Rochester Workers' Center is a community-based, democratic, worker organization in Rochester, NY. It is a place where communities join together to defend their rights and build relationships. Our aim is to educate, empower, and unite.


"It’s an honor to treat your Mom like she’s my Mom. It’s an honorable job - so why not treat me honorably?"

This is what solidarity looks like!

Rochester Workers' Center organizers Luis Torres and Sallie Williams walked the picket line in Chicago this past weekend with fast food workers, InterFaith Worker Justice, and the the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Alliance for Fair Food Coalition. Wendy's is the ONLY major fast-food retailer to not sign on to the Fair Food Program, which has been celebrated as the best program in the country to prevent workplace abuse.


It only costs a penny per pound of tomatoes purchased to get on board, but Wendy's still won't sign on. That has to change.

Low wages, racial discrimination cited as causes of poverty in Rochester

From the Rochester Business Journal: “Insufficient wages are one of the most significant barriers preventing those in poverty from moving toward self-sufficiency and one of the most common root causes of poverty across our region.”-Leonard Brock

Documentary film about home health workers to be hosted by Rochester Workers' Center September 21

Told through the stories of both care workers and their clients, CARE is a documentary film that shows the many challenges and deep attachments that can be formed between the elderly and the home care workers they depend on - and exposes the cracks in a system that is poorly serving both.  The 60 minute documentary will be shown at 6 pm Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Avenue in Rochester. The film will followed by a community discussion.  You can see the documentary trailer by clicking here.

Save the Date!

October 23, 2017

Please join us at this RocACTS public meeting on Nov. 2. Members of the Rochester Workers' Center will be there to testify about poverty wages.

Read The Wage Disparities Report

October 20, 2017

You can read the official Wage Disparities In Monroe County By Race & Gender report.

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