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.

Asistencia de Desempleo causado por Desastres | Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:45pm

Si usted vive o trabaja en los condados de Bronx, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland Suffolk o Westchester y perdió su fuente de ingresos económicos a causa de los efectos del Huracán, talvez puede calificar para recibir Asistencia de Desempleo causado por Desastres, DUA.


If you live or work in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk or Westchester counties and you lost your income due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, you may qualify for DUA.

Private Equity Owners of Tom Cat Bakery Choose Attacks on Brandworkers Over Cooperation wtih Employees

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 3:55pm

Tom Cat is the leading artisanal bakery in New York City and was once considered a responsible employer.  That changed after the company was bought out by wealthy private equity investors in Texas and Illinois. The new owners from Ancor Capital and Merit Capital protected a highly abusive manager, launched two well-coordinated attacks on worker health care, and maintain a fraudulent scheme to undercompensate a group of workers by paying them through a company that no longer exists.

After months of training and strategic planning, truck drivers at Tom Cat who are members of Focus on the Food Chain marched to the plant and submitted a Declaration of Dignity to management. In response to determined action from organized workers, the company removed the abusive manager and backed off from attempts to degrade family health benefits. Two out of the three issues in the Declaration of Dignity had been achieved and workers were hopeful that the company would remedy the third issue - the fraudulent pay scheme.

However, instead of reclaiming its socially responsible history, Tom Cat's private equity owners have launched a negative campaign of threats, intimidation, and falsehoods against Brandworkers, which along with the NYC Industrial Workers of the World, leads Focus on the Food Chain.

November 17: The Hidden History of the IWW's Local 8

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 12:28pm

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The Hidden History of the IWW's Local 8: Organizing Insights from the Multiracial Union that Controlled the Philadelphia Docks

A Discussion with Historian and Author Peter Cole

For almost a decade during the 1910s and 1920s, Local 8 of the Industrial Workers of the World demonstrated the extraordinary power of every day direct action and working class unity on the Philadelphia waterfront. In a period when most unions excluded blacks or segregated them, the IWW built an incredibly powerful union of longshoremen that brought together black workers with immigrants from Eastern Europe and Irish Americans. Local 8's experience overcoming racial and ethnic divisions and winning substantial improvements in wages and working conditions offer compelling lessons for workplace and community organizers today.

Saturday, November 17
4502 23rd St. 2nd Floor
Long Island City, Queens 11101
Free admission
Spanish-language interpretation and child care will be available

Members Win Nearly $1 Million in Wage Theft Case

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 11:03am

New York, NY- A federal judge has awarded a group of immigrant workers over $950,000 in unpaid wages for work at a Queens-based beverage distributor. A group of Latino warehouse workers and truck drivers brought the class action lawsuit against Beverage Plus and its owners after years of disrespect and systematic violations of state and federal law, violations which the judge found were intentional. The workers are members of Focus on the Food Chain, a coalition promoting good jobs and a sustainable food system in New York City's growing food processing and distribution sector.

Soccer and Picnic | Focus on the Food Chain August Culture-Share

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 4:09pm
Brandworkers Members at Gantry State Park
Focus on the Food Chain at Gantry State Park last year.

In English below...

Querid@s compañer@s de Enfoque,

¡No se pierda el Intercambio Cultural de agosto de Enfoque en la Cadena Alimenticia! Iremos a Gantry State Park a jugar fútbol y hacer un picnic. Gantry State Park es un parque en Long Island City muy atractivo y con mucho espacio para varias actividades. Asegúrese de marcar su calendario y únase a nosotros en el último Intercambio Cultural del verano.

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


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