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

The results are in: we exceeded our May Day fundraising goal!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 4:24pm

The totals are in and the Brandworkers May Day fundraising appeal achieved and beat our goal of raising $5,000 in just ten days! Over one hundred of you gave and we raised just over $6,500. These funds help ensure that NYC's food processing and distribution workers keep receiving the very best in training and support to organize and win. Thank you for all of your solidarity!

Immigrant Workers Prevail in Workplace Justice Campaign at Prominent Brooklyn Hummus Producer

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 11:51am
Protesting Flaum and Tnuva

After enduring a withering worker-led campaign, Flaum Appetizing, a prominent producer and distributor of hummus and other kosher food products, has accepted a global settlement which will return $577,000 in unpaid wages and other compensation to workers and subject the Brooklyn-based factory to a binding code of conduct protecting workplace rights. The victory comes after the workers' group, Focus on the Food Chain, in partnership with Orthodox social justice organization, Uri L'Tzedek, persuaded over 120 grocery store locations in New York City to stop selling Flaum products, including its Sonny & Joe's hummus, until workers' rights were respected.

First Big Victory for Workers at Tom Cat Bakery

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 2:20pm
Tom Cat Bakery Workers

You heard our call for solidarity and you responded!  We are thrilled to report that drivers at Tom Cat Bakery have won their first big victory!

For 13 years, Director of Distribution Walter Knox manipulated work hours, treated workers with contempt, and retaliated against those who dared speak up.  Now after months of preparation and a series of decisive actions, the workers have won the removal of Knox from his post!


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