Be Fair to Those Who Care! @1199SEIU #99PKTS
- Tuesday 8am: Rally at 30 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
- Wednesday 8am: Rally in the Bronx! Van Nest Yard, 1601 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462
- Thursday 8am: Rally in Queens! College Point Yard, 124-15 31st Avenue, Queens, NY 11354
- Saturday 8am: Rally at Con Ed Headquarters! 4 Irving Pl. (at 14th St.)
Or, join Local 1-2 members picketing Con Ed all day, everyday!
- 24 Hour Picket: Headquarters, 4 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
- 8am-5pm Picket: 125th Street Office, 360 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
- 8am-5pm Picket: 110th St Yard, 2141 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10029
- 24 Hour Picket: Astoria Yard, 31-01 20th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105
- 24 Hour Picket: College Point Yard, 124-15 31st Avenue, Queens, NY 11354
- 8am-5pm Picket: The Learning Center, 43-82 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
- 8am-5pm Picket: Hillside office, 88-11 165th Street, Jamaica, NY 11432
- 24 Hour Picket: 3rd Ave Yard, 222 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
- 8am-5pm Picket: 30 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
- 8am-5pm Picket: Neptune Yard, 1201 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224
- 24 Hour Picket: Van Nest Yard, 1601 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462
- 24 Hour PIcket: Bruckner Yard- 1560 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY
- 8am-5pm Picket: Fordham Yard, 448 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458
- 24 Hour Picket: Eastview- 315 Old Saw Mill River Road, Valhalla, NY
- 8am-5pm Picket: 178 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY
On Wednesday, May 30th the Strand will be hosting a free, public event celebrating the store’s 85th anniversary. We will be crashing the party. The event begins at 5 PM. We plan to picket the store at 4:30 PM. We then plan to attend the soiree, partaking of the free cake & champagne. Before & during all of this, we will leaflet the sidewalk outside the store. Workers will be dressed in Union garb all day at work & at the event.
The workers of the Strand invite & beseech all who can to join us in fighting the greed of our own slice of the 1%. Our boss lives in Trump Tower; his daughter & co-owner is married to a US Senator. They ask us for wage freezes & givebacks while business is robust. We have mustered a strong resistance to their austerity; please help us move forward.
Workers Win Historic Election for Union Representation at New York Restaurant Chain Hot and Crusty
Citing Company-Wide Wage Theft, Safety Violations, Verbal Abuse and Sexual Harassment, Workers Vote for Independent Union in 12 to 8 Victory
New York, NY—May 24, 2012 Workers at the 63rd street location of Hot and Crusty restaurant voted yesterday to certify an independent union, the Hot and Crusty Workers Association, with 20 of 22 eligible employees submitting their vote at the National Labor Relations Board. After a 4 month-long public campaign to bring attention to injustices in the workplace, workers were overjoyed by news of their victory. Documenting widespread labor violations spanning 6 years, including overtime and minimum wage violations, non-compliance with health and safety codes, and sexual harassment and verbal abuse of female employees, workers began organizing their campaign after approaching grassroots community organization Laundry Workers Center United to assist them in their efforts.
Following multiple attempts by the workers to reach a reasonable agreement with the company, parties came to an impasse when management refused to negotiate in good faith over terms and conditions of employment. Responding to the employers’ threat that “structural changes within the workplace would not happen without a union,” the workers formed an independent labor organization and filed a petition for certification with the National Labor Relations Board.
Employing provisions contained in New York State’s newly enacted Wage Theft Prevention Act, championed by community organizations and State Senator Diane Savino (D-SI/Brooklyn), a civil lawsuit was simultaneously filed for overtime and minimum wage violations, as well as liquidated damages. Gene Eisner of Eisner and Mirer, P.C, counsel to the workers, emphasized the importance of the Act’s “stiffened penalties, liquidated damages and critical protections for the undocumented in reclaiming what is rightfully owed to these hardworking individuals.”
Applauding the workers resolve in rejecting multiple settlement offers that failed to address continued violations in the workplace, Laundry Workers Center Founder, Virgilio Aran, said “this was a struggle completely led by the workers, and the decisions were made collectively to address structural issues that many immigrant workers in this country face. We have all learned a great deal from their courage and determination to organize.”
Mahoma Lopez, a leader in the campaign who has worked at Hot and Crusty for over 7 years, stressed the importance of workers coming together in their workplace to stand up against injustice, saying “this is a victory for us all, particularly for immigrant workers. We have shown the bosses that when we organize, there is no stopping us. When we come together, we are strong.”
The company has responded to the workers organizing efforts with threats, intimidation, and offers of monetary compensation, all of which are unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act. Workers at other Hot and Crusty locations have subsequently come forward with similar wage and hour violations, which are currently being investigated. Recently the company hired a union-busting firm and forbid workers from speaking to the press in response to the success of the organizing of the Laundry Workers Center.
CONTACT: Nastaran Mohit (914)557-6408 CONTACT: Virgilio Aran (347)394-8350