Tompkins Workers’ Center Takes Stand in Support of Ithaca College Adjunct Professor Unionization Drive

(ITHACA) We at the Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) support the effort of part-time faculty at Ithaca College to gain a meaningful voice at work. The growing corporatization of academia in America is making education more and more into a commodity and imposing an employment model on faculty that is more akin to big business […]

Tompkins Workers’ Center Members Travel to Chicago for OSH Training

Three members of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center (Ed and Antonio Triana and Joe Lawrence) traveled to Chicago on April 24th to attend an Interfaith Worker Justice training on Occupational Safety and Health (a Train-the-Trainer). The Tompkins County Workers’ Center trains a total of 180 workers a year.  To learn more about the Workers’ Center’s […]

“No-Gossip” Policy at Ithaca Hampton Inn Rescinded After Federal Charge

The anti-worker “No Gossip” policy established by the Ithaca Hampton Inn in 2014 has been voluntarily rescinded following an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed in late March by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) with the National Labor Relations Board. The TCWC filed the ULP charge after hearing about the policy from employees.  Hampton’s “No Gossip” policy […]

Ithaca Health Alliance Workers Organize a Union!!

[Editors Note: This article appeared in the most recent edition of the TCWC Newsletter, The Workers Edge. To support the Ithaca Health Alliance in their spring fundraising drive through their Union, please go to http://ihaunion.peaksmaker.com] By Valarie FitzRandolph in behalf of the Ithaca Health Alliance Workers’ Union: Rob Brown, Andrea Levine, Linda Knewstub and Abby […]

Workers’ Center Certifies Three New Employers as Living Wage

(Ithaca) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that we now have certified 96 employers as being Living Wage Employers, having just recently added the latest three such employers: Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, 612 W. State Street, Ithaca; Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, Ithaca; Tompkins County Recycling, LLC, 160 Commercial […]

What’s Good Ithaca and Tompkins County Workers Rights Hotline

We are blessed in Tompkins County to have a new website, What’s Good Ithaca, that is doing a great job of highlighting people, businesses, and projects working towards positive change locally. In the most recent edition of What’s Good Ithaca, our Tompkins County Workers’ Center’s (TCWC) Workers Rights Hotline is featured. Please do click on […]

Workers’ Center Certifies Three New Employers as Living Wage, Bringing Total Up to 93

(Ithaca) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that we now have certified 93 employers as being Living Wage Employers, having just recently added the latest three such employers: Schlather, Stumbar, Parks, and Salk (law firm); 200. E. Buffalo Street, Ithaca; Town of Caroline, 2668 Slaterville Road, Brooktondale; Viridius Property, 317 N. Aurora […]

It’s Official: NYS Dept of Labor Increases Wages of ‘Tipped Workers’ to $7.50!

(ITHACA) The New York State Department of Labor’s (DOL) Acting Commissioner, Mario Musolino, today announced that the wages for all ‘tipped workers’ in New York State will be increased to $7.50/hour as of 12/31/15.   Says Erin Leidy, a pizza delivery driver in Ithaca and member of TCWC: “It’s just good economic sense to put […]

PLEASE ACT NOW on Behalf of ‘Tipped Workers’ in New York!!

All workers in the State of New York should make a Living Wage. Everyone. The restaurant industry, however, has historically been given a special dispensation that allows it to pay a sub-minimum wage. Now the New York State Hospitality Wage Board has made its recommendations which are a step in the right direction, including increasing […]

Thursday, February 12, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.: Tompkins County Workers’ Center Community Celebration

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) will hold a Community Celebration on Thursday, February 12th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Workers’ Center (115 The Commons/E. Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Ithaca) where free pizza, beer, and wine will be served. The entire community is invited! The purpose of the celebration is to […]

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