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.Read more
¡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.Read more
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.
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.
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”.Read more
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.Read more