The New York Worker Center Federation is an autonomous multiracial movement of workers and immigrants organizing across sectors and issues to build the power of the people whose labor fuels this city. Through Freedom Cities, the WCF aims to center directly impacted communities in the fight against the Trump administration, leading the movement to create safe communities where everyone can thrive. Join the #FreedomCities Movement!
The New York Workers Center Federation (WCF) began with a year long series of training sessions for worker leaders to build the capacity of worker centers. During the trainings the stories of individual workers and organizations began to tell the narrative of a powerful emerging movement. During the second training, worker centers saw the potential to create a space for leadership development and joint campaign work. On October 14, 2014 marked the official founding of the New York Workers Center Federation.
The WCF consists of Street Vendor Project, El Centro del Inmigrante, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, Cidadao Global, Laundry Workers Center, DRUM, ROC NY, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Retail Action Project, and Enlace.
It’s time for NY’s 400,000 tipped workers to earn a living wage!
Join us as we rally outside the NYC office of the New York State Restaurant Association on Thursday, January 25th at 11:00 am. We need your support!
The opposition — which wants to keep hourly wages at the poverty level and keep workers who rely on tips at increased risk of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage theft — has started a scaremongering campaign, telling tipped workers the LIE that One Fair Wage means the end of tipping. This is NOT TRUE! The goal of One Fair Wage is to raise the hourly wage of tipped workers to the regular minimum wage while still getting to KEEP YOUR TIPS!
Thursday, January 25th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1001 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave between W 37th and W 38th Streets.) RSVP on Facebook
One Fair Wage: Time to End the Subminimum Tipped Wage
and Prevent Sexual Harassment in New York’s Restaurants
We, the undersigned women, write to thank you for announcing a proposal in your 2018 State of State to review eliminating the subminimum wage for tipped workers in New York and acknowledging that the practice of tipping disproportionately affects women and people of color and is linked to higher rates of sexual harassment. We urge you to act fast to put this regulation in effect. You have the opportunity to implement the first, and one of the most significant, statewide policy changes on sexual harassment in the #MeToo Movement. We look forward to making this happen with you. There is no better time to lead than now.
Amazing news! After a long struggle against workplace abuse, retaliation, and union busting, the B&H workers have won their first union contract. On Saturday, December 12th, the B&H Photo Video warehouse workers at 420 9th Ave in Manhattan, along with the United Steel Workers, ratified their collective bargaining agreement. This contract brings important labor protections to fifty-five B&H workers, and a victory to everyone who worked on and supported this groundbreaking campaign.
After a year working at Whisk Remodeling Corp., longtime NICE member Ariel Ortega (pictured above) asked for help reclaiming stolen wages. Sadly, we were well-acquainted with his employer, Whisk, having banned them from seeking workers at our Center, due to repeated complaints. But some of our members continued working there, hoping to get paid. Ariel was one of them.
While some employers simply refuse to pay, “Whisk actively tried to disorganize workers,” says Charlie Uruchima, NICE’s Lead Organizer for our Wage Theft Campaign. “Employees received checks that bounced, incomplete checks, checks with incorrect information. This practice kept employees working, as they assumed that one day they would get paid in full, and it ensured that employees would not know exactly how much they were owed.”
Museum at Eldridge Street
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
New Yorkers have been selling food and drink on the streets since the very beginnings of the city. The Lower East Side’s 19th century pushcarts were perhaps the nexus of the tradition, but it lives on today in the hugely popular food trucks drawing new crowds on the sidewalks. Join Eldridge and Cindy VandenBosch of Turnstile Tours for this panel discussion exploring the past and present of New York City street food. Panelists include Jack Beller of Worksman Cycles-800BuyCart, a family-owned business that has been building carts, food trucks, and bicycles for food vendors since 1898; Veronica Julien, owner of the popular Veronica’s Kitchen food cart; Adam Sobel, chef of the award-winning kosher vegan food truck Cinnamon Snail; and Matt Shapiro, attorney and advocate at the Street Vendor Project. VandenBosch’s Turnstile Tours works with the city’s vendor community to offer tours about the street food industry, and she’ll facilitate this discussion with our vendors about the history of the business, modern innovations, and the hustle of vendor life.