WJCNY Honors 15 Years of the Bandana Project

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and in partnership with Justice for Migrant Women, the Worker Justice Center of New York is honoring and uplifting the 15th Anniversary of the Bandana Project this month, to raise awareness of sexual violence against farmworker women and girls. 

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Wage Board recommends 40-hour overtime threshold for farmworkers

On Friday, January 28th, the Farm Laborers Wage Board voted 2-1 to recommend establishing a 40-hour overtime threshold for farmworkers in New York State, to be phased in over a 10-year phase-in period. The recommendation follows two years of virtual hearings during which members of the Wage Board heard from farmworkers, employers, agribusiness representatives, and advocates about the impacts of lowering the overtime threshold, which is currently set at 60 hours/week for agricultural employees.

The Board's recommendation will now go to NYS Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon, who will issue a final decision in the coming weeks. WJCNY applauds the Wage Board's recommendation and urges Commissioner Reardon to adopt the proposed phase-in plan. Please join us in urging Commissioner Reardon and Governor Hochul to establish a 40-hour overtime threshold for farmworkers by signing on this petition created by our partners at the New York Civil Liberties Union. 

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

 

The United States was built on the trafficking of humans. While this history is one our nation continues to grapple with, human trafficking remains a prolific and subversive part of our economy.  

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Asistencia con la Solicitud para el Fondo de Trabajadores Excluidos

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¡Nueva York ha creado el Fondo para Trabajadores Excluidos de $2.1 billiones! Este fondo brindará asistencia financiera directa a los trabajadores que no sean elegibles para los beneficios estatales de desempleo o el alivio de ingresos federal relacionado con COVID-19. 

WJCNY ofrece asistencia con la solicitud del Fondo para Trabajadores Excluidos. Nuestro equipo está disponible para brindar asistencia con la solicitud. Le ayudaremos a determinar su elegibilidad, juntar los documentos necesarios y presentar su solicitud en línea.

Llámenos al 1-800-724-7020 ext. 2007 para más información. 

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New York’s Essential Farmworkers Continue to Struggle for Equity

 

By Diana Saguilan 


After a year of sacrifice and loss, New York State
 (NYS) failed to include farmworkers and food processing workers as essential to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in its initial roll out. Throughout the pandemic, access to basic goods like vegetables, fruits, dairy, and poultry have been important to every community in the state. For this simple reason, farmworkers and food processing workers were and continue to be essential to our state’s economy. Our communities have worked endlessly to ensure food distribution warehouses, grocery stores, and food banks have enough food to keep New Yorkers nourished. After all, every human must eat to stay alive. Yet, when the vaccine became available farmworkers and food processing workers were not listed in the Phase 1B category along with other essential workers - seemingly nobody knows why.  

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International Workers' Day & the State of the American Labor Movement

 

By Kevin Curtin


International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, is a day 
to honor the historic struggles and gains made by workers and the labor movement, observed in most countries on May 1. Contrary to popular belief, International Workers’ Day began in the United States in the late 19th century to commemorate the struggle for an 8-hour workday and better working conditions. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, thousands of men, women and children died every year from inhumane working conditions and long hours. To try to abolish these horrific working conditions, the Federation of Organized Trades & Labor Unions (later the American Federation of Labor or AFL) held a convention in Chicago in 1884 to demand an 8-hour legal workday in the United States by May 1, 1886.

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WJCNY 2020 Informe Anual

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El año 2020 será recordado por su gran prueba a la humanidad. Juntos manejamos la incertidumbre económica, el dolor y la pérdida de amigos y familiares, la inseguridad alimentaria, una elección tumultuosa, el dolor de nuestra nación por los continuos ataques raciales y la incapacidad de no poder compartir con nuestros seres queridos. Navegar por la pandemia como organización y para aquellos a quienes servimos se sintió interminable y, a veces, agotador. Sin embargo, esta prueba también demostró nuestra gran capacidad de recuperación. Hemos sido testigos de avances científicos históricos en las vacunas, el uso de máscaras en público, el poder predominante de la democracia, y la respuesta humana más fundamental a la crisis; la ayuda a través de la comunidad. Covid-19 solo exacerbó y destacó las marcadas disparidades que enfrentan las comunidades de inmigrantes y personas de color incluso en “tiempos normales”.

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The Rise in Anti-Asian Hate and its Effects on Workers Like Me

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After the horrific shootings in Atlanta, one of our Spring interns was compelled to write the following blog post to share her story. We thank her for her testimony and her powerful words. We have respected the request to keep this blog anonymous.

 

America prides itself on being a cultural melting pot. Yet, discrimination toward immigrants and people of color is an everyday occurrence. As an intern at Worker Justice Center of New York, I expected that I would support programming that helped immigrant workers, but I am coming to understand through this experience how often workplace violence and wrongdoing is caused by racism. My own experience as a person of Asian descent working in the food service industry, amidst the current rise of anti-Asian hate, helped fuel this realization. 

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WJCNY 2020 Annual Report

 

 

Two Thousand and Twenty will be remembered for its test on humanity. Together, we managed economic uncertainty, grief and loss, food insecurity, a tumultuous  election, the pain of our nation’s ongoing racial reckoning, and the inability to commune in person with those we love. Navigating the pandemic as an organization and for those we serve felt endless and, at times, all consuming. Yet, this test also proved our resiliency. We witnessed historic scientific advancements in vaccines, people coming together to wear masks in public, the prevailing power of democracy, and the most fundamental human response to crisis: aid through community. COVID-19 only exacerbated and highlighted the stark disparities immigrant communities and people of color face even in “normal times.”

 

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NY Farm Laborer Wage Board Refuses to Set 40-Hour Overtime

 

Recommendation rolls back progress from 2019 legislation, upholds legacy of racial exclusion.

 

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