Immigrants & Workers of Color Organize for #FreedomCities

Via The Cornell Worker Institute

Addressing Root Causes of Violence and Poverty: Introducing #FreedomCities

The New York Worker Center Federation (WCF) includes worker centers organizing street vendors, domestic workers, laundry workers, and other sectors to build frontline worker leadership through a training institute. Last year the WCF leadership institute discussed the roots of violence and poverty.

The result was frontline leaders creating #FreedomCities, which among its demands includes a just economy and safety beyond policing & incarceration. Through the Freedom Cities Movement, the WCF is leading the charge to redefine safety and to demand investment in people and the planet. Safety is ending police/ICE brutality and creating a just economy through reinvestment and reparations.

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Worker Action: #BHexposed

lwc april9B&H Photo workers faced unconscionable working conditions in Brooklyn and Manhattan warehouses. They organized for over a year, fought and won a union against overwhelming odds.

Now B&H threatens to move almost 330 of their jobs 75 miles away to New Jersey.

Workers are calling on unions, the community, and B&H customers to stand with them and tell B&H Photo to stop running away—keep union jobs in New York!

Every Sunday from 3-5pm, B&H Photo workers will be flyering out of the retail store at 34th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan. Momentum is building, and we will win! VAMOS A GANAR!

Breaking: Uber CEO Kalanick subject to being deposed in federal wage theft suit

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Subject to Being Deposed in Federal Wage Theft Lawsuit
Judge denies Uber’s motion to dismiss CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber investor Bill Gurley as defendants
(New York, NY) – On Tuesday, April 4, Federal Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein for the US Southern District denied Uber’s motion to dismiss individual defendants, including Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber investor Bill Gurley, in a Federal Lawsuit filed by Uber drivers and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance against Uber under the Fair Labor Standard Act. The suit claims Kalanick and others misclassified Uber drivers as independent contractors to deprive them of their rights under labor law, including the right to minimum wage and overtime protections. The suit also claims Uber illegally deducted sales tax and an injured worker fund surcharge from workers’ pay.
Uber’s CEO along with Uber investor Bill Gurley will, for the first time, both be subject to giving depositions in a wage theft suit filed by Uber drivers. Several other Uber officials are also named as defendants in the suit as well as the company itself.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our members staring down their billionaire bosses in federal court,” said NYTWA Executive Director Bhairavi Desai. “We’re looking forward to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick having to face the court and be held accountable for stealing from hardworking drivers who have been pushed into poverty by his greedy and unlawful business practices.”
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Solidarity Rally: Stand with B&H Workers!

B&H Photo warehouse overcame incredible odds to organize a union and demand respect in the workplace. Now B&H is trying to move their jobs 75 miles away.

The DSA Strike Solidarity Committee asks that you come stand in solidarity with warehouse workers at B&H photo on Friday, April 7th from 12-2pm at 34th St. and 9th Ave! RSVP on Facebook