Dec. 3, 2012

WORKER’S JUSTICE PROJECT: DECEMBER 2012 IMMIGRANT WORKER CAMPAIGN OF THE MONTH!

WORKER’S JUSTICE PROJECT: DECEMBER 2012 IMMIGRANT WORKER CAMPAIGN OF THE MONTH!

The Worker’s Justice Project, located in Jackson Heights, New York, is a collectively-formed organizing project to empower low-wage immigrant workers to change conditions that lead to exploitation, strengthen the grassroots base of the labor movement, and to create grassroots economic change.  For more than a decade, the Bay Parkway Community Job Center has served as an important community resource for countless workers. The job center, however, was not spared by Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed the worker center and the surrounding area. Day laborers—who are playing a critical role in the recovery of the area, even forming a volunteer brigade to help with the cleanup—now lack a central space to meet employers.

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Sep. 6, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

The Palermo Worker Union Campaign—September 2012 Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

The Palermo Worker Union Campaign—September 2012 Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

Immigrant workers at the Palermo Pizza Factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are fighting to organize a union. The pizzas they make are distributed all over the country, to stores such as Costco, Kroegers, and Safeway. Their employer, Palermo’s Pizza factory, however, attempted to bust the union by targeting immigrant workers, asking them to provide documents proving their eligibility to work in the United States.

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Jul. 6, 2012

CJ’s Seafood Workers—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month

CJ’s Seafood Workers—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month

Immigrant guestworkers at a Walmart supplier called CJ’s Seafood have stood up to fight forced labor across Walmart's U.S. supply chain. As detailed in The Nation, workers joined the National Guestworker Alliance and went on strike from CJ’s Seafood after being forced to work 16 to 24 hour shifts, facing threats of violence and deportation, and even being locked into the plant.

An independent audit of CJ’s Seafood by the Workers Rights Consortium concluded that workers were subject to grossly excessive hours of work, severe and constant harassment and psychological abuse, wages far below the legal minimum, and threats of violence, amounting to a situation of forced labor.

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Jun. 1, 2012

Focus on the Food Chain—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

Focus on the Food Chain—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

Focus on the Food Chain uses grassroots organizing, worker-led campaigns, and legal strategies to work towards a food processing and distribution sector in New York City that provides good jobs and contributes to a sustainable food system.

A joint effort by non-profit Brandworkers International and the NYC Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor union, Focus on the Food Chain organizes food processing and distribution workers in the Brooklyn/Queens area. Most of the workers are Latin American immigrants, who are frequently exploited through wage theft, discrimination, and non-compliance with health and safety laws.

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May. 31, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

Focus on the Food Chain—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

Focus on the Food Chain—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

Focus on the Food Chain uses grassroots organizing, worker-led campaigns, and legal strategies to work towards a food processing and distribution sector in New York City that provides good jobs and contributes to a sustainable food system.

A joint effort by non-profit Brandworkers International and the NYC Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor union, Focus on the Food Chain organizes food processing and distribution workers in the Brooklyn/Queens area. Most of the workers are Latin American immigrants, who are frequently exploited through wage theft, discrimination, and non-compliance with health and safety laws.

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May. 7, 2012

Golden Farm Supermarket Workers—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

Golden Farm Supermarket Workers—Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month!

Across New York City, grocery store workers routinely suffer wage theft and other workplace abuses.  At the Golden Farm Supermarket in Kensington, Brooklyn, after a decade of wage and hour abuses, workers joined together to fight back.  These workers, overwhelmingly immigrant workers, began organizing with the community group New York Communities for Change (NYCC), and filed a lawsuit in June 2011 demanding their back wages.  The Golden Farm workers won a major victory when the owner finally began complying with minimum wage and overtime laws, but they are still fighting to recover the back wages they are owed.

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Apr. 4, 2012

Clean Carwash Campaign - Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month for April!

Clean Carwash Campaign - Immigrant Worker Campaign of the Month for April!

 

The Clean Carwash Campaign is April 2012's Immigrant Worker Organizing Campaign of the Month! Carwash workers who shampoo, wax, dry, and detail cars are some of the most exploited workers in Los Angeles, and frequently work in appalling conditions for very low, or in many instances, no wages. But the Carwash Workers Organizing Committee, together with CLEAN (Community Labor Environmental Action Network), a network of community, labor, immigrant rights, religious, and environmental groups, is changing this.

Virtually all Los Angeles area carwash workers are immigrants. The industry preys on immigrant workers, and the Clean Carwash Campaign allows them the strategic assistance to fight back, and assists them in forming the community connections they will need to win. The campaign focuses on driving up standards in the carwash industry through numerous means, including wage and hour lawsuits, advocating for better enforcement of health and safety standards, leadership development, and allowing workers to form unions and establish collective bargaining relationships with their employers.

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Mar. 5, 2012

Justice at Hershey’s

Justice at Hershey’s

The March 2012 Campaign of the Month is Justice at Hershey’s, a campaign of over 400 international student workers on J-1 visas.

The Justice at Hershey's campaign works to expose how corporations like Hershey (the famous chocolate maker) use guestworkers to undercut good jobs in the U.S.; stop Hershey from exploiting guestworkers and undercutting local workers in Pennsylvania; win dignity and compensation for student guestworkers; make the 400 factory jobs permanent living wage jobs for Pennsylvania workers; and win structural change that include protections for future guestworkers and local workers who work alongside them.

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Feb. 9, 2012

Warehouse Workers United

Warehouse Workers United

Warehouse Workers United organizes workers who move goods, load trucks, and staff warehouses for in the inland region of Southern California. A large percentage of these workers are immigrants, and are hired by subcontractors who provide services to giant retailers, including Walmart. WWU has celebrated several major victories in the past months, and we are proud to feature them as the Immigrant Worker Organizing Campaign of the Month!

WWU’s campaign highlights key challenges in organizing workers in an industry run by a huge array of contractors and subcontractors, all of whom provide services to giant retailers like Walmart. Workers are often hired as temporary workers for subcontracted firms, leading to lower wages, greater instability, and vulnerability. Immigrant workers are particularly vulnerable to retaliation by employers.

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Jan. 24, 2012

Clean Carwash Campaign

Clean Carwash Campaign

The Clean Carwash Campaign is February 2012's Immigrant Worker Organizing Campaign of the Month! Carwash workers who shampoo, wax, dry, and detail lcars are some of the most exploited workers in Los Angeles, and frequently work in appalling conditions for very low, or in many instances, no wages. But the Carwash Workers Organizing Committee, together with CLEAN, a network fo community, labor, immigrant rights, religious, and environmental groups, is changing this. The Clean Carwash Campaign has won a major round of victories to raise their standard of living, to secure basic workplace protections, and to address serious environmental and safety hazards in the inustry.

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