New York City's New Loan Program for Food Manufacturers Risks Misuse of Taxpayer Dollars

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:27am

Brandworkers pledged today to scrutinize the loan decisions of a new City loan program for food manufacturers backed by controversial Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs. The Queens-based workers' rights organization made the move after talks with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Goldman, and their third-party loan administrator broke down over incorporating basic standards of transparency, disclosure, and legal compliance for employers who receive public dollars from the NYC Food Manufacturers Growth Fund.

National Food Workers Coalition Honors Brandworkers Members for Innovative Campaign Victory

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 2:48pm
Brandworkers members Placido Romero and Irma Luna's family at the Food Chain Workers Alliance awards party

Last Wednesday, Brandworkers members were honored by the preeminent national coalition of food worker organizations, the Food Chain Workers Alliance, for their inspiring campaign victory. Our members from the kosher food processing and distribution company, Flaum Appetizing, were given the Food Workers Justice Award for winning back $577,000 in stolen wages and compelling the employer to accept a binding code of conduct ensuring compliance with all workplace laws.

Sentencing for Owner of Tortilla Factory Where Worker Died

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:18am

Sentencing for Erasmo Ponce, the owner of Tortilleria Chinantla, has been delayed until July 8, 2013. Ponce was due to be sentenced in early January for workplace crimes uncovered after the death of Juan Baten. On January 24, 2011, Juan Baten was crushed to death by a tortilla dough mixing machine. A simple, inexpensive, and legally mandated machine guard would have saved Juan Baten's life. Erasmo Ponce pleaded guilty in June 2012 to payroll and workers compensation violations. He is expected to receive 90 days in jail and pay $400,000 in restitution. 

Foodies Get Wobbly

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 11:49am

Food supply chain workers adopt the IWW’s radical actions to fight abusive employers.

BY Michelle Chen

Once upon a time in the labor movement, a rebellious vanguard emerged at the margins of American industry, braiding together workers on society’s fringes—immigrants, African Americans, women, unskilled laborers—under a broad banner of class struggle.


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