In the News

Allegations of Workplace Abuse at Sullivan County Farm

September 15th, 2014 • Hudson Valley Time Warner • By: Eva McKend

FERNDALE, N.Y. — For several years, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous, has worked at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, a duck farm in Sullivan County. The undocumented worker says conditions have never been as bad as they are today. “By working less fast, by working more slowly, there would be less accidents. We are […]

Hine’s modern subjects

August 18th, 2014 • City Newspaper, Rochester, NY • Rebecca Rafferty


Hine’s modern subjects: Renán Salgado explains why Lewis Hine is as relevant as ever A large part of Lewis Hine’s photographic focus was dedicated to being a witness to and voice for the voiceless. It would be easy to view the Hine exhibit with a sense of satisfied finality about horrific labor conditions and human […]

Pesticide Safety: Worker Protection Standard

August 15th, 2014 • Farmworker Justice


URGENT: The Worker Protection Standard Comment Period Closes on August 18th. We need you to help protect farmworkers and submit comments. Model comments and instructions on how to submit your comments are available here.

Small farms, big problems:

August 7th, 2014 • by Peter Moskowitz


Small farms, big problems: Labor crisis goes ignored in idyllic setting Despite small farms’ nostalgic image, their reality is much more troubling, say workers and advocates July 29, 2014 5:00AM ET by Peter Moskowitz   @ptrmsk FONDA, New York — The hills of this rural area 45 minutes northwest of the state’s capital look as idyllic as the scenes […]

New York Times Feature Propels Broad Public Awareness of Unaccompanied Minor Crisis, Highlights WJCNY’s Reponse

June 25th, 2014

New York Times *Scroll Down for Full Slate of Coverage* Surge in Child Migrants Reaches New York, Overwhelming Advocates By KIRK SEMPLE JUNE 17, 2014 Leo, an undocumented minor from Guatemala, takes English classes and gets legal guidance at the Atlas: DIY center for immigrant youths in Brooklyn. For more than a month, 16-year-old Cristian […]

Victor Post Article Sheds Light on Growing Dangers in NY’s Dairy Industry, References WJCNY’s Efforts

June 25th, 2014 • Victor Post, June 24, 2014 • Julie Sherwood


Danger on the farm: Ontario County-area farmers, experts explore hazards of agriculture As the dairy industry grows in New York, so does awareness of farm hazards — slippery floors, animal behavior, heavy equipment, grain storage and more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34 deaths from dairy farm accidents took place in New […]

WJCNY Staff Member Gives Talk On Farm Worker Conditions in Hudson Valley

June 16th, 2014 • Star-Register • Jim Planck


CATSKILL — Talking justice Catskill’s Magpie Bookshop hosted a talk Saturday afternoon on Hudson Valley farmworker living and working conditions, given by, seated, left, Worker Justice Center of NY outreach worker Leanne Tory-Murphy, and right, “Labor and Locavore” author Margaret Gray.

Successful Dairy Worker Tour Leverages Key OSHA Victories, Highlights NY’s Worker Exploitation Crisis Amidst Greek Yogurt Boon

June 12th, 2014

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For Immediate Release: Date: May 21, 2014 Contact: Rebecca Fuentes, Organizer, Workers Center of Central NY: (315) 657-6799 Carly Fox, Organizer, Worker Justice Center of NY: (585) 500-9409 NYS Dairy Farmworkers Secure Key Victories in Health and Safety Enforcement in NYS Congressman Richard Hannah’s attempt to let unsafe workplaces off the hook by asking OSHA […]

WXXI Reports Dairy Workers’ Tour

May 1st, 2014


Dairy Farm Worker Encourages Others to Speak Up About On-The-Job Dangers A local farm worker is touring area churches and community centers to bring attention to the dangers of on dairy farms. José Cañas is originally from El Salvador, but he’s worked in New York agriculture for 3 years. Cañas says he’s putting his job on the line […]

WJCNY Files Lawsuit Against La Casa Restaurant in Rochester

April 28th, 2014


La Casa restaurant owner target of lawsuit 4/22/14 @ 1:51 pm The Worker Justice Center of New York has filed a federal lawsuit in the Western District of New York against La Casa Restaurant, a local Mexican restaurant, and its owner Lyjha Wilton alleging widespread labor violations and other unlawful acts over the course […]