Upcoming Pickets / Previous Pickets

Friday. 6/22, 5:30pm
ROC & CWA Rally at Capital Grille

Where: Capital Grille, 155 E. 42nd St., New York NY

In December 2011, workers from the Capital Grille Restaurant stood up for dignity in their restaurant company. On January 31st, Capital Grille workers in New York, Chicago, and in the Washington, DC area filed federal litigation against Capital Grille’s parent company Darden for discrimination and wage theft. On February 15th, workers from Capital Grille in Los Angeles joined the struggle. On February 28th, Miami Capital Grille workers also launched their campaign and added their claims to the litigation.

Employees at all of the 1,680 Darden Restaurants across America – such as Capital Grille, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden – deserve to be given equal opportunities, to be fully and fairly compensated for their efforts, and to enjoy a safe and healthy workplace.


Thursday. 6/28, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Support Workers at Brick Oven Pizza

Where: Brick Oven Pizza, 14th St. & 1st Ave.

Join the Laundry Workers Center (LWC) & workers fighting for a just workplace!


Wednesday. 7/4, 2pm-4pm
This July 4, Support Locked Out Con Ed Workers

Where: Con Ed building, 4 Irving Pl, New York, NY

Join Local 1-2 workers locked out by Con Edison! 24/7 picket until workers have a contract.


Thursday. 7/5, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Support Workers at Brick Oven Pizza

Where: Brick Oven Pizza, 14th St. & 1st Ave., NYC

Join the Laundry Workers Center (LWC) and workers fighting for a just workplace!


Thursday. 7/5, 5:30pm-8pm
Rally at Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke’s Home

Where: Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke's home, 86th St. and York Ave., New York NY

Join UWUA Local 1-2 workers, OWS Immigrant Worker Justice and the labor community at a massive picket at Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke’s home.

It’s the height of hypocrisy for Con Ed to lock out workers without a moment’s notice in the early morning hours and then seek to blame the union for a situation that was entirely of the company’s own making. Local 1-2 did everything it could to avert this lockout, including offering to work without a contract to ensure that New Yorkers safety and comfort weren’t compromised. Con Ed gave its CEO a 5-year, $24.8 million compensation package, and recently upped its rates–the highest in the country–by 10%, and grossed $5 billion in profits last year. Yet it’s willing to lock its workers out rather than negotiate fairly and honestly about workers’ pensions and health care plans. All 8,500 workers would have stayed on the job and let talks continue, but Con Ed instead chose to play fast and loose with public safety.

–Vincent Alvarez, President of the NYC Central Labor Council.


Friday. 7/6, 2pm-3pm
Worker Speakout on Lockouts at the ConEd Picket Line

Where: Con Ed building, 4 Irving Pl, New York NY

More and more, employers are locking out workers—a union busting, anti-worker pressure tactic intended to get employees to accept concessions.

Join us on the picket lines on Friday, July 6 to hear what our brothers and sisters from Sotheby’s, the New York City Opera and Con Ed have learned from their respective lockouts.


Wednesday. 7/11, 8 am-5 pm
Support Local 1-2 Workers locked out by Con Ed – BRONX Rally

Where: Van Nest Yard, 1601 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462

Con Ed has locked out workers, demanding huge cuts to pensions and healthcare.

Support workers at a week of actions around the city.


Thursday. 7/12, 8 am-5 pm
Support Local 1-2 Workers locked out by Con Ed – QUEENS rally

Where: College Point Yard, 124-15 31st Avenue, Queens, NY 11354

Con Ed has locked out workers, demanding huge cuts to pensions and healthcare.

Support workers at a week of actions around the city.


Thursday. 7/12, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Support Workers at Brick Oven Pizza

Where: Brick Oven Pizza, 14th St. & 1st Ave.

Laundry Workers Center would like to invite you to our next action in our second Hot and Crusty target at 14th street and 1st Avenue.  For weeks, workers at Hot and Crusty (14 Street) have taken different actions against the Company. Two of the main leaders were fired because they brought their grievances to the management. The Company began captive meetings in which workers were interrogated about who filed a complaint against the company at the labor department. We know that the only way we will gain respect is by standing up and fighting against this economic oppressive system.

Join the fight for fair wages and just working conditions!


Thursday. 7/12, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Justice for Jazz Artists March

Where: Washington Square Park, under the arch

This coming Thursday is the first official J4JA march of the summer!

We will be marching to the Blue Note to let them know that musicians and jazz fans want them to do the right thing and sign on to the demands of our campaign — Pension, Pay scales, Process for grievances, and Protections on recordings.

Join us at Washington Square at 9PM sharp and march with a LIVE BAND to the sidewalk in front of the club.  The event will be over by 10:00.


Saturday. 7/14, 10 am-5 pm
Super Picket to Support Local 1-2 Workers locked out by Con Ed

Where: Con Ed Headquarters, 4 Irving Pl., New York NY 10003

Con Ed has locked out workers, demanding huge cuts to pensions and healthcare.

Support workers at a week of actions around the city. Unions from around the city will be coming out on Saturday to support Local 1-2 workers and demand an end to corporate greed


Tuesday. 7/17, 5:15pm-8pm
Local 1-2 Rally – Demand a fair contract for workers!

Where: Union Square, NYC

At 2am on July 1st Con Ed chose to take the extreme action of locking out Local 1-2 UWUA New York Utility workers. A lock out means that Con Ed is refusing to allow workers to report to work and be available to respond to utility emergencies. This dangerous action will leave New Yorkers more vulnerable to brown outs and blackouts over the coming heat wave!

**UPDATE** Kevin Burke, CEO of Con Edison has cut off the healthcare benefits for all 8,500 workers and their families on July 3rd, at 5pm. 


Thursday. 7/19, 6:30pm-8:00pm
ROC-NY: Celebrate Restaurant Week at Capital Grille!

Where: The Capitol Grille, 155 E. 42nd St., New York, NY

Come celebrate Restaurant Week at the Capital Grille–ROC-NY style!
Over many months, workers at the upscale steak house, The Capital Grille, have been organizing to end exploitation in their workplace. This restaurant week, while the Capital Grille, which is owned by Darden Restaurants, will be advertising a reduced price prix fixe menu, we’re going to expose an important detail missing on the menu – dignity and respect for the workers who prepare food and serve guests every day. Join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) outside the Capital Grille-Chrysler Center, because we’re hungry too – for justice in the industry!
When: July 19, 2012 at 6:30pm
Where: Capital Grille – Chrysler Center, 155 East 42nd Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
What (to wear): Your restaurant worker gear! Black pants, white shirt, chef pants, chef coats, whatever you got!
For more info, go to dignityatdarden.org
or contact John Cronan at john@rocny.org.
Please RSVP:  http://www.facebook.com/events/502178963131386/

Monday. 7/23, 6pm-8pm
99 Pickets Planning Meeting

Where: SEIU 1199, 310 W. 43rd Ave, New York, NY 10036

We will be meeting in the basement cafeteria.


Tuesday. 7/24, 3:30pm-7pm
Workers Rising – Day of Action #RiseUpNY

Where: Herald Square to Union Square, Starts at Broadway & 32nd St, New York, NY

Fight for better jobs, better wages and the rights of all workers!

Across New York, our livelihoods are under attack. After years of massive layoffs and high rates of unemployment, wages and benefits are being cut from what used to be middle class jobs. On top of that, workers are working longer hours without overtime pay, health insurance or any retirement benefits.

Meanwhile minimum wage jobs are the fastest growing sector in the state growing ten-fold over the past five years.

A minimum wage earner employed full time makes just of $15,000/ year. That’s hardly enough to get by in New York. And many low-wage workers have tips and wages stolen by employers, forcing them to survive on even less.

Full-time work shouldn’t keep you in poverty. It’s time for workers to band together and demand respect in our work places. It is time to tell our elected officials that New York needs a raise. It’s time for broader prosperity across the country.

Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/324462630974689/

AGENDA FOR AFTERNOON:

3:30pm – Herald Square: Press Conference (Broadway between 32nd and 33rd Streets)

4:00pm – March (From Herald Square to Union Square East)

The march will be stopping at:
1. JC Penney
2. Burlington Coat Factory
3. Outback Steakhouse

5pm – Union Square East: Rally with workers & music
–> 99 Pickets Brigade meeting at corner of 15th St. & Union Square East

5:30pm – March (From Union Square East to Con Ed)  

The march will be stopping at:
1. Babies R Us
2. Chipotle
3. Human Resources Administration Job Center
4. Con Edison

6:30pm – Additional Actions:

1. Cablevision: Buses will be joining workers organizing for fair working conditions.
2. Carwash in Harlem: Buses to carwash site to join workers.
3. Carwash in Brighton Beach: Buses to carwash site to join workers.
4. Chase Bank: Join TWU Local 100 at Chase Plaza.
5. Capital Grille: Support ROC-NY and their ongoing campaign for fair wages and working conditions! 155 E. 42nd St.


Wednesday. 7/25, 6pm-8:30pm
Farmworker Justice Rally & Postcard Drop at Chipotle

Where: Chipotle, 864 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Español Abajo!

Community/Farmworker Alliance is continuing the NYC campaign against Chipotle on July 25th at the Chipotle by Union Square.

CHIPTOLE- It’s time to stand true to your “sustainable” image and Sign the Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers today!

Join us as we make a wall of postcards to drop off to the manager and hold a rally outside the Union Square store, so that they can see how many people in new york are fed up with their chipocrisy! We’re also encouraging folks to hold up a sign and get their pictures taken for the CHIPOCRISY tumblr!

For six years, Chipotle has refused to come to the table with Coalition of Immokalee Workers to sign a Fair Food Agreement, securing labor protections for workers in the fields of Florida. Despite all of the promotion of having “sustainable vegetables” and cage-free, anti-biotic free meat, Chipotle is still selling Food WithOUT Integrity.

CEO Steve Elis said that “we feel that we do not need to sign a contract to do the right thing. We do the right thing because that’s the kind of company we are…” We all know that corporations don’t just “do the right thing” without contracts that hold them accountable to their purchasing and practices.

Join us in telling CEO Steve Elis and Chipotle that we won’t listen to any more excuses. Sign the Fair Food Agreement NOW!

Where: Chipotle at 17th St & Broadway (864 Broadway)

When: Wednesday, July 25
@6:30 PM

See you there!!

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Marcha para exigir Justicia para los Trabajadores Agrícolas y entrega de postales en Chipotle
Miércoles 25 de Julio
6:30 pm
Chipotle en la calle 17 y Broadway #864

La Alianza Comunitaria con los trabajadores Agrícolas NY continua la campaña en contra de Chipotle el Miércoles 25 de Julio en Chipotle cerca de Union Square.

CHIPOTLE- Ya es hora de ser honesto con tu imagen de “sostenibilidad” y firma el Acuerdo de Comida justa con los trabajadores de la Coalición de Imokalee HOY MISMO!

Acompáñanos para pegar una pared de postales para entregarle a la administración y marchar afuera de la tienda en Union Square, para que sepan que la gente en Nueva York está harta de su CHIPOCRESIA! También queremos animar a la gente para que sostengan un cartel y se tomen fotos para nuestro CHIPOCRISY tumblr!

Durante 6 años, Chipotle se niega a negociar con la Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee para firmar el Acuerdo de Comida Justa, para asegurar protecciones laborales para los trabajadores en los campos de Florida. A pesar de toda la promoción sobre el uso de ” vegetales y prácticas sostenibles”, animales que se crian fuera de jaulas y carne sin antibióticos, Chipotle vende comida SIN integridad.

El propietario Steve Elis, dijo que ” sentimos que no necesitamos firmar un contrato para hacer lo correcto. Ya hacemos lo que es correcto porque somos esa clase de negocio” Nosotros sabemos que las corporaciones no solo hacen “lo correcto” sin contratos que les hacen responsables de sus prácticas y compras.

Acompáñanos para decirle al dueño Steve Elis y Chipotle que NO queremos escuchar más excusas. Firma el Acuerdo de Comida Justa AHORA!

Nos Vemos!!


Friday. 7/27, 11am-1pm
CWA Emergency Coalition Support Meeting

Where: SEIU 32BJ, 25 W. 18th St., 5th Floor, NYC

Eleven months after CWA’s two-week strike against Verizon in August, 2011, negotiations over a new contract for 45,000 CWA and IBEW members from Massachusetts to Virginia have reached a critical stage.

Despite months of bargaining and significant movement by the unions, management continues to insist on gutting retirement and job security, major concessions in health care, and refuses to bring back thousands of outsourced and off-shored jobs.

On July 19th, CWA and IBEW requested the intervention of a federal mediator, and we are hopeful that a mediator may be able to make some progress.

But at this point, it appears that this enormously profitable company—which made nearly $22 billion in profits over the last five years and paid its top five executives nearly $350 million during that time—is determined to implement unilaterally a concessionary contract that will slash the living standards of CWA and IBEW members.

The possibility of a lengthy and difficult strike is looming.

At the same time, Verizon is seeking Department of Justice (DoJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for a deal that will allow them to stop competing with the big cable companies like Comcast and Time-Warner, and allow these telecommunications giants to market their products jointly.  So instead of the competition envisioned by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the biggest and most powerful telecom companies will be forming an effective monopoly over Internet, Video and Phone service in much of the country.

This deal would mean an end to the FiOS build out, leaving upstate cities and rural areas without access to the most advanced high-speed networks, and eliminating consumer choice.  In addition, Verizon is openly abandoning its copper network and focusing its strategy on high-end customers only.

In short, Verizon’s strategic plan for New York is devastating to both workers and consumers.

The Verizon 1% must be stopped but CWA and IBEW cannot do it alone.  You were all there in solidarity with the Verizon strikers last August.  Now it looks like we have to gear up for Round 2.

Please join us next Friday for a briefing on the state of negotiations and our efforts to defeat the Verizon 1%.  Thank you.

 

In Solidarity,

Vinny Alvarez                                                                                     Chris Shelton

President, NYC Central Labor Council                                                          VP, CWA District 1


Thursday. 8/2, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Support Verizon Workers!

Where: Verizon, 859 Broadway, NYC

Join us in front of the Verizon store at Union Square!


Thursday. 8/2, 5pm-6pm
Support Workers at Brick Oven Pizza

Where: Brick Oven Pizza, 14th St. & 1st Ave.

Laundry Workers Center would like to invite you to our next action in our second Hot and Crusty target at 14th street and 1st Avenue.  For weeks, workers at Hot and Crusty (14 Street) have taken different actions against the Company. Two of the main leaders were fired because they brought their grievances to the management. The Company began captive meetings in which workers were interrogated about who filed a complaint against the company at the labor department. We know that the only way we will gain respect is by standing up and fighting against this economic oppressive system.

Join the fight for fair wages and just working conditions!


Sunday. 8/5, 5pm-8pm
Laundry Workers Center Victory Party/Fundraiser!

Where: (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, New York 10012

After months of hard work and some truly historic victories, ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Please join members, staff, family and friends of Laundry Workers Center this Sunday, August 5th from 5-8PM at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street for a night of drinks, karaoke, and performances in honor of the members and workers who have inspired us all with their commitment to building a lasting movement for change.

There’s lots to toast to! We’ll finally be celebrating our historic election win at Hot and Crusty Bakery, the bargaining of the Hot and Crusty Workers Associations’ first contract, a huge victory at the 2 Thayer Street Tenants Association, our new partnership with La Fuente/New York Civic Participation Project, the commencement our new 12-week Organizing Institute, the production of our very own documentary (thanks to the amazingly Rachel Lears ad Robin Blotnick!) and much, much more!

Despite sustaining our work COMPLETELY UNFUNDED over the last 11 months, we have been able to progress at a remarkable pace as an organization because of the commitment and dedication of our members and the unrelenting support we have received from the community. We’ll be honoring those who have helped us along the way, and celebrating the lasting partnerships we have formed with those who understand our vision for a truly worker-led, grassroots organization committed to systemic changes in our workplaces, communities and lives. We’ll be toasting to you all!

We’re grateful to have our very own Felicito Tapia spinning for us all night! Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Karaoke will be offered throughout the night, for a $1 donation per song. Our karaoke finals will be HEATED, so be prepared to take down the King of Karaoke himself, Benjamin Dictor!

$10 admission at the door, which will be going directly to our New Organizing Fund. While we can’t divulge the details, our next organizing campaign is quite ambitious, and will require a substantial amount of time, commitment and resources. Every little bit of financial support will go a long way in moving these campaigns forward! We NEED your support!

Join us Sunday, and lets celebrate how far we’ve come together. We wouldn’t be here without you!

If you have any questions, please contact Nastaran Mohit at (914)557-6408 or nastaran@lwcu.org.

RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/258252500953428/


Monday. 8/6, 6pm-8pm
99 Pickets Planning Meeting

Where: NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY


Tuesday. 8/7, 5pm-7pm
Say NO to Verizon Greed!

Where: Verizon Wireless, 134 W 34th St, New York, NY, 10001

Today it’s open season on labor in New York City. Companies across the board are waging a full scale attack against pensions in particular, as well as other benefits that should be guaranteed to all workers. Right now the focus must be on Verizon, a company whose workers have been working without a contract since a strike last summer. The company is insistent on demanding huge concessions. As another CWA strike looms, community involvement in pushing back against the company is needed.

Leafletting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

This struggle is about Verizon workers, but it’s also about pushing back against the attacks and rebuilding a unified, militant labor movement that will not just give multi-billion dollar companies whatever they ask for, but will fight to defend benefits and demand more.

Get involved with solidarity leafletting! CWA needs our support!


Wednesday. 8/8, 12pm-1pm
Say NO to Verizon Greed!

Where: Verizon Wireless, 134 W 34th St, New York, NY, 10001

Today it’s open season on labor in New York City. Companies across the board are waging a full scale attack against pensions in particular, as well as other benefits that should be guaranteed to all workers. Right now the focus must be on Verizon, a company whose workers have been working without a contract since a strike last summer. The company is insistent on demanding huge concessions. As another CWA strike looms, community involvement in pushing back against the company is needed.

Leafletting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

This struggle is about Verizon workers, but it’s also about pushing back against the attacks and rebuilding a unified, militant labor movement that will not just give multi-billion dollar companies whatever they ask for, but will fight to defend benefits and demand more.

Get involved with solidarity leafletting! CWA needs our support!


Wednesday. 8/8, 9pm-10:30pm
Justice for Jazz Artists — March

Where: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 10 Columbus Circle #5, New York, NY

Though an important part of NYC’s cultural heritage, even highly successful jazz musicians live precariously, often growing old in poverty.

NYC’s Birdland, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard and the Village Vanguard refuse to sign a collective bargaining agreement or pay into a pension fund that would help these artists to retire with dignity.

We’ll meet at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and march to the Iridium—musicians’ voices must be heard.

See the Justice for Jazz Artists website for more information on the campaign.

 


Thursday. 8/9, 5pm-7pm
Say NO to Verizon Greed!

Where: Verizon Wireless, 134 W 34th St, New York, NY, 10001

Today it’s open season on labor in New York City. Companies across the board are waging a full scale attack against pensions in particular, as well as other benefits that should be guaranteed to all workers. Right now the focus must be on Verizon, a company whose workers have been working without a contract since a strike last summer. The company is insistent on demanding huge concessions. As another CWA strike looms, community involvement in pushing back against the company is needed.

Leafletting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

This struggle is about Verizon workers, but it’s also about pushing back against the attacks and rebuilding a unified, militant labor movement that will not just give multi-billion dollar companies whatever they ask for, but will fight to defend benefits and demand more.

Get involved with solidarity leafletting! CWA needs our support!


Friday. 8/10, 2pm-6pm
Wheels4Worker’s Ride for the American Dream #RideAmericanDream

Where: T.F. Cornerstone Headquarters, 387 Park Ave. South, New York, NY

Immigrants in NYC work hard to advance themselves and provide a better future for their families, but some luxury real estate developers are undercutting standards and opportunities for immigrants.

Join 32BJ SEIU workers and their supporters for the RIDE FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM — a bike ride to protest real estate developers like T.F. Cornerstone who are denying their largely-immigrant service workers the security, retirement, safety-training and advancement opportunities afforded to 55,000 building workers in NYC.

For just $2/hour per worker more, Cornerstone could stop this destructive race to the bottom. Their service workers deserve industry-standard protections and benefits:

  • safety-training
  • advancement opportunities
  • scholarships for their children
  • legal assistance to obtain citizenship

Meet us at the starting line for the send off! Or get on your bike and make the ride!

2:00 – 3:30pm: Rally at Cornerstone’s HQ at 387 Park Ave South, Manhattan
3:30 – 4:30pm: Ride to Long Island City
4:30 – 6:00pm: Rally at Cornerstone’s 4720 Center Blvd, Long Island City

SUPPORT IMMIGRANT SERVICE WORKERS AND STOP GIANT LUXURY REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS LIKE T.F. CORNERSTONE FROM CREATING A RACE TO THE BOTTOM.

RSVP on Facebook


Friday. 8/10, 11am-1pm
Twitter Picket Against Verizon/Cable Monopoly Deal

Where: Twitter

On Friday, August 10th & Wednesday, August 15th, we are going to take over the Twitter feed of Verizon, the FCC, the Department of Justice, and cable companies and tell them: Enough is Enough! We are tired of corporate greed winning out over the interests of consumers and workers!

What is a Twitter Rally/Picket?
A twitter rally is a short period of time where people come together to make their voices heard on an issue. The goal is to get a particular hashtag to become so popular it shows up as a “trending topic” on Twitter. In this case we also want every tweet to show up in the Twitter feed of Verizon and the FCC so they are bombarded with messages from the public.


Tuesday. 8/14, 5pm-7pm
Verizon Picket – 34th St. Store

Where: Verizon Wireless, 134 W 34th St, New York, NY, 10001

CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon!

Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year. At the same time, Verizon is trying to make a deal with cable companies that will create a media monopoly, giving them free reign to increase prices.

Join the weekly picket on Tuesdays at 5pm.

Can’t come Tuesday? Organize your own!


Wednesday. 8/15, 11am-1pm
Twitter Picket Against Verizon/Cable Monopoly Deal

Where: Twitter

On Wednesday, August 15th, we are going to take over the Twitter feed of Verizon, the FCC, the Department of Justice, and cable companies and tell them: Enough is Enough! We are tired of corporate greed winning out over the interests of consumers and workers!

What is a Twitter Rally/Picket?
A twitter rally is a short period of time where people come together to make their voices heard on an issue. The goal is to get a particular hashtag to become so popular it shows up as a “trending topic” on Twitter. In this case we also want every tweet to show up in the Twitter feed of Verizon and the FCC so they are bombarded with messages from the public opposing Verizon’s plan to create a media monopoly.


Thursday. 8/16, 5pm-6pm
Support Workers at Brick Oven Pizza!

Where: Brick Oven Pizza, 14th St. & 1st Ave.

Members of the Laundry Workers Center are organizing at Brick Oven Pizza on 14th St. For the past few weeks workers have been taking action in front of the restaurant, educating the public about the unjust practices of the management.

Two of the main leaders were fired because they brought their grievances to the management. The Company also began captive meetings in which workers were interrogated about who filed a complaint against the company at the labor department.

Workers are standing together to fight for their right to organize and for fair wages and just working conditions.

Join the fight!


Friday. 8/17, 5pm-7pm
Verizon Picket – 34th St. Store

Where: Verizon Wireless, 134 W 34th St, New York, NY, 10001

CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon! Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year. At the same time, Verizon is trying to make a deal with cable companies that will create a media monopoly, giving them free reign to increase prices.

Join members of OWS Labor Outreach Committee and community members in front of the 34th St. Verizon Wireless store.

Can’t come Friday? Organize your own!


Saturday. 8/18, 8am-8pm
Golden Farms Picket & Boycott – EVERY WEEKEND

Where: Golden Farms, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Workers and community members will be picketing Golden Farms from 8am-8pm every weekend until Mr. Kim agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages.

Learn more about the campaign!


Sunday. 8/19, 8am-8pm
Golden Farms Picket – Saturday & Sunday

Where: Golden Farms, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Workers and community members will be picketing Golden Farms from 8am-8pm every weekend until Mr. Kim agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages.

Learn more about the campaign!


Tuesday. 8/21, 5pm-7pm
Verizon Leafleting – 34th St. Store

Where: Verizon Wireless, 134 W 34th St, New York, NY, 10001

CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon! Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year.

Join community members in front of the 34th St. Verizon Wireless store.

Can’t come Tuesday? Organize your own!


Wednesday. 8/22, 6pm-8pm
99 Pickets Planning Meeting

Where: NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY


Wednesday. 8/22, 1pm-4pm
Informational Picket – St. Mary’s Hospital for Children

Where: St. Mary's Hospital for Children, 29-01 216 St., Bayside Queens 11360

Members of 1199 SEIU are fighting for a fair contract that includes affordable health insurance and access to educational opportunities. Fair and just working conditions are essential for health care workers so they can provide the best possible care.

Read some local press coverage on this fight:

Times Ledger, Aug. 9, 2012

Queens Times


Thursday. 8/23, 5pm-6:30pm
Support Worker Organizing at Ray’s Pizza!

Where: Ray's Pizza, 2nd Ave. & St. Marks Pl., NYC

Workers and members of the Laundry Workers Center invite everyone down to an action on August 23rd at 5 PM at Ray’s Pizza (on the corner of St. Marks place and Second Avenue). The workers from Brick Oven have been escalating their campaign against the ownership, and we have been leafleting weekly at their other shops, including Ray’s Pizza and Europan Cafe. The company has tried to intimidate the workers by calling the cops and threatening us with legal action. They are feeling the heat from the community, and are deeply concerned the successful unionization drive at Hot and Crusty will spread to other stores. In the face of managements threats within the shop, several more workers have come forward to publicly join the campaign.

Please join us today and stand in solidarity with workers who are facing an incredible amount of intimidation and retaliation in the workplace, yet have come together to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.We will be leafleting from 5-630 pm on the corner of 2nd Avenue and St. Marks Place.


Thursday. 8/23, 12pm-2pm
Petition Delivery – CareOne & HealthBridge workers

Where: Straus Company HQ, 173 Bridge Plaza North, Ft. Lee, New Jersey

Care One and HealthBridge workers from Connecticut and New Jersey will converge on the Straus companies’ headquarters in Ft. Lee, NJ.  We will deliver thousands of petitions that folks in CT have gathered during the first month of the strike/lockout there.

This will be our first visit to Straus HQ and – while we’ve heard that the company is starting to feel the heat – we want to continue to show Straus that workers will never back down from their opposition to surface bargaining, incredibly regressive contract proposals, and plain-old union-busting.

Meet at noon at Jay Hood Wright Park (Have Ave. & W. 173rd St.) and join the march across the George Washington Bridge.


Friday. 8/24, 5pm-7pm
Verizon Leafleting – 34th St. Store

Where: Verizon Wireless, 134 W 34th St, New York, NY, 10001

Join members of OWS Labor Outreach Committee and community members in front of the 34th St. Verizon Wireless store.

CWA and IBEW are still fighting for a fair contract with Verizon! Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year. At the same time, Verizon is trying to make a deal with cable companies that will create a media monopoly, giving them free reign to increase prices.

Leafleting and picketing outside Verizon Wireless stores was one of the most effective tactics in gaining public support and hurting Verizon profits during the CWA strike last summer.

Can’t come Friday? Organize your own!


Saturday. 8/25, 5pm-7pm
99 PKTS on the Golden Farms Picket Line

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Saturday from 5pm-7pm. We’re asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages. Last weekend, the picket successfully turned back over 700 customers!

If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering at 5pm, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm.

Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Learn more about the campaign!


Wednesday. 8/29, 6pm-8pm
99 PKTS Verizon Blitz

Where: Verizon Wireless, Union Sq., near Gandhi statue

99 Pickets is organizing a Verizon Blitz!

We will be marching through several Verizon Wireless stores, educating the public about Verizon’s disregard for consumers and workers, and letting Verizon know we won’t stand for unrestrained corporate greed.

Workers at Verizon are in the midst of fighting to keep health benefits, retirement funds and job security. They need our support to show Verizon that an attack against one worker is an attack against us all.

We are meeting at Union Square near the Gandhi statue.


Friday. 8/31, 2pm-10pm
Defend Hot and Crusty Workers and the Struggle of the 99%!

Where: TD Bank, 64th St. & 3rd Ave., New York, NY

Tomorrow, Friday, August 31st, the Hot and Crusty company will perpetrate the ultimate union-busting move: close down the shop because the workers have organized.  Occupy will be there at 2PM TOMORROW (Friday, August 31st) to tell Hot and Crusty main partner Mark Samson and his flunkies that there is no way we will ever let the 1% get away with this atrocity.

Under Samson, Hot and Crusty management has committed wage and hour violations, intimidation, retaliation, and harassment against the workers. In May of this year, the workers at Hot and Crusty organized an independent union after the Occupy movement’s tactics inspired them to work together and build a powerful movement in their shop.

These workers’ jobs are on the line. Millions of other workers will lose power and the rights that they deserve if one more 1%-owned company gets away with this kind of behavior.

Be there TOMORROW (8/31) at 2PM! We will march together to Hot and Crusty. We will picket. We will demonstrate. And we will not stop until the Hot and Crusty Worker’s Association gets justice!


Saturday. 9/1, 4pm-6pm
IWJ on the Golden Farms Picket Line

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

Celebrate Labor Day with the Immigrant Worker Justice working group on the Golden Farm picket line!

IWJ is joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Saturday from 4pm-6pm. We’re asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages.

If you can’t make it this Saturday at 4pm, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm.

Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Learn more about the campaign!


Monday. 9/3, 3pm
Hot & Crusty Labor Day Press Conference

Where: Hot & Crusty, 63rd St. and 2nd Ave, New York, NY

Workers, community members and OWS activists are picketing daily the 63rd Street location of the Hot and Crusty Bakery, following its recent closure.

Join workers for a Labor Day press conference!

The company has deliberately withheld rent payments, after a hard-fought and successful unionization drive in May 2012. The company, owned by private equity partner Mark Samson, gave the Hot and Crusty Workers Association 11 days notice of eviction from the property, informing employees that August 31st would be their last day.

The union, led by grassroots labor organization Laundry Workers Center and a contingent from Occupy Wall Street, students, faith and community members are holding a daily 8am-8pm picket demanding the company discontinue its union-busting tactics, pay its rent immediately, and continue to negotiate a fair contract with its workers. The company has used several bait-and-switch tactics during negotiations, threatening workers’ immigration status to deter their commitment to continuing the fight.

The August 31 closure means the loss of 23 jobs – including those of employees with as many as twelve years of employment with the company. Workers allege owners, including Mark Samson, Evangelos Gavalas and Nick Glendis, have a demonstrated history of wage and hour violations, intimidation, retaliation and harassment of workers in several of their businesses, as well as a pattern of closing down shops and opening under different aliases to avoid legal and economic liability. Workers have filed charges at the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the company is closing the 63rd street shop to intimidate workers organizing at other Hot and Crusty locations.

Support Hot & Crusty workers! Picket lines every day 8am to 8pm!


Thursday. 9/6, 6:30pm
Support Capital Grill Workers’ Struggle for Dignity

Where: The Capital Grille, Chrysler Center, 155 E 42nd St, New York, NY

Summer is coming to an end, football season is beginning, but the struggle by Capital Grille workers continues!

Over many months, workers at the upscale steak house, The Capital Grille (owned by billion dollar corporation Darden Restaurants), have been organizing to end exploitation in their workplace. This Labor Day week, join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as we take action in support of The Capital Grille workers that are part of the Dignity at Darden campaign.

As Darden continues to rake in billions in revenue and over a half a billion in profits, and as it expands its empire by buying out more restaurant chains, it fattens its executives’ pockets at the expense of it’s workforce. So join us as we expose an important detail missing on The Capital Grille menu – dignity and respect for the workers who prepare food and serve guests every day. Let’s show Darden that we are hungry, too–hungry for justice!

RSVP on Facebook

For more info, go to dignityatdarden.org
or contact John Cronan at john@rocny.org.

See you there!
–ROC-NY


Friday. 9/7, 6pm-8pm
99 Pickets Planning Meeting

Where: NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY


Monday. 9/10, 5pm-7pm
MORE: Chicago Teacher Strike Solidarity March

Where: Union Square, South side of park

Teachers in Chicago are striking for increased resources and quality programs for students and fair working conditions for teachers.

Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE) see the Chicago teachers’ fight as part of a growing national resistance movement against corporate-backed education reformers who bash teachers, push high stakes testing, and promote school privatization as solutions to the problems in our public education system. The destructive “reforms” being pushed in Chicago are the same as those we see here in New York.

Come early at 4:30 to make signs. We’ll have some supplies, but folks are strongly encouraged to bring extra poster board and markers. After a rally with speeches from several union activists, we’ll march at 5:30 to the New York office of Democrats for Education reform, a PAC made up of hedge fund managers seeking to profit from school privatization schemes. DFER has sponsored anti-CTU ads and petitions in Chicago and supports pro-charter, pro-reform candidates and policies here in New York. The DFER office is at 928 Broadway between 21st and 22nd Streets.

RSVP on Facebook.


Wednesday. 9/12, 6pm-8pm
CANCELLED: 99 PKTS on the Hot & Crusty Picket Line

Where: Hot & Crusty, 63rd St. & 2nd Ave, New York

After a workplace occupation, a week of targeted direct action, round-the-clock picketing and an outpouring of community support, the Hot and Crusty Workers Association announced Saturday that it has come to a tentative agreement with the new owners of the Hot and Crusty located at 63rd street and 2nd avenue. The Union announced that the company has agreed to recognize the union immediately and commence negotiations towards a collective bargaining agreement. Workers will return to their jobs in approximately two weeks. Additionally, the union has negotiated the institution of a hiring hall through which all employees must be referred by the Hot and Crusty Workers Association.

This is a huge win for workers everywhere! But the fight is not over until the employer has signed the union contract and all the workers are back on the job.

Join 99 Pickets on Wednesday evening in a show of solidarity, and to let the bosses know we won’t stop organizing or fighting until they follow through on their promises.


Thursday. 9/13, 6:30pm-8pm
ROC-NY: Join Workers Fighting for Dignity at Capital Grille!

Where: The Capital Grille, Chrysler Center, 155 E 42nd St, New York, NY

Over many months, workers at the upscale steak house, The Capital Grille (owned by billion dollar corporation Darden Restaurants), have been organizing to end exploitation in their workplace. This Labor Day week, join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as we take action in support of The Capital Grille workers that are part of the Dignity at Darden campaign.

As Darden continues to rake in billions in revenue and over a half a billion in profits, and as it expands its empire by buying out more restaurant chains, it fattens its executives’ pockets at the expense of it’s workforce. So join us as we expose an important detail missing on The Capital Grille menu – dignity and respect for the workers who prepare food and serve guests every day. Let’s show Darden that we are hungry, too–hungry for justice!

For more info, go to dignityatdarden.org
or contact John Cronan at john@rocny.org.

See you there!
–ROC-NY


Friday. 9/14, 4pm-7pm
99 PKTS on the Golden Farms Picket Line

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Friday from 4pm-7pm. We’re asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate with workers and pay their back wages. Every day the picket turns away hundreds of customers!

If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering at 4pm, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Learn more about the campaign!


Monday. 9/17, 1pm
S17: 99 Pickets Blitz

Where: 26 Federal Plaza, 26 Federal Plaza, NY, NY

In the vein of May Day, we will be picketing several employers and
banks, supporting workers in their struggles against the 1%. Begins
with a brief teach-in on labor and immigrant rights.

This action will provide a meaningful and practical way to plug into
Occupy’s one year anniversary.


Monday. 9/17, 7am
S17: People’s Wall

Where: 2/3 Subway at Fulton St. And William St., Liberty St. and Broadway, New York, NY

Meet up and march with OWS labor groups as part of the massive S17 People’s Wall in the Financial District.

Labor Outreach, Arts & Labor, and 99 Pickets are meeting at Zuccotti Park as part of the “99%” contingent. Bring labor signs, chants and songs!

Please try attend a Non-Violent Direct Action Training on either Saturday Sept. 15 in Washington Square Park at 4pm, or on Sunday Sept. 16 in Foley Square at 10:30am.

 


Monday. 9/17, 8:30am
S17: Labor Swirl

Where: MTA Headquarters, 2 Broadway, New York, NY

After the early morning “People’s Wall”, regroup and join the “99 Revolutions” with a mobile protest of exploitative employers and union-busters. Meet at the MTA headquarters at 2 Broadway.


Friday. 9/21, 12:30pm-2pm
99 PKTS Blitz

Where: Union Square, SW corner, near Gandhi statue

99 Pickets is organizing another Blitz!

Workers and members of the Laundry Workers Center are organizing at the Brick Oven Pizza on 14th St. This restaurant is owned by the same group of people as Hot & Crusty on 63rd St. and has the same bad employment practices – no sick days, discrimination and retaliates against workers who are organizing. Hot & Crusty workers showed that with community support we can win big things!

Meet at the SW corner or Union Sq. and march with us to Brick Oven Pizza on 14th St. & 1st Ave. OR go straight to the restaurant and meet us there at 1pm.


Thursday. 9/27, 9:00 pm-10:30pm
Jazz Artists are Workers Too! Join the J4JA march!

Where: West Village, Washington Square Park, under the arch

The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign marches on – we are going back to the Blue Note with a live band to tell the club owners that musicians and jazz fans want them to do the right thing and sign on to the demands of our campaign – Pension, Pay scales, and Protections on recordings for all musicians who play the club.

This THURSDAY NIGHT, September 27th @ 9PM, we will be marching from under the arch at Washington Square Park to the front door of the Blue Note.  Our focus will be on delivering our message to the patrons and to club management, passing out leaflets, and encouraging people to take the J4JA message inside the club.

Bring a friend, bring an instrument! Please RSVP if you can make it.


Thursday. 9/27, 8am-9am
NABET/CWA – Disney: Give workers a fair contract!

Where: ABC Studio, 1500 Broadway, New York

The members of the five Locals of NABET-CWA in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles have been working for Disney/ABC for eighteen months without a contract.  In New York, the approximately 270 staff and 300 or so free lance NABET-CWA Local 51016 represented employees have suffered devastating rounds of forced buy-outs and lay-offs.  Disney has bargained only to the extent that they can not be accused of not bargaining!  The company wants to roll back meal benefits, overtime pay, scheduling restrictions, severely limit jurisdiction and close off our fully funded pension plan to new hires.  They have offered their “last, best and final offer” after a minimum of bargaining. Disney is destroying good Union middle class jobs with benefits and replacing them with low paid, non-Union temporary jobs without benefits.

We appreciate any help offered for this Thursday, September 27th from 8am to 9am at the TIMES SQUARE abc studio on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets.  The second hour of Good Morning America features a number of live segments amid the crowd on the pedestrian mall opposite the studios.  That is where we want to be with our signs and leaflets. Later the same day, from 11 am until 3pm we will picket and leaflet under the inflatable Union busting rat on Columbus Avenue in front of abc between 66th and 67th Streets.

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27

8am to 9am –- TIMES SQUARE abc studio

11am to 3pm – 66th and Columbus Ave

 


Saturday. 9/29, 12pm-2pm
Join 99 PKTS on the Golden Farm Picket Line

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm. The workers at the Brooklyn grocery store are asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate in good faith and start paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages he owes them. Every day the picket turns away hundreds of customers!

If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Learn more about the campaign!


Wednesday. 10/3, 6:30pm-8pm
ROC-NY: Help Darden Decide – Low-Road or High-Road?

Where: The Capitol Grille, 155 E. 42nd St., New York, NY

Last week, Capital Grille workers from all over the country attended Darden’s — the Captial Grille’s parent company and the largest full-service dinging corporation in the world — shareholder meeting in Orlando, Florida. They respectfully requested that Darden sit-down and meet with the workers to discuss risky and exploitative company practices, and to explore possible high-road solutions. Darden’s CEO Clarence Otis outright denied their request, and was dismissive of the workers at the same time!

That same day the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United) released a groundbreaking report, Darden’s Decision, detailing the low-road employment practices of Darden.

Join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as we take action at the Capital Grille, and demand that Darden take workers’ concerns seriously. It is time that Darden ends it’s illegal and exploitative practices. It is time to stop putting profit over people.

Darden has a decision to make. Will it continue to take the low-road? Or will it listen to workers and take the high-road?

It is time for Dignity at Darden!

RSVP on Facebook

For more information about the campaign, go to www.DignityatDarden.org


Wednesday. 10/3, 7:45pm-9pm
99 Pickets Planning Meeting

Where: Bryant Park, South side near Carousel

Are you organizing at your workplace and want some support? Do you want to learn about ongoing campaigns of unions and worker centers?

Come to the meeting Wednesday night, and get involved!

NOTE: Due to the ROC-NY action we have moved the time of the meeting back an hour so people can support workers at Capitol Grille.


Friday. 10/5, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Picket & Boycott at Saigon Grill

Where: Saigon Grill, 620 Amsterdam Ave., New York

For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

A group of shareholders bought the Upper West Side restaurant and promised a payment of $1 million to the workers by October 2011. They have not yet made this payment.

There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community.

There is picketing at Saigon Grill Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.  Supporters are particularly urged to come to the picket line on Friday evenings, but participation at any time is appreciated.

Read more about the campaign.


Saturday. 10/6, 12pm-2pm
Join 99 PKTS on the Golden Farm Picket Line

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm. The workers at the Brooklyn grocery store are asking customers to not shop at Golden Farm until its owner agrees to negotiate in good faith and start paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages he owes them. Every day the picket turns away hundreds of customers!

If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Since its opening in the late nineties the store hasn’t paid minimum wage or overtime. That situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand back-wages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Learn more about the campaign!


Friday. 10/12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
99PKTS Joins the Boycott at Saigon Grill!

Where: Saigon Grill, 620 Amsterdam Ave., New York

For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

A group of shareholders bought the Upper West Side restaurant and promised a payment of $1 million to the workers by October 2011. They have not yet made this payment.

There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community.

There is picketing at Saigon Grill Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.  Supporters are particularly urged to come to the picket line on Friday evenings, but participation at any time is appreciated.

Read more about the campaign.


Saturday. 10/13, 2pm-3pm
99 PKTS – Special “Line Clog” Action at Golden Farm!

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

Workers and community members started a picket and boycott against Golden Farm weeks ago, and it has been very successful — every day hundreds of customers are turned away! Unfortunately, Sonny Kim would rather lose business than negotiate with workers and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.

99 Pickets is organizing a “line clog” action that will shut down commerce in the store completely. The more people that get involved, the longer that we will be able to affect business and make sure that Sonny Kim gets the message.

Bring pennies & nickels, hide them away, and wear your best “undercover customer” outfit.

It’s important that we know how many people are coming. RSVP to 99picketlines@gmail.com if you want to participate. We’ll send you detailed information on the action.

Where: We’re meeting a couple blocks from Golden Farm, at the triangle in front of Walgreens at Church Ave & E 2nd St., Brooklyn. Take the F train to the Church Ave. stop!

 

Learn more about the campaign!

 


Wednesday. 10/17, 6pm-7:30pm
99 Pickets Planning Meeting

Where: NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Are you organizing at your workplace and want some support? Do you want to learn about ongoing campaigns of unions and worker centers?

Come to the meeting Wednesday night, and get involved!


Wednesday. 10/17, 11am-1pm
Retail Action Project – March for Fair Scheduling

Where: Fifth Avenue shopping district, 5th Avenue & 56th St, Manhattan

Although retail is a leading job-growth industry, retail companies are fueling a crisis of underemployment that leaves workers with erratic schedules and unpredictable paychecks.  As a membership organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities in the retail industry, the Retail Action Project (RAP) and key allies are leading the way for better standards and opportunities in the retail industry.

If you’re in New York, join RAP members and a growing coalition as we kick off our fight for stable, predictable and livable work hours in the heart of the Fifth Avenue retail district!

Mark your calendar for October 17th and learn more about the work-life crisis retail companies are creating by reading When Flexibility Hurts, by Susan Lambert in the New York Times.


Thursday. 10/18, 6pm-8pm
Twice the Work, Half the Pay: Entrepreneurship and Exploitation in the Music Industry

Where: Judson Memorial Church, Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson St., New York

The annual CMJ Music Marathon comes to NYC October 16-20, with panels on the music business promising to “help make sense of the current climate.” But what does it really offer musicians? How does the industry itself, which promotes ideas such as the “super-entrepreneur,” contribute to the difficult conditions musicians face?

Join musicians and other workers deemed “independent” or “entrepreneurial” for a facilitated discussion and strategy session to explore ways we can act together against the systems that keep us isolated and divided.

Read the full announcement and RSVP at the Facebook event.

Afterwards, at 9pm we’ll move from discussion into action — join the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign in Washington Square Park and march to the Blue Note for pension, fair pay scales, and protections of recordings for all musicians who play at the club. Meet under the arch — there will be a live band.

Learn more about the J4JA event here!

A collaboration between 99 Pickets, the Musicians Solidarity Council, and OWS Arts & Labor.


Thursday. 10/18, 4pm-6pm
Hot & Crusty Workers Rally for Justice!

Where: Hot & Crusty, 1201 2nd Ave., New York, NY

The Hot and Crusty Workers Association, Laundry Workers Center and the Hot and Crusty Solidarity Committee invite you to a rally in solidarity with workers

After several weeks of negotiations with the potential new investors of the store, our resolve is being tested once again, this time with the prospect of a new lease being held over the workers heads. In the 11th hour of negotiations, members of the Hot and Crusty Workers Association are being asked to make significant and unacceptable concessions, including removing the hiring hall and imposing unilateral management control over the workplace. In addition, and in direct response to the efficacy of our very public actions against the Hot and Crusty brand, we are being asked to cease and desist ALL actions at other Hot and Crusty and Europan store locations. To add insult to injury, the Hot & Crusty workers are being asked to sign an incredibly pro-management collective bargaining agreement, and the threat is loud clear –“take it or leave it”.

While everyone is understandably eager to get back to work, the workers refuse to be strong-armed by these new investors. Despite holding the picket line for over 44 days without a strike fund or any source of financial support, the Hot & Crusty worker’s resolve is stronger than ever.  They are committed to returning to work under a dignified contract, with a promise that management will honor the agreement they signed off on, with both the workers and community as witness.

The struggle continues!

The Hot & Crusty workers need your support more than ever. Please join us and show management that community presence and participation is still strong and we are watching! As the picket line has thinned over the last few weeks, the new investors are banking on community support waning and the worker’s financial limitations forcing them into an agreement. They are testing us, and it is more important now than ever before that we show them we mean business!


Thursday. 10/18, 9:00 pm-10:30pm
J4JA – March for Fair Pay & Pensions

Where: West Village, Washington Square Park, under the arch

After attending Twice the Work, Half the Pay and learning how musicians and other independent workers can build solidarity and take collective action, put theory into practice at the J4JA march!

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The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign marches on – we are going back to the Blue Note with a live band to tell the club owners that musicians and jazz fans want them to do the right thing and sign on to the demands of our campaign – Pension, Pay scales, and Protections on recordings for all musicians who play the club.

This THURSDAY NIGHT, October 18th @ 9PM, we will be marching from under the arch at Washington Square Park to the front door of the Blue Note.  Our focus will be on delivering our message to the patrons and to club management, passing out leaflets, and encouraging people to take the J4JA message inside the club.

Bring a friend, bring an instrument! Please RSVP if you can make it.


Friday. 10/19, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Sweatshop Free UWS – Picket at Saigon Grill

Where: Saigon Grill, 620 Amsterdam Ave., New York

For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

Unfortunately, the new owners have failed to fulfill their promises, and have retaliated against workers who tried to continue organizing at the restaurant.

  • The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Saigon Grill for illegal firing.
  • Even though they assumed the former boss’s debt of one million dollars when they bought Saigon Grill in 2010, to this day, they refuse to pay the debt to the former workers.

There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community.

There is picketing at Saigon Grill Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.  Supporters are particularly urged to come to the picket line on Friday evenings, but participation at any time is appreciated.

Read more about the campaign.


Wednesday. 10/24, 1:00pm-2:00pm
CANCELLED: Teamsters JC 16 – Rally to Demand Justice for the Elmhurst 42!

Where: Elmhurst Dairy, 155-04 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, Queens

Please note: this action has been cancelled.

Teamsters Demand Justice for the “Elmhurst 42″
Union members to protest illegal layoffs at Elmhurst Dairy

Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda today announced plans for a major demonstration at Elmhurst Dairy to protest the outrageous,illegal layoffs of hard-working members of Teamsters Local 584.

“We demand justice for the Elmhurst 42. Management is delusional if they think we will sit back while they destroy the lives of hard working Teamsters who have helped make this company one of New York’s finest,”Miranda said. “They have no idea what they have started but I can tell you we will finish this fight. This is a battle for our jobs, for our families and for the Queens community. ”

“We know that the dairy industry has faced tremendous economic hardship in the last few years and we want to work together with management to find resolutions that will protect our members and ensure the viability of the industry,” said Frank Wunderlich, President of Teamsters Local 584. “The success of New York City’s last local dairy is of paramount concern.”

Last month, 42 skilled and experienced Teamster members from Local 584 were illegally laid off by the management at Elmhurst Dairy and replaced with new, low wage, workers. Union members and elected officials slammed the outrageous move by management and filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to have the workers reinstated.

On Wednesday, October 24, union members will demonstrate outside of Elmhurst Dairy, located on Liberty Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. Miranda encourages Teamster members and their families, as well as community supporters, to come and stand with “The Elmhurst 42”.

“We know we can count on support from elected leaders and other unions in this fight. We welcome and appreciate their support. This fight is on, and we will know our true friends will join us.”

RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/527363093960388/


Friday. 10/26, 6:30pm-7:30pm
99PKTS – House of (In)Justice Picket at Saigon Grill

Where: Saigon Grill, 620 Amsterdam Ave., New York

THIS FRIDAY 99 Pickets is supporting the picket line at Saigon Grill to let the owners know that we stand behind workers and their right to organize and be treated with dignity and respect. Join us and tell the owners of Saigon Grill to join the ranks of business owners who have committed to being sweatshop free!

 

For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

Unfortunately, the new owners have failed to fulfill their promises, and have retaliated against workers who tried to continue organizing at the restaurant.

  • The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Saigon Grill for illegal firing.
  • Even though they assumed the former boss’s debt of one million dollars when they bought Saigon Grill in 2010, to this day, they refuse to pay the debt to the former workers.

Saturday. 10/27, 4pm-6pm
Black Friday OWS Action Planning

Where: NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart”, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

You can also subscribe to the Black Friday email list.


Saturday. 10/27, 12pm-2pm
99 PKTS – Support the Golden Farm Picket Line!

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and the OWS community are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would NEVER pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is SIGNED and payment of back wages is RECEIVED. We can’t let Sonny Kim off the hook until he follows through on his commitments!

If you can’t make it at the 99PKTS gathering on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Learn more about the campaign!


Tuesday. 10/30, 1:30pm-2:30pm
CANCELLED! ROC-NY – Zombies for Corporate Greed Press Conference

Where: The Capitol Grille, 155 E. 42nd St., New York, NY

DUE TO THE STORM, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

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Please join us for a press conference held by the newly formed group Zombies for Corporate Greed (ZCG) outside The Capital Grille on 42nd Street. ZCG will be announcing their support for Darden, Inc, the parent company of Capital Grille, where workers have been organizing a workplace justice campaign (www.dignityatdarden.org). Despite being the wealthiest restaurant company in the world, Darden pays poverty wages, has been accused of engaging in wage theft and racial discrimination, and denies its workers such basic rights as paid sick days. These greedy policies foster an environment of sickness and gloom — an environment in which Zombies thrive. As a result, Darden’s corporate greed directly promotes ZCG’s prime goal of increasing the zombie birthrate until it surpasses the human birth rate.

Mr. Want Brain, President of ZCG, stated, “Our new alliance with Darden is natural, as we see many similarities between zombies and Darden. For our own gain, we squeeze the life out of others. And we’re proud of it.”

Please join ZCG for this important press conference.

Come in your best zombie attire (if you need assistance, please contact us at John@rocny.org) and confirm your attendance on the Facebook page.

Graahg!

Mr. Want Brain
President of Zombies for Corporate Greed


Friday. 11/2, 4pm-6pm
CANCELLED: Black Friday OWS Action Planning

Where: NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

This Black Friday, put Walmart in the red!

Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart“, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

You can also subscribe to the Black Friday email list.


Saturday. 11/3, 12pm-2pm
99PKTS on the Golden Farm Picket

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and Occupy Wall Street are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Learn more about the campaign here.


Friday. 11/9, 6pm-9pm
Black Friday OWS Action Planning

Where: NY NJ Joint Board, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart”, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Or sign up below to participate on Black Friday. We’re mobilizing large numbers of people, and are working to get buses to help people coming from NYC. Please fill out both your email and phone so we can follow up with you.


Saturday. 11/10, 12pm-2pm
99PKTS on the Golden Farm Picket

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and Occupy Wall Street are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Learn more about the campaign here.


Wednesday. 11/14, 8:30pm
Justice for Jazz Artists March

Where: Corner of W 11th St & 7th Ave (In front of Two Boots), W 11th St & 7th Ave, New York, NY

Join the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign as we march with a live band to the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note. Club owners need to do the right thing by providing pension, pay scales, and protections on recordings for all musicians who play their clubs.

Please note that we are meeting at a different time and location than previous marches.


Thursday. 11/15, 12:30pm-2pm
99PKTS at the Saigon Grill

Where: Saigon Grill, 620 Amsterdam Ave., New York

For years, the owners of Saigon Grill, Simon and Michelle Nget, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to many of the delivery workers.  In 2008, the U.S. District Court issued a judgment of $4.6 million for the workers.  In 2010, the workers reached an agreement with the owners, who then sold their two restaurants to pay for the settlement.

Unfortunately, the new owners have failed to fulfill their promises, and have retaliated against workers who tried to continue organizing at the restaurant.

  • The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Saigon Grill for illegal firing.
  • Even though they assumed the former boss’s debt of one million dollars when they bought Saigon Grill in 2010, to this day, they refuse to pay the debt to the former workers.

There is currently a boycott of the restaurant.  The workers are being supported by several local organizations and members of the community. Join us on the picket line this Thursday, 12:30pm to 2pm!

If you can’t make it this Thursday, there is picketing at Saigon Grill every Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30-2pm and 6:30-8:30pm.

 


Friday. 11/16, 6pm-9pm
Black Friday OWS Action Planning

Where: NY NJ Joint Board, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart: Occupy Black Friday“, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Or sign up below to participate on Black Friday. We’re mobilizing large numbers of people, and are working to get buses to help people coming from NYC. Please fill out both your email and phone so we can follow up with you.


Saturday. 11/17, 12pm-2pm
99PKTS on the Golden Farm Picket

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and Occupy Wall Street are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Satuday from 12pm-2pm.

The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Learn more about the campaign here.


Wednesday. 11/21, 12:30pm-3pm
SEIU 32BJ – Justice for Aiport Workers!

Where: JFK Airport, Terminal 4 Arrivals Level, Passenger Pick-up A

Join JFK Security Officers On November 21st!

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. We plan to let thousands of passengers that pass through JFK know about Airport workers’ fight for justice.

Join airport workers, security officers, community allies and elected officials to fight for better standards.

Wednesday, November 21st
12:30pm – 3:00pm
Terminal 4 Arrivals Level, Passenger Pick-up A


Wednesday. 11/21, 6pm-7pm
99 PKTS – “Line Clog” Action at Golden Farm!

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

Workers and community members started a picket and boycott against Golden Farm months ago, and it has been very successful — every day hundreds of customers are turned away!

This Wednesday, one of the busiest shopping days in the year for grocery stores, 99 Pickets will join workers and community members a week before the first round of negotiations between workers and  Sonny Kim. This is a crucial time to show Sonny Kim that he MUST sign a fair contract with workers!

From 6-7pm we will be clogging the lines to shut down commerce in the store completely. The more people that get involved, the longer that we will be able to affect business and make sure that Sonny Kim gets the message. We are also organizing a special action for folks who live in the neighborhood and who have stopped shopping at Golden Farm during the boycott.

Bring pennies & nickels, hide them away, and wear your best “undercover customer” outfit.

Want to know more about line clogs? Read about the last one!

It’s important that we know how many people are coming. RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you want to participate.

Where: We’re meeting a couple blocks from Golden Farm, at the triangle in front of Walgreens at Church Ave & E 2nd St., Brooklyn. Take the F train to the Church Ave. stop!

If you can’t make the line clog, join the rally the same day! RSVP on Facebook.

Learn more about the campaign!

 


Friday. 11/23, 12:30pm
Wall Street to Walmart: Occupy Black Friday

Where: Secaucus Walmart , 400 Park Pl, Secaucus, New Jersey 07094

Update: our press release is here.

In the wake of a series of unprecedented Walmart retail and warehouse strikes, Walmart workers, labor allies and community supporters have put Walmart on notice for Black Friday: End retaliation and attempts to silence workers or face nationwide strikes and direct action.

On Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year—Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, ALIGN, Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, Retail Action Project, Occupy Bergen County and allies will occupy a Walmart store in North Jersey in solidarity with these courageous workers. Join us as we clog the checkout lines, take over the store with shopping carts, sing songs, picket the store, and disrupt Walmart’s business.

Sign up for updates
Sign up text message alerts: text “@blackfridaywalmart” to 23559.

N22 THANKSGIVING DAY 4PM: On Thursday we’ll have THANKSGIVING DINNER in Liberty Square, with hot meals also provided to Occupy Trinity, Union Square and Occupy Sandy relief efforts throughout the boroughs. This will be a time to come together as a community and reflect on the struggles of workers and indigenous communities

RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/410804522326108/

Afterwards, a small delegation will be going to Walmart to deliver treats and notes to workers who are being forced to go to work instead of spending the day with their families.

N23 BLACK FRIDAY
5AM: We will kick the day off at an early morning “Walmart sales event” and put Walmart on notice that this year, they won’t be able to conduct business as usual.

12:30PM (note the new time): The main event. Hundreds of us will be gathering at the Walmart store in Secaucus, NJ and staying all afternoon to disrupt commerce and stand in solidarity with workers across the country who are fighting for their rights.

Meet at the intersection of Park Plaza Drive and Harmon Meadow Blvd, near Sam’s Club. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/JKHuC
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/291565284287460/

Transportation
Have a car? We need help with carpooling and we have a fun, safe “Occupy the Parking Spaces” action planned at Walmart all day.

Don’t have a car? We have buses leaving NYC at 11:30AM.

If you want to take the bus or are able to drive, fill out this form with both your email and phone so we can follow up with you.
http://99pickets.org/picket/wall-street-to-walmart/#signup

Mass transit: You can take NJ Transit to the store location; the store is a 20 minute ride from Port Authority at 42nd and 8th Ave. Take the 320 bus. Buses leave about every twenty minutes. Buy a ticket (about $8 round trip) and tell the bus driver you’re going to Walmart, You’ll be dropped off in the Walmart parking lot next the meetup point.

Text Loop
Sign up for text message alerts: text “@blackfridaywalmart” to 23559.

Not in NY, NJ, CT?
Participate in one of 999 Walmart solidarity actions around the country.
https://www.facebook.com/events/441896105875025/
http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/campaigns/black-friday/events

About the Walmart Strikes

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/walmart-black-friday-strike-organized-online-video_n_2094698.html

http://changewalmart.tumblr.com

http://www.minyanville.com/trading-and-investing/stocks/articles/Labor-Economist253A-Why-Wal-mart-May/10/19/2012/id/45167?page=full

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2012/1023/Walmart-legal-troubles-mount-as-Black-Friday-walkout-looms

How to Get Involved
Sign up for updates below.

We’ll send you info about logistics for the day-of, Black Friday action meetings and the planning email list. You can also sign up for a spot on a bus.

Sponsor a Walmart Striker
https://www.wepay.com/donations/walmart-strikers-food-fund

https://www.wepay.com/donations/dont-let-walmart-silence-workers-support-worker-leaders-who-are-calling-for-change



Thursday. 11/29, 1pm
CEOs for Corporate Greed Press Conference and Rally

Where: The Capital Grille, Chrysler Center, 155 E 42nd Street, New York, NY

From our friends at ROC-NY:

Do you joyfully (and a little maniacally) laugh when you daydream of wealthy CEOs diving into piles of dollar bills while working families worry about their precarious economic futures? Do these images make your soul-less heart skip a beat? Then you are cordially invited to this week’s press conference and rally held by the newly-formed group “CEOs for Corporate Greed (CCG)” outside The Capital Grille on 42nd Street.

CCG will be presenting the Profit Over People award to Darden Restaurants, the parent company of The Capital Grille, where workers have been organizing a workplace justice campaign (if you’re interested in that kind of rubbish, visit www.dignityatdarden.org). CCG is especially tickled by the fact that while being the wealthiest restaurant company in the world, Darden has been accused of engaging in wage theft and racial discrimination, and denies its workers such basic rights as paid sick days. To top off these greedy acts, Darden is already scheming ways to avoid providing their workers with healthcare under the Affordable Care Act by cutting workers’ hours in a brilliant experiment of pure greed.

CCG’s decision to honor Darden comes as the company has emerged as the “Walmart of the restaurant industry,” and we all know nothing says greedy like Walmart. Darden has even added Walmart’s CEO to its own Board of Directors.

CCG president Spencer Q. Moneybags III giggled with excitement, “Folks, it doesn’t get greedier than this. While Darden’s annual profits exceed half a billion dollars, they continue to find ways to squeeze out even more profits at the expense of their workers. For example, Darden requires its low-wage immigrant workers to perform multiple jobs while barely paying them for even one job.”

What’s more, Darden’s actions to concentrate wealth in the fewest hands possible doesn’t stop at their restaurants’ doors. CCG is also acknowledging Darden’s role in killing disgusting anti-greed policies such as those that would raise the minimum wage and give paid sick days to workers. “Darden’s greed is truly admirable and an inspiration to low road restaurants everywhere,” Moneybags gushed.

So please join CCG for this important press conference and rally to celebrate greed. Come in your best CEO attire (if you need assistance, please contact us at John@rocny.org).

Greed should be rewarded, don’t you think?


Thursday. 11/29, 4pm
Fast Food Workers Walk Out! Rally In Solidarity

Where: Times Square McDonald's, 220 West 42nd Street, New York NY

From Walmart to fast food, low wage workers are standing up and demanding more!

Today, November 29, NYC fast food workers from dozens of stores, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Papa John’s are walking out, in a historic one day strike for a fair unionization process, decent wages, reasonable scheduling, paid sick days and an end to retaliation.

Organizers from New York Communities for Change have been meeting with workers for months, and now workers are standing up and demanding respect at their jobs.

Put these multi-billion dollar corportations on notice: these workers do not stand alone.

Thursday, Nov. 29th
4:00 pm Rally at the Times Square McDonald’s
220 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Ave.)

Friday, Nov. 30th
Show solidarity with striking workers as they go back to for work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and the workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job.

Sign up for a shift on Friday by RSVPing to gfries@unitedny.org. Two shifts are available: 5:30am-8:30am and 9:30am-12:30pm. Meet-up locations are all over the city, including Manhattan (310 W. 43rd St.) and Brooklyn (2-4 Nevins).

Save the Date: Thursday, Dec. 6


Friday. 11/30, 9:30am
Solidarity w/Strikers as They Go Back to Work

Where: All over NYC

Show solidarity with striking workers as they go back to work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and hundreds of striking fast food workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job.

Sign up for a shift on Friday by RSVPing to gfries@unitedny.org.

We will be gathering at two locations at 5:30am. and again at 9:30am, where we will board vans to the worksites to support workers as they head back to work.

Manhattan meet-up point: 1199SEIU, 310 W 43rd St, New York NY
Brooklyn meet-up point: 2-4 Nevins St., Brooklyn NY


Friday. 11/30, 5:30am
Solidarity w/Strikers as They Go Back to Work

Where: All over NYC

Show solidarity with striking workers as they go back to work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and hundreds of striking fast food workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job.

Sign up for a shift on Friday by RSVPing to gfries@unitedny.org.

We will be gathering at two locations at 5:30am, and again at 9:30am, where we will board vans to the worksites to support workers as they head back to work.

Manhattan meet-up point: 1199 SEIU, 310 W 43rd St, New York NY
Brooklyn meet-up point: 2-4 Nevins St., Brooklyn NY


Tuesday. 12/4, 6pm
Walmart Black Friday Debrief

Where: NY NJ Joint Board, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Debrief re: the OWS/99 Pickets and coalition solidarity actions at the Secaucus NJ Walmart on Black Friday.

How did it go? What can be done better, and what are the next steps? All are welcome, hope you can make it!

Thursday. 12/6, 5pm-6pm
#RiseUpNY: Day of Action in Support of Low Wage Workers

Where: Times Square, 42nd St. & 7th Ave.

On July 24th, 6,000 of us gathered in Union Square to support workers at car washes, at Con Edison, at grocery stores, at fast food locations and other workplaces to kick off the Workers Rising movement and show solidarity for workers in their fights for contracts, better pay and conditions.

Last week, workers in fast food restaurants across New York City made history when more than 200 stood up to their employers and said they weren’t going to be treated with disrespect anymore.

And they are not alone. Across the city, workers at car washes, grocery stores, airports, and other industries are standing up for better wages and for respect at work. Meanwhile, hundreds of everyday New Yorkers have come together to demand Congress end tax cuts favoring the wealthiest 2% over the middle class and the working poor.

On Thursday December 6th, we’re coming back in force to tell the 1% that we are not okay with having the worse economic inequality since the Great Depression. We are telling Washington we won’t stand for policies that prioritize tax cuts for millionaires over funding programs that working families rely on. And we are joining with workers who are struggling to let them know that we’ve got their back.

12pm, Jackson Heights Plaza (37th Rd, b/n 73rd & 74th St., Queens) – South Asian Workers Demand US Corporate Accountability. On Nov. 25th, 112 Bangladeshi Garment Workers were killed in a garment factory in Bangladesh. They were making clothes for Walmart, Sears and Disney. Join the fight for global corporate accountability!

3:45pm, 1188 6th Ave. (at 47th St.) – Join fast food workers in front of McDonald’s to support workers who experienced retaliation last week for standing up for their rights. After a short rally, everyone will march to Times Square to join the main event.

5pm, Times Square (42nd & 7th Ave.) – Move Forward: Rally in Support of Our Communities. Join workers from around the city who are organizing and standing up for each other.

6pm, Times Square – After the main rally, join Occupy Wall St. and 99 Pickets for a Fast Food March. We will be marching to several fast food restaurants to spread the message that all workers deserve a living wage.

6:30pm, 154 6th Ave. (at Spring St.) – After the main rally and march, join car wash workers in SoHo who are organizing for fair wages and fair treatment.


Thursday. 12/6, 6pm-7pm
Cablevision workers deserve a fair contract now!

Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 1501 Broadway New York, NY 10036

Cablevision techs made history last January by beating back a vicious anti union campaign and forming a union. Since that time, CEO James Dolan has refused to negotiate a contract.

Join with Cablevision technicians, and their union CWA, outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square this Thursday, Dec 6th at 6pm as CEO James Dolan will be performing (yes, he thinks he is a guitar player!).

For more  information, visit www.thecablevision99.org


Tuesday. 12/11, 4:30pm-6pm
Hold Walmart CEO Mike Duke Accountable!

Where: Council on Foreign Relations, Harold Pratt House, 58 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10065

Walmart CEO Mike Duke is visiting NYC on Tuesday, Dec. 11 to give a speech for the Council on Foreign Relations entitled “The Responsibility to Lead” – talking about women’s economic empowerment, food security & the global middle class.
That’s ironic, since Walmart represents the epitome of corporate greed: from use of sweatshop labor, to the poverty wages it pays associates, to discrimination, to illegal retaliation against workers who organize. Mike Duke has no right to speak about the “global middle class”, and it’s time we taught him the meaning of responsibility!
Join 99 Pickets, ALIGN, Occupy Bergen County and allies for an afternoon of action – picket lines, street theater, and more.
–Text “@pickets” to 23559 for day-of text message alerts.–
We will publicly hold Mike Duke accountable for:
* The deaths of 120 workers from a fire at Bangladeshi sweatshop producing clothing for Walmart in incredibly unsafe conditions.
* Paying Walmart workers poverty wages, forcing many to file for public assistance, and for retaliating against workers when they began to organize and speak out about working conditions.
* Mistreatment of workers across Walmart’s supply chain, especially warehouse workers and immigrant workers at Walmart suppliers
We look forward to seeing on Tuesday. Bring your instruments, noisemakers and signs!

Thursday. 12/13, 6pm-7:30pm
ROC-NY: Carolers of the World Unite!

Where: Capital Grille, 155 E. 42nd St., NYC

The holidays are upon us! Tis the season of generosity, giving, and being with family. But there’s something lurking in the shadows that threatens all of this. CORPORATE GREED!  Despite raking in over $700 million in profit, Darden Restaurants, the largest full-service dining corporation in the world, continues its Scrooge-like policies
Workers at The Capital Grille (owned by Darden Restaurants) are engaged in a nationwide struggle to change these policies, and win workplace justice and dignity. They workers have asked Darden to meet with them to discuss a resolution to the workplace issues, but the only response they got was Bah humbug!

So the call has been made. Carolers of the world unite! Help the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) bring out the holiday spirit in The Capital Grille as we go Caroling for Justice.
When: Thursday, December 13th @ 6PM
Where: The Capital Grille, Chrysler Center.
              155 E 42nd Street (between Lexington and 3rd Ave)
Why: Because workers should be able to enjoy the holidays, too! Not just CEOs and the 1%!

Sunday. 12/16, 1pm-3pm
99PKTS at Golden Farm: Retaliate, We Escalate!

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

RSVP on Facebook.
A report from the picket line at Golden Farm yesterday:

Two defenders of immigrant workers’ rights at the Kensington Golden Farm grocery store stepped out of the rain, under the awning of Golden Farm. Owner Sonny Kim had them arrested for standing too close to the entrance and the two were quickly taken away in handcuffs.

Seeing the other folks – at least five others, including one woman with her child – still maintaining the line in the rain was inspiring.

From the Golden Farm Justice blog:

Pretty clearly, Sonny hoped that he would eliminate the picket for the afternoon, perhaps leaving signs and literature unguarded. However, just before the arrests took place, I arrived for my usual Sunday shift as a neighborhood boycott volunteer. NYCC staff were alerted, the organization’s criminal lawyer was quickly brought into play, and word went out to community supporters, who began showing up in front of the store to keep the picket going.

As of 4:30am Monday, the pair was released from jail with no charges pending.
The arrests follow a recent incident where manager Steve Kim deliberately dumped undiluted bleach all over protesters’ belongings and directly on an NYCC organizer. She filed a police report and Kim ended up paying her for the damage he caused.
It’s more important than ever that we stand up to Sonny Kim and let him know that we will not tolerate his attempts to intimidate, abuse, and retaliate against Golden Farm workers, and now community supporters, who are simply demanding a fair contract, restoration of cut hours and reinstatement of workers that were fired for organizing.
99 Pickets and the Occupy community is turning out in force this Sunday, 1-3pm to send the message that retaliation will not be tolerated. No contract, no peace! Bring chalk, whistles, casseroles, pots, pans, cowbells, and sleigh bells.
RSVP on Facebook.

Tuesday. 12/18, 6am
BLOCK THE BOAT Carrying Walmart Garments from Bangladesh Factory

Where: Canal St. and Broadway, New York, NY

Update: press release here.

From OccupyWallSt.org:

On November 25th, 112 workers burned to death in a factory fire in Bangladesh producing garments for Walmart. The Port of Newark is a major entryway for Walmart garments coming from Bangladesh. Walmart is going to profit off of the garments these workers died to make.

Unless we block the boat.

Walmart – the world’s largest employer and 1% corporation – refuses to take responsibility, compensate the families, or take any action to prevent needless deaths like this from happening again. The 1% must not profit from the workers’ deaths in Bangladesh!

On Tuesday December 18th, buses will be leaving at 6am from Canal and Broadway in Manhattan to head to the port.

If you’re not taking the bus, the staging ground location will be the IKEA parking lot in Elizabeth, NJ at 7am. Timing is critical.

We’re calling on Occupiers near all East Coast ports to be on alert if the cargo ship is re-routed to dock at another port.

https://www.facebook.com/events/456899241034741/
#D18 #OccupyThePort #BlockTheBoat.


Wednesday. 12/19, 6pm-7:30pm
99 Pickets Planning Meeting

Where: NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Are you organizing at your workplace and want some support? Do you want to learn about ongoing campaigns of unions and worker centers?

Come to the meeting Wednesday night, and get involved!


Saturday. 12/22, 10am
Support Unionized Restaurant Workers @ The Post House

Where: Post House, 28 East 63rd Street, New York, NY

Change is afoot in the restaurant industry! While fast food workers fight for fair wages and union representation, already-unionized restaurant workers are fighting back against employer attempts to decimate their hard-won wages and benefits.

Come out this Saturday and support the workers at the Post House, who have been without a contract for four months. Management’s negotiating position is that these union workers shouldn’t get anything better than “industry norms” – i.e. non-union standards. To this end, they want to raise medical co-pays by 400%, shift future cost raises to workers, defund the pension, and hire part-timers to do union jobs, and much more.

Why be union? Solidarity! Come out and show you care this Saturday!

 

 


Tuesday. 1/8, 6pm-8pm
99PKTS Action Planning Meeting

Where: NY NJ Joint Board, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Help plan our next actions to support worker struggles around the city! Topics will include Golden Farm, Christine Quinn’s refusal to put paid sick days to a vote in the City Council, and an upcoming “Year of the Worker” party.


Tuesday. 1/15, 9:15am-10am
Protest Walmart CEO Simon’s Attack on Walmart and Darden Workers

Where: Javits Center, 655 West 34th St., New York, New York 10001

Bill Simon is the CEO of Walmart US, the world’s biggest retailer and a powerful board member of Darden, which owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden & others. Simon’s influence in the corporate world is immense & his mistreatment of Walmart & Darden employees affects ALL workers. From part-timing their workforce, paying poverty wages, and avoiding providing benefits, Simon is hurting American workers.

On Tuesday, Simon is going to deliver a speech to the National Retailers Federation on “retail’s role in the American renewal”. Join ALIGN, RWDSU, Walmart Free NYC, 99 Pickets, Retail Action Project & Restaurant Opportunities Center NY to denounce Simon’s unjust way of doing business.

RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/127261687439821/

#SimonSays $2.13 an hour for restaurant workers!
#SimonSays No #JustHours for retail workers!
#SimonSays no #PaidSickDays!
#SimonSays cut full-time jobs and benefits!

THE WORKERS SAY: We deserve sustainable scheduling, decent wages, healthcare, paid sick days & the right to organize without retaliation – at Walmart, Darden & everywhere else!

RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/127261687439821/


Saturday. 1/19, 8pm-12am
Year of the Worker Party / la fiesta de celebración del “Año del Trabajador”

Where: Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass St., Brooklyn NY

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RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/VXZ5fV

Calling all workers, Occupiers, people of the labor movement and the 99%… it’s time to eat, drink, talk, and dance! Celebrate last year’s wins and get energized for this year’s fight.

We’ll supply a keg of beer and some snacks. Bring your favorite party food or other drinks. And please bring your favorite music on an MP3 player or computer. Kid-friendly!

WHERE: 295 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11218
WHEN: 8pm-12am on January 19.
ADMISSION: Free for those that believe in JUSTICE.

Let’s make 2013 the “Year of the Worker”. Dance party!!!!!

In solidarity,
99 Pickets


¡Te invitamos a la fiesta de celebración del “Año del Trabajador”!

http://on.fb.me/VXZ5fV

Invitamos a todos los trabajadores, a los activistas de Occupy, a toda la gente del
movimiento laboral y del 99% a un convivio para comer, beber, hablar y bailar.
Celebremos nuestros triunfos del año pasado y recobremos energías para nuestra
lucha de este año.

Nosotros ponemos cervezas y algunos aperitivos. Si puedes, trae tu comida de fiesta
favorita u otras bebidas. Por favor traiga su musica favorita en su MP3 o su computadora.

¿DÓNDE?: 295 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11218
¿CUÁNDO?: 8pm-12am el sábado 19 de enero
PRECIO DE ADMISIÓN: Gratis para todos los que creen en la JUSTICIA.

¡Hagamos del 2013 el “Año del Trabajador” y bailemos!

Fraternalmente:
El grupo 99 Pickets / 99 Protestas del 99%.


Sunday. 1/20, 2pm-4pm
On MLK Weekend, Walk the Picket Line in Support of Golden Farm Workers

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

“Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity it has dignity and it has worth… it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Sunday, honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and join workers from all over the city to walk the picket line in support of Golden Farm workers. There will be a pumped up picket line (enforcing the neighborhood boycott of the grocery store), music from the amazing Afro-Colombian cumbia band ¡Ay Mayo!, and a worker speakout.

RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/271901189603688/

KENSINGTON RESIDENTS: Occupy Kensington and 99 Pickets will be collecting pledges from customers who are boycotting Golden Farm, stating how much they used to spend at the store and a pledge to return once Sonny Kim signs a fair contract with workers. The pledges will be delivered to Sonny Kim later in the week to let him know exactly what he is losing by not treating his workers fairly.

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 20 2-4pm
WHERE: 329 Church Ave., Brooklyn. F/G trains to Church Ave. or B35 bus to E 5th St.
WHY: To demand Sonny Kim negotiate A FAIR CONTRACT and RETURN OF HOURS to workers who are organizing.

After over a decade of getting paid well below minimum wage – totaling over $500,000 in stolen wages – workers at the Golden Farm grocery store stood up for their rights, suing owner Sonny Kim for their back wages and voting to form a union.

Today, the workers at Golden Farm are in their FIFTH MONTH of contract negotiations… FOUR MONTHS after their successful union election, and ONE YEAR after filing a lawsuit for back wages that is still only TENTATIVELY settled. They have stuck with the struggle and we are sticking with them!

Join 99 Pickets, Occupy Kensington, New York Communities for Change and the Occupy Wall Street community as we demand that Sonny Kim sign a FAIR CONTRACT with Golden Farm workers and RESTORE THE HOURS he cut to retaliate against workers who are organizing.

RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/271901189603688/

Learn more about the campaign.


Wednesday. 1/23, 6pm-8pm
99PKTS Action Planning Meeting

Where: NY NJ Joint Board, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Help plan our next actions to support worker struggles around the city!


Friday. 1/25, 1pm-2pm
Walk the Picket Line with Striking Bus Drivers

Where: Department of Education, 52 Chambers St.

Join 99PKTS and members of the Occupy Wall Street community as we walk the picket line with striking school bus drivers.

More than 8,000 bus drivers and matrons—workers who make sure children get on and off buses safely—are on strike, for the first time in over 30 years.

WHEN: Friday 1/25, 1pm-2pm
WHERE: Department of Education, 52 Chambers St. NYC
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/11RkgpW

The city wants to cut transportation costs and has put bus contracts with private bus companies up for bid.  The union is criticizing lack of employee protections, fearing senior drivers may lose their jobs to cheaper, less experienced labor once contracts expire in June..

This article on the school bus strike is a must-read:

The battle between the city and the bus drivers represents the supremacy of budgets over quality of life. It illustrates what happens when communities, jobs and families are devalued, marginalized and destroyed while the language of austerity reigns, infallible. And it illuminates the hypocrisy of those in power who claim to care for our children’s safety but refuse to invest in it.

Can’t make it? Come to the picket line on your own!


Friday. 1/25, 2:30pm-4pm
Fair Contract for Post House Restaurant Workers!

Where: Post House, 28 East 63rd St., NYC

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Workers at Post House restaurant on the UES have been working without a contract for over 4 months.

Owners are demanding increases to health costs and to defund worker’s pensions.

On Friday workers are gathering to demand a fair contract. Join the fight!


Thursday. 1/31, 6:30pm-8pm
ROC NY – Celebrate One Year of Struggle at The Capital Grille

Where: The Capital Grille, 155 E. 42nd St., NYC

Join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) to celebrate one year of worker struggle!

For the past year, workers at The Capital Grille have been organizing to change conditions in their workplace, alleging racial discrimination and wage theft, in addition to experiencing other exploitative conditions. Meanwhile, parent company, Darden Restaurants (which also owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden) pulled in over $700 million in profits just last year!

The workers have had enough, and they are telling Darden that it’s time to decide. Will it continue to take the low road to profitability, like making their employees make the choice between working with the flu or not getting paid? Or will it shift course to take the high road and provide dignified work for its workers?

Capital Grille workers in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and the DC area are calling for Darden Restaurants to sit down with them and the Restaurant Opportunities Center to find a real, meaningful solution to this dispute. We want nothing less than racial and economic justice!

So join ROC-NY, Thursday, January 31st, on the anniversary of launching the Dignity at Darden campaign, as we show Darden that Capital Grille workers will not rest until justice is had.

RSVP on Facebook

Learn more about the Dignity at Darden campaign


Saturday. 2/2, 6pm
99PKTS on the Golden Farm Picket

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

Join 99 Pickets on the Golden Farm picket line on Saturday Feb. 2 at 6pm while workers are in the community building support and educating folks about the struggle at Golden Farm and elsewhere.

The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed, cut hours are restored and workers that were fired for organizing are rehired. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm & Sat/Sun 8am – 8pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Learn more about the campaign here.


Wednesday. 2/6, 5:30pm-7pm
CWA – Bring Back the Cablevision 22!

Where: Cablevision Garage Brooklyn, 9502 Avenue D, Brooklyn NY

On January 30th, Cablevision unconscionably and illegally locked out and fired 22 CWA workplace activists at Brooklyn Cablevision who were seeking to have a brief meeting with management about their grievances.

On January 31st, about 100 supporters marched with the Cablevision 22 to demand they be rehired. Cablevision managers hid and refused to speak with workers or city officials.

These workers have been struggling for a year to win a first contract after overwhelmingly voting for CWA in January 2012.

This is a blatantly anti-union act and is an attack against union workers across the city.

It cannot be allowed to stand!

Read more about workers organizing at Cablevision.


Thursday. 2/7, 6pm-8pm
99PKTS Action Planning Meeting

Where: NY NJ Joint Board, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Help plan our next actions to support worker struggles around the city!

In the works:

  • Actions to demand paid sick days for ALL workers
  • Ongoing support for Golden Farm workers
  • Preparing for May Day

Bring your ideas and campaigns!


Saturday. 2/9, 12pm-2pm
CANCELLED: Rally Against Postal Service “Consolidation”

Where: Main Post Office, 550 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY

Cancelled: “We can (and we will) fight Donahoe and Issa. But we can’t fight Mother Nature.”

Community/Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services is sponsoring a rally in front of the Main Post Office at 550 Manor Road on Staten Island on Saturday February 9 from 12 noon to 2 PM.

Why Staten Island, this out of the way, difficult to reach place you may ask? The Staten Island mail processing plant is one of 81 plants to be “consolidated” beginning February 23. When complete in 2014 (although the Postmaster General has indicated the schedule may be “accelerated”) fully half of its nationwide network of processing and distribution Centers will have been eliminated.

This is part of a plan, outlined as early as the 1970’s in “white papers” issued by the likes of the Cato Institute to privatize what has been a vital public service since April 26, 1775.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand urged the Postmaster General to delay the closing of the plant, “with more than 80 Staten Island postal workers impacted…  over economic and environmental consequences, delayed mail service to Staten Islanders, and increased transportation costs and burden placed on residents” but they have so far been ignored.

Mass transit: Catch the ferry that leaves at 11AM from the Whitehall Terminal. It’s about a 15-20 minute ride on the 61 or 62 Bus from the Staten Island terminal to the corner of Manor Road and Victory Blvd.


Monday. 2/18, 12pm-1pm
CANCELLED: Support Striking Bus Drivers & Matrons! #99PKTS at Tweed

Where: Tweed -- DoE, 52 Chambers St.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This event is CANCELLED, to be rescheduled upon consultation with the union.

For more information on other ways to support striking bus drivers and matrons: http://nysaflcio.org/Safety1st/

Illustration by Eric Dooker

Illustration by Eric Dooker

One month into a historic strike, school bus drivers and matrons—workers who make sure children get on and off buses safely—need our support more than ever.

RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/15evDsm

The city’s attack on 8,000 unionized workers is another dimension of a sustained campaign to weaken unions in NY, including the illegal firings of five McDonald’s workers and 22 Optimum (formerly Cablevision) union workers.

Bloomberg, the richest man in the city, spends millions of taxpayer money on education consultants but claims the city can’t afford to pay bus drivers an average salary of $35,000 per year.

It’s time to draw a line in the sand. A new world is possible: it begins with supporting these courageous striking workers, who will not bow down and allow Michael Bloomberg to destroy thousands of hard-won middle class jobs, severely impacting the children of New York in the process.

WHEN: Monday, 2/18, 12-1pm

WHERE: Tweed Building, DoE, 52 Chambers St. NYC
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/15evDsm

This article on the school bus strike is a must-read:

The battle between the city and the bus drivers represents the supremacy of budgets over quality of life. It illustrates what happens when communities, jobs and families are devalued, marginalized and destroyed while the language of austerity reigns, infallible. And it illuminates the hypocrisy of those in power who claim to care for our children’s safety but refuse to invest in it.

Can’t make it? Come to the picket line on your own (mornings are best).


Tuesday. 2/19, 6pm-8pm
99PKTS Action Planning Meeting

Where: NY NJ Joint Board, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Help plan our next actions to support worker struggles around the city!

In the works:

  • Direct action to demand paid sick days for ALL workers
  • May Day plans
  • Support actions for the 23 illegally fired Optimum (formerly Cablevision) workers
  • Reportback on the McDonald’s occupation
  • Any idea you bring!

Wednesday. 2/20, 3pm-5pm
Rally at the Post House

Where: Post House, 28 East 63rd St., NYC

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Workers at Post House restaurant on the UES have been working without a contract for over 4 months.

The Chartounis and Fourth Wall Restaurant Group want to take away workers’ benefits, including their pension, radically increase healthcare costs, and break the union. It’s NOT going to happen.

Join them and rally for a fair contract on Wednesday, Feb. 20 3-5pm.


Thursday. 2/28, 6:30pm
People’s Planning Meeting for May Day / Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

Where: SEIU 1199, 310 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

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Co-hosted by Immigrant Worker Justice & 99 Pickets

Thursday, Feb. 28 6:30pm
310 W. 43rd St. NYC (basement)
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

Last year on May 1st, thousands took to the streets in a historic convergence of immigrants, workers and Occupy Wall Street. We came together to support worker and immigrant struggles, and fight the injustices of the 1%, exclaiming “Another world is possible!”

To build on that powerful solidarity, 99 Pickets and Immigrant Worker Justice are calling a community-wide May Day planning meeting on Feb. 28.

Let’s create an open and inclusive space where we can coordinate planning and build momentum for an incredible May 1, 2013. All our grievances are connected!

Who’s invited: Workers, immigrants, Occupy, labor unions, students, worker centers, social justice groups, the unemployed, community organizations: the 99%.

More info: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

Spanish interpretation available.
Wheelchair accessible.

To help plan the structure of the May Day community meeting, come to the facilitation planning meeting! Thurs. Feb 21st, 6pm 33 W. 14th St.


Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

Auspiciada por Justicia para el Trabajador Inmigrante & 99 Piquetes

Juéves 28 de Febrero, 6:30pm
310 Calle 43 Oeste, NYC (sotano)
más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

El 1ero de Mayo del año pasado, miles tomaron las calles en una convergencia historica de inmigrantes, trabajadores y Ocupa Wallstreet. Nos juntamos para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores, de los inmigrantes y pelear las injusticias del 1%, aclamando “Otro mundo es posible!”

Para construir sobre esa poderosa solidaridad, 99 Piquetes y Justica del Trabajador Inmigrante estan llamando a reunión con toda la comunidad, el 28 de Febrero para planear el 1 de Mayo.

Crearemos un espacio abierto e inclusivo donde se podrá coordinar la planeación y aumentar el impulso para un 1 de Mayo, 2013 increible. Todos nuestros males estan conectados!

Quedan invitados: los trabajadores, inmigrantes, Ocupa Wallstreet, sindicatos, centros de trabajadores, grupos por la justicia social, los desempleados, organizaciones comunitarias: el 99%

Más información: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

Traducción disponible
Accesible a silla de ruedas

Para ayudar a planear la estructura del la reunión comunitaria sobre el 1 de Mayo, venga a la reunión para planear la facilitación! Juéves 21 de Febrero, 6pm en la 33 de la Calle 14 Oeste, Manhattan.


Wednesday. 3/13, 4pm-6pm
Stand up for Immigrant Workers with Laundry Workers Center!

Where: Smilers, 554 5th Ave., New York, NY

Please join immigrant workers as they come out of the shadows and confront their boss on Wednesday the 13th at 4:00 p.m @ 554 5th Avenue, btw 45th and 46th street

This group of immigrant workers is going to deliver a demand letter on a boss who has been exploiting them for years. For years, they have been subjected to sweatshop conditions, right in the heart of New York City. But now they’re fed up, and are ready to exercise their protected right to demand change at their workplace.

The Laundry Worker Center and community supporters will march with them this Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. to show our solidarity as members of the community, the press, and anyone else who supports the struggle against injustice.

Please come and show your support. Bring friends, family, or anyone else you know would support this cause. We’ll be meeting at 4:00pm upstairs at a deli named Smilers (554 5th Avenue, btw 45th and 46th street). We will march a few blocks to the employer together from there. See you at the march!

RSVP on Facebook.

If you have any questions please contact Michael Belt at beltmichael@gmail.com or 720-560-5567


Wednesday. 3/13, 6:30pm
People’s Planning Meeting for May Day / Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

Where: NYNJRJB, 33 W. 14th St.

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Wednesday March 13, 6:30pm
33 W. 14th St. NYC (basement)
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
More info on NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

Last year on May 1st, thousands took to the streets in a historic convergence of immigrants, workers and Occupy Wall Street. We came together to support worker and immigrant struggles, and fight the injustices of the 1%, exclaiming “Another world is possible!”

To build on that powerful solidarity, let’s create an open and inclusive space where we can coordinate planning and build momentum for an incredible May 1, 2013. All our grievances are connected!

Who’s invited: workers, immigrants, Occupy, labor unions, students, worker centers, social justice groups, the unemployed, community organizations: the 99%.

Spanish interpretation available.

RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
More info on NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

Join the May Day 2013 email list: http://lists.occupy.net/lists/info/mayday2013


Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

Juéves 13 de Marzo, 6:30pm
33 Calle 14 Oeste, NYC (sotano)
más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
más informacion en NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

El 1ero de Mayo del año pasado, miles tomaron las calles en una convergencia historica de inmigrantes, trabajadores y Ocupa Wallstreet. Nos juntamos para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores, de los inmigrantes y pelear las injusticias del 1%, aclamando “Otro mundo es posible!”

Para construir sobre esa poderosa solidaridad, crearemos un espacio abierto e inclusivo donde se podrá coordinar la planeación y aumentar el impulso para un 1 de Mayo, 2013 increible. Todos nuestros males estan conectados!

Quedan invitados: los trabajadores, inmigrantes, Ocupa Wallstreet, sindicatos, centros de trabajadores, grupos por la justicia social, los desempleados, organizaciones comunitarias: el 99%

Traducción disponible

más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM
más informacion en NYCGA.NET: http://bit.ly/Yf4tKJ

La lista de el 1ero de Mayo: http://lists.occupy.net/lists/info/mayday2013


Friday. 3/15, 12pm-4pm
#DirtyDishes–Rehire the Illegally Fired Workers Now

Where: Dishes, 6 E 45th St., New York, NY

On Wednesday, March 13, after years of wage theft, abuse and exploitation, workers at “Dishes“, a popular upscale Midtown restaurant, marched on their exploitative boss and delivered a demand letter.

In an illegal and cowardly act, the owner of “Dishes” retaliated by firing two of the workers who stood up against injustice in their workplace.

Workers and community, labor, Occupy and religious allies will be leafleting “Dishes” this Friday from 12-4pm. Come out and stand against illegal retaliation: for ten minutes, on your lunch break, or for the afternoon. The workers must be immediately rehired!

Where: 6 E 45th St., between 5th Ave. and Madison.
When: Friday 3/15 12-4pm
Why: Together we are strong

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Sunday. 3/17, 2pm-4pm
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Golden Farm in Brooklyn

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

St. PatsCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the spirit of Jim Larkin and Jim Connolly. Because only a snake steals worker’s wages.

The boycott and picket have been successful in putting pressure on Sonny Kim, and letting him know that the community swill not allow workers to be exploited in the neighborhood. After claiming he would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering in to negotiations with the worker’s union.

But the fight isn’t over! Workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. We won’t relent until Sonny Kim follows through on his commitments!

RSVP on Facebook.

If you can’t make it on Sunday, sign up for a slot. Community members are picketing Sat. 12-7pm, Sun. 2-6pm. Golden Farm is at 329 Church Ave. Brooklyn.

Learn more about the campaign here.


Sunday. 3/24, 12pm-2pm
National Day of Action – Save the People’s Post Office!

Where: Main Post Office, 31st St & 8th Ave, New York, NY

The 1% intend to privatize what has been an essential public service operated for the benefit of We the People since April 26, 1775. The Main Stream Media would have us believe the USPS’s problems are solely due to the internet. NOT TRUE. While the internet has had a severe impact on First Class Mail volume, it is the onerous pre-funding mandate imposed by a lame-duck Congress in a voice vote in 2006 which is the root cause of the PO’s financial problems.

SAVE SATURDAY DELIVERY

NO MORE PLANT CLOSINGS

END DEGRADATION OF SERVICE STANDARDS

NO MORE CUTS IN RURAL PO HOURS

STOP SELLING OFF HISTORIC BUILDINGS (Bronx GPO and Old Chelsea)

STOP SUBCONTRACTING POSTAL TRUCK ROUTES

 

Co-sponsored by:

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS, AFL-CIO and NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION, AFL-CIO

MORE INFO: blycrtr@yahoo.com or 732-447-4582


Thursday. 3/28, 6:30pm
People’s Planning Meeting for May Day / Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

Where: SEIU 1199, 310 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Vea abajo para español


Co-hosted by Immigrant Worker Justice & 99 Pickets

Thursday, March. 28 6:30pm
310 W. 43rd St. NYC (basement)
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

Last year on May 1st, thousands took to the streets in a historic convergence of immigrants, workers and Occupy Wall Street. We came together to support worker and immigrant struggles, and fight the injustices of the 1%, exclaiming “Another world is possible!”

To build on that powerful solidarity, 99 Pickets and Immigrant Worker Justice are calling a community-wide May Day planning meeting on Feb. 28.

Let’s create an open and inclusive space where we can coordinate planning and build momentum for an incredible May 1, 2013. All our grievances are connected!

Who’s invited: Workers, immigrants, Occupy, labor unions, students, worker centers, social justice groups, the unemployed, community organizations: the 99%.

More info: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

Spanish interpretation available.
Wheelchair accessible.

To help plan the structure of the May Day community meeting, come to the facilitation planning meeting at 5:30pm!


Reunión Comunitaria para Planear el 1 de Mayo

Auspiciada por Justicia para el Trabajador Inmigrante & 99 Piquetes

Juéves 28 de Marzo, 6:30pm
310 Calle 43 Oeste, NYC (sotano)
más informacion en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

El 1ero de Mayo del año pasado, miles tomaron las calles en una convergencia historica de inmigrantes, trabajadores y Ocupa Wallstreet. Nos juntamos para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores, de los inmigrantes y pelear las injusticias del 1%, aclamando “Otro mundo es posible!”

Para construir sobre esa poderosa solidaridad, 99 Piquetes y Justica del Trabajador Inmigrante estan llamando a reunión con toda la comunidad, el 28 de Febrero para planear el 1 de Mayo.

Crearemos un espacio abierto e inclusivo donde se podrá coordinar la planeación y aumentar el impulso para un 1 de Mayo, 2013 increible. Todos nuestros males estan conectados!

Quedan invitados: los trabajadores, inmigrantes, Ocupa Wallstreet, sindicatos, centros de trabajadores, grupos por la justicia social, los desempleados, organizaciones comunitarias: el 99%

Más información: http://99pickets.com/picket/may1-meeting/
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/XdCJGM

Traducción disponible
Accesible a silla de ruedas

Para ayudar a planear la estructura del la reunión comunitaria sobre el 1 de Mayo, venga a la reunión para planear la facilitación! 5:30pm en la 310 Calle 43 Oeste, Manhattan.


Saturday. 4/13, 12pm-2pm
Demand Domino’s Pizza Take Responsibility for its Workers!

Where: Domino's Pizza, 464 3rd Ave., New York, NY

Domino's Pizza Rally, April 13Join the Justice Will be Served campaign this Saturday to demand that Dominos stop hiding behind its franchises, and take responsibility for it workers.


Sunday. 4/28, 3pm-5pm
Occupy Kensington Rally for Worker & Immigrant Rights

Where: Kensington Plaza, Beverly Rd. and Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

On the Sunday before May Day, join Occupy Kensington to rally for worker and immigrant rights.

After many months of a boycott against the Brooklyn grocery store Golden Farm, workers have asked the community to temporarily suspend the boycott while the union negotiates a fair contract for the workers, and reinstatement of hours that were illegally cut in retaliation for worker organizing. This after over a year successfully fighting against wage theft, exploitation, abuse and more.

This rally is a crucial way to support Golden Farm (and all) workers’ fight for fair wages, decent conditions, representation and respect on the job. Sonny Kim, the owner of Golden Farm, needs to know that the Kensington community and Occupy stand behind the workers, ready to reinstate the boycott or further escalate at their request.

Read more about the Golden Farm fight.

RSVP on FB here: http://on.fb.me/YL5Pi2

 


Monday. 5/13, 6pm
99 Pickets Meeting

Where: NYNJRJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Well… it looks like we didn’t bring about the revolution on May Day, so it’s time to think about what campaigns we want to support!

Already on the agenda: 
1) Grand Cafe – worker campaign in midtown
2) Comite de Trabajadores in Brooklyn are working beyond Golden Farm, and have a campaign to stop worker exploitation at all grocery stores
3) CIW Wendy’s campaign
4) Worker Assemblies in NJ
5) Action to support Bangladeshi workers
6) Misc. housekeeping issues

Tuesday. 5/14, 2pm
Stand With Taxi Drivers—Stop New TLC Rules!

Where: Taxi & Limo Commission (outside), 33 Beaver Street, New York, NY

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is holding a rally to protest new rules being proposed at the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC).

Stop TLC Vote On New Rules to Let Garages & Brokers Steal Our Raise!
TUESDAY, MAY 14TH, 2pm

Outside TLC Headquarters
33 Beaver Street, NYC
Take 4/5/6 to Bowling Green.

It took taxi drivers 8 years to get a raise. It took the garages and brokers 8 months to use their money to buy a new rules proposal.

Some of the 12 Proposed Rules:

  • Garage drivers pay for repairs
  • Every weekly driver pay for 7 shifts
  • Lease increase every six months when credit card usage goes up – even though more volume and more new vendors means less costs for them.
  • Lower TLC fine on garages and brokers from $10,000 to $1,000 for retaliation if a driver files an overcharge complaint

When over 200 drivers came out for the scheduled vote in April, many of the 8 Commissioners raised objections to the rules. We have the momentum!
The vote was postponed! UNITED We Will Win!

 

 


Thursday. 5/16, 12pm-2pm
Legal Services Staff Association on Strike

Where: Legal Services - NYC Central Office, 40 Worth St., NYC

Our sisters and brothers who are members of Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 provide needed legal services to low income residents of New York City. Today (5/15) they voted to strike after working almost a year without a contract.  Despite making historic offers to management to share in the costs of healthcare and forgo a general wage increase in order to address fiscal concerns, the management is demanding deep and severe cuts to healthcare coverage and to the retirement savings plan.  Furthermore, even if the union agrees to make any cuts, the management is refusing to offer any job security protections in exchange.  Management wants the ability to lay off front line casehandlers and support staff who represent the most vulnerable New Yorkers and protect their bloated management structure (currently there is 1 manager for every 3 union staff, at the Legal Aid Society, the management-staff ratio is 1:5).

The picket lines will be up tomorrow, Thursday morning.  Your participation and support for the strikers is invaluable and welcome.  Nothing is better than being on strike on the picket line and having the support of others on the line with you.

Can’t get to the picket line? Sign the petition!

Here is the schedule for Thursday:

From 12 noon – 2:00 PM

Legal Services-NYC Central Office
40 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013

Read the complete statement.

The following pickets have been cancelled for today, 5/16:

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM at the following locations:

Bronx:
329 East 149th Street
Bronx, New York 10451

Brooklyn:
105 Court Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

and

1360 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11216

Manhattan:
1 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027

Queens:
89-00 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica, New York 11435

Staten Island:
36 Richmond Terrace (across the street from Staten Island ferry)
Staten Island, New York 10301


Saturday. 5/18, 2pm-3:30pm
CIW – March on Wendy’s for Farmworker Justice!

Where: Union Sq., 14th St. & University, NYC

Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their allies for a spirited, art-filled action demanding justice for farmworkers in Wendy’s supply chain!

As Wendy’s shareholders convene their annual meeting in New York, farmworkers are calling on allies to take to the streets.
Let’s send the message loud and clear: it’s time for Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program and help put an end to “old-fashioned exploitation”.

RSVP on Facebook

BACKGROUND
Since the early 90s, farmworkers based in Immokalee, FL, have been organizing to transform an agriculture industry historically based on farmworker poverty and abuse. Demanding that the biggest buyers of tomatoes pay a small premium to support a living wage in the fields and purchase only from farms upholding a worker-designed code of conduct, farmworkers have effectively begun to reverse the exploitative “race to the bottom.”

To date, eleven major food purchasers — including some of Wendy’s closest competitors: McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway — have already joined the Fair Food Program.

In 2010, 90% of Florida’s tomato growers, represented by the Florida Tomato Growers’ Exchange (FTGE), agreed to implement the Fair Food Program on their farms. This watershed accord signaled the dawn of a “new day” for farmworkers’ rights in Florida’s fields. For the first time in history, farmworkers and participating buyers and growers are working together to eliminate wage theft, sexual harassment, physical abuse and forced labor in the agriculture industry.

But our work is not yet complete. Although Wendy’s was informed long ago of the potential to do it’s part, the corporation has thus far refused to take action. Instead, Wendy’s high-volume, indiscriminate purchasing from Florida’s tomato fields helps ensure a continued market for exploitative growers outside the Fair Food Program.

For more information, visit:

http://www.ciw-online.org/about.html#cff
http://www.ciw-online.org/FFP_FAQ.html


Saturday. 5/18, 3pm-5pm
NYCC – March to End Worker Exploitation

Where: Holy Cross Church, 2530 Church Ave., Brooklyln

This Saturday the NYCC Worker Committee is taking the next step in its Exploitation Free Flatbush campaign.

Workers and community allies will be marching on five markets and supermarkets where workers are organizing for back wages, an end to retaliation, and demand that the bosses sign fair contracts.

RSVP on Facebook


Wednesday. 5/22, 6:30pm-7:30pm
ROC-NY: End Capital Greed

Where: Capital Grille, 155 E. 42nd St., NYC

Take action with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) as workers continue their struggle for racial and economic justice at The Capital Grille.

For over a year, workers at The Capital Grille have been organizing to change conditions in their workplace, alleging racial discrimination and wage theft, in addition to experiencing other exploitative conditions. Meanwhile, parent company, Darden Restaurants (which also owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden) pulled in over $700 million in profits just last year!

The workers have had enough, and they are telling Darden that it’s time to decide. Will it continue its greedy ways, like making their employees choose  between working with the flu or not getting paid? Will immigrants and people of color continue to get the short end of the stick? Or will it shift course to take the high road and provide dignified work for all of its workers?

Capital Grille workers in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and the DC area are calling for Darden Restaurants to sit down with them and the Restaurant Opportunities Center to find a real, meaningful solution to this dispute. Workers want nothing less than racial and economic justice!

Join ROC-NY to show Darden that Capital Grille we will not rest until justice is had!

RSVP on Facebook.

SIGN THE PETITION and learn more about the campaign at  www.DignityatDarden.org


Monday. 5/27, 2:30pm
Retail Store Action in Solidarity with the Workers of Bangladesh

Where: Herald Square, 34th St. and 6th Ave., New York, NY

Meet at Herald Square, 34th St. & 6th Ave. this Monday, May 27, 2:30pm (Memorial Day).

We stand in solidarity with the workers of Bangladesh and are outraged over the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which has killed more than 1,100 garment workers. This follows the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory last year where more than 100 Bangladeshi workers lost their lives.

On Monday, we’ll visit several retail stores near Herald Square and demand that they sign on to the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (pdf).

RSVP on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/10qxm97

The accord, a new agreement between several global union federations and 40 prominent apparel and retail companies, requires companies to participate in and fund a program of independent safety inspections, remediation, and worker safety trainings with the involvement of trade unions. They must maintain commercial terms that enable factories to maintain safe workplaces and finance repairs. The program will be overseen by a Steering Committee consisting of an equal number of representatives of trade unions and companies and one representative of the International Labor Organization. It will be enforceable through binding arbitration.

It has been estimated that a mere $0.10 more per garment would pay for the factory improvements of this program. Is 10 cents per garment too much for worker safety? Walmart, K-Mart, Gap, Target, JC Penny, and other U.S. retailers say “yes”. We say “no more bloodshed!” It’s time to hold U.S. retailers accountable for their inaction.

While a few U.S. companies have signed onto the Accord, most, including the Gap, Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Kmart, have not. The time for individual and ineffective “corporate social responsibility” programs is long over. This legally binding, multi-stakeholder Accord is the kind of framework that is much more likely to result in safer factories and better jobs for garment workers.

We demand that all apparel and retail companies that have production in Bangladesh join this program.

RSVP on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/10qxm97


Thursday. 5/30, 6pm
99 Pickets Action Planning

Where: SEIU 1199, 310 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Come to a meeting, help dream and actions to support worker struggles around the city and beyond! (Location TBA)


Tuesday. 6/4, 6pm
NJ Workers’ Assembly

Where: Clifton Public Library, 262 Piaget Ave, Clifton, NJ

There will be a Community Assembly and Immigrant Worker Forum held in Clifton on Tuesday, June 4, 6pm at the Clifton Public Library at 262 Piaget Ave, on the corner of Main Ave.

The purpose of the assembly is to create an open space for immigrant workers and others from the community to share their experiences, learn about each other’s common struggles, and to make connections with people who are already organizing or want to work on coming up with strategies to face our common challenges.  After a group conversation, we will conduct smaller group discussions to focus on specific issues, connect with existing campaigns, and prepare new actions.

The assembly has been organized in coordination with the following groups: Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Laundry Workers’ Center, New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board (Workers United), 99 pickets, and la HermandadDominicana.

Download the flyer here!


Thursday. 6/6, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Family Picket to Protest Legal Services NYC’s Cutoff of Health Benefits

Where: 105 Court St, 105 Court St, Brooklyn, NY

As the Legal Services strike continues strong, Legal Services NYC management cut off employees’ health benefits today without notice.

NOW IS THE TIME to show our support for the strikers and their fight for respect and to maintain quality legal services. Come out tomorrow, June 6, at 4:30pm, for a family picket and march to picket at the home of LSNYC board vice chair Michael Young.

6/6 – Thursday
* FAMILY PICKET 4:30-5:30 at 105 Court St. in Brooklyn (R, 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, A,C,G to Hoyt/Schermerhorn)
* 5:40-6:30 Picket at Michael Young’s house (Vice-Chair of the Board), 145 Clinton St (around the corner from 105 Court Street)


Thursday. 6/13, 7pm
3rd Retail Store Action in Solidarity with the Workers of Bangladesh

Where: Atlantic Center, Flatbush Ave & Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Meet at Herald Square, 34th St. & 6th Ave. this Monday, May 27, 2:30pm (Memorial Day).

We stand in solidarity with the workers of Bangladesh and are outraged over the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which has killed more than 1,100 garment workers. This follows the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory last year where more than 100 Bangladeshi workers lost their lives.

In our 3rd solidarity action, we’ll visit several retail stores in Brooklyn and demand that they sign on to the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (pdf).

RSVP on Facebook.

The accord, a new agreement between several global union federations and 40 prominent apparel and retail companies, requires companies to participate in and fund a program of independent safety inspections, remediation, and worker safety trainings with the involvement of trade unions. They must maintain commercial terms that enable factories to maintain safe workplaces and finance repairs. The program will be overseen by a Steering Committee consisting of an equal number of representatives of trade unions and companies and one representative of the International Labor Organization. It will be enforceable through binding arbitration.

It has been estimated that a mere $0.10 more per garment would pay for the factory improvements of this program. Is 10 cents per garment too much for worker safety? Walmart, K-Mart, Gap, Target, JC Penny, and other U.S. retailers say “yes”. We say “no more bloodshed!” It’s time to hold U.S. retailers accountable for their inaction.

While a few U.S. companies have signed onto the Accord, most, including the Gap, Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Kmart, have not. The time for individual and ineffective “corporate social responsibility” programs is long over. This legally binding, multi-stakeholder Accord is the kind of framework that is much more likely to result in safer factories and better jobs for garment workers.

We demand that all apparel and retail companies that have production in Bangladesh join this program.

RSVP on Facebook.


Saturday. 6/29, 1pm
Mobilize for Bangladeshi Workers // Mass Funeral Procession to SoHo Retailers

Where: Petrosino Square, Spring St. and Lafayette St, NYC

After the tragic deaths of over 1,200 workers in Bangladesh factory fires and building collapses, U.S. retailers MUST take responsibility for the conditions at factories that produce their clothing. A groundbreaking agreement, the “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh”, will take meaningful steps towards this goal, but most U.S. companies won’t sign.

Gap, Banana Republic, North Face, Timberland, American Eagle, Target, Sears, Old Navy, Walmart: STOP THE BLOODSHED. Sign the Accord.< Join 99 Pickets, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), United Students Against Sweatshops, NYNJRJB Workers United, the YaYa Network, Student Labor Action Movement, the United Auto Workers and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra in a mass funeral march to shame and call out U.S. retailers that haven't signed the Accord. WHEN: Saturday, June 29 at 1pm WHERE: Petrosino Square, near Spring St. & Lafayette St. in Manhattan. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/9uwY1
RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/525866820794337/
*Dress for mourning*

We’ll let SoHo shoppers know about these corporations’ murderous inaction. H&M and other European corporations have signed, why haven’t most U.S. companies?

*More about the Accord*

The Accord, a new agreement between several global union federations and 40 prominent apparel and retail companies, requires companies to participate in and fund a program of independent safety inspections, remediation, and worker safety trainings with the involvement of trade unions.

Visual map of the agreement: http://www.laborrights.org/sites/default/files/publications-and-resources/Visual_explanation_of_the_Bangladesh_Safety_Accord.png

The time for individual and ineffective “corporate social responsibility” programs is long over. The legally binding, multi-stakeholder Accord is the kind of framework that is much more likely to result in safer factories and better jobs for garment workers.

For more info, go to http://99pickets.org/campaigns/bangladesh


Wednesday. 7/24, 12pm
Join with ROC to Take Action at Capital Grill

Where: Capital Grille, 155 East 42nd Street, New York, New York 10017

NATIONAL LOW-WAGE WORKER DAY OF ACTION

Workers at The Capital Grille are organizing against illegal and unfair conditions, including racial discrimination, while parent company Darden Restaurants continues to profit off the workers’ exploitation, only rewarding themselves!

No surprise that Darden—a billion-dollar corporation and the largest table service restaurant group in the world—also lobbies heavily AGAINST worker-friendly legislation. Darden continues to fight against raising the minimum wage on the state and federal level. This affects all workers!

Join the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) on July 24th, part of a national Low-Wage Worker Day of Action. We will take action at The Capital Grille (during Restaurant Week!) to support the workers’ fight for Dignity at Darden and justice for all workers. ROC-NY will also launch our campaign to abolish the tipped (sub)minimum wage.

No one should have to work for $5/hr!

End Capital Greed!
We want Dignity at Darden!
Justice for all low-wage workers!
#J24

For more information and to let us know you’re coming email john@rocny.org

www.DignityatDarden.org


Wednesday. 7/24, 4pm
Funeral March & Rally for Brooklyn Healthcare

Where: Cadman Plaza Park, Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, NY

Join patients, community supporters, elected leaders, NYSNA & 1199SEIU to mourn the death of healthcare in Brooklyn.

Several Brooklyn hospitals, including Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital, are under threat of closure.

Meanwhile, health disparities in our borough are climbing at alarming rate. Low income, people of color, and the uninsured have fewer and fewer options for receiving care.

We’ll meet at Cadman Plaza at 4pm and march over the bridge and then hold a rally at Foley Square in Manhattan at 5pm. [[Please note the change in Manhattan rally location]]

Make no mistake – if any of our hospitals close, people will die.

Let’s march and mourn to stop the death of Brooklyn healthcare!

Wear black!

See the flyer for the event here (PDF).


Wednesday. 7/24, 8:30am-11am
Transit Justice Rally

Where: MTA Headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue

From Transit Forward:

The Transit Justice Rally is about the right of every New Yorker to safe, affordable, reliable, and accessible public transportation. Public transportation is not only the backbone of our City, it is a basic civil right.

The MTA’s 2010 service cuts in working class communities have been particularly harsh, disproportionately impacting the elderly, disabled, families, youth, and persons with chronic illnesses.

We deserve better; it is our RIGHT.

In 1955, Rosa Parks inspired the civil rights movement by standing up for her right to public transportation, so on July 24th, we will bring the fight for Transit Justice to MTA Headquarters. Please join us!

RSVP on FB


Saturday. 7/27, 12pm
Stop the Sale of the Historic Bronx General Post Office

Where: Bronx General Post Office, 149TH ST and GRAND CONCOURSE, Bronx, NY

Join Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Service on Saturday to save the historic Bronx General Post Office (GPO).

View the flyer for more info (PDF).


Thursday. 8/8, 6pm-8pm
99 Pickets monthly solidarity meeting / Asamblea mensual de solidaridad obrera de 99 Pickets

Where: SEIU 1199, 310 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Vea abajo para español

Join 99 Pickets, New York’s worker solidarity group, for our new monthly meetings. On the second Thursday of every month, workers and organizers from campaigns around the city will join with activists to learn what’s happening and plan actions to support worker struggles.

Next meeting: Thursday, August 8, 6-8pm
310 W. 43 St. (at 8th Ave.) in the basement
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

Potluck dinner–if you’re so moved, bring a dish, snacks or dessert!

Childcare available–please RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you’re bringing your children, and indicate their age(s).

Wheelchair accessible. Spanish interpretation available.

99 Pickets is restructuring and working to expand its activities. We’ll provide an ongoing forum to find out about labor organizing going on in New York City and act as a solidarity network of activists who plan creative actions and other events in support of campaigns. Our goal is to help workers improve their working conditions, build a culture of solidarity, and grow the worker’s movement in New York City.

For more info and upcoming actions, go to http://99pickets.org


Estás invitado(a) a sumarte a nuestras nuevas asambleas mensuales del grupo de solidaridad con el trabajador de Nueva York formado por 99 Pickets. El segundo jueves de cada mes, los trabajadores y los organizadores de campañas por todas partes de la ciudad se reunirán con activistas para enterarse de lo que está pasando y planear acciones para apoyar las luchas de los trabajadores.

Nuestra próxima reunión es: jueves 8 de agosto, de 6 a 8 pm.

En 310 W de la calle 43 (esquina con 8a. avenida), en el sótano (basement).
Avísanos de tu asistencia en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

La cena es aportación colectiva: puedes traer algún plato, o bocadillos, o un postre.

¿No tienes quien te cuide a tus niños? ¡Habrá servicio de niñer@s! Nada más escríbenos a  99pickets@gmail.com  para avisarnos cuántos niños vienen contigo y de qué edades. Además, hay acceso para personas en silla de ruedas. Y habrá traducción al español.

99 Pickets se está reestructurando y está trabajando para ampliar sus actividades. Vamos a proporcionar un foro constante donde la gente puede enterarse de las organizaciones sindicales que están teniendo lugar en la ciudad de Nueva York y para actuar como una red de solidaridad de activistas que planeen acciones creativas y otros eventos en apoyo a las campañas. Nuestra meta es ayudar a los trabajadores a mejorar sus condiciones de trabajo, a crear una cultura de solidaridad y a hacer crecer al movimiento de trabajadores en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Para más información y enterarse de las próximas acciones, visita: http://99pickets.org


Friday. 8/9, 6pm-7pm
Join Community Farmworkers Alliance in NYC

Where: Wendy's, 259 W. 34th St, New York City.

Of the five largest fast food corporations in the country — McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Taco Bell (Yum! Brands), and Wendy’s — Wendy’s stands alone as the only one who has refused to join the Fair Food Program and respect the rights and dignity of farmworkers in its supply chain.

This Friday, Aug. 9th, join the Community Farmworker Alliance to take action and let Wendy’s know customers are excited about supporting farmworkers. Supporters will be leafleting and collecting pennies from passers-by to show Wendy’s that customers are so excited about supporting farmworkers that they will actually donate the first penny themselves.

Immokalee Action video

Please RSVP to Amanda: aeb341@hotmail.com.


Saturday. 8/10, 11am-3pm
Golden Farm Boycott Relaunch and Rally/Manifestacion y marcha en las marketas!

Where: Flatbush Ave/Brooklyn College subway stop, Flatbush Ave & Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn

From Canarsie to Kensington workers in Brooklyn’s markets are organizing to demand contracts for benefits and just wages. Join us to rally at Yellow Market where workers are suing for wage theft and then take the van with us to have a spectacular press conference/rally/party outside of Golden Farm to relaunch the boycott as we push for Sonny Kim to move forward on negotiations.

11a.m.: Meet at McDonald’s at the “Flatbush Ave – Bklyn College” stop to travel to Yellow Market (Flatbush)
12p.m.: Meet up to rally at Yellow Market (5812 Glenwood) East Flatbush/Canarsie
1p.m.: travel via NYCC van to Golden Farm
2p.m.: Rally to Relaunch the Boycott at Golden Farm (329 Church Ave, Kensington.)

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Del barrio de Canarsie hasta Kensington, trabajadores en muchas marquetas en Brooklyn se están organizando para exigir beneficios y mejores salarios. Únete a la manifestación en Yellow Market donde los compas están demandando su patrón por salarios debidos, y luego sube al van con nosotrxs para participar en la rueda de prensa/marcha/fiesta afuera de la tienda de Golden Farm para reiniciar el boicot, mientras exigimos que el patrón Sonny Kim llegue a un ¡acuerdo justo en las negociaciones!


Saturday. 8/10, 2pm
Mobilize for Golden Farm Workers: Boycott Re-Launch!

Where: Golden Farm, 339 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY

After a long and grueling fight for reasonable pay, a few paid sick and vacation days, and simply respect at their workplace, workers at the Brooklyn grocery store Golden Farm need our support more than ever.

They won the battle for union representation last September, but owner Sonny Kim has dragged out negotiations for over 10 months. Kim is likely attempting to run out the clock and delay a full year, after which he may attempt to decertify (and dissolve) the workers’ union.

That’s why the Kensington community and New York Communities for Change (NYCC) are launching a renewed boycott this Saturday at 2pm, and call on supporters of workers and labor around the city to mobilize in support of Golden Farm workers.

From now through late September 17, it is crucial that workers have our support on the picket lines and with actions inside the store. Come to the rally on Saturday, and regardless, if you can spare even an hour’s time in the next month and half, write 99pickets@gmail.com and we’ll pass your info to the organizers.

With renewed and increased community pressure, we will force Sonny Kim to sign a fair contract with the workers that have so courageously stood up for their rights at work.

Saturday, August 10 at 2pm — 339 Church Ave, Brooklyn (F/G train).
Support grocery store workers throughout Flatbush on the same day, starting at 11am.

Background: Daily News, 99 Pickets website

 


Sunday. 8/25, 3pm-5pm
Mobilize for Golden Farm Workers

Where: Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave., Brooklyn NY 11218

After a long and grueling fight for reasonable pay, a few paid sick and vacation days, and simply respect at their workplace, workers at the Brooklyn grocery store Golden Farm need our support more than ever. Join 99 Pickets and community members Sunday, August 25 from 3-5pm to support workers’ fight for a fair contract!

They won the battle for union representation last September, but owner Sonny Kim has dragged out negotiations for over 10 months. Kim is likely attempting to run out the clock and delay a full year, after which he may attempt to decertify (and dissolve) the workers’ union.

We call on supporters of workers and labor around the city to mobilize in support of Golden Farm workers—this weekend and beyond.

From now through late September, it is crucial that workers have our support on the picket lines and with actions inside the store. Come to the picket line on Sunday, but regardless, if you can spare even an hour’s time in the next month, write 99pickets@gmail.com and we’ll pass your info to the organizers.

With renewed and increased community pressure, we will force Sonny Kim to sign a fair contract with the workers that have so courageously stood up for their rights at work.

Sunday, August 25, 3-5pm — 339 Church Ave, Brooklyn (F/G train).

Background: Daily News, 99 Pickets website

 


Thursday. 9/12, 6pm-8pm
99 Pickets monthly solidarity meeting / Asamblea mensual de solidaridad obrera de 99 Pickets

Where: SEIU 1199, 310 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Vea abajo para español

Join 99 Pickets, New York’s worker solidarity group, for our new monthly meetings. On the second Thursday of every month, workers and organizers from campaigns around the city will join with activists to find out about the labor organizing that’s going on, and explore in-depth the issues that we encounter and overcome when organizing.

At the next meeting, workers and organizers will discuss how they’ve fought employer opposition and intimidation, and we’ll hear from any new campaigns that haven’t yet attended our meeting.

Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm
310 W. 43 St. (at 8th Ave.) in the basement
RSVP on FB: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

Potluck dinner–if you’re so moved, bring a dish, snacks or dessert!

Childcare available–please RSVP to 99pickets@gmail.com if you’re bringing your children, and indicate their age(s).

Wheelchair accessible. Spanish interpretation is available (and please let us know if you need interpretation for a different language).

99 Pickets is restructuring and working to expand its activities. We’ll provide an ongoing forum to find out about labor organizing going on in New York City and act as a solidarity network of activists who plan creative actions and other events in support of campaigns. Our goal is to help workers improve their working conditions, build a culture of solidarity, and grow the worker’s movement in New York City.

For more info and upcoming actions, go to http://99pickets.org


Estás invitado(a) a sumarte a nuestras nuevas asambleas mensuales del grupo de solidaridad con el trabajador de Nueva York “99 Pickets”. El segundo jueves de cada mes, los trabajadores y los organizadores de campañas por todas partes de la ciudad se reunirán con activistas para enterarse de lo que está pasando en los trabajos de organización sindical y explorar profundamente los problemas que enfrentamos y superamos en el trabajo de sindicalización.

En la próxima sesión, los trabajadores y los organizadores hablarán de cómo han luchado contra la oposición patronal y la intimidación. Además, se hablará de cualquier nueva campaña de la que todavía no se haya hablado en nuestra reunión.

Nuestra próxima reunión es: jueves 12 de septiembre, de 6 a 8 pm.

En 310 W de la calle 43 (esquina con 8a. avenida), en el sótano (basement).
Avísanos de tu asistencia en Facebook: http://on.fb.me/13Z5yjQ

La cena es aportación colectiva: puedes traer algún plato, o bocadillos, o un postre.

¿No tienes quien te cuide a tus niños? ¡Habrá servicio de niñer@s! Y hay acceso para personas en silla de ruedas. Además, habrá traducción al español.

El grupo 99 Pickets se está reestructurando y trabajando para ampliar sus actividades. Vamos a proporcionar un foro constante donde podamos enterarnos de los trabajos de organización sindical que estén teniendo lugar en la ciudad de Nueva York y para actuar como una red de solidaridad de activistas que planeen acciones creativas y otros eventos para apoyar las campañas. Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a los trabajadores a mejorar sus condiciones de trabajo, a crear una cultura de solidaridad y a hacer que crezca el movimiento laboral en la ciudad de Nueva York.
Para más información y enterarse de las próximas acciones, visita: http://99pickets.org


Thursday. 9/12, 4:30pm
Justice for Jazz Artists Action

Where: Union Square (NW corner), Union Square, New York, NY

The J4JA Brass Band will be in Union Square Park on Thursday, as we spread the word about the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign and keep the pressure on Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, the owners of the Jazz Standard.

WHEN: Thursday, September 12th at 4:30 PM
WHERE: Union Square Park,
meet at the Northwest corner of the park
(Union Sq. West between 16th and 17th Streets)

WHY: To demand Pension contributions, Pay scales and Protections on recordings at NYC clubs.
More info: http://justiceforjazzartists.org


Saturday. 9/21, 11am
Day of Action to Save the People’s Post Office (NEW START LOCATION)

Where: 234 E. 149th St., Bronx, NY, 234 E. 149th St., Bronx, NY

We need to stand up to save the Bronx General Post Office. Bring your friends, families and neighbors.

We cannot sit idly by while Postmaster Patrick R. Donahoe, the Postal Board of Governors, the Postal Regulatory Commission and their co-conspirators in Congress destroy the Post Office that hundreds of millions of Americans have depended upon since 1775. The destruction of the Post Office will have a devastating impact on the people who depend upon it the most: the elderly, the disabled, veterans, the poor and small business owners.

The action starts with an “Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office” at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street.  Then at 12:30 there will be a march to the Bronx General Post Office (at 558 Grand Concourse) for a community speak out.


Wednesday. 9/25, 5pm
Rap Concert & Rally at the Cablevision Garage

Where: Cablevision Garage, 9502 Ave. D, Brooklyn NY

You’ve seen the video, now come see it live! The Tech22 is made up of Cablevision workers and they’ll be performing “Where the papers at?” right in the belly of the beast, at the Cablevision Garage.

Subway L to Canarsie-Rockaway.


Friday. 10/4, 8:00am-9:00am
Join with Grand Café Workers and Fight Wage Theft, Intimidation

Where: Grand Cafe, 46th and park avenue, New York, NY

grand_cafe_workers_small_betterSince immigrant workers at Grand Café, a deli near GCT, began organizing against wage theft, intimidation and abuse in the workplace, FOUR workers have been illegally fired in retaliation. This has only strengthened their resolve, but they are even stronger with the NYC community standing with them.

Together, we will fight for the workers to be rehired and for an agreement that forces the owner of Grand Café to provide a fair and justice workplace, where employees are treating with respect.

Join with Grand Café workers and 99 Pickets members, and help us step up the pressure on Grand Café all of October. We will be there every Friday morning 8-9am, and other mornings and lunch hours TBA (email us for details: 99pickets@gmail.com).

The campaign is heating up and we’ve just got started! Be there, and support this grassroots, work-driven campaign (with support from ROC-NY).

Location: Grand Café (230 Park Ave., located in the tunnel just W of the “Park Avenue Viaduct” between 45th and 46th). Meet at 46th St. and Vanderbilt at Fridays at 8am.


Sunday. 10/6, 2pm
Stand w/NICE & Construction Workers for END to Wage Theft

Where: Corner of Bell Blvd & 38th Ave, Corner of Bell Blvd & 38th Ave, Bayside, Queens

RSVP on Facebook!

Join with NICE and demand an end to the stealing of wages from hardworking construction workers by unscrupulous contractors and subcontractors!

Eight NICE members are currently battling their former employer, Well-S Industrial Inc., a construction subcontracting company, to recover almost $94,000 in unpaid wages and damages for work they performed at various sites in NYC and Long Island between October of 2010 and August of 2011.

The workers have been working with NICE organizers and lawyers from our wage theft clinic since 2011 to recover their wages. In October 2012, after months of failed negotiation attempts, the workers decided to take their fight to the courts.

The case is in discovery and the time is ripe to apply new pressure on the three defendants to settle this case once in for all.

Help us shame these employers and bring justice to these workers.

Let’s teach subcontractors and construction companies that a business model that relies on robbing and disrespecting immigrant workers is not acceptable!

Directions: 7 to Main St. Flushing and then
Walk to 39 Av /138 St , Q13 BUS towards ft. Totten, get off at the
Bell Blvd. and 38 Ave stop

For those who don’t want to take the bus ride on your own, we will be MEETING AT 1.20 pm at THE CORNER OF MAIN ST. & ROOSEVELT AVE. (take the 7 train to the last stop Main st. Flushing station). 

We will have a big car or will ride the bus together from there!!!


Friday. 10/11, 8:00am-9:00am
Join with Grand Café Workers and Fight Wage Theft, Intimidation

Where: Grand Cafe, 46th and park avenue, New York, NY

grand_cafe_workers_small_betterSince immigrant workers at Grand Café, a deli near GCT, began organizing against wage theft, intimidation and abuse in the workplace, FOUR workers have been illegally fired in retaliation. This has only strengthened their resolve, but they are even stronger with the NYC community standing with them.

Together, we will fight for the workers to be rehired and for an agreement that forces the owner of Grand Café to provide a fair and justice workplace, where employees are treating with respect.

RSVP on Facebook

Join with Grand Café workers and 99 Pickets members, and help us step up the pressure on Grand Café all of October. We will be there every Friday morning 8-9am, and other mornings and lunch hours TBA (email us for details: 99pickets@gmail.com).

The campaign is heating up and we’ve just got started! Be there, and support this grassroots, work-driven campaign (with support from ROC-NY).

Location: Grand Café (230 Park Ave., located in the tunnel just W of the “Park Avenue Viaduct” between 45th and 46th). Meet at 46th St. and Vanderbilt at Fridays at 8am.

RSVP on Facebook


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