You can read the full Wage Disparities in Monroe Country by Race & Gender report here. We're up against some tough challenges here in Rochester, but the RWC is ready to stand up against these inequalities.
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 watch the trailer above or learn more about the documentary here.
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
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 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.
If you stole from your boss, you'd be led away in handcuffs. What happens when your boss steals from you? Under current laws, not much. In June, some members of the Rochester Workers' Center went to Albany to lobby for the SWEAT bill. The SWEAT bill will allow the state to put a lien on employers who fail to pay workers for work they've already done. Please call all Leader Flanagan (518) 455-2071 and Leader Klein (518) 455-3595 TODAY and urge them to support putting S579 on the floor for a vote!
Three of our members took a road trip to Queens, NY to participate in training provided by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). Ruby Jennings was asked to speak at the last minute, and our vice president Lisa Davis said she did a great job! The Rochester Workers Center is proud to be part of of the National Domestic Workers Alliance network.
On December 10th, Rochester Workers Center elected our first Leadership Team, including our President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and at-large officers. We then celebrated with a holiday party! We're going into 2017 with solidarity, hope, and determination. All of us wish you and yours a happy & safe holiday season.