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.

Brandworkers Fifth Anniversary Dinner

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 5:49pm

On October 24th at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, Brandworkers celebrated our Fifth Anniversary with members, community members, and allies. Together we raised over $55,000 to support organizing, training, and leadership development for low-income immigrant workers and their families.  The resources raised are an investment in our members to improve their workplaces and help create the kind of economy we can all be proud of.


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