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WJCNY Statement on the Death of Selena Hidalgo Calderon

May 25th, 2018

The staff of the Worker Justice Center of New York expresses our sincere regret in learning of the untimely and tragic murder of Selena Hidalgo Calderon. We send our deepest condolences to Selena’s mother, Estela Calderon and all of Selena’s family during this difficult time. Selena was known to our organization and the local community […]

Cosmetics factory hit with safety violations, proposed fines

May 16th, 2018

“Kihani Brea, a worker-rights advocate at the Worker Justice Center in Kingston, has extensively interviewed Verla employees, who’ve also described regularly becoming physically ill with issues such as nosebleeds from working around Verla’s chemicals. Verla workers told Brea about an utter lack of occupational health, safety and evacuation training and no protective equipment beyond paper […]

Local immigration rights advocates call on Greyhound to stop bus raids

March 23rd, 2018

March 22, 2018 By Jake Clapp The American Civil Liberties Union yesterday issued an open letter to the president and CEO of Greyhound, calling for them to refuse Customs and Border Protection permission to conduct bus raids without a warrant. The letter cited instances in Washington, California, Vermont, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, and here in Western New York of […]

Federal Judge Approves LatinoJustice As Class Counsel In $200,000 Workplace Settlement

February 26th, 2018

Bilingual Class Notices Go Out To 242 Food Factory Employees Regarding Terms To Receive Awards   On January 31, 2018 Judge Vincent Briccetti of the United States Southern District Court preliminarily approved a proposed settlement agreement from Plaintiffs and Defendant Ideal Snacks Corp. based on terms agreed in their August 2017 Mediation. Class certification and […]

WJCNY Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Protection of State Medicaid Coverage to DACA Recipients

January 26th, 2018

The Worker Justice Center of New York applauds the decision announced on Tuesday this week by Governor Cuomo to maintain state-funded Medicaid for DACA recipients, regardless of whether Congress enacts legislation to extend the program.  Continuing to provide for basic health benefits for New York’s 42,000 residents who benefit from this program is an important […]


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 […]