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Rights ripe for the picking: This could be a historic year for New York farm workers

September 7th, 2016 • Daily News • Daily News Editorial


Another Labor Day, another full day of labor for New York’s 100,000 farm workers, who toil on holidays. Alone among workers, they are also denied overtime pay, extra pay for holidays and an unpaid day off per week. Most egregious of all, they are denied the right to organize and bargain collectively that is explicitly […]

Council mulls support for drivers’ licenses for undocumented

August 10th, 2016 • Register-Star • By John Mason Columbia-Greene Media


HUDSON — The Common Council will consider putting its weight behind a movement to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

Fired employee sues Deising’s Bakery and Cafe

May 24th, 2016 • Daily Freeman News • Diane Peneiro-Zucker


Worker Justice Center of New York Files Wage Theft Lawsuit Against Deising’s Bakery on Behalf of Former Employee KINGSTON >> A former longtime employee of the Deising’s Bakery and Cafe on North Front Street is suing the business and co-owners Eric and Norman Deising, claiming he was never paid overtime or allowed breaks during his time working […]

Sued, Cuomo Says He Supports New York Farmworkers’ Right to Organize

May 12th, 2016 • The New York Times • Mark Santora


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Tuesday that he supported collective bargaining rights for the 60,000 New York farmworkers and that the state was renouncing a loophole in federal labor laws that had left farmworkers unprotected and marginalized for more than seven decades.

OSHA fines Ideal Snacks for violations

April 6th, 2016 •

LIBERTY – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ideal Snacks of Liberty with three serious violations and one other than serious violation. OSHA conducted two inspections of the snack manufacturer in response to complaints, one for safety and one for health. The US Labor Department agency found that workers in the laundry department […]

Local women seek to empower workers

December 23rd, 2015 • Catholic Messenger • Annette Jiménez


ROCHESTER — The Occupy movement of a few years ago led to the local creation of a group of women dedicated to empowering workers. Sisters of POWER (People Organizing for Worker Empowerment and Respect) received a $5,000 “Self Development of People” grant from the Presbyterian Church last year to focus on three areas: empowering women, […]

Mujeres locales buscan empoderar a trabajadoras

December 23rd, 2015 • El Mensajero • Annette Jiménez


ROCHESTER — El movimiento Ocupar de hace unos pocos años condujo a la creación de un grupo local de mujeres dedicado a empoderar a los trabajadores. – Sisters of POWER (Gente Trabajando para el Respeto y para Empoderar Trabajadores según siglas en ingles) ) recibió una subvención de $5,000 de “Auto Desarrollo de las Personas” […]

Biting the Hands That Feed: New York’s Immigrant Farmworkers Face Appalling Treatment

December 23rd, 2015 • The Independent • Leanne Tory-Murphy


Maria is a farmworker who lives in a small town west of Syracuse. In the 12 years since arriving in New York, she has married, started a family and become accustomed to the four seasons of her adopted home and its long bleak winters. One day last January her husband, who is undocumented, went to […]

Advocacy group presents petitions at Marks Farms

December 9th, 2015 • Watertown Daily Times • By STEVE VIRKLER

MARTINSBURG — An advocacy group for migrant workers held yet another rally at Lewis County’s largest dairy farm to present a petition seeking to bolster workers’ rights.  “We want respect,” said Francisco, one of several speakers at a rally in front of Marks Farms Dec. 7, speaking through a translator. “We want dignity for all […]

Workers Rally for Respect, Rights at Marks Farms

December 9th, 2015 • Time Warner • By Alex Valverde

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LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. — “Sí, se puede,” or “yes, we can,” is what a group of workers and supporters chanted while marching through Marks Farms. The rally was held in support of two workers fired from the farm earlier this year, which they say was because they invited representatives of a workers’ organization onto the […]