The 3rd Annual Brandworkers Awards Dinner is coming up on October 26th! Workers and community members will once again gather to honor Champions of Economic Justice in a stunning setting. The proceeds from the event form a crucial part of sustaining and building our organizing efforts. Delicious food and drink along with great music and committed individuals will ensure a very memorable evening.
October 26, 2011
ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION
172 Norfolk St.
New York, NY 10002
Honoring Champions of Economic Justice
The workers of the Campaign for Justice at Pur Pac
This year, Brandworkers won our biggest victory yet after a spirited workplace justice campaign at Pur Pac, a major distribution warehouse supplying landmark Chinese restaurants, cafes, and bakeries in New York. The immigrant workers of the Pur Pac campaign led a principled, creative, and powerful advocacy and organizing campaign to challenge and ultimatley overcome sweatshop conditions at the Queens-based warehouse. The workers recovered almost half a million dollars in illegally withheld minimum wage and overtime pay and won a binding code of conduct which protects collective activity and brings Pur Pac into compliance with all workplace laws including anti-discrimation and health & safety protections.
Uri L'Tzedek is the nation's pre-emiment Orthodox social justice organization and a leading advocate for a sustainable food system. Through community-based education, leaderdship development and action, Uri L'Tzedek empowers the Jewish community towards creating a more just world. The organization is Brandworkers' major partner in the campaign for justice at Flaum Appetizing, a kosher food processor and distributor in Broooklyn. Uri L'Tzedek has worked tirelessly to provide low-wage Latino/a workers a platform to dialogue with kosher consumers and to create a coalition of prominent rabbis advocating for respect for the rule of law at Flaum. The group has inspired young people across the country to live out ethical Torah values and elevate workers' rights in the kosher food system.
Beth Baltimore, Legal Services NYC (Bronx)
Heidi Boghosian, National Lawyers Guild
Andrew Chapin, Fordham Law School
Hillary Exter, Fordham Law School
Maia Goodell, Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard
Melanie Greenberg, Writer
Gonzalo Mercado, El Centro del Inmigrante
Daniel Meyers, National Lawyers Guild (NYC)
Sandy Pope, Teamsters Local 805
David Rankin, Rankin & Taylor
Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights
Nancy Romer, Brooklyn Food Coalition
Michael Steven Smith, WBAI's Law & Disorder Radio
Mark Taylor, Rankin & Taylor
Amelia Tuminaro, Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss
Alex Van Schaick, CUNY Law
The Evening's MC is Katie Halper, the acclaimed comic, writer, activist, and filmmaker.
Featuring traditional Latino dance from El Centro del Inmigrante, music from Rainy Day Cacophony, a great silent auction, and much more!
Questions about the event? E-mail Grace Goldfarb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandworkers is a New York-based non-profit organization protecting and advancing the rights of retail and food employees. By empowering working people with legal, advocacy, and organizing skills, Brandworkers wins employer compliance with the law and challenges corporate misconduct in the community. Get the latest at www.Brandworkers.org.