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IMMIGRANT WORKERS LAUNCH INNOVATIVE EFFORT TO ENFORCE LABOR LAWS, AND END IMPUNITY FOR LAWLESS WORKING CONDITIONS IN NEIGHBORHOO
MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK: Press Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
April 1, 2009
Contacts: Amy Carroll (646) 239-6392
Nieves Padilla (347) 693-3343
Andrew Friedman (718) 809-7158
IMMIGRANT WORKERS LAUNCH INNOVATIVE EFFORT TO ENFORCE LABOR LAWS, AND END IMPUNITY FOR LAWLESS WORKING CONDITIONS IN NEIGHBORHOODS
THROUGHOUT THE 5 BOROUGHS
AFTER A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, TRAINED "WAGE AND HOUR WATCHERS" FROM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND LABOR UNIONS WILL HIT THE STREETS FROM BUSHWICK TO STATEN ISLAND TO LET EMPLOYERS KNOW, "WE'LL BE WATCHING YOU!"
Workers will spend hours each week training immigrant workers about their labor rights and how to enforce them, and educating employers about how
to comply with the law. Exploitative employers will be promptly reported
to the NYS Department of Labor.
|What: A large, lively crowd will assemble on the street outside the NYS
Labor Department's office. Wage and hour watchers will then travel to Bushwick, Brooklyn to get to work. They will be handing out pamphlets and speaking to workers and employers about their rights under state labor law.
Who: State Labor Deputy Commissioner Terri Gerstein; Make the Road New
York, a grassroots membership organization of low-income New Yorkers; the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; Centro del Inmigrante in Staten Island; the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500; and The Workplace Project in Long Island.
When: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 2nd
Where: 75 Varick Street, Lower Manhattan.
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