May Day, International Workers' Day, is our time to commemorate the struggle of working people for the 8-hour day, an end to child labor, and much more. While great strides have been made within the movement, historically marginalized workers continue to face wage theft, health and safety violations, and racial and gender discrimination within the unlikeliest of industries—the “sustainable” local food manufacturing industry.
Brandworkers is the first and only non-profit organization dedicated to the factory workers behind the soaring local food industry. Our members, mostly immigrant workers of color, are developing a new and innovative form of workplace association to achieve dignified jobs and a just local food system.
After decades of exclusion, women workers are nearing half of all new hires into New York City's local food production sector. Yet despite their essential role among the workers who feed New York, women, including a large Latina population, face extreme marginalization.