Save the Date: Celebrate 5 years of advancing workers' rights with Brandworkers!

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 12:38pm
3rd Annual Brandworkers International Dinner

Join us to celebrate five years of protecting and advancing the rights of retail and food employees at the 2012 Brandworkers Awards Dinner.

Please mark your calendar:

2012 Brandworkers Awards Dinner Celebrating our Fifth Anniversary
Honoring Champions of Economic Justice
October 24th, 2012 | 6pm

Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002

The results are in: we exceeded our May Day fundraising goal!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 4:24pm

The totals are in and the Brandworkers May Day fundraising appeal achieved and beat our goal of raising $5,000 in just ten days! Over one hundred of you gave and we raised just over $6,500. These funds help ensure that NYC's food processing and distribution workers keep receiving the very best in training and support to organize and win. Thank you for all of your solidarity!

Immigrant Workers Prevail in Workplace Justice Campaign at Prominent Brooklyn Hummus Producer

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 11:51am
Protesting Flaum and Tnuva

After enduring a withering worker-led campaign, Flaum Appetizing, a prominent producer and distributor of hummus and other kosher food products, has accepted a global settlement which will return $577,000 in unpaid wages and other compensation to workers and subject the Brooklyn-based factory to a binding code of conduct protecting workplace rights. The victory comes after the workers' group, Focus on the Food Chain, in partnership with Orthodox social justice organization, Uri L'Tzedek, persuaded over 120 grocery store locations in New York City to stop selling Flaum products, including its Sonny & Joe's hummus, until workers' rights were respected.

First Big Victory for Workers at Tom Cat Bakery

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 2:20pm
Tom Cat Bakery Workers

You heard our call for solidarity and you responded!  We are thrilled to report that drivers at Tom Cat Bakery have won their first big victory!

For 13 years, Director of Distribution Walter Knox manipulated work hours, treated workers with contempt, and retaliated against those who dared speak up.  Now after months of preparation and a series of decisive actions, the workers have won the removal of Knox from his post!

Support Worker-Led Change, Contribute to Brandworkers in Honor of May Day

Sun, 04/22/2012 - 12:00am

Brandworkers members are transforming their jobs and helping remake the labor movement through worker-led organizing and direct action.  Help Brandworkers keep pace with the fast-growing demand from workers for the kind of organizing support it takes to win.

Make a contribution to Brandworkers in honor of international workers' day and help us hit our goal of $5000 raised by May 1st.  Thank you.

Tortilla factory owner Erasmo Ponce arrested after probe by AG Schneiderman [NY Daily News]

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 5:55pm

The owner of a Brooklyn tortilla factory where a worker was crushed to death has been charged with filing false tax documents and not paying employees overtime. Erasmo Ponce, who is also accused of not paying for worker’s compensation insurance, was arrested Tuesday and released without bail. He could not be reached for comment on the charges brought by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Statement on the Arrest of Tortilla Factory Owner Erasmo Ponce

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 2:32pm

Focus on the Food Chain is very gratified that tortilla factory owner Erasmo Ponce has been brought to justice in a case stemming from the workplace death of Juan Baten.  While nothing will bring Juan Baten back to his widow and daughter, this arrest is an important step forward toward accountability in New York City's food processing industry, where reckless disregard for worker health & safety is increasingly the norm.  Juan Baten started working at the Chinantla tortilla factory at age sixteen, working as much as twelve hours a day, six days a week.  OSHA, the federal workplace safety agency, concluded that Mr. Baten would not have been crushed to death in a mixing machine had the employer installed a simple and legally required machine guard.

Tom Cat Drivers Launch Workplace Justice Campaign with Brandworkers!

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 11:44am

Focus on the Food ChainMembers of Focus on the Food Chain at one of New York City's largest industrial bakeries launched a campaign on Wednesday to win respect at work in the face of an aggressive attempt by the factory's new private equity owners to degrade their jobs. Drivers at Queens-based Tom Cat Bakery, a leading supplier of artisanal breads to many of the New York metro area's finest restaurants and gourmet food retailers, are forced to work under a highly abusive manager and are being threatened with severe health care cutbacks.

Check out some inspiring photos of the event.

The Tom Cat workers, mostly Latin American immigrants, gathered yesterday in Long Island City with worker and student allies representing a variety of groups including the Occupy Wall Street Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Jornaleros Unidos de Woodside, the Laundry Workers Center, the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and Domestic Workers United.

Juan Baten Remembrance Coverage

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 1:42pm

Focus on the Food Chain has been hard at work seeking justice in the crushing death of Juan Baten, who was killed just over a year ago in a Brooklyn tortilla factory. We've been working closely with Juan's widow, Rosario, to honor Juan's memory, hold his employer accountable, and to do everything in our power to make sure such a tragedy isn't repeated in New York's food supply chain.

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