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.
On Saturday Feb 24th The New York Worker Center Federation welcomed it’s 3rd cohort of worker-leaders, embarking on a four month journey of leadership development and solidarity building as part of the Delfino Leadership Institute (DLI). This year’s cohort will focus both on enhancing organizing skills while also focusing on the importance of intersectional movement building.
The DLI space is unique in that it brings together worker leaders from almost ten different worker centers, representing different industries and various communities. The space is multicultural, multiracial, and multilingual with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Bangla, and Nepali (The NYWCF remains committed to language justice and is actively expanding language accessibility of our trainings). With each training, participants are actively breaking down the barriers that divide our communities and building cross-cultural solidarities.
The inaugural training of 2018, began with a grounding in political education, as the cohort honored and reflected on the movements that have come before and recognizing the contributions they are making towards the future. Participants were introduced to the basics of base building and outreach, two focus areas of this year’s cohort. In order for organizations to run successful campaigns that propel our movements forward, having a strong and powerful base is key. Enlace recognizes the important role the base plays in winning campaigns, which is why it is a critical component of our Integrated Organizing Approach (IOA), the methodology we use to win campaigns and strengthen our movements.
Overall, the energy in the room was electric! With almost 30 worker-leaders present, new energies and excitement flooded into the space. Folks were courageous in sharing both personal stories as well as personal commitments they made to themselves and each other. They expressed commitments of learning from each other and taking action together. They plan to meet both within the training space and out in the streets!
The next training will take place on March 24th.
Unity is Power!
*The Delfino Leadership Institute is dedicated to the memory of Delfino Velazquez. We will continue to honor his legacy and his family’s struggle for justice.
**The New York Worker Center Federation is a collaboration amongst leading worker centers in New York City, convened and coordinated by Enlace
With the President engaged in outright public deception, join us to make our demands for One Fair Wage, AND strong tip protections – requiring employers to pay the full minimum wage with tips on top. Monday, February 5 is the last day to submit public comments on the Department of Labor’s outrageous rule to make tips the property of owners – a rule that they hid evidence about.
Join us in actions on Monday as we deliver the 300,000 comments we’ve collected in person to Department of Labor offices across the country. Details below.
Together, let’s demand as workers, employers, and consumers that workers deserve both a full wage AND the right to keep their hard-earned tips!
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.