WJCNY confronts systemic injustices by supporting worker organizing and advocating for policy changes at the local, state, and federal levels. We partner with grassroots community-based organizations and worker centers to support collective action and empowerment across the state.
Together with our partners in the Green Light NY campaign, WJCNY is currently championing efforts to restore driver’s license access to undocumented New Yorkers--an issue that is especially urgent for farmworkers and other immigrants working in rural communities. Among those leading the fight for driver’s license access is the Alianza Agrícola, a farmworker-led, grassroots organization supported by WJCNY in Western New York.
In addition, our ongoing partnership with the Workers’ Center of Central New York (WCCNY) has brought attention to widespread labor abuses on New York dairy farms and to immigrant worker-led organizing efforts aimed at transforming our state’s dairy industry (link to our report, MILKED: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, for more information). One outgrowth of WJCNY's partnership with WCCNY was a 2016 lawsuit, Hernandez v. State of New York, challenging the constitutionality of New York State's labor law, which excludes farmworkers from collective bargaining protections in violation of the state's constitution.
In Westchester County, WJCNY partners with the Alianza Laboral, a coalition of five immigrant workers centers focused on advancing workers’ rights advocacy in the region. We are also active members of the Upstate Workers' Center Alliance, a partnership of worker central and advocacy organization from across Upstate New York. At the national level, we are members of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
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