Over 100 People Rally @ Courthouse for Minimum Wage as Living Wage Resolution

Over 100 people attended a Rally on May Day 2012 at the Tompkins County Courthouse to support a Tompkins County Resolution that would increase the statewide Minimum Wage to a Living Wage. While the Workers’ Center Resolution that would increase to a Living Wage was defeated by a 6-9 vote, a Resolution to increase the […]

Responding to NYS Assembly Speaker Silver’s Call for a Minimum Wage of $8.50/hour, the Tompkins County Workers’ Center Calls for a Minimum Wage That Is a Living Wage!

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) agrees with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other lawmakers in Albany that the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour cannot cover the basic needs of workers in New York. However, the minimum wage proposed by Speaker Silver, $8.50 an hour, is not enough of a change: it is time to […]

Press Conference: Restaurant Owner’s Manual and Wage Theft Prevention Act

On Friday, June 3, Vilda Mayuga, the Director of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Immigrant Workers’ Rights, joined a number of local officials at a press conference in Ithaca. There, they announced the publication of the new manual for restaurant owners by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and discussed the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

Alternatives Federal Credit Union Updates Living Wage

Ithaca, NY – How much does it cost to live in Tompkins County? According to the Alternatives Federal Credit Union bi-annual Living Wage Study, it is $24,271.50 or $11.67/hour for full-time worker. The Alternatives Board of Directors voted unanimously to raise wages to the new Living Wage level, continuing its commitment to its employees. The […]

Major Victory at Ithaca College/Sodexo on Living Wage Front!

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is very pleased today to report the success of the student-community campaign to win a living wage for over 100 food service workers at Ithaca College. Beginning in September, according to an announcement by Ithaca College and the Sodexo Corporation, these workers will be paid at least the Tompkins County […]

Workers’ Center Works Overtime to Uncover Problematic J-1 Visa Program in Local Economy

(Editor’s Note: This past summer, Pastor Rich Rose of the First Baptist Church in Ithaca received an email from an organization, Cultural Homestays International, indicating that they were looking for someone to put up 7 women from China and Moldova who would be working over the summer as Housekeepers at the Holiday Inn in Ithaca.

Governor Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act into Law

NYS Governor Signs Historic Legislation to Control Wage Theft : Tompkins County Workers’ Center Applauds Law That Promotes Lawful Treatment and Recourse to Justice for All NY Workers

NYS Governor Signs Historic Legislation to Control Wage Theft : Tompkins County Workers’ Center Applauds Law That Promotes Lawful Treatment and Recourse to Justice for All NY Workers

On Monday, December 13th, Governor Paterson signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act into law. This law will increase the power of the Department of Labor to investigate wage theft cases and collect monies owed, will increase penalties for guilty employers and add protections for workers who speak up against wage theft.

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