $10,000 from drivers in order to work.

    The Bank of Tokyo, Japan’s largest bank, is one of Rainbow Limo’s main contracts. The workers sought support from the Bank of Tokyo but the bank ignored the drivers. Workers and supporters will call for Bank of Tokyo to take responsibility and pay the workers immediately.

    Join us!

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    Confront GM CEO Mary Barra over her company’s refusal to be accountable for extremely unsafe working conditions and illegal hiring practices at their plant in Colombia.

    Autoworkers are being injured at an incredibly high rate at General Motor’s assembly plant in Bogota, Colombia. A group of whistleblowers brought international attention to this fact when they set up a tent encampment in front of the U.S. Embassy in August of 2011, where they have steadfastly remained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since. The workers, who were illegally dismissed from GM after becoming injured on the job, and left without compensation, are demanding that the company make good with them. The union inside the plant, SINTRAIME is standing with them and demanding that the company: (1) address unsafe working conditions and illegal hiring practices at their plant, and (2) send a team to reach an equitable settlement with the workers who have maintained this protest.

    As part of the protest, the injured workers have been on hunger strike since August 26th, buried in the ground. Shown here is Carlos Trujillo. Carlos, a father with young children who he has had to watch go hungry as a result of the harm GM did to him and the company’s subsequent refusal to negotiate, is one of two workers who have their lips stitched shut at this moment.

    GM CEO Mary Barra is ignoring the workers’ appeal. This is not acceptable. GM caused these workers’ disabilities, and then got rid of them. GM must agree on a fair settlement. Mary Barra is speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, and let’s tell her to respond to concerned GM employees who are speaking up!

    More info: www.asotrecol.org

  • Sat. 20

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    Does your workplace justice campaign connect with climate justice? How so? If not, how could you make the connection? How does climate change affect you and your coworkers on and off the job? And how are climate justice groups interacting with the workers movement?

    This is an opportunity for anyone involved in workplace struggle to talk about how we in the labor movement relate to the climate justice movement, and vice versa! Worker voices will be prioritized in this conversation. Spanish interpretation provided.

    Part of the Climate Convergence in the run-up to the People’s Climate March on September 21.

  • Wed. 17

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    In Cambodia, the women and men who sew clothes for The Gap, H&M, and other major brands struggle to make ends meet. The legal minimum wage for garment workers is a miserable wage of $100 per month. Thousands of workers have fainted at their sewing machines owing to factors including malnutrition, overwork, heat, poor ventilation, and fumes from chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Earlier this year, when over 200,000 Cambodian workers stood up to demand a fairer wage, authorities shot four workers dead in the streets and threw 23 union activists in jail. Consumers don’t want clothes tainted with exploitation and repression.

    On September 17th, garments workers in Cambodia will demonstrate at their workplaces for a raise to $177 per month – the minimum needed to cover basic needs according to a government-appointed task force. Join us to demand justice for Cambodian workers!

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    Please attend the City Council Committee hearing on the J4JA Resolution, which will take place Wednesday, September 17, 2014, in the Committee Room in City Hall, 260 Broadway, NYC.  By attending this hearing you will be showing your support and encouragement for the concept of good faith negotiations between jazz clubs and AFM, Local 802.  
    This a golden opportunity for all musicians to make their voices heard regarding the disparate treatment they have received over the years at the hands of unscrupulous club owners who have used every mechanism at their disposal to ensure that musicians have had and continue to have little say in regard to issues of working conditions, minimum pay scale, in-house recordings, and the lack of union benefits like pension—which are routinely afforded to musicians who work on Broadway and the symphonic field, but are universally unavailable to artists who work in NYC’s major jazz clubs, an industry that generates tens of millions of dollars annually towards our local economy.

  • Thu. 11

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    Join the picket line on Thursday as we let Kenny Bakery know what we think of businesses that abuse workers and refuse to pay the minimum wage. Together with the community, we will send live social media reviews in real time to Kenny Bakery while picketing outside the store.

August 2014

  • Fri. 1

          

    Laundry Workers Center invites you to protest in front of Kenny Bakery to support of one of their members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery in Washington Heights, where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers.

    In addition, allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima against Kenny Bakery, that they refused to pay her even minimum wage.

    So please join us and demonstrate our collective power!

July 2014

June 2014

  • Tue. 17

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    Workers from Laundry Workers Center Liberato campaign want to invite you to their action line. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm, workers & allies will be having actions against the Bronx restaurant Liberato.

    Liberato continues to pay workers below minimum wage, with no overtime hours, and they have threatened some of the workers with ICE.

    “We will not be intimidated and we will continue fighting until the end!”

    Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm
    Thursday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm

    Take the 4 train to 183rd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.

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    Workers from Laundry Workers Center Liberato campaign want to invite you to their action line. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm, workers & allies will be having actions against the Bronx restaurant Liberato.

    Liberato continues to pay workers below minimum wage, with no overtime hours, and they have threatened some of the workers with ICE.

    “We will not be intimidated and we will continue fighting until the end!”

    Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm
    Thursday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm

    Take the 4 train to 183rd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.

  • Thu. 12

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    SUMMER KICKOFF: 99 Pickets Solidarity Meeting 6/12

    It’s going to be a long, intense summer of worker organizing and labor actions. Let’s gather with other workers and organizers to hear what’s happening in labor campaigns around NYC, and find out how we can support each other’s struggles going forward!

    This is the one and only “solidarity meeting” we’ll have this summer, so don’t miss out!

    Thursday, June 12, 6-8pm
    New location: Ya-Ya Network
    224 West 29th St, 14th FL


    ARA INICIAR EL VERANO: Asamblea de Solidaridad de 99 Pickets – 12 de junio

    Va a ser un largo e intenso verano de organización de los trabajadores y acciones de movilización laboral. Juntémonos con otros trabajadores y organizadores para enterarnos de lo que está pasando en campañas laborales por toda la ciudad de Nueva York, y para averiguar cómo podemos apoyarnos unos a los otros en el avance de nuestras luchas.

    Ésta será la única “Asamblea de Solidaridad” que tendremos este verano. ¡No te la pierdas!

    Jueves, 12 de junio, de 6 a 8pm
    Nuevo lugar: Ya-Ya Network
    224 West 29th St, 14th FL

     

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    Workers from Laundry Workers Center Liberato campaign want to invite you to their action line. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm, workers & allies will be having actions against the Bronx restaurant Liberato.

    Liberato continues to pay workers below minimum wage, with no overtime hours, and they have threatened some of the workers with ICE.

    “We will not be intimidated and we will continue fighting until the end!”

    Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm
    Thursday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm

    Take the 4 train to 183rd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.

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    Workers from Laundry Workers Center Liberato campaign want to invite you to their action line. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm, workers & allies will be having actions against the Bronx restaurant Liberato.

    Liberato continues to pay workers below minimum wage, with no overtime hours, and they have threatened some of the workers with ICE.

    “We will not be intimidated and we will continue fighting until the end!”

    Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm
    Thursday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm

    Take the 4 train to 183rd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.

  • Wed. 11

          

    en español abajo

    Dear sisters and brothers,

    Amy’s Bread says it’s sustainable, it’s community-friendly, and it’s ethical. The company’s website makes working there sound like it’s fun, relaxed and perfect: “We are very fortunate to work in a bakery. Being surrounded by fresh-from-the-oven sweets and bread, while serving customers that are happily choosing their favorite treats, is a nice way to spend our days.” But workers are ground down in sub-standard conditions and are spending their days worrying about not being able to cover their rent, having the proper equipment to perform their work, and worrying about not being able to afford their family’s medical treatment, to name a few.

    Amy’s Bread is waging a top-notch anti-organizing fight against our members and workers are pushing hard to overcome it. The workers from the factory in Queens will be upping the pressure on the employer to come to the table and dialogue. The first consumer education action is happening tomorrow and an ally presence would be critical. Friends, can you please come to support the workers of Amy’s Bread?

    The action will be until 4pm at the company’s Hell’s Kitchen retail location but we will first meet on the Northeast corner of 49th St. & 9th Ave in Manhattan at 2:30pm sharp.
    Directions:
    By Subway – N/Q/R trains to 49th Street, exit on 47th Street. Or C/E trains to 50th Street.
    Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll step into what could be a transformative factory fight this summer. Please write or call me with any questions: 646-568-5870 x1.

    ¡Ni un paso atrás!

    In Solidarity,
    Diana Marino

    Queridas hermanas y hermanos,

    Amy’s Bread dice que es sostenible, es amigable en la comunidad, y es ético. El sitio web de la empresa hace trabajar allí sonar como que es divertido, relajado y perfecto: “Estamos muy afortunados de trabajar en una panadería. Estar rodeados de dulces y pan fresco recién salidos del horno, mientras que también atendemos a los clientes que están eligiendo felizmente sus golosinas favoritas, es una buena manera de pasar nuestros días “. Pero l@s trabajadores estan atravesando condiciones sub-estándar y pasando sus días preocupandose por no ser capaces de cubrir el alquiler, de no tener el equipo adecuado para realizar su trabajo, y preocupándose por no poder pagar el tratamiento médico de su familia.

    Amy’s Bread está llevando a cabo una lucha anti-unión muy fuerte en contra de nuestr@s miembr@s y ell@s están presionando duro para superarlo. L@s trabajadores de la fábrica en Queens estarán aumentando la presión sobre la dueña para que acuda a su demanda de sentarse a la mesa a dialogar. La primera acción de la educación al consumidor sucederá mañana y una presencia aliada será crítico. Herman@s, ¿por favor, podrán venir a apoyar a l@s trabajadores de Amy’s Bread?

    La acción será hasta las 4pm en una de las tiendas de la compañía, pero primero nos reuniremos en la esquina noreste de 49 St y 9 Av, en Manhattan a las 2:30 pm en punto.

    Instrucciones:
    En metro – Trenes N/Q/R hasta 49 St, salida en la 47 St. o trenes C/E hasta 50 St.

    Gracias por leer y espero que se unan a lo que podría ser un transformador combate de esta fábrica durante el verano. Por favor, escríbanme o llámenme con cualquier pregunta: 646-568-5870 x1.

    ¡Ni un paso atrás!

    En Solidaridad,
    Diana Marino

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    We will demand that Governor Cuomo stop the COVER-UP of wage theft:

    • Enforce and strengthen labor laws to make minimum-wage hikes real
    • Convene a wage board to raise minimum wages for tipped workers, the majority of whom are women

    Workers of Indus Valley and Earthen Oven Restaurants went to the Department of Labor in 2008 and 2010 respectively to complain about minimum-wage violations. For years, their bosses Lakhvir and Phuman Singh paid them only $3 an hour.

    6 years later, the workers are still waiting. And their bosses are still not paying the
    minimum wage. With 14,000 open cases, the NYS Labor Department is now investigating only 3 years instead of the full 6 years back. And the NYS DOL is doing nothing to strengthen laws that allow criminal employers to hide assets to escape responsibility for stolen wages.

    No wonder so many employers are not paying the minimum wage! Even when workers go to the NYS Labor Department, nothing happens! If bosses don’t have to pay $8 an hour, what good is an increase if the law is not enforced? We demand an increase in minimum wage-and strengthened enforcement to make it real. Tipped workers must be included.

    Cuomo has refused to convene a wage board to increase tipped workers’ wages even after being directed to do so as part of last year’s minimum-wage law.

    The Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase joins workers of Indus Valley, Earthen Oven, Amla and others to say “Enough already!” They invite all workers with cases at the Labor Department, problems receiving minimum wage, and those who feel that workers should be paid the minimum wage to join their call.

  • Tue. 10

          

    Laundry Workers Center would like to invite you this Tuesday June 10 at 3pm to a press conference. We will denounce the working conditions of the workers from Bronx restaurant Liberato, including wage theft, sexual harassment and other issues. Please come and support the stories of brave and amazing workers.

    PDF of the press release is here.

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    Workers from Laundry Workers Center Liberato campaign want to invite you to their action line. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm, workers & allies will be having actions against the Bronx restaurant Liberato.

    Liberato continues to pay workers below minimum wage, with no overtime hours, and they have threatened some of the workers with ICE.

    “We will not be intimidated and we will continue fighting until the end!”

    Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm
    Thursday: 10 am-12 pm, 5pm-7pm

    Take the 4 train to 183rd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.

  • Fri. 6

          

    –English translation follows–

    Querid@s comp@s,

    Mi nombre es Manuel Estevez y soy trabajador de Tom Cat Bakery y miembro de Brandworkers. Me tomo este momento para hacerle una feliz invitacion:

    A UN BBQ DE SOLIDARIDAD

    EN FECHA 6 DE JUNIO 2014 DE 4PM A 7PM

    LUGAR: 43,05 10th st long island city, 11101

    Apoya a la lucha por mejor salario, mostrar unidad a nuestra compañia, y disfrutar un ambiente familiar con sus compañeros.

    Espero, volver a verle.

    en solidaridad,

    Manuel a Estevez

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    Dear Comp@s,

    My name is Manuel Estevez and I’m a worker at Tom Cat Bakery, as well as a member of Brandworkers. I’d like to take a moment to extend you a cordial invitation for:

    A Solidarity BBQ in front of the Tom Cat factory

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    4pm – 7pm

    43-05 10th St. Long Island City, Queens 11101

    Support our struggle for better pay, demonstrate unity to the company, and enjoy a family environment with your companeros!

    Hope to see you.

    In Solidarity,

    Manuel A Estevez

  • Wed. 4

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    We would love you to RSVP here (in addition to saying “yes” on FB!): http://goo.gl/izHtpm

    At 12pm on June 4, at City Hall, join Walmart-Free NYC, City Council members, and community leaders to tell Walmart and the Walton family to stop spending their dangerous dollars in New York City. We will release an open letter from elected officials, to Walmart and the Walton family, making it clear that their money is not welcome here and will not be accepted in any of our communities across the 5 boroughs.

    Together, we will make a strong statement by ripping up giant checks representing the money that the Walton family spends on advancing a right-wing agenda. This is an exciting opportunity for the progressive movement to speak in a strong, unified voice against Walmart.

    Communities always lose far more than they gain from Walmart. New Yorkers across the five boroughs know this, and know that they can’t afford to lose the good local jobs and vibrant small businesses that predatory and harmful Walmart stores would quickly take away. That’s why Walmart will never succeed here.

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    Background & Context:

    In recent years, New Yorkers have defeated Walmart at every turn. Because we’re all too familiar with the harmful effects Walmart would have on our economy, businesses, and working families, we have prevented Walmart from opening even a single store in New York City, the most valued urban market in the country. They’re getting desperate.

    The Walton family, which founded Walmart more than fifty years ago, has not given up. Instead, the Waltons have escalated their efforts to fund the privatization of our public schools in New York City and beyond. Nationally, the Waltons have a disturbing track record of supporting anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-democratic organizations, like the Heritage Foundation, the National Right to Work Foundation and the Cato Institute. In so doing, they are actively trying to undermine a progressive agenda – and we won’t stand for it in New York City.

    Make no mistake: Walton family money is Walmart money. We need to keep their dangerous dollars out of our schools, our economy, our politics, and our communities. Walmart and the Walton family are banking on our silence in more ways than one. If we don’t fight back and raise our voices, Walmart and the Walton family will continue to use their money to try to undermine the citywide fight against inequality and our campaigns to achieve better education, better jobs, and a better city for all.

    This action will be part of national week of action against Walmart and the Walton family. Around the country, opponents of the Walton family’s right-wing agenda will speak out in the lead up to Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting on June 6. They will highlight how the Walton family and Walmart have together contributed to the loss of good jobs, good public schools, and good local businesses, and to an increase in conservative policies and income inequality.

    RSVP here: http://goo.gl/izHtpm

    Walmart-Free NYC steering committee partners are:

    Alliance for a Greater NY
    Center for Popular Democracy
    Make the Road NY
    New Economy Project
    New York Communities for Change
    Retail Action Project
    Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union
    RWDSU 338
    RWDSU 1102
    The Black Institute
    United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
    UFCW 888
    UFCW 1500
    UFCW 342
    UFCW 2013

May 2014

  • Sat. 31

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    99 Pickets will be joining the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and other labor activists for an after-party at the Left Forum. We’ll be at The Green Door, just a block away from John Jay College where the Left Forum is being held. The bar is reserved for the whole evening and there will even be free snacks and pizza! Drink prices range from $4.50 – $7.00. Left Forum registration and attendance are not necessary, all are welcome to the party.

  • Wed. 28

          

    The weather is warming up, and that means it’s time to take our message to the streets! Join the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign this Wednesday as they march with the excellent J4JA Brass Band to tell NYC jazz clubs and their patrons that jazz musicians deserve pension, fair pay, and and recording protections!

    Please RSVP to jazzjustice@local802afm.org
    or call 212-245-4802 ext 157

  • Thu. 22

    Worker Power Book Club

    6:30-8:30pm at Think Coffee - Meat Packing District: 73 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10019
    by 99 Pickets

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    This is a 99 Pickets-organized, once a month meeting to discuss selected readings on topics of labor organizing, history, theory, and critique. We ask that all who attend have read some or all of the materials suggested, and come with questions of how these texts can help with our tactics and strategies for organizing in the here and now.

    May 22:  New Labor in New York: Precarious Worker Organizing and the Future of the Labor Movement / Edited by Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott

    Cornell University Press is offering 99 Pickets readers a 40 percent discount, which makes the book $14.97. Ships three days from Cornell to NYC. Email Jennifer A. Longley jal225@cornell.edu 607-277-2338 x254 and mention the 99P book club!

  • Sat. 17

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    Some of those speaking will be Brian Jones, Carol Burris, Raging Grannies, Joe Rella and Ken Mitchel (local superintendents), representatives of parents groups and BATS. Others invited to speak include Diane Ravitch, Jonathon Kozol, Leticia James, Leonie Haimson, Zakiah Ansari (parent) and Stephanie Rivera (SUPE).

    The Vision: Create & sustain a public school system that provides a fully funded, equitable, community-based education for every child. This means that decisions about our children’s schooling are made democratically by families and professional educators, free of corporate and political intervention.

    The Mission: Educate teachers, parents, students and communities on the dangers of corporate-driven reform that lead to privatization, high stakes testing, mandated curriculum, unfair teacher evaluation practices, school closures, and a two tier school system where special needs students, English as a 2nd language learners, and children of color and poverty are hit hardest.

    The Goals:

    • Motivate people to act on behalf of children to receive a quality equitable education.
    • Bring various communities to work together in resisting national corporate reform policies.
    • Restore the joy of learning
    • Get media coverage of our point of view.
    • Have our voices heard on the main-steam media.
    • Involve mainstream and alternative media coverage of vision, mission, and goals
    • Let corporations know that we will resist their efforts to privatize and control public education
    • Assure authentic classroom-based assessment – end high stakes testing
    • Assure locally-developed curricula that honor languages, cultures, and communities – No mandating of common core standards and standards based testing
    • Ensure privacy of student data – end In-Bloom
    • Universal public (non charter) neighborhood preschools based in our neighborhood public schools
    • Wrap around services for every neighborhood public school: counselors, social workers, psychologists, health care
    • Strengthen neighborhood schools, assure high quality schools in every neighborhood – resist charter schools and vouchers
    • Value out of school multiple literacies and cultural pedagogy
    • Protect programs (art, music, phys. ed.) that are important to the overall development of our children and to their love of learning
    • Audience: Community activists (“voices of resistance”), families, students, civil rights advocates, voters, immigrant families, policymakers and legislators, union members, teachers, and faith leaders
    • Celebration. We celebrate the potential of all students and schools
  • Thu. 15

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    Fast food workers are taking their message worldwide on May 15. Stand with us!

    Every worker, in every country, deserves fair wages and the right to form a Union without interference from the boss. Can you hear us McDonalds?

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    As you probably know, Fast Food Workers are going on strike on Thursday, May 15th all around the world. We support them that morning standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the workers right out in front of the stores they run  – Join Us!
    Locations are yet to be disclosed… easiest way to get in on all the actions is by getting on the bus!

    BUS: leaves at 4:45AM at 2-4 Nevins St. between Livingston and Flatbush, downtown Brooklyn. (There will be coffee)

    FLATBUSH BUS: Meet at corner of Church and St. Pauls place at 4:30 AM.
    RALLY: 10AM @ Herald Square, march to follow.
     
    The $15 wage faces daunting political hurdles (even Seattle’s new $15 wage legislation is fraught with compromising pro-business loopholes). But if the de Blasio administration takes the lead in responding to the campaign’s demand for a $15 wage floor, that could set a major precedent for the rest of the state, where nearly 40 percent of workers earn less than $15 an hour, and fast-food workers earn on average just $11,000 annually (their CEOs might make more than double that amount in a single day). – Michelle Chen
  • Mon. 5

          

    Laundry Workers Center wants to invite you Monday to an action in support of one our members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law. So, please join us and lets demonstrate our collective power!

    Meeting Point: In front of Dyckman Station (train # 1-uptown)
    Contact info: Mahoma Lopez:347-488-6935 or Rosanna Rodriguez: 347-652-5724

  • Sat. 3

          

    Part of the charm that drew Jane Jacobs to Greenwich Village was in its eclectic, human-scaled businesses. Since her time, small, independent, locally-owned Village shops have been increasingly replaced by big box stores, and NYU continues to expand in the community. At what cost has this been, especially for those who work in the neighborhood? On this tour, the NYC worker solidarity group 99 Pickets will explore locations where local worker struggles are happening and places where goods made by oppressed workers are sold. We’ll hear from community leaders and scholars of labor history, have literature on hand, and give actionable next steps at each location. Interspersed with stories from current struggles, we will highlight historic locations in New York worker justice history, and discuss how Jane Jacobs’s model of activism can be a model for socially conscious everyday city dwellers.

    Event page!

  • Thu. 1

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    Public Workers United will be marching on May Day, Thursday, May 1, to add our voices to those fighting for immigrant rights and worker justice.

    Look for the contingent with banners, signs and stickers for Strong Services, Full Retro Pay, and No Givebacks!

    Wear RED and bring copies of this flyer to distribute.

    Noon – Union Square South
    4pm – Chambers Street and Broadway

    PublicWorkersUnited.Net

    Over 1000 public workers have signed a petition saying that the money is there to improve public services and also resolved public worker contracts after at least four years without a raise. Let’s take that to the streets and make sure there will no givebacks and we our full retroactive pay raises.

    May 1st is May Day the holiday that workers celebrate around the world and have celebrated since 1886. We are asking that you join with us to celebrate this most important holiday in order to make clear to the bosses that we have joined together to fight the ever increasing cutbacks that have ravaged our ability to survive.

    All workers, public or private, must join together to demand that the bosses pay a living wage.  We must unite with immigrant and undocumented workers who suffer the most and have been in the forefront of the struggle.

    We must continue the struggle on May 2nd and beyond:

    • like us at PublicWorkersUnited.net
    • come to our next meeting, discuss how to open up bargaining & create “Public dialogue for public services” – Thursday May 8, 6pm, Atrium – NW corner of 56th and Madison
    • join the over 1000 public workers, activists and elected leaders, who have signed a petition for full retro pay – published in the Chief newspaper –  http://chn.ge/1cFeQTo
    • distribute this flyer to co-workers & at other workplaces / transit hubs (download from site)
    • join our campaign to get City Council to pledge to oppose a budget that doesn’t include full retro pay.
    • raise a motion in unions and other organizations – email us for a copy
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    It has been 8 years since 2006’s massive mobilizations of immigrants and workers against the repressive Sensenbrenner legislation that would criminalize immigrant workers. Since 2006, the May 1st Coalition for Workers and Immigrant Rights has been organizing and mobilizing for every May 1st bringing together immigrant groups, community organizations, workers groups, unions, LGBTQGNC organizations, and women’s organizations to raise the demands of people during the ongoing economic crisis.

    Come to a May 1st Coalition Citywide meeting for May Day 2014!

    Come and participate in plans for outreach, demands, logistics, etc! Help make May Day 2014 a united, militant march for worker and immigrant rights! For more information call Teresa Gutierrez [Spanish] – (917) 328-6470 or Cris Hilo [English] – (347) 342 – 2706

    May 1st Where? Union Square!

    Some of May 1st Coalition’s Demands this year are:
    ▪ Support the Low Wage WORKERS STRIKE
    ▪ NO TO TPP
    ▪ LEGALIZATION FOR ALL
    ▪ NO TO DEPORTATIONS AND DETENTIONS OF IMMIGRANTS
    ▪ STOP THE SEPARATION OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES BY DEPORTATIONS
    ▪ STOP THE WAR ON BLACK COMMUNITIES AND ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR
    ▪ STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE OF COLOR AND ALL LGBT COMMUNITIES
    ▪ SOLIDARITY WITH COUNTRIES THREATENED BY U.S. IMPERIALISM
    ▪ END THE U.S. WARS AND BRING THE TROOPS HOME
    ▪ STOP THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND THE IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS
    ▪ RIGHT TO UNIONIZE
    ▪ FAIR CONTRACTS WITH RETROACTIVE PAY FOR ALL CITY WORKERS
    ▪ SUPPORT UNDERPAID WORKERS

    May 1st Coalition’s MAY DAY 2014 is endorsed by:
    Acción 21
    AFSCME LOCAL 375
    Anakbayan NJ
    Anakbayan NY
    BAYAN USA
    Building Bridges – WBAI Radio
    Centro Tecum Uman
    Colectivo Honduras USA Resistancia Libre
    Hot and Crusty Workers
    FIST
    Fuerza de La Revolucion.
    GABRIELA New York
    International Action Center
    La Pena del Bronx
    Laundry Workers Center
    LynneStewart.org
    Mesa de La Izquierda Dominicana
    MIGUA
    Million Workers March
    National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
    New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
    Occu – Evolve
    Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
    People Power Assembly
    People’s Organization for Progress NJ
    Philippine Forum
    Picture the Homeless
    Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban Five
    Pro-Libertad Freedom Campaign
    Sisa Pakari Centro Cultural y Laboral
    TRABAJADORES POR LA PAZ
    United National Anti War Coalition
    Voz Latina on WBAI
    Women’s Fightback Network
    Workers Communist Organization
    Workers World Party

    http://www.may1.info/

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    May Day is fast approaching, which means its almost time for the 3rd Annual Immigrant Worker Justice Tour! 

    Join our march on International Workers Day as hundreds of us take to the streets of NYC to demand dignity, justice and respect for workers and immigrants everywhere. This years tour will be highlighting struggles throughout NYC, as well as those of our sisters and brothers across the US and around the world.

    Meet up is 12:30PM at Washington Square Park (by the fountain), where we’ll head off to over a dozen targets throughout Lower Manhattan to demand an end to wage theft, exploitation, inhumane and unsafe working conditions, privatization, the deportation, detention and criminalization of immigrant communities, and attacks on people of color and the poor both here and abroad.

    After the tour wraps up, we will join our comrades from the May 1st Coalition in Union Square!

    SEE YOU IN THE STREETS!


    Únete a nuestra marcha en el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores cuando llenaremos las calles de la Ciudad de Nueva York para demandar dignidad, justicia y respeto para los trabajadores e inmigrantes. El tour de este año pone en foco las luchas a lo largo de la Ciudad de Nueva York, así como las de nuestras hermanas y hermanos en los E.E.U.U. y alrededor del mundo.

    Asamblea es a las 12:30pm en Washington Square Park, y marcharemos en la dirección de más de una docena de campañas en el Bajo Manhattan donde se está demandando un paro al robo de salarios, explotación, condiciones de trabajo peligrosas e inhumanas, privatización, deportación, detención y criminalización de comunidades inmigrantes, y ataques al pobre y personas de color aquí y en el exterior.

    Después de terminar el tour, nos vamos a reunir con nuestros compañeros y compañeras de la Coalición del 1ro de Mayo en Unión Square!

    ¡NOS VEMOS EN LAS CALLES!

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    Join ROC-NY this MAY DAY!

    TAKE ACTION AT THE CAPITAL GRILLE

    - Workers at The Capital Grille continue their fight against discrimination and exploitation. It’s been ongoing for over two years. Please come and join us in a show of strength. 
    – 11:30am, 155 42nd St (between Lexington and 3rd Ave)

    -Then join our friends on the Immigrant Worker Justice tour downtown.

    RALLY AND MARCH AT UNION SQUARE

    – Join ROC-NY, allies, and thousands more, as we rally and march for worker and immigrant justice on May Day!

    -3PM – 4pm – Meet at the ROC-NY office for sign making, and gather as a group.
    -4pm – Leave ROC-NY office en route to Union Square (members, meet us at the office if you can).
    -4:30pm – Meet at Union Square near 15th St and Union Square West, near Gandhi statue.
    -Call John at 401-413-2443 if you can’t find us.

    Email john@rocny.org with any questions.

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    Members of the American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada (AFM) and Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAE) are standing in solidarity on May 1, International Workers Day, to support each other’s campaigns for economic justice in the workplace.

    Meet at 10am at The Promenade at Rockefeller Plaza (on 5th Ave. between 49th and 50th St.). Bring an umbrella!
    RSVP at the WGAE’s FB event: http://on.fb.me/R0he0b

    Our brothers and sisters in WGAE will be letting people know about NBC’s union busting at Peacock Productions. Although workers voted to unionize nearly one year ago, ballots remain impounded. COUNT THE VOTES! www.nonfictionunited.org

    Next, AFM musicians, with writers and community allies will be outside Lionsgate’s NYC office, asking the studio to Listen Up! Stop offshoring film scoring, and uphold accepted industry standards! See listenupnow.org for more info.

    The event will be finished by 11:30am and many of us are walking over to a May Day rally at Capital Grille (located at 42nd and 3rd Ave.), led by workers organizing with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York against discrimination and exploitation. Don’t miss it!

    More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/661758347213403/

April 2014

  • Tue. 29

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    The rally will take place in front of Excellente Employment Agency, located at 88-14 Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights. J4JS coalition members chose this agency as the site for a rally because of the known track record it has for its fraudulent practices!

    The event will feature testimonies by affected job seekers, as well as a teach-in by coalition leaders to educate the Queens community on job seekers rights under the law. We will call on Excellente’s owners to take immediate action in honoring the rights of Class A and A1 workers and abide by all the laws and regulations governing employment agencies in New York City.

    Join us!!

  • Thu. 24

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    6:00 pm @ Union Square, Manhattan
    8:00 pm @ Diversity Plaza (73rd Road), Jackson Heights

    Please join us on 24th April, on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, for a vigil at Union Square (14th Street). The vigil will be accompanied by a street photo exhibit of the disaster and its victims by 8 Bangladeshi photographers and by art-works by number of artists based in New York. We will gather at Union Square at 6:00 pm for about an hour ending with a short march from the square to the site of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire site (near Washington Square park). A contingent of the gathering (who ever is willing) will then travel to Jackson Heights to hold another vigil at the Diversity Plaza, starting at 8:00 p.m.

    Almost a year has passed since the horrific disaster at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh. One of the worst industrial disasters in history, the collapse of the building housing several Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories claimed more than 1100 lives. Many others have been injured, some maimed for life. The images of dead and live bodies trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building grabbed worldwide attention and caused even the most hardened of the hearts to tremble. However, after a year of 24-hour news cycle the disaster seems like a distant event, fading quickly from our over-worked and exhausted minds. We should not let it happen. We should actively remember the tragic and traumatic disaster and its victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to fight for justice for the victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to continue with the struggles to bring about the conditions in which such man-made and entirely preventable disasters never claim another human life.

    Our lives are connected. In a globalizing world these connections are becoming increasingly apparent. What happens to Bangladeshi garment workers matter to us! And, what we do matter for the lives and struggles of the people in Bangladesh! Over the past year many organizations and activists from around the globe have worked together to deliver justice for the victims and to ensure better working conditions for Bangladeshi workers. We will gather on the 24th as a part of and in solidarity with these struggles.

    So, please come out and join us. Bring a friend. Bring a sign, a picture, a poster, and/or a candle. Bring a song or a poem. Bring your sorrow and your anger. Bring your tears and your love.

    Partner Organizations:
    South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL), 99 Pickets, International Labor Rights Forum, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Bangladesh Environment Network, Drum, Bangladesh Progressive Forum, Bangladesh Garment Shamhoti, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute

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    6:00 pm @ Union Square, Manhattan
    8:00 pm @ Diversity Plaza (73rd Road), Jackson Heights

    Please join us on 24th April, on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, for a vigil at Union Square (14th Street). The vigil will be accompanied by a street photo exhibit of the disaster and its victims by 8 Bangladeshi photographers and by art-works by number of artists based in New York. We will gather at Union Square at 6:00 pm for about an hour ending with a short march from the square to the site of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire site (near Washington Square park). A contingent of the gathering (who ever is willing) will then travel to Jackson Heights to hold another vigil at the Diversity Plaza, starting at 8:00 p.m.

    Almost a year has passed since the horrific disaster at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh. One of the worst industrial disasters in history, the collapse of the building housing several Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories claimed more than 1100 lives. Many others have been injured, some maimed for life. The images of dead and live bodies trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building grabbed worldwide attention and caused even the most hardened of the hearts to tremble. However, after a year of 24-hour news cycle the disaster seems like a distant event, fading quickly from our over-worked and exhausted minds. We should not let it happen. We should actively remember the tragic and traumatic disaster and its victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to fight for justice for the victims. Our remembrance should inspire us to continue with the struggles to bring about the conditions in which such man-made and entirely preventable disasters never claim another human life.

    Our lives are connected. In a globalizing world these connections are becoming increasingly apparent. What happens to Bangladeshi garment workers matter to us! And, what we do matter for the lives and struggles of the people in Bangladesh! Over the past year many organizations and activists from around the globe have worked together to deliver justice for the victims and to ensure better working conditions for Bangladeshi workers. We will gather on the 24th as a part of and in solidarity with these struggles.

    So, please come out and join us. Bring a friend. Bring a sign, a picture, a poster, and/or a candle. Bring a song or a poem. Bring your sorrow and your anger. Bring your tears and your love.

    Partner Organizations:
    South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL), 99 Pickets, International Labor Rights Forum, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Bangladesh Environment Network, Drum, Bangladesh Progressive Forum, Bangladesh Garment Shamhoti, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute

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    The Children’s Place has failed to pay a single penny to the families of the 1,138 workers who were killed and 2,500 who were injured in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. Meanwhile, the CEO of The Children’s Place, Jane Elfers, made $17 million last year, more than double what The Children’s Place owes to the victims, whose hard work contributed to the company’s profits.

    JOIN THE GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION: Thursday, April 24, 12-1PM
    Children’s Place store at Union Square
    36 Union Square East, New York, NY 10003

    Supported by: 99 Pickets, International Labor Rights Forum, New York City Central Labor Council, Remembering the Triangle Fire Coalition, United Students Against Sweatshops, and Workers United.

    www.orphansplace.com

  • Mon. 21

          

    Join 99 Pickets to flyer Kenny Bakery, in solidarity with Laundry Workers Center member Moraima Ortiz.

    For 8 years, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law.

    Join us and demonstrate our collective power!

     

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    On Saturday, we supported workers who delivered a demand letter to bosses at Liberato Restaurant. Shortly after that, the company started taking actions against a worker named Joana, on the pretext that she “responded badly” to a customer who had threatened Joana. Immediately, the family of the owner began to intimidate workers as well.

    We ask that you call the Liberato Restaurant manager Nelson at 718-584-5000 and politely demand that they do not retaliate against workers who are organizing for fair pay, end of abuses, and better working conditions.

    Call today 12-2pm to Liberato Restaurant, manager is Nelson: 718-584-5000

    El sábado, apoyamos a los trabajadores que entregaron una carta de demanda a los jefes en Liberato restaurante. Poco después de eso, la compañía comenzó a tomar acciones en contra de un trabajador llamado Joana, con el pretexto de que ella “respondió gravementea un cliente que había amenazado a Joana. Inmediatamente, la familia del propietario empezó a intimidar a los trabajadores también.

    Le pedimos que llame a la gerente de Liberato restaurante Nelson en 718-584-5000 y cortésmente pedir que no se tomen represalias contra los trabajadores que organizan para el pago justo, fin de los abusos, y mejores condiciones de trabajo.

  • Sat. 19

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    Workers at a well-known Bronx restaurant are organizing with the Laundry Workers Center against wage theft, sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation and exploitation. Join them at this crucial campaign launch—show the boss that New York City’s labor community stands behind these courageous workers as they go public this Saturday!

    We’ll meet at the Picture the Homeless office, near the B/D and 4 trains.

  • Tue. 15

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    ACTION CANCELLED: Due to April showers and the likely possibility of lightening and thunder, we are CANCELLING tonight’s action. We thank you for your support. Look out for a make-up date. We are DEFINITELY having a protest on May 1st at 11:30AM. Email John@rocny.org with any questions.

    Over the past two years, workers at The Capital Grille have been fighting for a more just workplace and industry. The workers will no longer stand by and accept racial discrimination, wage theft, no raises, lack of paid time off, and other exploitative conditions. Darden Restaurants, the parent company of the Capital Grille and other brands such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden, has been steadfast in their opposition to the workers’ demands for dignity.

    Darden is a billion-dollar corporation that not only exploits its own workers, but actively lobbies against all worker-friendly legislation, bringing down standards across the industry and the economy as a whole.

    Join ROC-NY support the workers’ struggle at The Capital Grille. Let’s show Darden that we will not rest until we have dignity and justice. The fight continues!

  • Mon. 14

          

    Laundry Workers Center wants to invite you Monday to an action in support of one our members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law. So, please join us and lets demonstrate our collective power!

    Meeting Point: In front of Dyckman Station (train # 1-uptown)
    Contact info: Mahoma Lopez:347-488-6935 or Rosanna Rodriguez: 347-652-5724

  • Fri. 11

          

    The Children’s Place has failed to pay a single penny to the families of the 1,138 workers who were killed and 2,500 who were injured in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh last April. Yet the CEO of

    Children’s Place, Jane Elfers, made $17 million last year. This is more than double what The Children’s Place owes to the victims, whose hard work contributed to the company’s profits.

    Join the Demonstration
    Friday, April 11, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
    The Children’s Place Headquarters
    500 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ 07094
    Parking available in shopping complex next door

    Hear from Aklima Khanam, a young garment worker who survived the building collapse.

    Organized by: Hudson County Central Labor Council-AFL-CIO, International Labor Rights Forum, New Jersey Work Environment Council, United Students Against Sweatshops, Workers United

    Contact: Hudson County Central Labor Council – (201) 583-1300 – www.laborcouncil.org

    NJ Work Environment Council (WEC) – (609) 695-7100 Ext. 306 – www.njwec.org

    For more information: www.orphansplace.com

  • Thu. 10

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    -Vea abajo para español-

    Join 99 Pickets, New York’s worker solidarity group, for our monthly meetings. This month’s topic is: Preview of the May Day Immigrant Worker Justice Tour!

    May Day is the original Labor Day, and for the past few years 99 Pickets has joined the Immigrant Worker Justice tour — organized by our friends in the Immigrant Worker Justice (IWJ) working group– throughout the day, focusing on the employers that workers have been targeting for their abusive, exploitative and often illegal practices! The past two years we’ve had crowds of 300-500 people, rallying outside restaurants like Capital Grille, McDonalds, Atlas Media and even Senator Chuck Shumer’s office! Next week’s meeting will feature updates from the campaigns that might be part of the 2014 Immigrant Worker Justice Tour that IWJ and 99 Pickets are once again organizing.

    Spanish interpretation available. Wheelchair accessible.
    Childcare available–please RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you’re bringing your children, and indicate their age(s).

    Next meeting: Thursday, Apr. 10, 6-8pm
    310 W. 43rd St. (at 8th Ave.) in the basement
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    Potluck dinner–bring a dish, drink, snacks or dessert!

    For more info and upcoming actions, go to http://99pickets.org/

    El tema de la reunión de este mes es: Un Avance de la Gira Justicia de los Trabajadores el Primero de Mayo

    El Primero de Mayo es el Día del Trabajador original, y en años pasados, 99 Piquetes se ha unido a la Gira Justicia de los Trabajadores – organizada por nuestros compañeros en el grupo de trabajo Justicia de los Trabajadores Inmigrantes (IWJ) – a través del día, enfocándonos en los patrones que los trabajadores han identificado por sus prácticas abusivas, explotadoras y a menudo ilegales. Los pasados dos años hemos tenido masas de 300-500 personas manifestando afuera de restaurantes como Capital Grille, McDonalds, Atlas Media e incluso la oficina del Senador Chuck Shumer! La reunión de la próxima semana incluirá ponernos al día con las campañas que formarían parte de la Gira Justicia de los Trabajadores en el 2014 que la IWJ está, de nuevo, organizando.

    Ven al encuentro de 99 Pickets este abril 10, para oír de primera mano las experiencias de los trabajadores respecto a estas estrategias y si les han ayudado o les han obstaculizado sus luchas por justicia en el trabajo. Los segundos martes de cada mes, 99 Pickets reúne a los trabajadores y a los organizadores de campañas de todas partes de la ciudad, para conocer las últimas noticias sobre nuestras luchas coincidentes por justicia y dignidad en el centro de trabajo, y para hablar de temas en torno a la organización y la construcción del movimiento. ¡Te esperamos!

    Y habrá traducción al español. Además, hay acceso para personas en silla de ruedas.

    ¿No tienes quien te cuide a tus niños? ¡Habrá servicio de niñer@s! Nada más escríbenos a 99pickets@gmail.com para avisarnos cuántos niños vienen contigo y de qué edades.

    La cena es aportación colectiva: puedes traer algún plato, o bocadillos, o un postre.

    Para más información y enterarse de las próximas acciones, visita: http://99pickets.org/

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    Civil rights groups, advocates, students, Council Members, and many more will gather on the steps of City Hall to call on the Mayor and the City Council to stop credit checks in employment.

    Almost half of U.S. employers now check job applicants’ credit histories when making hiring decisions. This practice blocks qualified workers from desperately-needed jobs — including people whose credit was damaged as a result of medical debts, student loans, divorce, layoffs or other life events beyond their control. Employment credit checks also discriminate against low-income New Yorkers and people of color, who have been disproportionately affected by predatory lending and the economic downturn.

    Join us and help ensure that all New Yorkers have fair access to jobs!

  • Mon. 7

          

    Laundry Workers Center wants to invite you Monday to an action in support of one our members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law. So, please join us and lets demonstrate our collective power!

    Meeting Point: In front of Dyckman Station (train # 1-uptown)
    Contact info: Mahoma Lopez:347-488-6935 or Rosanna Rodriguez: 347-652-5724

  • Fri. 4

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    Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968 as he stood with striking Memphis sanitation workers, who were struggling to make the American dream accessible to all.

    48 years later, New York area airport workers are organizing renew that road to the American dream.

    Join us as we #March4TheDream from Kennedy Airport to LaGuardia, 4.4.14

    Workers, elected and clergy leaders and community supporters will gather at the Lefferts Blvd JFK AirTrain Station at 9:30 a.m. to start the march. They will march along Lefferts to 83rd Avenue to Queens Blvd to Junction Blvd, with the march ending at 3:30 p.m. on the 94th Street Bridge by Ditmars Blvd, which leads into LaGuardia Airport.

  • Thu. 3

          

    UPS has delivered a special message to 250 of its Queens drivers: You’re fired!!

    The Atlanta-based company is booting 250 of its unionized drivers from its Maspeth facility because they walked off the job for 90 minutes Feb. 26 to protest the dismissal of a long-time employee, UPS told the Daily News.

    Twenty employees were terminated Monday after their shifts — and the remaining 230 notified that they’ll be canned as soon as replacements are trained, a company spokesman said.

    UPS’s actions in Maspeth are drawing increased scrutiny from concerned elected officials as public support grows for Local 804 members.

    A resolution has now been introduced to the City Council calling on UPS to revoke the terminations and negotiate with Local 804.

    For background information, please see:
    http://teamsterslocal804.org/

  • Wed. 2

          

    SEIU 32BJ’s contract covering more than 30,000 members working in New York City apartment buildings expires on April 20 and we need every member to get involved in our campaign to win a good contract.

    THEY ARE TAKING THEIR FIGHT FOR A FAIR CONTRACT TO THE STREETS!

    Wednesday, April 2nd at 4:00pm
    79th Street and 5th Avenue
    New York, NY

    More info:
    http://www.seiu32bj.org/districts/making-new-york-home/
    http://m.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2014/03/new-york-doormen-assert-their-right-live-city-where-they-work/8761/

March 2014

  • Mon. 31

          

    Laundry Workers Center wants to invite you Monday to an action in support of one our members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law. So, please join us and lets demonstrate our collective power!

    Meeting Point: In front of Dyckman Station (train # 1-uptown)
    Contact info: Mahoma Lopez:347-488-6935 or Rosanna Rodriguez: 347-652-5724

  • Sat. 29

          

    Join 99 Pickets to flyer Kenny Bakery, in solidarity with Laundry Workers Center member Moraima Ortiz.

    For 8 years, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law.

    Join us and demonstrate our collective power!

     

  • Tue. 25

          

    Annual commemoration at the site of the Triangle Fire which killed 146 workers in 1911. More info here.

  • Mon. 24

          

    Laundry Workers Center wants to invite you Monday to an action in support of one our members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law. So, please join us and lets demonstrate our collective power!

    Meeting Point: In front of Dyckman Station (train # 1-uptown)
    Contact info: Mahoma Lopez:347-488-6935 or Rosanna Rodriguez: 347-652-5724

  • Fri. 21

          

    Join Grand Cafe workers and 99 Pickets for weekly actions at Grand Café, including leafleting and more.

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    United Parcel Service (UPS) has issued termination notices to 248 Teamster drivers for participating in a walkout and protest after the company fired a union activist in violation of a signed agreement. What began as a routine disciplinary matter has become a flashpoint for workers’ rights in New York City.

    On Friday, March 21 at 8 a.m., UPS workers, elected political leaders, and Teamsters Local 804 will deliver 100,000 petition signatures in support of drivers and their families.

    Can you be there to support 248 workers whose jobs are on the line?

  • Tue. 18

          

    Join 99 Pickets to flyer Kenny Bakery, in solidarity with Laundry Workers Center member Moraima Ortiz.

    For 8 years, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law.

    Join us and demonstrate our collective power!

     

  • Mon. 17

          

    Laundry Workers Center wants to invite you Monday to an action in support of one our members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law. So, Please Join us and lets demonstrate our collective power!

    Meeting Point: In front of Dyckman Station (train # 1-uptown)
    Contact info: Mahoma Lopez:347-488-6935 or Rosanna Rodriguez: 347-652-5724

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    In this era of historic inequality, class divide, skyrocketing student debt and persistent unemployment we call to an end of the exploitative practice of unpaid internships: Pay your interns. http://www.internlaborrights.com/

  • Sat. 15

          

    Every Saturday, from 12 noon to 2 pm we vigil in front of the historic Bronx GPO to protest its impending sale to developers.

  • Fri. 14

          

    Join Grand Cafe workers and 99 Pickets for weekly actions at Grand Café, including leafleting and more.

  • Thu. 13

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    Vea abajo para español

    While labor’s main power comes from the shop floor, politics can also be an important source of strength in workers’ struggles. Recently, many NYC labor unions attempted to utilize this strategy in the mayoral and other municipal elections by supporting candidates. Besides electoral work, many labor struggles support specific pieces of legislation. Please join 99 Pickets on Thursday, March 13th to hear workers share firsthand experiences of how these strategies have helped or hindered their struggles for justice on the job.

    On the second Thursday of every month, 99 Pickets brings together workers and organizers from campaigns all over the city, to hear updates on our overlapping struggles for fairness and dignity in the workplace, and discuss topics around organizing and movement-building. Join us!

    Spanish interpretation available. Wheelchair accessible.
    Childcare available–please RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you’re bringing your children, and indicate their age(s).

    **Please fill out this 5 minute survey on our monthly meetings!**
    http://99pickets.org/survey

    Next meeting: Thursday, Mar. 13, 6-8pm
    310 W. 43rd St. (at 8th Ave.) in the basement
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/1gqRtyo

    Potluck dinner–bring a dish, drink, snacks or dessert!

    For more info and upcoming actions, go to http://99pickets.org/

    Aunque el principal poder del movimiento laboral proviene de las fábricas y centros de trabajo, la política también puede ser una fuente importante de fuerza en las luchas de los trabajadores. Recientemente, muchas organizaciones sindicales de la ciudad de Nueva York trataron de utilizar esta estrategia en las elecciones para alcalde y en otras elecciones municipales apoyando a ciertos candidatos. Aparte del trabajo electoral, muchas luchas del movimiento laboral apoyan elementos específicos de una legislación.

    Ven al encuentro de 99 Pickets este martes 13, para oír de primera mano las experiencias de los trabajadores respecto a estas estrategias y si les han ayudado o les han obstaculizado sus luchas por justicia en el trabajo. Los segundos martes de cada mes, 99 Pickets reúne a los trabajadores y a los organizadores de campañas de todas partes de la ciudad, para conocer las últimas noticias sobre nuestras luchas coincidentes por justicia y dignidad en el centro de trabajo, y para hablar de temas en torno a la organización y la construcción del movimiento. ¡Te esperamos!

    Y habrá traducción al español. Además, hay acceso para personas en silla de ruedas.

    ¿No tienes quien te cuide a tus niños? ¡Habrá servicio de niñer@s! Nada más escríbenos a 99pickets@gmail.com para avisarnos cuántos niños vienen contigo y de qué edades.

    La cena es aportación colectiva: puedes traer algún plato, o bocadillos, o un postre.

    Para más información y enterarse de las próximas acciones, visita: http://99pickets.org

  • Sat. 8

          

    Every Saturday, from 12 noon to 2 pm we vigil in front of the historic Bronx GPO to protest its impending sale to developers.

  • Thu. 6

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    Join rank and file city employees for a discussion about how we can fight for the retroactive pay raises that municipal workers are owed.

    Speakers include:
    Jacqueline Gilbert, RN, New York Nurses Association
    Marcus McArthur, Movement of Rank and File Educators, UFT*
    Tony Lackhan, Local 1549*, DC37*

    Over 1,000 city workers have signed a letter, published in the Chief-Leader newspaper, demanding that our unions prioritize retroactive pay.

    Bring your coworkers and ideas about to organize to keep the pressure on the Municipal Labor Committee and other labor leaders! There will be a full discussion about how to spread the word in our workplaces.

    NYC municipal workers have been working under worse conditions and for less pay than at any time since the recession of the 1970s.

    Still, each and every day, we keep the city running. The deadly Superstorm Sandy showed the world, once again, the heroism of our nurses, firefighters, sanitation, transit, and other city workers, who saved the stranded and worked tirelessly to get the city back on its feet.

    New York City today is a tale of two cities. If mayor de Blasio genuinely wants to tackle income inequality, we urge him to start at the bargaining table with city workers.

    Fairness, and good economic sense, demand full retroactive pay raises and full cost of living adjustments for all New York City municipal workers.

    *Organization listed for identification purposes only.

February 2014

  • Tue. 25

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    The United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay. Currently, the short list of countries that share the United States’ position on this issue includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda. On February 25th join music makers and music lovers alike in urging Congress to support artists’ pay for radio play.

    For more information and to sign the petition for Artists’ Pay For Radio Play visit CCC-NYC.ORG

    Artists and activists to perform and/or speak include:

    • David Byrne (Talking Heads)
    • Marilyn Carino (Mudville) & Mike Mills (REM)
    • John McCrea (CAKE)
    • Tift Merritt
    • Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields)
    • Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Allen Toussaint, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall)
    • Wendy Oxenhorn (Executive Director, Jazz Foundation of America)
    • Chris Ruen (author of “Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Hunger for Free Content Starve Creativity”)
    • Jason Moran (by video)
    • Many many more…

    FREE w/ RSVP: rsvp@lprnyc.com

    This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 6-7pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.

  • Fri. 21

          

    SEE BELOW FOR ENGLISH
    HERMANOS!!:
    LLAMAMOS USTEDES A PIE DE LUCHA: ¡NUESTRO HERMANO TRABAJADOR FUE DESPEDIDO EN UNA MARKETA EN LA COMUNIDAD DE FLATBUSH! NOSOTROS EXIGIMOS QUE NO ENFRENTEN REPRESALIAS LOS TRABAJADORES QUE LUCHAN POR SUS DERECHOS. REGRESEN ALIRIO A SU PUESTO DE TRABAJO ¡YA!

    HAREMOS DOS EVENTOS:
    CUANDO:
    JUEVES, 19 FEBRERO A LAS 10AM: UNA DELEGACION DE LA COMUNIDAD JUNTO A LOS TRABAJADORES IREMOS AL PATRON A EXIGIR QUE LO DEVUELVEN EL TRABAJO A ALIRIO Y QUE DEJEN DE ABUSAR DE LOS COMPAÑEROS

    VIERNES, 12PM, 20 FEBRERO A LAS 12PM: UNA MANIFESTACIÓN PARA EXCLAMAR !YA BASTA! DE LOS DESPIDOS INJUSTOS Y REPRESALIAS CONTRA LOS TRABAJADORES DE SUPERMERCADO LUCHANDO POR SUS DERECHOS!

    ¿DÓNDE?: La marketa New Best Fruit en el 1530 Flatbush Ave cerca de la Nostrand. Tren 2 o 5 a la última parada en Brooklyn.

    ¿POR QUÉ? Alirio junto con nueve otro empleados demandaron a su patrón por sueldos robados depués de mucho año siendo pagados menos del salario mínimo. También lucharon para sindicalizarse para poder ganar seguridad laboral y respeto. Antes de la campaña, Alirio y sus compañeros trabajaban 12 horas al dia, 6 días de la semana por MENOS DEL SALARIO MINIMO, SIN DIAS DE ENFERMEDAD, VACACIONES, AUMENTOS, ETC. Despues de ganar la demanda, a Alirio lo despidieron el lunes en la mañana sin explicación, por haber alzado la voz en la campaña para cambiar las condiciones laborales. ESTAMOS CON EL EN SU MOMENTO DE NECESIDAD. LUCHANDO CONTRA SU DESPIDO ES UN MENSAJE A TODOS LOS PATRONES DE FLATBUSH QUE ESTÁ COMUNIDAD NO AGUANTARA CONDICIONES LABORALES INJUSTAS Y INTIMIDACIÓN DEL PERSONAL. NOS VEMOS MAÑANA Y VIERNES.!
    HOY PARA ÉL, HOY PARA TODOS!

    Para más información llame a Kate Barut 917-549-4238 o mandele un correo kbarut@nycommunities.org

    ENGLISH
    Beautiful community:
    CALL TO ACTION: WORKER LEADER FIRED AT FRUIT MARKET IN FLATBUSH! WE THE COMMUNITY DEMAND THAT WORKERS WHO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS ON THE JOB NOT FACE RETALIATION. PUT ALIRIO BACK TO WORK!

    WE WILL BE DOING TWO EVENTS:
    WHEN:
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH at 10am: A delegation of community and workers to demand an end to firings and reinstatement of Alirio to work.
    FRIDAY 12PM FEBRUARY 20TH at 12pm: A rally to demand an end to all firings as retaliation against supermarket worker fighting for their rights!

    WHERE: NEW BEST FRUIT MARKET AT 1530 FLATBUSH AVE. close to Nostrand Ave. 2 or 5 Train to the last stop in Brooklyn.

    WHY: Alirio along with 9 other employees filed a wage and hour lawsuit after years of being paid under the minimum wage. They also fought to unionize in order to secure basic protection and respect on the job. Before the campaign, Alirio and his co-workers worked 12 hours days, 6 days a week for LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, with NO paid sick days, NO vacation days, NO raises, and NO job protection. After winning the lawsuit, Alirio was fired on Monday morning and given no reason. The NYCC Worker Committee and Flatbush community know that this was DIRECT RETALIATION against Alirio for being an outspoken leader of the campaign to change conditions on the job. WE STAND BEHIND HIM IN HIS MOMENT OF NEED. FIGHTING HIS FIRING SENDS A MESSAGE TO ALL FLATBUSH EMPLOYERS THAT THE COMMUNITY WILL NOT STAND FOR UNJUST WORKING CONDITIONS AND WORKER INTIMIDATION. SEE YOU THERE TOMORROW! TODAY FOR HIM, AND TODAY FOR ALL US!

    To RSVP on FACEBOOK:
    For more details please call Kate Barut, NY Communities for Change at 917-549-4239 or e-mail at kbarut@nycommunities.org

  • Thu. 20

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    Teachers at Kaplan and writers at Scholastic, represented by the Newspaper Guild of New York (CWA Local 31003), are fighting for fair contracts and they need your help!

    Kaplan:
    A year-and-a-half after voting overwhelmingly for Guild representation, teachers at Kaplan International Colleges are still fighting for a contract that provides basic benefits to 90% of the workforce that is part-time. Management refuses to budge. Kaplan ESL instructors, backed by their students, say enough is enough!

    Scholastic:
    Scholastic Inc. employees thought they had a new contract to vote on, but management reneged. Now management is refusing to bargain with the Guild. The talented people who produce Scholastic’s educational magazines deserve a fair contract now!

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    SEE BELOW FOR ENGLISH
    HERMANOS!!:
    LLAMAMOS USTEDES A PIE DE LUCHA: ¡NUESTRO HERMANO TRABAJADOR FUE DESPEDIDO EN UNA MARKETA EN LA COMUNIDAD DE FLATBUSH! NOSOTROS EXIGIMOS QUE NO ENFRENTEN REPRESALIAS LOS TRABAJADORES QUE LUCHAN POR SUS DERECHOS. REGRESEN ALIRIO A SU PUESTO DE TRABAJO ¡YA!

    HAREMOS DOS EVENTOS:
    CUANDO:
    JUEVES, 19 FEBRERO A LAS 10AM: UNA DELEGACION DE LA COMUNIDAD JUNTO A LOS TRABAJADORES IREMOS AL PATRON A EXIGIR QUE LO DEVUELVEN EL TRABAJO A ALIRIO Y QUE DEJEN DE ABUSAR DE LOS COMPAÑEROS

    VIERNES, 12PM, 20 FEBRERO A LAS 12PM: UNA MANIFESTACIÓN PARA EXCLAMAR !YA BASTA! DE LOS DESPIDOS INJUSTOS Y REPRESALIAS CONTRA LOS TRABAJADORES DE SUPERMERCADO LUCHANDO POR SUS DERECHOS!

    ¿DÓNDE?: La marketa New Best Fruit en el 1530 Flatbush Ave cerca de la Nostrand. Tren 2 o 5 a la última parada en Brooklyn.

    ¿POR QUÉ? Alirio junto con nueve otro empleados demandaron a su patrón por sueldos robados depués de mucho año siendo pagados menos del salario mínimo. También lucharon para sindicalizarse para poder ganar seguridad laboral y respeto. Antes de la campaña, Alirio y sus compañeros trabajaban 12 horas al dia, 6 días de la semana por MENOS DEL SALARIO MINIMO, SIN DIAS DE ENFERMEDAD, VACACIONES, AUMENTOS, ETC. Despues de ganar la demanda, a Alirio lo despidieron el lunes en la mañana sin explicación, por haber alzado la voz en la campaña para cambiar las condiciones laborales. ESTAMOS CON EL EN SU MOMENTO DE NECESIDAD. LUCHANDO CONTRA SU DESPIDO ES UN MENSAJE A TODOS LOS PATRONES DE FLATBUSH QUE ESTÁ COMUNIDAD NO AGUANTARA CONDICIONES LABORALES INJUSTAS Y INTIMIDACIÓN DEL PERSONAL. NOS VEMOS MAÑANA Y VIERNES.!
    HOY PARA ÉL, HOY PARA TODOS!

    Para más información llame a Kate Barut 917-549-4238 o mandele un correo kbarut@nycommunities.org

    ENGLISH
    Beautiful community:
    CALL TO ACTION: WORKER LEADER FIRED AT FRUIT MARKET IN FLATBUSH! WE THE COMMUNITY DEMAND THAT WORKERS WHO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS ON THE JOB NOT FACE RETALIATION. PUT ALIRIO BACK TO WORK!

    WE WILL BE DOING TWO EVENTS:
    WHEN:
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH at 10am: A delegation of community and workers to demand an end to firings and reinstatement of Alirio to work.
    FRIDAY 12PM FEBRUARY 20TH at 12pm: A rally to demand an end to all firings as retaliation against supermarket worker fighting for their rights!

    WHERE: NEW BEST FRUIT MARKET AT 1530 FLATBUSH AVE. close to Nostrand Ave. 2 or 5 Train to the last stop in Brooklyn.

    WHY: Alirio along with 9 other employees filed a wage and hour lawsuit after years of being paid under the minimum wage. They also fought to unionize in order to secure basic protection and respect on the job. Before the campaign, Alirio and his co-workers worked 12 hours days, 6 days a week for LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, with NO paid sick days, NO vacation days, NO raises, and NO job protection. After winning the lawsuit, Alirio was fired on Monday morning and given no reason. The NYCC Worker Committee and Flatbush community know that this was DIRECT RETALIATION against Alirio for being an outspoken leader of the campaign to change conditions on the job. WE STAND BEHIND HIM IN HIS MOMENT OF NEED. FIGHTING HIS FIRING SENDS A MESSAGE TO ALL FLATBUSH EMPLOYERS THAT THE COMMUNITY WILL NOT STAND FOR UNJUST WORKING CONDITIONS AND WORKER INTIMIDATION. SEE YOU THERE TOMORROW! TODAY FOR HIM, AND TODAY FOR ALL US!

    To RSVP on FACEBOOK:
    For more details please call Kate Barut, NY Communities for Change at 917-549-4239 or e-mail at kbarut@nycommunities.org

  • Tue. 18

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    Strong communities demand better banks!

    According to the Washington Post, over 1 in 3 tellers must rely on public assistance. Meanwhile, banks make record profits & Board of Directors give CEO’s massive raises.

  • Mon. 17

          

    Laundry Workers Center wants to invite you this Monday 17 to an action in support of one our members, Moraima Ortiz. For 8 year, she worked in Kenny Bakery located on Dyckman St., Washington Heights where she suffered verbal and physical abuses at the hand of the owner and her brother. Those abuses happened even in front of the customers. Allegations of wage theft were brought by Moraima Ortiz against the Company that refused to pay her the minimum salary in accordance to NYS law. So, Please Join us and lets demonstrate our collective power!

    Meeting Point: In front of Dyckman Station (train # 1-uptown)
    Contact info: Mahoma Lopez:347-488-6935 or Rosanna Rodriguez: 347-652-5724

  • Wed. 12

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    Domino’s Pizza delivery workers announce $1.3 million victory

    Domino’s Corporation takes responsibility for franchise’s sweatshop conditions

    What: Press Conference
    Where: NMASS, 345 Grand St, ground fl (btwn Ludlow and Essex Streets)
    When: Wednesday, February 12, 12 noon

    Domino’s Pizza workers together with other workers and community supporters will announce a $1.3 million settlement agreement and a victory in holding Domino’s Pizza Corporation accountable for the labor-law violations of its franchise, owned by Dave and Angelina Melton.

    The Domino’s workers sued Melton’s franchise, DPNY, and Domino’s Corporation for violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. Workers were paid only $4.40 an hour, and were robbed of 15– 20 hours of pay per week. When workers complained about the conditions, they were fired. After the workers filed the lawsuit, DPNY declared bankruptcy in 2012. This did not stop the workers. They organized together with workers from other restaurants and trades, with students, community members, and faith leaders from Sweatshop Free Upper West Side to demand that the corporation stop hiding behind its franchise and take responsibility. Together they shone a light on the control that the corporation has over its franchises and the profits enjoyed by Domino’s Pizza Corporation. As a result, two federal judges agreed that Domino’s Corporation should be considered as a responsible entity, and one, a bankruptcy judge, stated that he saw how the bankruptcy was a ploy for both the Corporation and franchise to avoid responsibility for sweatshop conditions.

    Domino’s corporation has contributed towards compensating the more than 60 workers for what they are owed and working conditions have begun to improve in their franchises. The corporation has agreed to hold off on collecting debts owed by Melton so that he can pay back the workers.

    Domino’s and other workers will not stop here but will continue to demand that Domino’s Pizza Corp. put an end to sweatshop conditions in all of its franchises. They will also urge other workers to come forwardto organize to change the law and make it harder for sweatshop bosses to use bankruptcy and closure to avoid their legal responsibilities.

  • Thu. 6

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    Join 99 Pickets, in collaboration with Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous and filmmaker Nathan Fitch, at New York Fashion Week, and demand that clothing companies be accountable for the inhumane and and dangerous conditions—leading to the deaths of thousands, and poverty of millions—at the factories that make their clothing.

    WORKER RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!

    We stand in solidarity with the workers of Bangladesh and are outraged over the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which killed more than 1,100 garment workers last April. This follows the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in November 2012 where more than 100 Bangladeshi workers lost their lives.

    We’re calling on all the brands whose clothing was made at Rana Plaza or Tazreen — Children’s Place, Walmart, JCPenney, Mango — to pay full and fair compensation to the workers who were injured and to the families of workers who were killed. We also call on all apparel companies that haven’t yet signed onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to sign on immediately!

    Meet at 6pm at the NE corner of 61st and Broadway. Dress warmly and be ready for a march!

    More info about the Accord: http://www.bangladeshaccord.org/.

  • Tue. 4

          

    Join our #LivingOffTipsNY “twitter rally” to urge Governor Cuomo to fulfill his promise to convene a Wage Board so that tipped restaurant workers can finally get the raise they deserve.

    Tweet at @NYGovCuomo on Tues. Feb 4 from 1-2pm to urge him to convene the Wage Board. Use #LivingOffTipsNY in your tweets.

    Background:
    Last Spring, New York’s tipped restaurant workers – who earn a sub-minimum wage of just $5 per hour – were excluded from the minimum wage hike that Governor Cuomo signed into law. At the time, Governor Cuomo promised to use his executive authority to convene a “Wage Board” through the Dept. of Labor. The Wage Board would have the power to give tipped workers a raise without going through the state legislature.

    It’s been almost a year, and Gov. Cuomo has not convened the Wage Board.

    Why do tipped workers need a raise?
    Most of the $5/hr base pay that tipped workers (servers, bussers, food runners, bartenders, barbacks) earn goes to taxes. As a result, these workers literally live off tips. As you can imagine, tips fluctuate based many factors outside the workers’ control, including the time of day,day of week, season, customers’ attitude, weather, etc… This instability makes economic security very difficult for many tipped workers, and tipped workers face a family poverty rate that is three times the rate of the general workforce. It’s a sad reality that tipped workers often struggle to put food on their own tables.

    Further, the vast majority of tipped workers in NY are women, including 73% of the state’s servers. Pay inequity based on gender exists in most industries, but in the restaurant industry, it’s the law.

    At ROC-NY, we believe that no one should earn less than the full minimum wage, and we’ve launched a campaign to eliminate altogether this insane idea of a “sub minimum wage.” The first step, however, is to tell Governor Cuomo that he must act on his promise to convene the Wage Board.

    Email rahul@rocny.org for more info!

  • Mon. 3

          

    Because the snowstorm LWC wants to inform you that the action in support of our a member Moraima Ortiz will be canceled. We will send the new information with the date and hour later. Always in the Struggle!

    Esta es una acción de solidaridad para apoyar a una miembro de LWC que trabajó durante 8 años en un bakery llamado Kenny en el área de Dyckman. Allí sufrió robo de salario, le pagaban por debajo del salario mínimo y nunca le pagaron horas extras. También fue abusada verbal y físicamente. En esta día la estamos apoyando para ponerle presión a la compañía y para demostrar que deben respetar a los trabajadores y que ella recupere lo robado.

    This is a solidarity action in support of an LWC member who worked for Kenny Bakery for 8 years. There, she suffered stolen wages, sub-minimum wage payment, and she was never paid overtime. She was also verbally and physically abused. On Monday, we are going to support her in order to put pressure on the company and to demonstrate that they must respect workers and repay her what she is owed.

  • Sat. 1

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    This rally marks the two-year anniversary of the election win, and the one-year anniversary of the famous “March on Cablevision,” where 500 CWA members demanded that Cablevision re-hire the 22 illegally terminated techs.

    SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
    Rev. Al Sharpton
    SEIU 1199 President George Gresham
    CWA Leaders and Cablevision technicians

    INVITED:
    Public Advocate Tish James
    NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
    Rap Music from “Tech 22”

January 2014

  • Fri. 31

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    THIS FRIDAY 1/31, join 99 Pickets, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and allies to demand that Wendy’s rehire Rynetta Bennett, the worker they recently fired for union organizing.

    Come show support and make it a massive picket line today! Rise up NYC. If not now, when?

    Workers are fighting for a $15/hr and union, and their collective action is protected by the law. Unfortunately, the law is weak and the power of the NY community is needed to force Wendy’s to do the right thing.

    Wendy’s: REHIRE THE ILLEGALLY FIRED WORKER NOW!! RYNETTA BENNETT MUST BE REINSTATED!

    Location: 85 Nassau St., right by the Fulton subway station and Zuccotti Park.

    BRING THE NOISE and bundle up!

  • Thu. 30

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    Over the past two years, workers at The Capital Grille have been fighting for a more just workplace and industry. The workers will no longer stand by and accept racial discrimination, wage theft, no raises, lack of paid time off, and other exploitative conditions. Darden Restaurants, the parent company of the Capital Grille and other brands such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden, has been steadfast in their opposition to the workers’ demands for dignity.

    Darden is a billion-dollar corporation that not only exploits its own workers, but actively lobbies against all worker-friendly legislation, bringing down standards across the industry and the economy as a whole.

    Join ROC-NY as we mark two years of workers struggle at The Capital Grille. Let’s show Darden that we will not rest until we have dignity and justice. The fight continues!

    Email john@rocny.org if you have any questions.

  • Wed. 29

          

    New supermarket store owner refuses to re-hire union workers, represented by Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW. More info.

December 2013

November 2013

  • Fri. 29

          

    Stand with Walmart workers!

    For decades, Walmart has been dragging down wages, forcing their workers to accept irregular hours, and intimidating and punishing workers who try to stand up for themselves.

    It’s time for the retribution to end, and for Walmart workers to be paid a decent wage!

    This Black Friday, on the biggest shopping day of the year, we’ll be standing with Walmart workers across the country, demanding a real wage of 25,000 / year and an end to retaliation against those who bravely speak out for better working conditions.

    RSVP on FB

    The action will begin at noon and will wrap no later than 2pm, and we’re chartering buses for people traveling from NYC.

    Join us! Bring friends, co-workers, family members, neighbors… the more the merrier! It promises to be a great (and historic!) day.

    **PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://actionnetwork.org/events/black-friday-action.

    Once you register, you will be directed to a form that you can fill out if you want a seat on buses from NY to NJ – leaving at 11am. 

    MASS TRANSIT: You can take NJ Transit to the store location; the store is a 20 minute ride from Port Authority at 42nd and 8th Ave. Take the 320 bus. Buses leave about every twenty minutes. Buy a ticket (about $4 one way) and tell the bus driver you’re going to Walmart, You’ll be dropped off in the Walmart parking lot next the meetup point.

  • Wed. 27

          

    Join workers at Junior’s Restaurant and Cheesecake in Brooklyn as they ask their employer for a fair process to organize a Union, a process free of interference or intimidation.

    RSVP ON FB

  • Thu. 14

          

    Vea abajo para español

    Join 99 Pickets, New York’s worker solidarity group, for our new monthly meetings. This month, workers and organizers will talk about creative actions they’ve done inside and outside the workplace, and hear updates from worker campaigns around the city.

    This month’s meeting topic is: Beyond Pickets! Creative Actions at the Workplace

    Creative tactics help get your workplace campaign’s grievances and demands out into the world in surprising, fresh, and powerful ways. What creative action tactics have worked in your campaign? How have you organized these actions for success? How have you assessed their success? Are there tactics you would like to learn more about? Bring your stories of creative workplace actions to share with fellow workers at this meeting.

    Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm
    NEW LOCATION: YaYa Network! 224 West 29th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/1fOICc0

    Potluck dinner–if you’re so moved, bring a dish, snacks or dessert!

    Childcare available–please RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you’re bringing your children, and indicate their age(s).

    Wheelchair accessible. Spanish interpretation is available (and please let us know if you need interpretation for a different language).

    99 Pickets is restructuring and working to expand its activities. We’ll provide an ongoing forum to find out about labor organizing going on in New York City and act as a solidarity network of activists who plan creative actions and other events in support of campaigns. Our goal is to help workers improve their working conditions, build a culture of solidarity, and grow the worker’s movement in New York City.

    For more info and upcoming actions, go to http://99pickets.org


    Los invitamos a la reunión mensual de 99 Pickets, el grupo de solidaridad para trabajadores de Nueva York.
    Este mes, trabajadores y organizadores discutirán como han usado la creatividad en acciones adentro y afuera de los lugares del trabajo. También compartiremos noticias acerca de las campañas de grupos en la ciudad.

    Tema de la reunión mensual — Más que un piquete: Acciones creativas para adelantar su campaña

    Las tácticas creativas pueden promover y promocionar los asuntos y las demandas de su campaña en maneras poderosas y efectivas. Venga a compartir su experiencia: ¿Cuáles son las acciones que han sido efectivos en su campaña? ¿Cómo han organizado entre sus compañeros para que estas acciones sean exitosas? ¿Qué significa <<el éxito>> para una acción entre una campaña? ¿Sobre cuáles otras tácticas quisiera saber más?¡Nos vemos en la reunión!

    JUEVES, 14 DE NOVIEMBRE, 6-8PM
    NUEVO LUGAR DE REUNION:
    YAYA NETWORK! 224 WEST 29TH STREET, 14 PISO, NEW YORK, NY 1001

    RESPONDER EN FACEBOOK AQUI:

    http://on.fb.me/1fOICc0

    La cena es aportación colectiva: puedes traer algún plato, o bocadillos, o un postre.

    ¿No tienes quien te cuide a tus niños? ¡Habrá servicio de niñer@s! Y hay acceso para personas en silla de ruedas. Además, habrá traducción al español.

    El grupo 99 Pickets se está reestructurando y trabajando para ampliar sus actividades. Vamos a proporcionar un foro constante donde podamos enterarnos de los trabajos de organización sindical que estén teniendo lugar en la ciudad de Nueva York y para actuar como una red de solidaridad de activistas que planeen acciones creativas y otros eventos para apoyar las campañas. Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a los trabajadores a mejorar sus condiciones de trabajo, a crear una cultura de solidaridad y a hacer que crezca el movimiento laboral en la ciudad de Nueva York.
    Para más información y enterarse de las próximas acciones, visita: http://99pickets.org

October 2013

  • Fri. 25

          

    grand_cafe_workers_small_betterSince immigrant workers at Grand Café, a deli near GCT, began organizing against wage theft, intimidation and abuse in the workplace, FOUR workers have been illegally fired in retaliation. This has only strengthened their resolve, but they are even stronger with the NYC community standing with them.

    Together, we will fight for the workers to be rehired and for an agreement that forces the owner of Grand Café to provide a fair and justice workplace, where employees are treating with respect.

    RSVP on Facebook

    Join with Grand Café workers and 99 Pickets members, and help us step up the pressure on Grand Café all of October. We will be there every Friday morning 8-9am, and other mornings and lunch hours TBA (email us for details: 99pickets@gmail.com).

    The campaign is heating up and we’ve just got started! Be there, and support this grassroots, work-driven campaign (with support from ROC-NY).

    Location: Grand Café (230 Park Ave., located in the tunnel just W of the “Park Avenue Viaduct” between 45th and 46th). Meet at 46th St. and Vanderbilt at Fridays at 8am.

    RSVP on Facebook

  • Fri. 18

          

    grand_cafe_workers_small_betterSince immigrant workers at Grand Café, a deli near GCT, began organizing against wage theft, intimidation and abuse in the workplace, FOUR workers have been illegally fired in retaliation. This has only strengthened their resolve, but they are even stronger with the NYC community standing with them.

    Together, we will fight for the workers to be rehired and for an agreement that forces the owner of Grand Café to provide a fair and justice workplace, where employees are treating with respect.

    RSVP on Facebook

    Join with Grand Café workers and 99 Pickets members, and help us step up the pressure on Grand Café all of October. We will be there every Friday morning 8-9am, and other mornings and lunch hours TBA (email us for details: 99pickets@gmail.com).

    The campaign is heating up and we’ve just got started! Be there, and support this grassroots, work-driven campaign (with support from ROC-NY).

    Location: Grand Café (230 Park Ave., located in the tunnel just W of the “Park Avenue Viaduct” between 45th and 46th). Meet at 46th St. and Vanderbilt at Fridays at 8am.

    RSVP on Facebook

  • Fri. 11

          

    grand_cafe_workers_small_betterSince immigrant workers at Grand Café, a deli near GCT, began organizing against wage theft, intimidation and abuse in the workplace, FOUR workers have been illegally fired in retaliation. This has only strengthened their resolve, but they are even stronger with the NYC community standing with them.

    Together, we will fight for the workers to be rehired and for an agreement that forces the owner of Grand Café to provide a fair and justice workplace, where employees are treating with respect.

    RSVP on Facebook

    Join with Grand Café workers and 99 Pickets members, and help us step up the pressure on Grand Café all of October. We will be there every Friday morning 8-9am, and other mornings and lunch hours TBA (email us for details: 99pickets@gmail.com).

    The campaign is heating up and we’ve just got started! Be there, and support this grassroots, work-driven campaign (with support from ROC-NY).

    Location: Grand Café (230 Park Ave., located in the tunnel just W of the “Park Avenue Viaduct” between 45th and 46th). Meet at 46th St. and Vanderbilt at Fridays at 8am.

    RSVP on Facebook

  • Sun. 6

          

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Join with NICE and demand an end to the stealing of wages from hardworking construction workers by unscrupulous contractors and subcontractors!

    Eight NICE members are currently battling their former employer, Well-S Industrial Inc., a construction subcontracting company, to recover almost $94,000 in unpaid wages and damages for work they performed at various sites in NYC and Long Island between October of 2010 and August of 2011.

    The workers have been working with NICE organizers and lawyers from our wage theft clinic since 2011 to recover their wages. In October 2012, after months of failed negotiation attempts, the workers decided to take their fight to the courts.

    The case is in discovery and the time is ripe to apply new pressure on the three defendants to settle this case once in for all.

    Help us shame these employers and bring justice to these workers.

    Let’s teach subcontractors and construction companies that a business model that relies on robbing and disrespecting immigrant workers is not acceptable!

    Directions: 7 to Main St. Flushing and then
    Walk to 39 Av /138 St , Q13 BUS towards ft. Totten, get off at the
    Bell Blvd. and 38 Ave stop

    For those who don’t want to take the bus ride on your own, we will be MEETING AT 1.20 pm at THE CORNER OF MAIN ST. & ROOSEVELT AVE. (take the 7 train to the last stop Main st. Flushing station). 

    We will have a big car or will ride the bus together from there!!!

  • Fri. 4

          

    grand_cafe_workers_small_betterSince immigrant workers at Grand Café, a deli near GCT, began organizing against wage theft, intimidation and abuse in the workplace, FOUR workers have been illegally fired in retaliation. This has only strengthened their resolve, but they are even stronger with the NYC community standing with them.

    Together, we will fight for the workers to be rehired and for an agreement that forces the owner of Grand Café to provide a fair and justice workplace, where employees are treating with respect.

    Join with Grand Café workers and 99 Pickets members, and help us step up the pressure on Grand Café all of October. We will be there every Friday morning 8-9am, and other mornings and lunch hours TBA (email us for details: 99pickets@gmail.com).

    The campaign is heating up and we’ve just got started! Be there, and support this grassroots, work-driven campaign (with support from ROC-NY).

    Location: Grand Café (230 Park Ave., located in the tunnel just W of the “Park Avenue Viaduct” between 45th and 46th). Meet at 46th St. and Vanderbilt at Fridays at 8am.

September 2013

  • Wed. 25

          

    You’ve seen the video, now come see it live! The Tech22 is made up of Cablevision workers and they’ll be performing “Where the papers at?” right in the belly of the beast, at the Cablevision Garage.

    Subway L to Canarsie-Rockaway.

  • Sat. 21

          

    We need to stand up to save the Bronx General Post Office. Bring your friends, families and neighbors.

    We cannot sit idly by while Postmaster Patrick R. Donahoe, the Postal Board of Governors, the Postal Regulatory Commission and their co-conspirators in Congress destroy the Post Office that hundreds of millions of Americans have depended upon since 1775. The destruction of the Post Office will have a devastating impact on the people who depend upon it the most: the elderly, the disabled, veterans, the poor and small business owners.

    The action starts with an “Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office” at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street.  Then at 12:30 there will be a march to the Bronx General Post Office (at 558 Grand Concourse) for a community speak out.

  • Thu. 12

          

    Vea abajo para español

    Join 99 Pickets, New York’s worker solidarity group, for our new monthly meetings. On the second Thursday of every month, workers and organizers from campaigns around the city will join with activists to find out about the labor organizing that’s going on, and explore in-depth the issues that we encounter and overcome when organizing.

    At the next meeting, workers and organizers will discuss how they’ve fought employer opposition and intimidation, and we’ll hear from any new campaigns that haven’t yet attended our meeting.

    Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm
    310 W. 43 St. (at 8th Ave.) in the basement
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

    Potluck dinner–if you’re so moved, bring a dish, snacks or dessert!

    Childcare available–please RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you’re bringing your children, and indicate their age(s).

    Wheelchair accessible. Spanish interpretation is available (and please let us know if you need interpretation for a different language).

    99 Pickets is restructuring and working to expand its activities. We’ll provide an ongoing forum to find out about labor organizing going on in New York City and act as a solidarity network of activists who plan creative actions and other events in support of campaigns. Our goal is to help workers improve their working conditions, build a culture of solidarity, and grow the worker’s movement in New York City.

    For more info and upcoming actions, go to http://99pickets.org


    Estás invitado(a) a sumarte a nuestras nuevas asambleas mensuales del grupo de solidaridad con el trabajador de Nueva York “99 Pickets”. El segundo jueves de cada mes, los trabajadores y los organizadores de campañas por todas partes de la ciudad se reunirán con activistas para enterarse de lo que está pasando en los trabajos de organización sindical y explorar profundamente los problemas que enfrentamos y superamos en el trabajo de sindicalización.

    En la próxima sesión, los trabajadores y los organizadores hablarán de cómo han luchado contra la oposición patronal y la intimidación. Además, se hablará de cualquier nueva campaña de la que todavía no se haya hablado en nuestra reunión.

    Nuestra próxima reunión es: jueves 12 de septiembre, de 6 a 8 pm.

    En 310 W de la calle 43 (esquina con 8a. avenida), en el sótano (basement).
    Avísanos de tu asistencia en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

    La cena es aportación colectiva: puedes traer algún plato, o bocadillos, o un postre.

    ¿No tienes quien te cuide a tus niños? ¡Habrá servicio de niñer@s! Y hay acceso para personas en silla de ruedas. Además, habrá traducción al español.

    El grupo 99 Pickets se está reestructurando y trabajando para ampliar sus actividades. Vamos a proporcionar un foro constante donde podamos enterarnos de los trabajos de organización sindical que estén teniendo lugar en la ciudad de Nueva York y para actuar como una red de solidaridad de activistas que planeen acciones creativas y otros eventos para apoyar las campañas. Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a los trabajadores a mejorar sus condiciones de trabajo, a crear una cultura de solidaridad y a hacer que crezca el movimiento laboral en la ciudad de Nueva York.
    Para más información y enterarse de las próximas acciones, visita: http://99pickets.org

  •       

    The J4JA Brass Band will be in Union Square Park on Thursday, as we spread the word about the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign and keep the pressure on Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, the owners of the Jazz Standard.

    WHEN: Thursday, September 12th at 4:30 PM
    WHERE: Union Square Park,
    meet at the Northwest corner of the park
    (Union Sq. West between 16th and 17th Streets)

    WHY: To demand Pension contributions, Pay scales and Protections on recordings at NYC clubs.
    More info: http://justiceforjazzartists.org

August 2013

  • Sun. 25

          

    After a long and grueling fight for reasonable pay, a few paid sick and vacation days, and simply respect at their workplace, workers at the Brooklyn grocery store Golden Farm need our support more than ever. Join 99 Pickets and community members Sunday, August 25 from 3-5pm to support workers’ fight for a fair contract!

    They won the battle for union representation last September, but owner Sonny Kim has dragged out negotiations for over 10 months. Kim is likely attempting to run out the clock and delay a full year, after which he may attempt to decertify (and dissolve) the workers’ union.

    We call on supporters of workers and labor around the city to mobilize in support of Golden Farm workers—this weekend and beyond.

    From now through late September, it is crucial that workers have our support on the picket lines and with actions inside the store. Come to the picket line on Sunday, but regardless, if you can spare even an hour’s time in the next month, write 99pickets@gmail.com and we’ll pass your info to the organizers.

    With renewed and increased community pressure, we will force Sonny Kim to sign a fair contract with the workers that have so courageously stood up for their rights at work.

    Sunday, August 25, 3-5pm — 339 Church Ave, Brooklyn (F/G train).

    Background: Daily News, 99 Pickets website

     

  • Sat. 10

          

    After a long and grueling fight for reasonable pay, a few paid sick and vacation days, and simply respect at their workplace, workers at the Brooklyn grocery store Golden Farm need our support more than ever.

    They won the battle for union representation last September, but owner Sonny Kim has dragged out negotiations for over 10 months. Kim is likely attempting to run out the clock and delay a full year, after which he may attempt to decertify (and dissolve) the workers’ union.

    That’s why the Kensington community and New York Communities for Change (NYCC) are launching a renewed boycott this Saturday at 2pm, and call on supporters of workers and labor around the city to mobilize in support of Golden Farm workers.

    From now through late September 17, it is crucial that workers have our support on the picket lines and with actions inside the store. Come to the rally on Saturday, and regardless, if you can spare even an hour’s time in the next month and half, write 99pickets@gmail.com and we’ll pass your info to the organizers.

    With renewed and increased community pressure, we will force Sonny Kim to sign a fair contract with the workers that have so courageously stood up for their rights at work.

    Saturday, August 10 at 2pm — 339 Church Ave, Brooklyn (F/G train).
    Support grocery store workers throughout Flatbush on the same day, starting at 11am.

    Background: Daily News, 99 Pickets website

     

  •       

    From Canarsie to Kensington workers in Brooklyn’s markets are organizing to demand contracts for benefits and just wages. Join us to rally at Yellow Market where workers are suing for wage theft and then take the van with us to have a spectacular press conference/rally/party outside of Golden Farm to relaunch the boycott as we push for Sonny Kim to move forward on negotiations.

    11a.m.: Meet at McDonald’s at the “Flatbush Ave – Bklyn College” stop to travel to Yellow Market (Flatbush)
    12p.m.: Meet up to rally at Yellow Market (5812 Glenwood) East Flatbush/Canarsie
    1p.m.: travel via NYCC van to Golden Farm
    2p.m.: Rally to Relaunch the Boycott at Golden Farm (329 Church Ave, Kensington.)

    ——————————-

    Del barrio de Canarsie hasta Kensington, trabajadores en muchas marquetas en Brooklyn se están organizando para exigir beneficios y mejores salarios. Únete a la manifestación en Yellow Market donde los compas están demandando su patrón por salarios debidos, y luego sube al van con nosotrxs para participar en la rueda de prensa/marcha/fiesta afuera de la tienda de Golden Farm para reiniciar el boicot, mientras exigimos que el patrón Sonny Kim llegue a un ¡acuerdo justo en las negociaciones!

  • Fri. 9

          

    Of the five largest fast food corporations in the country — McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Taco Bell (Yum! Brands), and Wendy’s — Wendy’s stands alone as the only one who has refused to join the Fair Food Program and respect the rights and dignity of farmworkers in its supply chain.

    This Friday, Aug. 9th, join the Community Farmworker Alliance to take action and let Wendy’s know customers are excited about supporting farmworkers. Supporters will be leafleting and collecting pennies from passers-by to show Wendy’s that customers are so excited about supporting farmworkers that they will actually donate the first penny themselves.

    Immokalee Action video

    Please RSVP to Amanda: aeb341@hotmail.com.

  • Thu. 8

          

    Vea abajo para español

    Join 99 Pickets, New York’s worker solidarity group, for our new monthly meetings. On the second Thursday of every month, workers and organizers from campaigns around the city will join with activists to learn what’s happening and plan actions to support worker struggles.

    Next meeting: Thursday, August 8, 6-8pm
    310 W. 43 St. (at 8th Ave.) in the basement
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

    Potluck dinner–if you’re so moved, bring a dish, snacks or dessert!

    Childcare available–please RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you’re bringing your children, and indicate their age(s).

    Wheelchair accessible. Spanish interpretation available.

    99 Pickets is restructuring and working to expand its activities. We’ll provide an ongoing forum to find out about labor organizing going on in New York City and act as a solidarity network of activists who plan creative actions and other events in support of campaigns. Our goal is to help workers improve their working conditions, build a culture of solidarity, and grow the worker’s movement in New York City.

    For more info and upcoming actions, go to http://99pickets.org


    Estás invitado(a) a sumarte a nuestras nuevas asambleas mensuales del grupo de solidaridad con el trabajador de Nueva York formado por 99 Pickets. El segundo jueves de cada mes, los trabajadores y los organizadores de campañas por todas partes de la ciudad se reunirán con activistas para enterarse de lo que está pasando y planear acciones para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores.

    Nuestra próxima reunión es: jueves 8 de agosto, de 6 a 8 pm.

    En 310 W de la calle 43 (esquina con 8a. avenida), en el sótano (basement).
    Avísanos de tu asistencia en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

    La cena es aportación colectiva: puedes traer algún plato, o bocadillos, o un postre.

    ¿No tienes quien te cuide a tus niños? ¡Habrá servicio de niñer@s! Nada más escríbenos a  99pickets@gmail.com  para avisarnos cuántos niños vienen contigo y de qué edades. Además, hay acceso para personas en silla de ruedas. Y habrá traducción al español.

    99 Pickets se está reestructurando y está trabajando para ampliar sus actividades. Vamos a proporcionar un foro constante donde la gente puede enterarse de las organizaciones sindicales que están teniendo lugar en la ciudad de Nueva York y para actuar como una red de solidaridad de activistas que planeen acciones creativas y otros eventos en apoyo a las campañas. Nuestra meta es ayudar a los trabajadores a mejorar sus condiciones de trabajo, a crear una cultura de solidaridad y a hacer crecer al movimiento de trabajadores en la ciudad de Nueva York.

    Para más información y enterarse de las próximas acciones, visita: http://99pickets.org

July 2013

  • Sat. 27

          

    Join Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Service on Saturday to save the historic Bronx General Post Office (GPO).

    View the flyer for more info (PDF).

  • Wed. 24

          

    Join patients, community supporters, elected leaders, NYSNA & 1199SEIU to mourn the death of healthcare in Brooklyn.

    Several Brooklyn hospitals, including Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital, are under threat of closure.

    Meanwhile, health disparities in our borough are climbing at alarming rate. Low income, people of color, and the uninsured have fewer and fewer options for receiving care.

    We’ll meet at Cadman Plaza at 4pm and march over the bridge and then hold a rally at Foley Square in Manhattan at 5pm. [[Please note the change in Manhattan rally location]]

    Make no mistake – if any of our hospitals close, people will die.

    Let’s march and mourn to stop the death of Brooklyn healthcare!

    Wear black!

    See the flyer for the event here (PDF).

  •       

    NATIONAL LOW-WAGE WORKER DAY OF ACTION

    Workers at The Capital Grille are organizing against illegal and unfair conditions, including racial discrimination, while parent company Darden Restaurants continues to profit off the workers’ exploitation, only rewarding themselves!

    No surprise that Darden—a billion-dollar corporation and the largest table service restaurant group in the world—also lobbies heavily AGAINST worker-friendly legislation. Darden continues to fight against raising the minimum wage on the state and federal level. This affects all workers!

    Join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) on July 24th, part of a national Low-Wage Worker Day of Action. We will take action at The Capital Grille (during Restaurant Week!) to support the workers’ fight for Dignity at Darden and justice for all workers. ROC-NY will also launch our campaign to abolish the tipped (sub)minimum wage.

    No one should have to work for $5/hr!

    End Capital Greed!
    We want Dignity at Darden!
    Justice for all low-wage workers!
    #J24

    For more information and to let us know you’re coming email john@rocny.org

    www.DignityatDarden.org

  • Transit Justice Rally

    8:30-11:00am at MTA Headquarters: 347 Madison Avenue

    More event info

          

    From Transit Forward:

    The Transit Justice Rally is about the right of every New Yorker to safe, affordable, reliable, and accessible public transportation. Public transportation is not only the backbone of our City, it is a basic civil right.

    The MTA’s 2010 service cuts in working class communities have been particularly harsh, disproportionately impacting the elderly, disabled, families, youth, and persons with chronic illnesses.

    We deserve better; it is our RIGHT.

    In 1955, Rosa Parks inspired the civil rights movement by standing up for her right to public transportation, so on July 24th, we will bring the fight for Transit Justice to MTA Headquarters. Please join us!

    RSVP on FB

June 2013

  • Thu. 13

          

    Meet at Herald Square, 34th St. & 6th Ave. this Monday, May 27, 2:30pm (Memorial Day).

    We stand in solidarity with the workers of Bangladesh and are outraged over the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which has killed more than 1,100 garment workers. This follows the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory last year where more than 100 Bangladeshi workers lost their lives.

    In our 3rd solidarity action, we’ll visit several retail stores in Brooklyn and demand that they sign on to the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (pdf).

    RSVP on Facebook.

    The accord, a new agreement between several global union federations and 40 prominent apparel and retail companies, 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 maintain commercial terms that enable factories to maintain safe workplaces and finance repairs. The program will be overseen by a Steering Committee consisting of an equal number of representatives of trade unions and companies and one representative of the International Labor Organization. It will be enforceable through binding arbitration.

    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!” It’s time to hold U.S. retailers accountable for their inaction.

    While a few U.S. companies have signed onto the Accord, most, including the Gap, Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Kmart, have not. The time for individual and ineffective “corporate social responsibility” programs is long over. This legally binding, multi-stakeholder Accord is the kind of framework that is much more likely to result in safer factories and better jobs for garment workers.

    We demand that all apparel and retail companies that have production in Bangladesh join this program.

    RSVP on Facebook.

  • Thu. 6

          

    As the Legal Services strike continues strong, Legal Services NYC management cut off employees’ health benefits today without notice.

    NOW IS THE TIME to show our support for the strikers and their fight for respect and to maintain quality legal services. Come out tomorrow, June 6, at 4:30pm, for a family picket and march to picket at the home of LSNYC board vice chair Michael Young.

    6/6 – Thursday
    * FAMILY PICKET 4:30-5:30 at 105 Court St. in Brooklyn (R, 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, A,C,G to Hoyt/Schermerhorn)
    * 5:40-6:30 Picket at Michael Young’s house (Vice-Chair of the Board), 145 Clinton St (around the corner from 105 Court Street)

  • Tue. 4

          

    There will be a Community Assembly and Immigrant Worker Forum held in Clifton on Tuesday, June 4, 6pm at the Clifton Public Library at 262 Piaget Ave, on the corner of Main Ave.

    The purpose of the assembly is to create an open space for immigrant workers and others from the community to share their experiences, learn about each other’s common struggles, and to make connections with people who are already organizing or want to work on coming up with strategies to face our common challenges.  After a group conversation, we will conduct smaller group discussions to focus on specific issues, connect with existing campaigns, and prepare new actions.

    The assembly has been organized in coordination with the following groups: Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Laundry Workers’ Center, New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board (Workers United), 99 pickets, and la HermandadDominicana.

    Download the flyer here!

May 2013

  • Mon. 27

          

    Meet at Herald Square, 34th St. & 6th Ave. this Monday, May 27, 2:30pm (Memorial Day).

    We stand in solidarity with the workers of Bangladesh and are outraged over the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which has killed more than 1,100 garment workers. This follows the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory last year where more than 100 Bangladeshi workers lost their lives.

    On Monday, we’ll visit several retail stores near Herald Square and demand that they sign on to the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (pdf).

    RSVP on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/10qxm97

    The accord, a new agreement between several global union federations and 40 prominent apparel and retail companies, 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 maintain commercial terms that enable factories to maintain safe workplaces and finance repairs. The program will be overseen by a Steering Committee consisting of an equal number of representatives of trade unions and companies and one representative of the International Labor Organization. It will be enforceable through binding arbitration.

    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!” It’s time to hold U.S. retailers accountable for their inaction.

    While a few U.S. companies have signed onto the Accord, most, including the Gap, Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Kmart, have not. The time for individual and ineffective “corporate social responsibility” programs is long over. This legally binding, multi-stakeholder Accord is the kind of framework that is much more likely to result in safer factories and better jobs for garment workers.

    We demand that all apparel and retail companies that have production in Bangladesh join this program.

    RSVP on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/10qxm97

  • Wed. 22

          

    Take action with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as workers continue their struggle for racial and economic justice at The Capital Grille.

    For over a year, workers at The Capital Grille have been organizing to change conditions in their workplace, alleging racial discrimination and wage theft, in addition to experiencing other exploitative conditions. Meanwhile, parent company, Darden Restaurants (which also owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden) pulled in over $700 million in profits just last year!

    The workers have had enough, and they are telling Darden that it’s time to decide. Will it continue its greedy ways, like making their employees choose  between working with the flu or not getting paid? Will immigrants and people of color continue to get the short end of the stick? Or will it shift course to take the high road and provide dignified work for all of its workers?

    Capital Grille workers in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and the DC area are calling for Darden Restaurants to sit down with them and the Restaurant Opportunities Center to find a real, meaningful solution to this dispute. Workers want nothing less than racial and economic justice!

    Join ROC-NY to show Darden that Capital Grille we will not rest until justice is had!

    RSVP on Facebook.

    SIGN THE PETITION and learn more about the campaign at  www.DignityatDarden.org

  • Sat. 18

          

    This Saturday the NYCC Worker Committee is taking the next step in its Exploitation Free Flatbush campaign.

    Workers and community allies will be marching on five markets and supermarkets where workers are organizing for back wages, an end to retaliation, and demand that the bosses sign fair contracts.

    RSVP on Facebook

  •       

    Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their allies for a spirited, art-filled action demanding justice for farmworkers in Wendy’s supply chain!

    As Wendy’s shareholders convene their annual meeting in New York, farmworkers are calling on allies to take to the streets.
    Let’s send the message loud and clear: it’s time for Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program and help put an end to “old-fashioned exploitation”.

    RSVP on Facebook

    BACKGROUND
    Since the early 90s, farmworkers based in Immokalee, FL, have been organizing to transform an agriculture industry historically based on farmworker poverty and abuse. Demanding that the biggest buyers of tomatoes pay a small premium to support a living wage in the fields and purchase only from farms upholding a worker-designed code of conduct, farmworkers have effectively begun to reverse the exploitative “race to the bottom.”

    To date, eleven major food purchasers — including some of Wendy’s closest competitors: McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway — have already joined the Fair Food Program.

    In 2010, 90% of Florida’s tomato growers, represented by the Florida Tomato Growers’ Exchange (FTGE), agreed to implement the Fair Food Program on their farms. This watershed accord signaled the dawn of a “new day” for farmworkers’ rights in Florida’s fields. For the first time in history, farmworkers and participating buyers and growers are working together to eliminate wage theft, sexual harassment, physical abuse and forced labor in the agriculture industry.

    But our work is not yet complete. Although Wendy’s was informed long ago of the potential to do it’s part, the corporation has thus far refused to take action. Instead, Wendy’s high-volume, indiscriminate purchasing from Florida’s tomato fields helps ensure a continued market for exploitative growers outside the Fair Food Program.

    For more information, visit:

    http://www.ciw-online.org/about.html#cff
    http://www.ciw-online.org/FFP_FAQ.html

  • Fri. 17

          

    Support lawyers for the working poor as they fight against draconian cuts to health care and retirement benefits. Stand with them on the picket lines today, 4:30-6pm!

    This Friday, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM at the following locations:

    Bronx:
    579 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, New York 10451
    and
    349 E. 149th Street, Bronx, New York 10451

    Brooklyn:
    105 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
    and
    1360 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11216

    Manhattan:
    1 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027
    and
    40 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013

    Queens:
    89-00 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435

    Staten Island:
    36 Richmond Terrace (across the street from Staten Island ferry) Staten Island, New York 10301

    More info:
    Our sisters and brothers who are members of the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW, UAW Local 2320 went on strike yesterday morning (5/15/13) after working almost a year without a contract. Despite making historic offers to management to share in the costs of healthcare and forgo a general wage increase in order to address fiscal concerns, the management is demanding deep and severe cuts to healthcare coverage and to the retirement savings plan. Furthermore, even if the union agrees to make any cuts, the management is refusing to offer any job security protections in exchange. They want the ability to lay off front line casehandlers and support staff who represent the most vulnerable New Yorkers and protect their bloated management structure (currently there is 1 manager for every 3 union staff, at the Legal Aid Society, the management-staff ratio is 1:5).

    Source

  • Thu. 16

    Legal Services Staff Association on Strike

    12-2pm at Legal Services - NYC Central Office: 40 Worth St., NYC

    More event info

          

    Our sisters and brothers who are members of Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 provide needed legal services to low income residents of New York City. Today (5/15) they voted to strike after working almost a year without a contract.  Despite making historic offers to management to share in the costs of healthcare and forgo a general wage increase in order to address fiscal concerns, the management is demanding deep and severe cuts to healthcare coverage and to the retirement savings plan.  Furthermore, even if the union agrees to make any cuts, the management is refusing to offer any job security protections in exchange.  Management wants the ability to lay off front line casehandlers and support staff who represent the most vulnerable New Yorkers and protect their bloated management structure (currently there is 1 manager for every 3 union staff, at the Legal Aid Society, the management-staff ratio is 1:5).

    The picket lines will be up tomorrow, Thursday morning.  Your participation and support for the strikers is invaluable and welcome.  Nothing is better than being on strike on the picket line and having the support of others on the line with you.

    Can’t get to the picket line? Sign the petition!

    Here is the schedule for Thursday:

    From 12 noon – 2:00 PM

    Legal Services-NYC Central Office
    40 Worth Street
    New York, NY 10013

    Read the complete statement.

    The following pickets have been cancelled for today, 5/16:

    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM at the following locations:

    Bronx:
    329 East 149th Street
    Bronx, New York 10451

    Brooklyn:
    105 Court Street
    Brooklyn, New York 11201

    and

    1360 Fulton Street
    Brooklyn, New York 11216

    Manhattan:
    1 West 125th Street
    New York, New York 10027

    Queens:
    89-00 Sutphin Boulevard
    Jamaica, New York 11435

    Staten Island:
    36 Richmond Terrace (across the street from Staten Island ferry)
    Staten Island, New York 10301

  • Tue. 14

          

    The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is holding a rally to protest new rules being proposed at the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC).

    Stop TLC Vote On New Rules to Let Garages & Brokers Steal Our Raise!
    TUESDAY, MAY 14TH, 2pm

    Outside TLC Headquarters
    33 Beaver Street, NYC
    Take 4/5/6 to Bowling Green.

    It took taxi drivers 8 years to get a raise. It took the garages and brokers 8 months to use their money to buy a new rules proposal.

    Some of the 12 Proposed Rules:

    • Garage drivers pay for repairs
    • Every weekly driver pay for 7 shifts
    • Lease increase every six months when credit card usage goes up – even though more volume and more new vendors means less costs for them.
    • Lower TLC fine on garages and brokers from $10,000 to $1,000 for retaliation if a driver files an overcharge complaint

    When over 200 drivers came out for the scheduled vote in April, many of the 8 Commissioners raised objections to the rules. We have the momentum!
    The vote was postponed! UNITED We Will Win!

     

     

  • Wed. 1

          

    Join 99 Pickets, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and allies as we march on employers around Union Square and demand fair pay and justice for all workers. Details coming soon.

    Gather at 2:30pm in the NE corner of Union Square; we’ll leave at 3pm. Look for Rude Mechanical! RSVP on FB here.

April 2013

March 2013

  • Thu. 28

          

    Vea abajo para español


    Co-hosted by Immigrant Worker Justice & 99 Pickets

    Thursday, March. 28 6:30pm
    310 W. 43rd St. NYC (basement)
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    Last year on May 1st, thousands took to the streets in a historic convergence of immigrants, workers and Occupy Wall Street. We came together to support worker and immigrant struggles, and fight the injustices of the 1%, exclaiming “Another world is possible!”

    To build on that powerful solidarity, 99 Pickets and Immigrant Worker Justice are calling a community-wide May Day planning meeting on Feb. 28.

    Let’s create an open and inclusive space where we can coordinate planning and build momentum for an incredible May 1, 2013. All our grievances are connected!

    Who’s invited: Workers, immigrants, Occupy, labor unions, students, worker centers, social justice groups, the unemployed, community organizations: the 99%.

    More info: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    Spanish interpretation available.
    Wheelchair accessible.

    To help plan the structure of the May Day community meeting, come to the facilitation planning meeting at 5:30pm!


    Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

    Auspiciada por Justicia para el Trabajador Inmigrante & 99 Piquetes

    Juéves 28 de Marzo, 6:30pm
    310 Calle 43 Oeste, NYC (sotano)
    más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    El 1ero de Mayo del año pasado, miles tomaron las calles en una convergencia historica de inmigrantes, trabajadores y Ocupa Wallstreet. Nos juntamos para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores, de los inmigrantes y pelear las injusticias del 1%, aclamando “Otro mundo es posible!”

    Para construir sobre esa poderosa solidaridad, 99 Piquetes y Justica del Trabajador Inmigrante estan llamando a reunión con toda la comunidad, el 28 de Febrero para planear el 1 de Mayo.

    Crearemos un espacio abierto e inclusivo donde se podrá coordinar la planeación y aumentar el impulso para un 1 de Mayo, 2013 increible. Todos nuestros males estan conectados!

    Quedan invitados: los trabajadores, inmigrantes, Ocupa Wallstreet, sindicatos, centros de trabajadores, grupos por la justicia social, los desempleados, organizaciones comunitarias: el 99%

    Más información: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
    Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    Traducción disponible
    Accesible a silla de ruedas

    Para ayudar a planear la estructura del la reunión comunitaria sobre el 1 de Mayo, venga a la reunión para planear la facilitación! 5:30pm en la 310 Calle 43 Oeste, Manhattan.

  • Sun. 24

          

    The 1% intend to privatize what has been an essential public service operated for the benefit of We the People since April 26, 1775. The Main Stream Media would have us believe the USPS’s problems are solely due to the internet. NOT TRUE. While the internet has had a severe impact on First Class Mail volume, it is the onerous pre-funding mandate imposed by a lame-duck Congress in a voice vote in 2006 which is the root cause of the PO’s financial problems.

    SAVE SATURDAY DELIVERY

    NO MORE PLANT CLOSINGS

    END DEGRADATION OF SERVICE STANDARDS

    NO MORE CUTS IN RURAL PO HOURS

    STOP SELLING OFF HISTORIC BUILDINGS (Bronx GPO and Old Chelsea)

    STOP SUBCONTRACTING POSTAL TRUCK ROUTES

     

    Co-sponsored by:

    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS, AFL-CIO and NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION, AFL-CIO

    MORE INFO: blycrtr@yahoo.com or 732-447-4582

  • Sun. 17

          

    St. PatsCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the spirit of Jim Larkin and Jim Connolly. Because only a snake steals worker’s wages.

    The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

    But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

    RSVP on Facebook.

    If you can’t make it on Sunday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Sat. 12-7pm, Sun. 2-6pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Learn more about the campaign here.

  • Fri. 15

          

    On Wednesday, March 13, after years of wage theft, abuse and exploitation, workers at “Dishes“, a popular upscale Midtown restaurant, marched on their exploitative boss and delivered a demand letter.

    In an illegal and cowardly act, the owner of “Dishes” retaliated by firing two of the workers who stood up against injustice in their workplace.

    Workers and community, labor, Occupy and religious allies will be leafleting “Dishes” this Friday from 12-4pm. Come out and stand against illegal retaliation: for ten minutes, on your lunch break, or for the afternoon. The workers must be immediately rehired!

    Where: 6 E 45th St., between 5th Ave. and Madison.
    When: Friday 3/15 12-4pm
    Why: Together we are strong

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  • Wed. 13

          

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    Wednesday March 13, 6:30pm
    33 W. 14th St. NYC (basement)
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
    More info on NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

    Last year on May 1st, thousands took to the streets in a historic convergence of immigrants, workers and Occupy Wall Street. We came together to support worker and immigrant struggles, and fight the injustices of the 1%, exclaiming “Another world is possible!”

    To build on that powerful solidarity, let’s create an open and inclusive space where we can coordinate planning and build momentum for an incredible May 1, 2013. All our grievances are connected!

    Who’s invited: workers, immigrants, Occupy, labor unions, students, worker centers, social justice groups, the unemployed, community organizations: the 99%.

    Spanish interpretation available.

    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
    More info on NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

    Join the May Day 2013 email list: http://lists.occupy.net/lists/info/mayday2013


    Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

    Juéves 13 de Marzo, 6:30pm
    33 Calle 14 Oeste, NYC (sotano)
    más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
    más informacion en NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

    El 1ero de Mayo del año pasado, miles tomaron las calles en una convergencia historica de inmigrantes, trabajadores y Ocupa Wallstreet. Nos juntamos para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores, de los inmigrantes y pelear las injusticias del 1%, aclamando “Otro mundo es posible!”

    Para construir sobre esa poderosa solidaridad, crearemos un espacio abierto e inclusivo donde se podrá coordinar la planeación y aumentar el impulso para un 1 de Mayo, 2013 increible. Todos nuestros males estan conectados!

    Quedan invitados: los trabajadores, inmigrantes, Ocupa Wallstreet, sindicatos, centros de trabajadores, grupos por la justicia social, los desempleados, organizaciones comunitarias: el 99%

    Traducción disponible

    más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
    más informacion en NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

    La lista de el 1ero de Mayo: http://lists.occupy.net/lists/info/mayday2013

  •       

    Please join immigrant workers as they come out of the shadows and confront their boss on Wednesday the 13th at 4:00 p.m @ 554 5th Avenue, btw 45th and 46th street

    This group of immigrant workers is going to deliver a demand letter on a boss who has been exploiting them for years. For years, they have been subjected to sweatshop conditions, right in the heart of New York City. But now they’re fed up, and are ready to exercise their protected right to demand change at their workplace.

    The Laundry Worker Center and community supporters will march with them this Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. to show our solidarity as members of the community, the press, and anyone else who supports the struggle against injustice.

    Please come and show your support. Bring friends, family, or anyone else you know would support this cause. We’ll be meeting at 4:00pm upstairs at a deli named Smilers (554 5th Avenue, btw 45th and 46th street). We will march a few blocks to the employer together from there. See you at the march!

    RSVP on Facebook.

    If you have any questions please contact Michael Belt at beltmichael@gmail.com or 720-560-5567

February 2013

  • Thu. 28

          

    Vea abajo para español


    Co-hosted by Immigrant Worker Justice & 99 Pickets

    Thursday, Feb. 28 6:30pm
    310 W. 43rd St. NYC (basement)
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    Last year on May 1st, thousands took to the streets in a historic convergence of immigrants, workers and Occupy Wall Street. We came together to support worker and immigrant struggles, and fight the injustices of the 1%, exclaiming “Another world is possible!”

    To build on that powerful solidarity, 99 Pickets and Immigrant Worker Justice are calling a community-wide May Day planning meeting on Feb. 28.

    Let’s create an open and inclusive space where we can coordinate planning and build momentum for an incredible May 1, 2013. All our grievances are connected!

    Who’s invited: Workers, immigrants, Occupy, labor unions, students, worker centers, social justice groups, the unemployed, community organizations: the 99%.

    More info: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    Spanish interpretation available.
    Wheelchair accessible.

    To help plan the structure of the May Day community meeting, come to the facilitation planning meeting! Thurs. Feb 21st, 6pm 33 W. 14th St.


    Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

    Auspiciada por Justicia para el Trabajador Inmigrante & 99 Piquetes

    Juéves 28 de Febrero, 6:30pm
    310 Calle 43 Oeste, NYC (sotano)
    más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    El 1ero de Mayo del año pasado, miles tomaron las calles en una convergencia historica de inmigrantes, trabajadores y Ocupa Wallstreet. Nos juntamos para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores, de los inmigrantes y pelear las injusticias del 1%, aclamando “Otro mundo es posible!”

    Para construir sobre esa poderosa solidaridad, 99 Piquetes y Justica del Trabajador Inmigrante estan llamando a reunión con toda la comunidad, el 28 de Febrero para planear el 1 de Mayo.

    Crearemos un espacio abierto e inclusivo donde se podrá coordinar la planeación y aumentar el impulso para un 1 de Mayo, 2013 increible. Todos nuestros males estan conectados!

    Quedan invitados: los trabajadores, inmigrantes, Ocupa Wallstreet, sindicatos, centros de trabajadores, grupos por la justicia social, los desempleados, organizaciones comunitarias: el 99%

    Más información: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
    Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

    Traducción disponible
    Accesible a silla de ruedas

    Para ayudar a planear la estructura del la reunión comunitaria sobre el 1 de Mayo, venga a la reunión para planear la facilitación! Juéves 21 de Febrero, 6pm en la 33 de la Calle 14 Oeste, Manhattan.

  • Wed. 20

          

    posthouse

    Workers at Post House restaurant on the UES have been working without a contract for over 4 months.

    The Chartounis and Fourth Wall Restaurant Group want to take away workers’ benefits, including their pension, radically increase healthcare costs, and break the union. It’s NOT going to happen.

    Join them and rally for a fair contract on Wednesday, Feb. 20 3-5pm.

  • Mon. 18

          

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: This event is CANCELLED, to be rescheduled upon consultation with the union.

    For more information on other ways to support striking bus drivers and matrons: http://nysaflcio.org/Safety1st/

    Illustration by Eric Dooker

    Illustration by Eric Dooker

    One month into a historic strike, school bus drivers and matrons—workers who make sure children get on and off buses safely—need our support more than ever.

    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/15evDsm

    The city’s attack on 8,000 unionized workers is another dimension of a sustained campaign to weaken unions in NY, including the illegal firings of five McDonald’s workers and 22 Optimum (formerly Cablevision) union workers.

    Bloomberg, the richest man in the city, spends millions of taxpayer money on education consultants but claims the city can’t afford to pay bus drivers an average salary of $35,000 per year.

    It’s time to draw a line in the sand. A new world is possible: it begins with supporting these courageous striking workers, who will not bow down and allow Michael Bloomberg to destroy thousands of hard-won middle class jobs, severely impacting the children of New York in the process.

    WHEN: Monday, 2/18, 12-1pm

    WHERE: Tweed Building, DoE, 52 Chambers St. NYC
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/15evDsm

    This article on the school bus strike is a must-read:

    The battle between the city and the bus drivers represents the supremacy of budgets over quality of life. It illustrates what happens when communities, jobs and families are devalued, marginalized and destroyed while the language of austerity reigns, infallible. And it illuminates the hypocrisy of those in power who claim to care for our children’s safety but refuse to invest in it.

    Can’t make it? Come to the picket line on your own (mornings are best).

  • Sat. 9

          

    Cancelled: “We can (and we will) fight Donahoe and Issa. But we can’t fight Mother Nature.”

    Community/Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services is sponsoring a rally in front of the Main Post Office at 550 Manor Road on Staten Island on Saturday February 9 from 12 noon to 2 PM.

    Why Staten Island, this out of the way, difficult to reach place you may ask? The Staten Island mail processing plant is one of 81 plants to be “consolidated” beginning February 23. When complete in 2014 (although the Postmaster General has indicated the schedule may be “accelerated”) fully half of its nationwide network of processing and distribution Centers will have been eliminated.

    This is part of a plan, outlined as early as the 1970’s in “white papers” issued by the likes of the Cato Institute to privatize what has been a vital public service since April 26, 1775.

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand urged the Postmaster General to delay the closing of the plant, “with more than 80 Staten Island postal workers impacted…  over economic and environmental consequences, delayed mail service to Staten Islanders, and increased transportation costs and burden placed on residents” but they have so far been ignored.

    Mass transit: Catch the ferry that leaves at 11AM from the Whitehall Terminal. It’s about a 15-20 minute ride on the 61 or 62 Bus from the Staten Island terminal to the corner of Manor Road and Victory Blvd.

  • Wed. 6

          

    On January 30th, Cablevision unconscionably and illegally locked out and fired 22 CWA workplace activists at Brooklyn Cablevision who were seeking to have a brief meeting with management about their grievances.

    On January 31st, about 100 supporters marched with the Cablevision 22 to demand they be rehired. Cablevision managers hid and refused to speak with workers or city officials.

    These workers have been struggling for a year to win a first contract after overwhelmingly voting for CWA in January 2012.

    This is a blatantly anti-union act and is an attack against union workers across the city.

    It cannot be allowed to stand!

    Read more about workers organizing at Cablevision.

  • Sat. 2

          

    Join 99 Pickets on the Golden Farm picket line on Saturday Feb. 2 at 6pm while workers are in the community building support and educating folks about the struggle at Golden Farm and elsewhere.

    The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

    But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed, cut hours are restored and workers that were fired for organizing are rehired. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

    If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Learn more about the campaign here.

January 2013

  • Thu. 31

          

    Join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) to celebrate one year of worker struggle!

    For the past year, workers at The Capital Grille have been organizing to change conditions in their workplace, alleging racial discrimination and wage theft, in addition to experiencing other exploitative conditions. Meanwhile, parent company, Darden Restaurants (which also owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden) pulled in over $700 million in profits just last year!

    The workers have had enough, and they are telling Darden that it’s time to decide. Will it continue to take the low road to profitability, like making their employees make the choice between working with the flu or not getting paid? Or will it shift course to take the high road and provide dignified work for its workers?

    Capital Grille workers in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and the DC area are calling for Darden Restaurants to sit down with them and the Restaurant Opportunities Center to find a real, meaningful solution to this dispute. We want nothing less than racial and economic justice!

    So join ROC-NY, Thursday, January 31st, on the anniversary of launching the Dignity at Darden campaign, as we show Darden that Capital Grille workers will not rest until justice is had.

    RSVP on Facebook

    Learn more about the Dignity at Darden campaign

  • Fri. 25

          

    posthouse

    Workers at Post House restaurant on the UES have been working without a contract for over 4 months.

    Owners are demanding increases to health costs and to defund worker’s pensions.

    On Friday workers are gathering to demand a fair contract. Join the fight!

  •       

    Join 99PKTS and members of the Occupy Wall Street community as we walk the picket line with striking school bus drivers.

    More than 8,000 bus drivers and matrons—workers who make sure children get on and off buses safely—are on strike, for the first time in over 30 years.

    WHEN: Friday 1/25, 1pm-2pm
    WHERE: Department of Education, 52 Chambers St. NYC
    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/11RkgpW

    The city wants to cut transportation costs and has put bus contracts with private bus companies up for bid.  The union is criticizing lack of employee protections, fearing senior drivers may lose their jobs to cheaper, less experienced labor once contracts expire in June..

    This article on the school bus strike is a must-read:

    The battle between the city and the bus drivers represents the supremacy of budgets over quality of life. It illustrates what happens when communities, jobs and families are devalued, marginalized and destroyed while the language of austerity reigns, infallible. And it illuminates the hypocrisy of those in power who claim to care for our children’s safety but refuse to invest in it.

    Can’t make it? Come to the picket line on your own!

  • Sun. 20

          

    “Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity it has dignity and it has worth… it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.”
    —Martin Luther King, Jr.

    This Sunday, honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and join workers from all over the city to walk the picket line in support of Golden Farm workers. There will be a pumped up picket line (enforcing the neighborhood boycott of the grocery store), music from the amazing Afro-Colombian cumbia band ¡Ay Mayo!, and a worker speakout.

    RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/271901189603688/

    KENSINGTON RESIDENTS: Occupy Kensington and 99 Pickets will be collecting pledges from customers who are boycotting Golden Farm, stating how much they used to spend at the store and a pledge to return once Sonny Kim signs a fair contract with workers. The pledges will be delivered to Sonny Kim later in the week to let him know exactly what he is losing by not treating his workers fairly.

    WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 20 2-4pm
    WHERE: 329 Church Ave., Brooklyn. F/G trains to Church Ave. or B35 bus to E 5th St.
    WHY: To demand Sonny Kim negotiate A FAIR CONTRACT and RETURN OF HOURS to workers who are organizing.

    After over a decade of getting paid well below minimum wage – totaling over $500,000 in stolen wages – workers at the Golden Farm grocery store stood up for their rights, suing owner Sonny Kim for their back wages and voting to form a union.

    Today, the workers at Golden Farm are in their FIFTH MONTH of contract negotiations… FOUR MONTHS after their successful union election, and ONE YEAR after filing a lawsuit for back wages that is still only TENTATIVELY settled. They have stuck with the struggle and we are sticking with them!

    Join 99 Pickets, Occupy Kensington, New York Communities for Change and the Occupy Wall Street community as we demand that Sonny Kim sign a FAIR CONTRACT with Golden Farm workers and RESTORE THE HOURS he cut to retaliate against workers who are organizing.

    RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/271901189603688/

    Learn more about the campaign.

  • Sat. 19

          

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    RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/VXZ5fV

    Calling all workers, Occupiers, people of the labor movement and the 99%… it’s time to eat, drink, talk, and dance! Celebrate last year’s wins and get energized for this year’s fight.

    We’ll supply a keg of beer and some snacks. Bring your favorite party food or other drinks. And please bring your favorite music on an MP3 player or computer. Kid-friendly!

    WHERE: 295 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11218
    WHEN: 8pm-12am on January 19.
    ADMISSION: Free for those that believe in JUSTICE.

    Let’s make 2013 the “Year of the Worker”. Dance party!!!!!

    In solidarity,
    99 Pickets


    ¡Te invitamos a la fiesta de celebración del “Año del Trabajador”!

    http://on.fb.me/VXZ5fV

    Invitamos a todos los trabajadores, a los activistas de Occupy, a toda la gente del
    movimiento laboral y del 99% a un convivio para comer, beber, hablar y bailar.
    Celebremos nuestros triunfos del año pasado y recobremos energías para nuestra
    lucha de este año.

    Nosotros ponemos cervezas y algunos aperitivos. Si puedes, trae tu comida de fiesta
    favorita u otras bebidas. Por favor traiga su musica favorita en su MP3 o su computadora.

    ¿DÓNDE?: 295 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11218
    ¿CUÁNDO?: 8pm-12am el sábado 19 de enero
    PRECIO DE ADMISIÓN: Gratis para todos los que creen en la JUSTICIA.

    ¡Hagamos del 2013 el “Año del Trabajador” y bailemos!

    Fraternalmente:
    El grupo 99 Pickets / 99 Protestas del 99%.

  • Tue. 15

          

    Bill Simon is the CEO of Walmart US, the world’s biggest retailer and a powerful board member of Darden, which owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden & others. Simon’s influence in the corporate world is immense & his mistreatment of Walmart & Darden employees affects ALL workers. From part-timing their workforce, paying poverty wages, and avoiding providing benefits, Simon is hurting American workers.

    On Tuesday, Simon is going to deliver a speech to the National Retailers Federation on “retail’s role in the American renewal”. Join ALIGN, RWDSU, Walmart Free NYC, 99 Pickets, Retail Action Project & Restaurant Opportunities Center NY to denounce Simon’s unjust way of doing business.

    RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/127261687439821/

    #SimonSays $2.13 an hour for restaurant workers!
    #SimonSays No #JustHours for retail workers!
    #SimonSays no #PaidSickDays!
    #SimonSays cut full-time jobs and benefits!

    THE WORKERS SAY: We deserve sustainable scheduling, decent wages, healthcare, paid sick days & the right to organize without retaliation – at Walmart, Darden & everywhere else!

    RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/127261687439821/

December 2012

  • Sat. 22

          

    Change is afoot in the restaurant industry! While fast food workers fight for fair wages and union representation, already-unionized restaurant workers are fighting back against employer attempts to decimate their hard-won wages and benefits.

    Come out this Saturday and support the workers at the Post House, who have been without a contract for four months. Management’s negotiating position is that these union workers shouldn’t get anything better than “industry norms” – i.e. non-union standards. To this end, they want to raise medical co-pays by 400%, shift future cost raises to workers, defund the pension, and hire part-timers to do union jobs, and much more.

    Why be union? Solidarity! Come out and show you care this Saturday!

     

     

  • Tue. 18

          

    Update: press release here.

    From OccupyWallSt.org:

    On November 25th, 112 workers burned to death in a factory fire in Bangladesh producing garments for Walmart. The Port of Newark is a major entryway for Walmart garments coming from Bangladesh. Walmart is going to profit off of the garments these workers died to make.

    Unless we block the boat.

    Walmart – the world’s largest employer and 1% corporation – refuses to take responsibility, compensate the families, or take any action to prevent needless deaths like this from happening again. The 1% must not profit from the workers’ deaths in Bangladesh!

    On Tuesday December 18th, buses will be leaving at 6am from Canal and Broadway in Manhattan to head to the port.

    If you’re not taking the bus, the staging ground location will be the IKEA parking lot in Elizabeth, NJ at 7am. Timing is critical.

    We’re calling on Occupiers near all East Coast ports to be on alert if the cargo ship is re-routed to dock at another port.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/456899241034741/
    #D18 #OccupyThePort #BlockTheBoat.

  • Sun. 16

          

    A report from the picket line at Golden Farm yesterday:

    Two defenders of immigrant workers’ rights at the Kensington Golden Farm grocery store stepped out of the rain, under the awning of Golden Farm. Owner Sonny Kim had them arrested for standing too close to the entrance and the two were quickly taken away in handcuffs.

    Seeing the other folks – at least five others, including one woman with her child – still maintaining the line in the rain was inspiring.

    From the Golden Farm Justice blog:

    Pretty clearly, Sonny hoped that he would eliminate the picket for the afternoon, perhaps leaving signs and literature unguarded. However, just before the arrests took place, I arrived for my usual Sunday shift as a neighborhood boycott volunteer. NYCC staff were alerted, the organization’s criminal lawyer was quickly brought into play, and word went out to community supporters, who began showing up in front of the store to keep the picket going.

    As of 4:30am Monday, the pair was released from jail with no charges pending.
    The arrests follow a recent incident where manager Steve Kim deliberately dumped undiluted bleach all over protesters’ belongings and directly on an NYCC organizer. She filed a police report and Kim ended up paying her for the damage he caused.
    It’s more important than ever that we stand up to Sonny Kim and let him know that we will not tolerate his attempts to intimidate, abuse, and retaliate against Golden Farm workers, and now community supporters, who are simply demanding a fair contract, restoration of cut hours and reinstatement of workers that were fired for organizing.
    99 Pickets and the Occupy community is turning out in force this Sunday, 1-3pm to send the message that retaliation will not be tolerated. No contract, no peace! Bring chalk, whistles, casseroles, pots, pans, cowbells, and sleigh bells.
  • Thu. 13

          

    The holidays are upon us! Tis the season of generosity, giving, and being with family. But there’s something lurking in the shadows that threatens all of this. CORPORATE GREED!  Despite raking in over $700 million in profit, Darden Restaurants, the largest full-service dining corporation in the world, continues its Scrooge-like policies
    Workers at The Capital Grille (owned by Darden Restaurants) are engaged in a nationwide struggle to change these policies, and win workplace justice and dignity. They workers have asked Darden to meet with them to discuss a resolution to the workplace issues, but the only response they got was Bah humbug!

    So the call has been made. Carolers of the world unite! Help the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) bring out the holiday spirit in The Capital Grille as we go Caroling for Justice.
    When: Thursday, December 13th @ 6PM
    Where: The Capital Grille, Chrysler Center.
                  155 E 42nd Street (between Lexington and 3rd Ave)
    Why: Because workers should be able to enjoy the holidays, too! Not just CEOs and the 1%!
  • Tue. 11

    Hold Walmart CEO Mike Duke Accountable!

    4:30-6:00pm at Council on Foreign Relations, Harold Pratt House: 58 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10065

    More event info

          

    Walmart CEO Mike Duke is visiting NYC on Tuesday, Dec. 11 to give a speech for the Council on Foreign Relations entitled “The Responsibility to Lead” – talking about women’s economic empowerment, food security & the global middle class.
    That’s ironic, since Walmart represents the epitome of corporate greed: from use of sweatshop labor, to the poverty wages it pays associates, to discrimination, to illegal retaliation against workers who organize. Mike Duke has no right to speak about the “global middle class”, and it’s time we taught him the meaning of responsibility!
    Join 99 Pickets, ALIGN, Occupy Bergen County and allies for an afternoon of action – picket lines, street theater, and more.
    –Text “@pickets” to 23559 for day-of text message alerts.–
    We will publicly hold Mike Duke accountable for:
    * The deaths of 120 workers from a fire at Bangladeshi sweatshop producing clothing for Walmart in incredibly unsafe conditions.
    * Paying Walmart workers poverty wages, forcing many to file for public assistance, and for retaliating against workers when they began to organize and speak out about working conditions.
    * Mistreatment of workers across Walmart’s supply chain, especially warehouse workers and immigrant workers at Walmart suppliers
    We look forward to seeing on Tuesday. Bring your instruments, noisemakers and signs!
  • Thu. 6

          

    Cablevision techs made history last January by beating back a vicious anti union campaign and forming a union. Since that time, CEO James Dolan has refused to negotiate a contract.

    Join with Cablevision technicians, and their union CWA, outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square this Thursday, Dec 6th at 6pm as CEO James Dolan will be performing (yes, he thinks he is a guitar player!).

    For more  information, visit www.thecablevision99.org

  • #RiseUpNY: Day of Action in Support of Low Wage Workers

    5-6pm at Times Square, 42nd St. & 7th Ave.: 

    More event info

          

    On July 24th, 6,000 of us gathered in Union Square to support workers at car washes, at Con Edison, at grocery stores, at fast food locations and other workplaces to kick off the Workers Rising movement and show solidarity for workers in their fights for contracts, better pay and conditions.

    Last week, workers in fast food restaurants across New York City made history when more than 200 stood up to their employers and said they weren’t going to be treated with disrespect anymore.

    And they are not alone. Across the city, workers at car washes, grocery stores, airports, and other industries are standing up for better wages and for respect at work. Meanwhile, hundreds of everyday New Yorkers have come together to demand Congress end tax cuts favoring the wealthiest 2% over the middle class and the working poor.

    On Thursday December 6th, we’re coming back in force to tell the 1% that we are not okay with having the worse economic inequality since the Great Depression. We are telling Washington we won’t stand for policies that prioritize tax cuts for millionaires over funding programs that working families rely on. And we are joining with workers who are struggling to let them know that we’ve got their back.

    12pm, Jackson Heights Plaza (37th Rd, b/n 73rd & 74th St., Queens) – South Asian Workers Demand US Corporate Accountability. On Nov. 25th, 112 Bangladeshi Garment Workers were killed in a garment factory in Bangladesh. They were making clothes for Walmart, Sears and Disney. Join the fight for global corporate accountability!

    3:45pm, 1188 6th Ave. (at 47th St.) – Join fast food workers in front of McDonald’s to support workers who experienced retaliation last week for standing up for their rights. After a short rally, everyone will march to Times Square to join the main event.

    5pm, Times Square (42nd & 7th Ave.) – Move Forward: Rally in Support of Our Communities. Join workers from around the city who are organizing and standing up for each other.

    6pm, Times Square – After the main rally, join Occupy Wall St. and 99 Pickets for a Fast Food March. We will be marching to several fast food restaurants to spread the message that all workers deserve a living wage.

    6:30pm, 154 6th Ave. (at Spring St.) – After the main rally and march, join car wash workers in SoHo who are organizing for fair wages and fair treatment.

  • Tue. 4

          

    Debrief re: the OWS/99 Pickets and coalition solidarity actions at the Secaucus NJ Walmart on Black Friday.

    How did it go? What can be done better, and what are the next steps? All are welcome, hope you can make it!

November 2012

  • Fri. 30

          

    Show solidarity with striking workers as they go back to work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and hundreds of striking fast food workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job.

    Sign up for a shift on Friday by RSVPing to gfries@unitedny.org.

    We will be gathering at two locations at 5:30am. and again at 9:30am, where we will board vans to the worksites to support workers as they head back to work.

    Manhattan meet-up point: 1199SEIU, 310 W 43rd St, New York NY
    Brooklyn meet-up point: 2-4 Nevins St., Brooklyn NY

  •       

    Show solidarity with striking workers as they go back to work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and hundreds of striking fast food workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job.

    Sign up for a shift on Friday by RSVPing to gfries@unitedny.org.

    We will be gathering at two locations at 5:30am, and again at 9:30am, where we will board vans to the worksites to support workers as they head back to work.

    Manhattan meet-up point: 1199 SEIU, 310 W 43rd St, New York NY
    Brooklyn meet-up point: 2-4 Nevins St., Brooklyn NY

  • Thu. 29

          

    From Walmart to fast food, low wage workers are standing up and demanding more!

    Today, November 29, NYC fast food workers from dozens of stores, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Papa John’s are walking out, in a historic one day strike for a fair unionization process, decent wages, reasonable scheduling, paid sick days and an end to retaliation.

    Organizers from New York Communities for Change have been meeting with workers for months, and now workers are standing up and demanding respect at their jobs.

    Put these multi-billion dollar corportations on notice: these workers do not stand alone.

    Thursday, Nov. 29th
    4:00 pm Rally at the Times Square McDonald’s
    220 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Ave.)

    Friday, Nov. 30th
    Show solidarity with striking workers as they go back to for work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and the workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job.

    Sign up for a shift on Friday by RSVPing to gfries@unitedny.org. Two shifts are available: 5:30am-8:30am and 9:30am-12:30pm. Meet-up locations are all over the city, including Manhattan (310 W. 43rd St.) and Brooklyn (2-4 Nevins).

    Save the Date: Thursday, Dec. 6

  •       

    From our friends at ROC-NY:

    Do you joyfully (and a little maniacally) laugh when you daydream of wealthy CEOs diving into piles of dollar bills while working families worry about their precarious economic futures? Do these images make your soul-less heart skip a beat? Then you are cordially invited to this week’s press conference and rally held by the newly-formed group “CEOs for Corporate Greed (CCG)” outside The Capital Grille on 42nd Street.

    CCG will be presenting the Profit Over People award to Darden Restaurants, the parent company of The Capital Grille, where workers have been organizing a workplace justice campaign (if you’re interested in that kind of rubbish, visit www.dignityatdarden.org). CCG is especially tickled by the fact that while being the wealthiest restaurant company in the world, Darden has been accused of engaging in wage theft and racial discrimination, and denies its workers such basic rights as paid sick days. To top off these greedy acts, Darden is already scheming ways to avoid providing their workers with healthcare under the Affordable Care Act by cutting workers’ hours in a brilliant experiment of pure greed.

    CCG’s decision to honor Darden comes as the company has emerged as the “Walmart of the restaurant industry,” and we all know nothing says greedy like Walmart. Darden has even added Walmart’s CEO to its own Board of Directors.

    CCG president Spencer Q. Moneybags III giggled with excitement, “Folks, it doesn’t get greedier than this. While Darden’s annual profits exceed half a billion dollars, they continue to find ways to squeeze out even more profits at the expense of their workers. For example, Darden requires its low-wage immigrant workers to perform multiple jobs while barely paying them for even one job.”

    What’s more, Darden’s actions to concentrate wealth in the fewest hands possible doesn’t stop at their restaurants’ doors. CCG is also acknowledging Darden’s role in killing disgusting anti-greed policies such as those that would raise the minimum wage and give paid sick days to workers. “Darden’s greed is truly admirable and an inspiration to low road restaurants everywhere,” Moneybags gushed.

    So please join CCG for this important press conference and rally to celebrate greed. Come in your best CEO attire (if you need assistance, please contact us at John@rocny.org).

    Greed should be rewarded, don’t you think?

  • Fri. 23

          

    Update: our press release is here.

    In the wake of a series of unprecedented Walmart retail and warehouse strikes, Walmart workers, labor allies and community supporters have put Walmart on notice for Black Friday: End retaliation and attempts to silence workers or face nationwide strikes and direct action.

    On Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year—Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, ALIGN, Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, Retail Action Project, Occupy Bergen County and allies will occupy a Walmart store in North Jersey in solidarity with these courageous workers. Join us as we clog the checkout lines, take over the store with shopping carts, sing songs, picket the store, and disrupt Walmart’s business.

    Sign up for updates
    Sign up text message alerts: text “@blackfridaywalmart” to 23559.

    N22 THANKSGIVING DAY 4PM: On Thursday we’ll have THANKSGIVING DINNER in Liberty Square, with hot meals also provided to Occupy Trinity, Union Square and Occupy Sandy relief efforts throughout the boroughs. This will be a time to come together as a community and reflect on the struggles of workers and indigenous communities

    RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/410804522326108/

    Afterwards, a small delegation will be going to Walmart to deliver treats and notes to workers who are being forced to go to work instead of spending the day with their families.

    N23 BLACK FRIDAY
    5AM: We will kick the day off at an early morning “Walmart sales event” and put Walmart on notice that this year, they won’t be able to conduct business as usual.

    12:30PM (note the new time): The main event. Hundreds of us will be gathering at the Walmart store in Secaucus, NJ and staying all afternoon to disrupt commerce and stand in solidarity with workers across the country who are fighting for their rights.

    Meet at the intersection of Park Plaza Drive and Harmon Meadow Blvd, near Sam’s Club. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/JKHuC
    FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/291565284287460/

    Transportation
    Have a car? We need help with carpooling and we have a fun, safe “Occupy the Parking Spaces” action planned at Walmart all day.

    Don’t have a car? We have buses leaving NYC at 11:30AM.

    If you want to take the bus or are able to drive, fill out this form with both your email and phone so we can follow up with you.
    http://99pickets.org/picket/wall-street-to-walmart/#signup

    Mass transit: You can take NJ Transit to the store location; the store is a 20 minute ride from Port Authority at 42nd and 8th Ave. Take the 320 bus. Buses leave about every twenty minutes. Buy a ticket (about $8 round trip) and tell the bus driver you’re going to Walmart, You’ll be dropped off in the Walmart parking lot next the meetup point.

    Text Loop
    Sign up for text message alerts: text “@blackfridaywalmart” to 23559.

    Not in NY, NJ, CT?
    Participate in one of 999 Walmart solidarity actions around the country.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/441896105875025/
    http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/campaigns/black-friday/events

    About the Walmart Strikes

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/walmart-black-friday-strike-organized-online-video_n_2094698.html

    http://changewalmart.tumblr.com

    http://www.minyanville.com/trading-and-investing/stocks/articles/Labor-Economist253A-Why-Wal-mart-May/10/19/2012/id/45167?page=full

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2012/1023/Walmart-legal-troubles-mount-as-Black-Friday-walkout-looms

    How to Get Involved
    Sign up for updates below.

    We’ll send you info about logistics for the day-of, Black Friday action meetings and the planning email list. You can also sign up for a spot on a bus.

    Sponsor a Walmart Striker
    https://www.wepay.com/donations/walmart-strikers-food-fund

    https://www.wepay.com/donations/dont-let-walmart-silence-workers-support-worker-leaders-who-are-calling-for-change

  • Wed. 21

          

    Workers and community members started a picket and boycott against Golden Farm months ago, and it has been very successful — every day hundreds of customers are turned away!

    This Wednesday, one of the busiest shopping days in the year for grocery stores, 99 Pickets will join workers and community members a week before the first round of negotiations between workers and  Sonny Kim. This is a crucial time to show Sonny Kim that he MUST sign a fair contract with workers!

    From 6-7pm we will be clogging the lines to shut down commerce in the store completely. The more people that get involved, the longer that we will be able to affect business and make sure that Sonny Kim gets the message. We are also organizing a special action for folks who live in the neighborhood and who have stopped shopping at Golden Farm during the boycott.

    Bring pennies & nickels, hide them away, and wear your best “undercover customer” outfit.

    Want to know more about line clogs? Read about the last one!

    It’s important that we know how many people are coming. RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you want to participate.

    Where: We’re meeting a couple blocks from Golden Farm, at the triangle in front of Walgreens at Church Ave & E 2nd St., Brooklyn. Take the F train to the Church Ave. stop!

    If you can’t make the line clog, join the rally the same day! RSVP on Facebook.

    Learn more about the campaign!

     

  •       

    Join JFK Security Officers On November 21st!

    The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. We plan to let thousands of passengers that pass through JFK know about Airport workers’ fight for justice.

    Join airport workers, security officers, community allies and elected officials to fight for better standards.

    Wednesday, November 21st
    12:30pm – 3:00pm
    Terminal 4 Arrivals Level, Passenger Pick-up A

  • Sat. 17

          

    99 Pickets and Occupy Wall Street are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

    The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

    But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

    If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Learn more about the campaign here.

  • Fri. 16

          

    Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart: Occupy Black Friday“, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

    Or sign up below to participate on Black Friday. We’re mobilizing large numbers of people, and are working to get buses to help people coming from NYC. Please fill out both your email and phone so we can follow up with you.

  • Thu. 15

          

    For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

    Unfortunately, the new owners have failed to fulfill their promises, and have retaliated against workers who tried to continue organizing at the restaurant.

    • The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Saigon Grill for illegal firing.
    • Even though they assumed the former boss’s debt of one million dollars when they bought Saigon Grill in 2010, to this day, they refuse to pay the debt to the former workers.

    There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community. Join us on the picket line this Thursday, 12:30pm to 2pm!

    If you can’t make it this Thursday, there is picketing at Saigon Grill every Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.

     

  • Wed. 14

    Justice for Jazz Artists March

    8:30-9:00pm at Corner of W 11th St & 7th Ave (In front of Two Boots): W 11th St & 7th Ave, New York, NY

    More event info

          

    Join the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign as we march with a live band to the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note. Club owners need to do the right thing by providing pension, pay scales, and protections on recordings for all musicians who play their clubs.

    Please note that we are meeting at a different time and location than previous marches.

  • Sat. 10

          

    99 Pickets and Occupy Wall Street are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

    The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

    But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

    If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Learn more about the campaign here.

  • Fri. 9

          

    Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart”, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

    Or sign up below to participate on Black Friday. We’re mobilizing large numbers of people, and are working to get buses to help people coming from NYC. Please fill out both your email and phone so we can follow up with you.

  • Sat. 3

          

    99 Pickets and Occupy Wall Street are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

    The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

    But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

    If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Learn more about the campaign here.

  • Fri. 2

          

    This Black Friday, put Walmart in the red!

    Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart“, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

    You can also subscribe to the Black Friday email list.

October 2012

  • Tue. 30

          

    DUE TO THE STORM, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

    ——————————-

    Please join us for a press conference held by the newly formed group Zombies for Corporate Greed (ZCG) outside The Capital Grille on 42nd Street. ZCG will be announcing their support for Darden, Inc, the parent company of Capital Grille, where workers have been organizing a workplace justice campaign (www.dignityatdarden.org). Despite being the wealthiest restaurant company in the world, Darden pays poverty wages, has been accused of engaging in wage theft and racial discrimination, and denies its workers such basic rights as paid sick days. These greedy policies foster an environment of sickness and gloom — an environment in which Zombies thrive. As a result, Darden’s corporate greed directly promotes ZCG’s prime goal of increasing the zombie birthrate until it surpasses the human birth rate.

    Mr. Want Brain, President of ZCG, stated, “Our new alliance with Darden is natural, as we see many similarities between zombies and Darden. For our own gain, we squeeze the life out of others. And we’re proud of it.”

    Please join ZCG for this important press conference.

    Come in your best zombie attire (if you need assistance, please contact us at John@rocny.org) and confirm your attendance on the Facebook page.

    Graahg!

    Mr. Want Brain
    President of Zombies for Corporate Greed

  • Sat. 27

          

    Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart”, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

    You can also subscribe to the Black Friday email list.

  •       

    99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

    The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would NEVER pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

    But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is SIGNED and payment of back wages is RECEIVED. We can’t let Sonny Kim off the hook until he follows through on his commitments!

    If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Learn more about the campaign!

  • Fri. 26

          

    THIS FRIDAY 99 Pickets is supporting the picket line at Saigon Grill to let the owners know that we stand behind workers and their right to organize and be treated with dignity and respect. Join us and tell the owners of Saigon Grill to join the ranks of business owners who have committed to being sweatshop free!

     

    For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

    Unfortunately, the new owners have failed to fulfill their promises, and have retaliated against workers who tried to continue organizing at the restaurant.

    • The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Saigon Grill for illegal firing.
    • Even though they assumed the former boss’s debt of one million dollars when they bought Saigon Grill in 2010, to this day, they refuse to pay the debt to the former workers.
  • Wed. 24

          

    Please note: this action has been cancelled.

    Teamsters Demand Justice for the “Elmhurst 42″
    Union members to protest illegal layoffs at Elmhurst Dairy

    Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda today announced plans for a major demonstration at Elmhurst Dairy to protest the outrageous,illegal layoffs of hard-working members of Teamsters Local 584.

    “We demand justice for the Elmhurst 42. Management is delusional if they think we will sit back while they destroy the lives of hard working Teamsters who have helped make this company one of New York’s finest,”Miranda said. “They have no idea what they have started but I can tell you we will finish this fight. This is a battle for our jobs, for our families and for the Queens community. ”

    “We know that the dairy industry has faced tremendous economic hardship in the last few years and we want to work together with management to find resolutions that will protect our members and ensure the viability of the industry,” said Frank Wunderlich, President of Teamsters Local 584. “The success of New York City’s last local dairy is of paramount concern.”

    Last month, 42 skilled and experienced Teamster members from Local 584 were illegally laid off by the management at Elmhurst Dairy and replaced with new, low wage, workers. Union members and elected officials slammed the outrageous move by management and filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to have the workers reinstated.

    On Wednesday, October 24, union members will demonstrate outside of Elmhurst Dairy, located on Liberty Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. Miranda encourages Teamster members and their families, as well as community supporters, to come and stand with “The Elmhurst 42″.

    “We know we can count on support from elected leaders and other unions in this fight. We welcome and appreciate their support. This fight is on, and we will know our true friends will join us.”

    RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/527363093960388/

  • Fri. 19

          

    For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

    Unfortunately, the new owners have failed to fulfill their promises, and have retaliated against workers who tried to continue organizing at the restaurant.

    • The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Saigon Grill for illegal firing.
    • Even though they assumed the former boss’s debt of one million dollars when they bought Saigon Grill in 2010, to this day, they refuse to pay the debt to the former workers.

    There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community.

    There is picketing at Saigon Grill Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.  Supporters are particularly urged to come to the picket line on Friday evenings, but participation at any time is appreciated.

    Read more about the campaign.

  • Thu. 18

          

    After attending Twice the Work, Half the Pay and learning how musicians and other independent workers can build solidarity and take collective action, put theory into practice at the J4JA march!

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    The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign marches on – we are going back to the Blue Note with a live band to tell the club owners that musicians and jazz fans want them to do the right thing and sign on to the demands of our campaign – Pension, Pay scales, and Protections on recordings for all musicians who play the club.

    This THURSDAY NIGHT, October 18th @ 9PM, we will be marching from under the arch at Washington Square Park to the front door of the Blue Note.  Our focus will be on delivering our message to the patrons and to club management, passing out leaflets, and encouraging people to take the J4JA message inside the club.

    Bring a friend, bring an instrument! Please RSVP if you can make it.

  •       

    The annual CMJ Music Marathon comes to NYC October 16-20, with panels on the music business promising to “help make sense of the current climate.” But what does it really offer musicians? How does the industry itself, which promotes ideas such as the “super-entrepreneur,” contribute to the difficult conditions musicians face?

    Join musicians and other workers deemed “independent” or “entrepreneurial” for a facilitated discussion and strategy session to explore ways we can act together against the systems that keep us isolated and divided.

    Read the full announcement and RSVP at the Facebook event.

    Afterwards, at 9pm we’ll move from discussion into action — join the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign in Washington Square Park and march to the Blue Note for pension, fair pay scales, and protections of recordings for all musicians who play at the club. Meet under the arch — there will be a live band.

    Learn more about the J4JA event here!

    A collaboration between 99 Pickets, the Musicians Solidarity Council, and OWS Arts & Labor.

  •       

    The Hot and Crusty Workers Association, Laundry Workers Center and the Hot and Crusty Solidarity Committee invite you to a rally in solidarity with workers

    After several weeks of negotiations with the potential new investors of the store, our resolve is being tested once again, this time with the prospect of a new lease being held over the workers heads. In the 11th hour of negotiations, members of the Hot and Crusty Workers Association are being asked to make significant and unacceptable concessions, including removing the hiring hall and imposing unilateral management control over the workplace. In addition, and in direct response to the efficacy of our very public actions against the Hot and Crusty brand, we are being asked to cease and desist ALL actions at other Hot and Crusty and Europan store locations. To add insult to injury, the Hot & Crusty workers are being asked to sign an incredibly pro-management collective bargaining agreement, and the threat is loud clear –“take it or leave it”.

    While everyone is understandably eager to get back to work, the workers refuse to be strong-armed by these new investors. Despite holding the picket line for over 44 days without a strike fund or any source of financial support, the Hot & Crusty worker’s resolve is stronger than ever.  They are committed to returning to work under a dignified contract, with a promise that management will honor the agreement they signed off on, with both the workers and community as witness.

    The struggle continues!

    The Hot & Crusty workers need your support more than ever. Please join us and show management that community presence and participation is still strong and we are watching! As the picket line has thinned over the last few weeks, the new investors are banking on community support waning and the worker’s financial limitations forcing them into an agreement. They are testing us, and it is more important now than ever before that we show them we mean business!

  • Wed. 17

          

    Although retail is a leading job-growth industry, retail companies are fueling a crisis of underemployment that leaves workers with erratic schedules and unpredictable paychecks.  As a membership organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities in the retail industry, the Retail Action Project (RAP) and key allies are leading the way for better standards and opportunities in the retail industry.

    If you’re in New York, join RAP members and a growing coalition as we kick off our fight for stable, predictable and livable work hours in the heart of the Fifth Avenue retail district!

    Mark your calendar for October 17th and learn more about the work-life crisis retail companies are creating by reading When Flexibility Hurts, by Susan Lambert in the New York Times.

  • Sat. 13

          

    Workers and community members started a picket and boycott against Golden Farm weeks ago, and it has been very successful — every day hundreds of customers are turned away! Unfortunately, Sonny Kim would rather lose business than negotiate with workers and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.

    99 Pickets is organizing a “line clog” action that will shut down commerce in the store completely. The more people that get involved, the longer that we will be able to affect business and make sure that Sonny Kim gets the message.

    Bring pennies & nickels, hide them away, and wear your best “undercover customer” outfit.

    It’s important that we know how many people are coming. RSVP to 99picketlines@gmail.com if you want to participate. We’ll send you detailed information on the action.

    Where: We’re meeting a couple blocks from Golden Farm, at the triangle in front of Walgreens at Church Ave & E 2nd St., Brooklyn. Take the F train to the Church Ave. stop!

     

    Learn more about the campaign!

     

  • Fri. 12

          

    For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

    A group of shareholders bought the Upper West Side restaurant and promised a payment of $1 million to the workers by October 2011. They have not yet made this payment.

    There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community.

    There is picketing at Saigon Grill Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.  Supporters are particularly urged to come to the picket line on Friday evenings, but participation at any time is appreciated.

    Read more about the campaign.

  • Sat. 6

          

    99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm. The workers at the Brooklyn grocery store are asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate in good faith and start paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages he owes them. Every day the picket turns away hundreds of customers!

    If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

    Learn more about the campaign!

  • Fri. 5

          

    For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

    A group of shareholders bought the Upper West Side restaurant and promised a payment of $1 million to the workers by October 2011. They have not yet made this payment.

    There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community.

    There is picketing at Saigon Grill Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.  Supporters are particularly urged to come to the picket line on Friday evenings, but participation at any time is appreciated.

    Read more about the campaign.

  • Wed. 3

          

    Last week, Capital Grille workers from all over the country attended Darden’s — the Captial Grille’s parent company and the largest full-service dinging corporation in the world — shareholder meeting in Orlando, Florida. They respectfully requested that Darden sit-down and meet with the workers to discuss risky and exploitative company practices, and to explore possible high-road solutions. Darden’s CEO Clarence Otis outright denied their request, and was dismissive of the workers at the same time!

    That same day the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United) released a groundbreaking report, Darden’s Decision, detailing the low-road employment practices of Darden.

    Join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as we take action at the Capital Grille, and demand that Darden take workers’ concerns seriously. It is time that Darden ends it’s illegal and exploitative practices. It is time to stop putting profit over people.

    Darden has a decision to make. Will it continue to take the low-road? Or will it listen to workers and take the high-road?

    It is time for Dignity at Darden!

    RSVP on Facebook

    For more information about the campaign, go to www.DignityatDarden.org

September 2012

  • Sat. 29

          

    99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm. The workers at the Brooklyn grocery store are asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate in good faith and start paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages he owes them. Every day the picket turns away hundreds of customers!

    If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

    Learn more about the campaign!

  • Thu. 27

          

    The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign marches on – we are going back to the Blue Note with a live band to tell the club owners that musicians and jazz fans want them to do the right thing and sign on to the demands of our campaign – Pension, Pay scales, and Protections on recordings for all musicians who play the club.

    This THURSDAY NIGHT, September 27th @ 9PM, we will be marching from under the arch at Washington Square Park to the front door of the Blue Note.  Our focus will be on delivering our message to the patrons and to club management, passing out leaflets, and encouraging people to take the J4JA message inside the club.

    Bring a friend, bring an instrument! Please RSVP if you can make it.

  •       

    The members of the five Locals of NABET-CWA in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles have been working for Disney/ABC for eighteen months without a contract.  In New York, the approximately 270 staff and 300 or so free lance NABET-CWA Local 51016 represented employees have suffered devastating rounds of forced buy-outs and lay-offs.  Disney has bargained only to the extent that they can not be accused of not bargaining!  The company wants to roll back meal benefits, overtime pay, scheduling restrictions, severely limit jurisdiction and close off our fully funded pension plan to new hires.  They have offered their “last, best and final offer” after a minimum of bargaining. Disney is destroying good Union middle class jobs with benefits and replacing them with low paid, non-Union temporary jobs without benefits.

    We appreciate any help offered for this Thursday, September 27th from 8am to 9am at the TIMES SQUARE abc studio on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets.  The second hour of Good Morning America features a number of live segments amid the crowd on the pedestrian mall opposite the studios.  That is where we want to be with our signs and leaflets. Later the same day, from 11 am until 3pm we will picket and leaflet under the inflatable Union busting rat on Columbus Avenue in front of abc between 66th and 67th Streets.

     

    THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27

    8am to 9am –- TIMES SQUARE abc studio

    11am to 3pm – 66th and Columbus Ave

     

  • Fri. 21

          

    99 Pickets is organizing another Blitz!

    Workers and members of the Laundry Workers Center are organizing at the Brick Oven Pizza on 14th St. This restaurant is owned by the same group of people as Hot & Crusty on 63rd St. and has the same bad employment practices – no sick days, discrimination and retaliates against workers who are organizing. Hot & Crusty workers showed that with community support we can win big things!

    Meet at the SW corner or Union Sq. and march with us to Brick Oven Pizza on 14th St. & 1st Ave. OR go straight to the restaurant and meet us there at 1pm.

  • Mon. 17

          

    In the vein of May Day, we will be picketing several employers and
    banks, supporting workers in their struggles against the 1%. Begins
    with a brief teach-in on labor and immigrant rights.

    This action will provide a meaningful and practical way to plug into
    Occupy’s one year anniversary.

  • S17: Labor Swirl

    8:30am-7:00pm at MTA Headquarters: 2 Broadway, New York, NY

    More event info

          

    After the early morning “People’s Wall”, regroup and join the “99 Revolutions” with a mobile protest of exploitative employers and union-busters. Meet at the MTA headquarters at 2 Broadway.

  • S17: People’s Wall

    7am-8pm at 2/3 Subway at Fulton St. And William St.: Liberty St. and Broadway, New York, NY

    More event info

          

    Meet up and march with OWS labor groups as part of the massive S17 People’s Wall in the Financial District.

    Labor Outreach, Arts & Labor, and 99 Pickets are meeting at Zuccotti Park as part of the “99%” contingent. Bring labor signs, chants and songs!

    Please try attend a Non-Violent Direct Action Training on either Saturday Sept. 15 in Washington Square Park at 4pm, or on Sunday Sept. 16 in Foley Square at 10:30am.

     

  • Fri. 14

          

    99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Friday from 4pm-7pm. We’re asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages. Every day the picket turns away hundreds of customers!

    If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering at 4pm, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

    Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

    Learn more about the campaign!

  • Thu. 13

          

    Over many months, workers at the upscale steak house, The Capital Grille (owned by billion dollar corporation Darden Restaurants), have been organizing to end exploitation in their workplace. This Labor Day week, join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as we take action in support of The Capital Grille workers that are part of the Dignity at Darden campaign.

    As Darden continues to rake in billions in revenue and over a half a billion in profits, and as it expands its empire by buying out more restaurant chains, it fattens its executives’ pockets at the expense of it’s workforce. So join us as we expose an important detail missing on The Capital Grille menu – dignity and respect for the workers who prepare food and serve guests every day. Let’s show Darden that we are hungry, too–hungry for justice!

    For more info, go to dignityatdarden.org
    or contact John Cronan at john@rocny.org.

    See you there!
    –ROC-NY

  • Wed. 12

          

    After a workplace occupation, a week of targeted direct action, round-the-clock picketing and an outpouring of community support, the Hot and Crusty Workers Association announced Saturday that it has come to a tentative agreement with the new owners of the Hot and Crusty located at 63rd street and 2nd avenue. The Union announced that the company has agreed to recognize the union immediately and commence negotiations towards a collective bargaining agreement. Workers will return to their jobs in approximately two weeks. Additionally, the union has negotiated the institution of a hiring hall through which all employees must be referred by the Hot and Crusty Workers Association.

    This is a huge win for workers everywhere! But the fight is not over until the employer has signed the union contract and all the workers are back on the job.

    Join 99 Pickets on Wednesday evening in a show of solidarity, and to let the bosses know we won’t stop organizing or fighting until they follow through on their promises.

  • Mon. 10

          

    Teachers in Chicago are striking for increased resources and quality programs for students and fair working conditions for teachers.

    Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE) see the Chicago teachers’ fight as part of a growing national resistance movement against corporate-backed education reformers who bash teachers, push high stakes testing, and promote school privatization as solutions to the problems in our public education system. The destructive “reforms” being pushed in Chicago are the same as those we see here in New York.

    Come early at 4:30 to make signs. We’ll have some supplies, but folks are strongly encouraged to bring extra poster board and markers. After a rally with speeches from several union activists, we’ll march at 5:30 to the New York office of Democrats for Education reform, a PAC made up of hedge fund managers seeking to profit from school privatization schemes. DFER has sponsored anti-CTU ads and petitions in Chicago and supports pro-charter, pro-reform candidates and policies here in New York. The DFER office is at 928 Broadway between 21st and 22nd Streets.

    RSVP on Facebook.

  • Thu. 6

          

    Summer is coming to an end, football season is beginning, but the struggle by Capital Grille workers continues!

    Over many months, workers at the upscale steak house, The Capital Grille (owned by billion dollar corporation Darden Restaurants), have been organizing to end exploitation in their workplace. This Labor Day week, join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as we take action in support of The Capital Grille workers that are part of the Dignity at Darden campaign.

    As Darden continues to rake in billions in revenue and over a half a billion in profits, and as it expands its empire by buying out more restaurant chains, it fattens its executives’ pockets at the expense of it’s workforce. So join us as we expose an important detail missing on The Capital Grille menu – dignity and respect for the workers who prepare food and serve guests every day. Let’s show Darden that we are hungry, too–hungry for justice!

    RSVP on Facebook

    For more info, go to dignityatdarden.org
    or contact John Cronan at john@rocny.org.

    See you there!
    –ROC-NY

  • Sat. 1

          

    Celebrate Labor Day with the Immigrant Worker Justice working group on the Golden Farm picket line!

    IWJ is joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Saturday from 4pm-6pm. We’re asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages.

    If you can’t make it this Saturday at 4pm, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm.

    Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

    Learn more about the campaign!

August 2012

  • Fri. 31

          

    Tomorrow, Friday, August 31st, the Hot and Crusty company will perpetrate the ultimate union-busting move: close down the shop because the workers have organized.  Occupy will be there at 2PM TOMORROW (Friday, August 31st) to tell Hot and Crusty main partner Mark Samson and his flunkies that there is no way we will ever let the 1% get away with this atrocity.

    Under Samson, Hot and Crusty management has committed wage and hour violations, intimidation, retaliation, and harassment against the workers. In May of this year, the workers at Hot and Crusty organized an independent union after the Occupy movement’s tactics inspired them to work together and build a powerful movement in their shop.

    These workers’ jobs are on the line. Millions of other workers will lose power and the rights that they deserve if one more 1%-owned company gets away with this kind of behavior.

    Be there TOMORROW (8/31) at 2PM! We will march together to Hot and Crusty. We will picket. We will demonstrate. And we will not stop until the Hot and Crusty Worker’s Association gets justice!

  • Wed. 29

          

    99 Pickets is organizing a Verizon Blitz!

    We will be marching through several Verizon Wireless stores, educating the public about Verizon’s disregard for consumers and workers, and letting Verizon know we won’t stand for unrestrained corporate greed.

    Workers at Verizon are in the midst of fighting to keep health benefits, retirement funds and job security. They need our support to show Verizon that an attack against one worker is an attack against us all.

    We are meeting at Union Square near the Gandhi statue.

  • Sat. 25

          

    99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Saturday from 5pm-7pm. We’re asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages. Last weekend, the picket successfully turned back over 700 customers!

    If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering at 5pm, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm.

    Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

    Learn more about the campaign!

  • Fri. 24

          

    Join members of OWS Labor Outreach Committee and community members in front of the 34th St. Verizon Wireless store.

    CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon! Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year. At the same time, Verizon is trying to make a deal with cable companies that will create a media monopoly, giving them free reign to increase prices.

    Leafleting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

    Can’t come Friday? Organize your own!

  • Thu. 23

          

    Workers and members of the Laundry Workers Center invite everyone down to an action on August 23rd at 5 PM at Ray’s Pizza (on the corner of St. Marks place and Second Avenue). The workers from Brick Oven have been escalating their campaign against the ownership, and we have been leafleting weekly at their other shops, including Ray’s Pizza and Europan Cafe. The company has tried to intimidate the workers by calling the cops and threatening us with legal action. They are feeling the heat from the community, and are deeply concerned the successful unionization drive at Hot and Crusty will spread to other stores. In the face of managements threats within the shop, several more workers have come forward to publicly join the campaign.

    Please join us today and stand in solidarity with workers who are facing an incredible amount of intimidation and retaliation in the workplace, yet have come together to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.We will be leafleting from 5-630 pm on the corner of 2nd Avenue and St. Marks Place.

  •       

    Care One and HealthBridge workers from Connecticut and New Jersey will converge on the Straus companies’ headquarters in Ft. Lee, NJ.  We will deliver thousands of petitions that folks in CT have gathered during the first month of the strike/lockout there.

    This will be our first visit to Straus HQ and – while we’ve heard that the company is starting to feel the heat – we want to continue to show Straus that workers will never back down from their opposition to surface bargaining, incredibly regressive contract proposals, and plain-old union-busting.

    Meet at noon at Jay Hood Wright Park (Have Ave. & W. 173rd St.) and join the march across the George Washington Bridge.

  • Wed. 22

          

    Members of 1199 SEIU are fighting for a fair contract that includes affordable health insurance and access to educational opportunities. Fair and just working conditions are essential for health care workers so they can provide the best possible care.

    Read some local press coverage on this fight:

    Times Ledger, Aug. 9, 2012

    Queens Times

  • Tue. 21

          

    CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon! Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year.

    Join community members in front of the 34th St. Verizon Wireless store.

    Can’t come Tuesday? Organize your own!

  • Sun. 19

          

    Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

    Workers and community members will be picketing Golden Farms from 8am-8pm every weekend until Mr. Kim agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages.

    Learn more about the campaign!

  • Sat. 18

          

    Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

    Workers and community members will be picketing Golden Farms from 8am-8pm every weekend until Mr. Kim agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages.

    Learn more about the campaign!

  • Fri. 17

          

    CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon! Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year. At the same time, Verizon is trying to make a deal with cable companies that will create a media monopoly, giving them free reign to increase prices.

    Join members of OWS Labor Outreach Committee and community members in front of the 34th St. Verizon Wireless store.

    Can’t come Friday? Organize your own!

  • Thu. 16

          

    Members of the Laundry Workers Center are organizing at Brick Oven Pizza on 14th St. For the past few weeks workers have been taking action in front of the restaurant, educating the public about the unjust practices of the management.

    Two of the main leaders were fired because they brought their grievances to the management. The Company also began captive meetings in which workers were interrogated about who filed a complaint against the company at the labor department.

    Workers are standing together to fight for their right to organize and for fair wages and just working conditions.

    Join the fight!

  • Wed. 15

          

    On Wednesday, August 15th, we are going to take over the Twitter feed of Verizon, the FCC, the Department of Justice, and cable companies and tell them: Enough is Enough! We are tired of corporate greed winning out over the interests of consumers and workers!

    What is a Twitter Rally/Picket?
    A twitter rally is a short period of time where people come together to make their voices heard on an issue. The goal is to get a particular hashtag to become so popular it shows up as a “trending topic” on Twitter. In this case we also want every tweet to show up in the Twitter feed of Verizon and the FCC so they are bombarded with messages from the public opposing Verizon’s plan to create a media monopoly.

  • Tue. 14

          

    CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon!

    Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year. At the same time, Verizon is trying to make a deal with cable companies that will create a media monopoly, giving them free reign to increase prices.

    Join the weekly picket on Tuesdays at 5pm.

    Can’t come Tuesday? Organize your own!

  • Fri. 10

          

    Immigrants in NYC work hard to advance themselves and provide a better future for their families, but some luxury real estate developers are undercutting standards and opportunities for immigrants.

    Join 32BJ SEIU workers and their supporters for the RIDE FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM — a bike ride to protest real estate developers like T.F. Cornerstone who are denying their largely-immigrant service workers the security, retirement, safety-training and advancement opportunities afforded to 55,000 building workers in NYC.

    For just $2/hour per worker more, Cornerstone could stop this destructive race to the bottom. Their service workers deserve industry-standard protections and benefits:

    • safety-training
    • advancement opportunities
    • scholarships for their children
    • legal assistance to obtain citizenship

    Meet us at the starting line for the send off! Or get on your bike and make the ride!

    2:00 – 3:30pm: Rally at Cornerstone’s HQ at 387 Park Ave South, Manhattan
    3:30 – 4:30pm: Ride to Long Island City
    4:30 – 6:00pm: Rally at Cornerstone’s 4720 Center Blvd, Long Island City

    SUPPORT IMMIGRANT SERVICE WORKERS AND STOP GIANT LUXURY REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS LIKE T.F. CORNERSTONE FROM CREATING A RACE TO THE BOTTOM.

    RSVP on Facebook

  •       

    On Friday, August 10th & Wednesday, August 15th, we are going to take over the Twitter feed of Verizon, the FCC, the Department of Justice, and cable companies and tell them: Enough is Enough! We are tired of corporate greed winning out over the interests of consumers and workers!

    What is a Twitter Rally/Picket?
    A twitter rally is a short period of time where people come together to make their voices heard on an issue. The goal is to get a particular hashtag to become so popular it shows up as a “trending topic” on Twitter. In this case we also want every tweet to show up in the Twitter feed of Verizon and the FCC so they are bombarded with messages from the public.

  • Thu. 9

          

    Today it’s open season on labor in New York City. Companies across the board are waging a full scale attack against pensions in particular, as well as other benefits that should be guaranteed to all workers. Right now the focus must be on Verizon, a company whose workers have been working without a contract since a strike last summer. The company is insistent on demanding huge concessions. As another CWA strike looms, community involvement in pushing back against the company is needed.

    Leafletting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

    This struggle is about Verizon workers, but it’s also about pushing back against the attacks and rebuilding a unified, militant labor movement that will not just give multi-billion dollar companies whatever they ask for, but will fight to defend benefits and demand more.

    Get involved with solidarity leafletting! CWA needs our support!

  • Wed. 8

          

    Though an important part of NYC’s cultural heritage, even highly successful jazz musicians live precariously, often growing old in poverty.

    NYC’s Birdland, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard and the Village Vanguard refuse to sign a collective bargaining agreement or pay into a pension fund that would help these artists to retire with dignity.

    We’ll meet at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and march to the Iridium—musicians’ voices must be heard.

    See the Justice for Jazz Artists website for more information on the campaign.

     

  •       

    Today it’s open season on labor in New York City. Companies across the board are waging a full scale attack against pensions in particular, as well as other benefits that should be guaranteed to all workers. Right now the focus must be on Verizon, a company whose workers have been working without a contract since a strike last summer. The company is insistent on demanding huge concessions. As another CWA strike looms, community involvement in pushing back against the company is needed.

    Leafletting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

    This struggle is about Verizon workers, but it’s also about pushing back against the attacks and rebuilding a unified, militant labor movement that will not just give multi-billion dollar companies whatever they ask for, but will fight to defend benefits and demand more.

    Get involved with solidarity leafletting! CWA needs our support!

  • Tue. 7

          

    Today it’s open season on labor in New York City. Companies across the board are waging a full scale attack against pensions in particular, as well as other benefits that should be guaranteed to all workers. Right now the focus must be on Verizon, a company whose workers have been working without a contract since a strike last summer. The company is insistent on demanding huge concessions. As another CWA strike looms, community involvement in pushing back against the company is needed.

    Leafletting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

    This struggle is about Verizon workers, but it’s also about pushing back against the attacks and rebuilding a unified, militant labor movement that will not just give multi-billion dollar companies whatever they ask for, but will fight to defend benefits and demand more.

    Get involved with solidarity leafletting! CWA needs our support!

  • Sun. 5

          

    After months of hard work and some truly historic victories, ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE!

    Please join members, staff, family and friends of Laundry Workers Center this Sunday, August 5th from 5-8PM at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street for a night of drinks, karaoke, and performances in honor of the members and workers who have inspired us all with their commitment to building a lasting movement for change.

    There’s lots to toast to! We’ll finally be celebrating our historic election win at Hot and Crusty Bakery, the bargaining of the Hot and Crusty Workers Associations’ first contract, a huge victory at the 2 Thayer Street Tenants Association, our new partnership with La Fuente/New York Civic Participation Project, the commencement our new 12-week Organizing Institute, the production of our very own documentary (thanks to the amazingly Rachel Lears ad Robin Blotnick!) and much, much more!

    Despite sustaining our work COMPLETELY UNFUNDED over the last 11 months, we have been able to progress at a remarkable pace as an organization because of the commitment and dedication of our members and the unrelenting support we have received from the community. We’ll be honoring those who have helped us along the way, and celebrating the lasting partnerships we have formed with those who understand our vision for a truly worker-led, grassroots organization committed to systemic changes in our workplaces, communities and lives. We’ll be toasting to you all!

    We’re grateful to have our very own Felicito Tapia spinning for us all night! Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Karaoke will be offered throughout the night, for a $1 donation per song. Our karaoke finals will be HEATED, so be prepared to take down the King of Karaoke himself, Benjamin Dictor!

    $10 admission at the door, which will be going directly to our New Organizing Fund. While we can’t divulge the details, our next organizing campaign is quite ambitious, and will require a substantial amount of time, commitment and resources. Every little bit of financial support will go a long way in moving these campaigns forward! We NEED your support!

    Join us Sunday, and lets celebrate how far we’ve come together. We wouldn’t be here without you!

    If you have any questions, please contact Nastaran Mohit at (914)557-6408 or nastaran@lwcu.org.

    RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/258252500953428/

  • Thu. 2

          

    Join us in front of the Verizon store at Union Square!

  •       

    Laundry Workers Center would like to invite you to our next action in our second Hot and Crusty target at 14th street and 1st Avenue.  For weeks, workers at Hot and Crusty (14 Street) have taken different actions against the Company. Two of the main leaders were fired because they brought their grievances to the management. The Company began captive meetings in which workers were interrogated about who filed a complaint against the company at the labor department. We know that the only way we will gain respect is by standing up and fighting against this economic oppressive system.

    Join the fight for fair wages and just working conditions!

July 2012

  • Fri. 27

          

    Eleven months after CWA’s two-week strike against Verizon in August, 2011, negotiations over a new contract for 45,000 CWA and IBEW members from Massachusetts to Virginia have reached a critical stage.

    Despite months of bargaining and significant movement by the unions, management continues to insist on gutting retirement and job security, major concessions in health care, and refuses to bring back thousands of outsourced and off-shored jobs.

    On July 19th, CWA and IBEW requested the intervention of a federal mediator, and we are hopeful that a mediator may be able to make some progress.

    But at this point, it appears that this enormously profitable company—which made nearly $22 billion in profits over the last five years and paid its top five executives nearly $350 million during that time—is determined to implement unilaterally a concessionary contract that will slash the living standards of CWA and IBEW members.

    The possibility of a lengthy and difficult strike is looming.

    At the same time, Verizon is seeking Department of Justice (DoJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for a deal that will allow them to stop competing with the big cable companies like Comcast and Time-Warner, and allow these telecommunications giants to market their products jointly.  So instead of the competition envisioned by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the biggest and most powerful telecom companies will be forming an effective monopoly over Internet, Video and Phone service in much of the country.

    This deal would mean an end to the FiOS build out, leaving upstate cities and rural areas without access to the most advanced high-speed networks, and eliminating consumer choice.  In addition, Verizon is openly abandoning its copper network and focusing its strategy on high-end customers only.

    In short, Verizon’s strategic plan for New York is devastating to both workers and consumers.

    The Verizon 1% must be stopped but CWA and IBEW cannot do it alone.  You were all there in solidarity with the Verizon strikers last August.  Now it looks like we have to gear up for Round 2.

    Please join us next Friday for a briefing on the state of negotiations and our efforts to defeat the Verizon 1%.  Thank you.

     

    In Solidarity,

    Vinny Alvarez                                                                                     Chris Shelton

    President, NYC Central Labor Council                                                          VP, CWA District 1

  • Wed. 25

          

    Español Abajo!

    Community/Farmworker Alliance is continuing the NYC campaign against Chipotle on July 25th at the Chipotle by Union Square.

    CHIPTOLE- It’s time to stand true to your “sustainable” image and Sign the Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers today!

    Join us as we make a wall of postcards to drop off to the manager and hold a rally outside the Union Square store, so that they can see how many people in new york are fed up with their chipocrisy! We’re also encouraging folks to hold up a sign and get their pictures taken for the CHIPOCRISY tumblr!

    For six years, Chipotle has refused to come to the table with Coalition of Immokalee Workers to sign a Fair Food Agreement, securing labor protections for workers in the fields of Florida. Despite all of the promotion of having “sustainable vegetables” and cage-free, anti-biotic free meat, Chipotle is still selling Food WithOUT Integrity.

    CEO Steve Elis said that “we feel that we do not need to sign a contract to do the right thing. We do the right thing because that’s the kind of company we are…” We all know that corporations don’t just “do the right thing” without contracts that hold them accountable to their purchasing and practices.

    Join us in telling CEO Steve Elis and Chipotle that we won’t listen to any more excuses. Sign the Fair Food Agreement NOW!

    Where: Chipotle at 17th St & Broadway (864 Broadway)

    When: Wednesday, July 25
    @6:30 PM

    See you there!!

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    Marcha para exigir Justicia para los Trabajadores Agrícolas y entrega de postales en Chipotle
    Miércoles 25 de Julio
    6:30 pm
    Chipotle en la calle 17 y Broadway #864

    La Alianza Comunitaria con los trabajadores Agrícolas NY continua la campaña en contra de Chipotle el Miércoles 25 de Julio en Chipotle cerca de Union Square.

    CHIPOTLE- Ya es hora de ser honesto con tu imagen de “sostenibilidad” y firma el Acuerdo de Comida justa con los trabajadores de la Coalición de Imokalee HOY MISMO!

    Acompáñanos para pegar una pared de postales para entregarle a la administración y marchar afuera de la tienda en Union Square, para que sepan que la gente en Nueva York está harta de su CHIPOCRESIA! También queremos animar a la gente para que sostengan un cartel y se tomen fotos para nuestro CHIPOCRISY tumblr!

    Durante 6 años, Chipotle se niega a negociar con la Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee para firmar el Acuerdo de Comida Justa, para asegurar protecciones laborales para los trabajadores en los campos de Florida. A pesar de toda la promoción sobre el uso de ” vegetales y prácticas sostenibles”, animales que se crian fuera de jaulas y carne sin antibióticos, Chipotle vende comida SIN integridad.

    El propietario Steve Elis, dijo que ” sentimos que no necesitamos firmar un contrato para hacer lo correcto. Ya hacemos lo que es correcto porque somos esa clase de negocio” Nosotros sabemos que las corporaciones no solo hacen “lo correcto” sin contratos que les hacen responsables de sus prácticas y compras.

    Acompáñanos para decirle al dueño Steve Elis y Chipotle que NO queremos escuchar más excusas. Firma el Acuerdo de Comida Justa AHORA!

    Nos Vemos!!

  • Tue. 24

          

    Fight for better jobs, better wages and the rights of all workers!

    Across New York, our livelihoods are under attack. After years of massive layoffs and high rates of unemployment, wages and benefits are being cut from what used to be middle class jobs. On top of that, workers are workin