NICE, Manhattan DA collaborate to reclaim $90,000 in stolen wages

unnamed.jpgAfter 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.”

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Schumer: Cut Enforcement, Keep Our Dreams – A People’s Budget

DACA ActionOn Monday, December 4th at 12PM, undocumented youth, adults and workers are coming together outside of Senator Schumer’s office to ask that he:

1) Take a public stand and action against enforcement in the federal budget and spending bills 
2) Pass a clean Dream Act
3) Commit to working to make significant cuts to ICE and CBP’s budget
Outside Senator Schumer Office (780 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10017)
Monday, December 4, 2017 from 12pm-1pm

Street Vendor Stories: Pushcarts, Pretzels and Plantains

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages33836017100527470691originalMuseum 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.

Black Friday with RAP! Tour of Shame and Alternative Market #FreedomCities

Target 2017-Urban OutfittersTOUR OF SHAME:
Time: 10:30a.m. – 2p.m. @ the RAP office (370 7th ave. 7 Penn plaza New York NY 10001)

RSVP on Facebook!

Each November the Retail Action Project (RAP) exposes the greed, racism, and downright dirtiness of the retail industry. We know that despite the great deals, Black Friday represents some of the worst things about our country; unending consumerism, worker abuse (domestic and global), discrimination based on race, age, gender, sexual identity, the plunder of the environment and the maintenance of a low-wage, race to the bottomed economy.

Join RAP and our allies as we fight for the workplace standards that we all deserve! #SafetyIs #FreedomCities
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Press Conference: Stand with Riaz Talukder

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Immigrant communities, elected officials, community supporters and allies gather to oppose deportation of Bangladeshi immigrant, Riaz Talukder, who has been here for 37 years

Stand with Queens resident Riaz Talukder as he meets with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who will decide whether he is held for deportation or free to return home to his family.

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We Rise! Levantémonos!


We Rise Team featuring Enlace, Rhiza Collective, RAP, ROC, St. Nicks Alliance, International Women’s Strike, Street Vendor Project, Harriet’s Apothecary, Cornell ILR School

Across our movements, we know that it is often women, femmes, and people with gender oppressed identities, who carry the brunt of the work. Coupled with the double burden of both reproductive and emotional labor which they are also subjected to, women, femmes, and gender nonconforming folks are constantly fighting and struggling for justice at work, at home, and throughout our movement spaces.

On Saturday November 4th, Enlace joined with many of our movement allies including Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations School, International Women’s Strike, Harriet’s Apothecary, Rhiza Collective, and Million Hoodies for Justice to host We Rise, a full day training and healing space dedicated to gender justice. Grounded in intersectionality, We Rise is centered at the intersections of gender, race, and class. Gender justice has been a critical focus of the New York Workers Center Federation and our Enlace Institute.

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