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Fast-food worker wage hike may impact local restaurants

July 23rd, 2015

By Michael Randall Times Herald-Record July 22. 2015 9:26PM New York’s fast food workers could see their minimum wage increase to $15 an hour under a recommendation by a state board Wednesday. The state Fast Food Wage Board voted to recommend the wage increase be phased in, with the $15 level being reached in New […]

Cuomo Task Force to Investigate Worker Exploitation in Many Industries

July 17th, 2015 • The New York Times • By ILEANA NAJARRO


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced the creation of a new statewide, multiagency task force dedicated to investigating worker exploitation and abuse across a variety of industries, including restaurants, child care services and carwashes. The task force, which includes 10 state agencies and more than 700 investigators, will work alongside an advisory committee that […]

Lawsuit alleges Midtown Kingston diner violated labor laws; owner denies wrongdoing

July 13th, 2015

Broadway Lights

By Diane Pineiro-Zucker, Daily Freeman The Broadway Lights Diner & Cafe denies allegations of wage theft included in a lawsuit just filed in federal court, a lawyer representing the business says. According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court for the Northern District of New York, the diner, on Broadway at Liberty Street in […]

WATCH: Hidden In Plain Sight: Labor Trafficking In The ROC Region

July 10th, 2015

By HÉLÈNE BIANDUDI HOFER To the untrained eye, it might be hard to detect labor trafficking. Who are common victims and what does this act of illegal slave labor actually look like? There are victims of labor trafficking working in places we either visit or drive by on a regular basis: restaurants, factories, construction sites, […]

La EPA debe fortalecer protecciones para los que cultivan nuestra comida

July 2nd, 2015 • El Diario


Por Paola Betchart, Coordinadora de asuntos legales y enlace con la comunidad en el Centro de Justicia para los Trabajadores de Nueva York. Como ya se acerca el 4 de julio, muchos neoyorkinos ya tienen listos sus planes para las festividades del Día de la Independencia que seguramente incluyen ir a ver los tradicionales fuegos […]

Ideal Snacks workers march again; Company sold, to remain in Liberty

July 2nd, 2015 • The River Reporter • Fritz Mayer


July 1, 2015 — LIBERTY, NY — A crowd of about 70 people, which included workers fired from Ideal Snacks in May, gathered at Lapolt Park in Liberty on June 26 for another march through to town to the company’s location. Some 200 workers were fired over documentation related to their residency status, and the […]

Farmworker Bill of Rights

June 18th, 2015 • In These Times • Elizabeth Grossman

In Times Woman

The New York State workers whose benefits most often make headlines are the Wall Streeters who took home an average bonus of $172,860 in 2014. That’s almost ten times what many of New York’s estimated 60,000 to 100,000 farmworkers earn annually. What’s more, farmworkers in New York are not currently guaranteed a full 24-hour day off each week. […]

Rally on Friday to raise awareness for immigrant dairy farm workers rights


By WHITNEY RANDOLPH Watertown Daily Times PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 AT 12:30 AM LOWVILLE — Three organizations that support immigrant farmworkers will hold a rally Friday in response to an alleged incident in which a Marks Farms immigrant employee was beaten and fired by a farm supervisor. The rally also is in commemoration of […]

Panelists urge crowd to help fight human trafficking

April 1st, 2015

By SETH WALLACE  The Palladium-Times OSWEGO — More than 150 people packed a conference room at SUNY Oswego Tuesday to hear from four experts on the subject of human trafficking in New York state.

Father of Migrant Worker Killed in Albion Pushes for Change

March 20th, 2015

By Tara Grimes Friday, March 20, 2015 at 09:05 PM EDT ALBION, N.Y. — A man whose son died while working as a migrant worker on an Albion farm said he wants to see more training and protection for migrant workers. On Friday, Daniel Larios Sr. visited the field where his son, Luis Daniel Larios […]