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January 16th, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT NYCLU Press Office, 212.607.3372 January 16, 2018 The Albany County Supreme Court today dismissed a challenge to a Jim Crow-era state law that denies farmworkers the right to organize without fear of retaliation. Plaintiffs Crispin Hernandez, the Workers’ Center of Central New York and the Worker Justice Center of New York, who are […]

Op-Ed: Another NY farmworker dies on the job; we must get serious about safety

December 11th, 2017

Carly Fox is a senior worker rights advocate at the Worker Justice Center of New York, and Rebecca Fuentes is lead organizer for the center. Both co-authored “MILKED: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State.” By Carly Fox and Rebecca Fuentes | Special to We didn’t personally know Ryan C. Ouellette, the dairy worker who was killed in […]

Advocate: Verla workers described unsafe conditions

December 8th, 2017

By Daniel Axelrod Times Herald-Record @dan_axelrod Posted Dec 7, 2017 at 8:42 PM Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 8:42 PM CITY OF NEWBURGH – Two dozen employees of cosmetics maker Verla International, LLC described unsafe working conditions to the staff of a Kingston nonprofit at a Thursday event designed to offer them career, health, safety and legal resources. The event at the Orange Works Career Center was […]

Dept. of Labor helping workers affected by cosmetics factory fire Verla International is under intense scrutiny following an explosion that left 1 person dead

December 8th, 2017

NEWBURGH — A 6-month investigation is being conducted by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into working conditions at Verla International after a deadly explosion at the cosmetic manufacturer’s facility in New Windsor that killed one person and injured at least 125 others. Workers’ rights advocates say the factory had […]

Donate today to support WJCNY’s work

December 4th, 2017

We need your support in protecting and improving the rights of low-wage workers and farmworkers across New York State.  The demand for our legal, educational and social services has grown exponentially under the Trump administration making our work particularly challenging in the past year.  Still, our dedicated staff, volunteers and allies remain poised to advocate […]

Factory workers, families concerned about safety after deadly fire

December 4th, 2017

By Daniel Axelrod – Times Herald-Record / Amanda Spadaro – Times Herald-Record Posted Dec 2, 2017 at 6:58 PMUpdated Dec 2, 2017 at 6:58 PM    NEW WINDSOR – An Orange County fire inspector ruled Wednesday that the explosive Nov. 20 fire at Verla International LLC’s factory that killed a worker and led 125 people to seek medical treatment was accidental, caused by static electricity […]

Hundreds attend immigration event in Cooperstown

October 10th, 2017 • The Daily Star • Erin Jerome

Ninety-three percent of people working on upstate dairy farms are undocumented immigrants, according to a study released in June by The Worker Justice Center of New York, Workers’ Center of Central New York and partners.

The Jamaican Apple Pickers of Upstate New York

October 10th, 2017 • The New York Times • TIK ROOT

Visiting under the H-2A program, which brings temporary agricultural labor to the U.S., Jamaicans have worked in New York orchards since World War II.

WJCNY Applauds Executive Order No. 170

September 15th, 2017

The Worker Justice Center of New York applauds Governor Cuomo in ensuring that all New York residents may safely access our state’s services without fear that one’s immigration status may invite negative collateral consequences; consequences as severe as being separated from one’s family through immigration detention or deportation. Indeed, it is not the role of […]

Troopers investigate protested incident

August 23rd, 2017 • Wellsville Daily Reporter

A spokesperson for the New York State Police confirms that an internal investigation is ongoing in relation to an incident a local group recently protested. On Aug. 2, an immigration protest held at St Mark’s Episcopal Church focused on a New York State Police Trooper from out of the area who allegedly violated a directive […]