Rally to Support Contingent Faculty at Ithaca College – October 19th at 6

Within the past year, both Part-Time and Full-Time Contingent Faculty at Ithaca College (IC) unionized with SEIU200 United as their union. (‘Contingent faculty’ are non-tenure track college teachers. At IC, they earn poverty wages, receive no health benefits, and must re-apply for their job every year.) Negotiations have begun in recent months and both PTers […]

Winners of Living Wage Visioning Contest Announced: ALL Actual Entries Published

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center held its Celebration of all eighteen (18) entries that people submitted who entered our first-ever Living Wage Visioning Contest on Friday, October 7th. Contestants who live and/or work in Tompkins County, NY,  were asked to produce an original creative work that gave artistic voice to their vision of how their life […]

Wine, Cheese, and Beer Reception: Celebrating Winners of TCWC Living Wage Visioning Contest: Friday, 10/7 @ 5 p.m.

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center Announces a Wine, Beer and Cheese Reception to Celebrate the Three Winners of the first-ever ‘Living Wage Visioning Contest‘ on Friday, October 7th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Cafe Above Autumn Leaves Used Books on The Commons in Ithaca. The event is also fully situated within the Downtown […]

Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Certified as a Living Wage Employer Bringing Total Up to 96

(ITHACA) Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes has a history of providing accessible quality health care, honest education, and fearless advocacy to communities of Tompkins, Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties since 1968. The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that this important community institution has earned certification as a Living Wage Employer. […]

Where Labor and Civil Rights Meet: Over 500 People At 33rd Annual Labor Day Picnic in Ithaca: List of Awards

Over 500 people attended the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and Midstate Central Labor Council’s 33rd Annual Labor Day Picnic @ Ithaca’s Stewart Park on Monday, September 5th. The Picnic organizers focused on the theme: Labor Rights are Civil Rights highlighting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement locally. The Guest Speaker was Professor Russell Rickford of Cornell […]

BIG NEWS! NLRB Rules That Grad Students Are Employees

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) is very heartened by the decision of the National Labor Relations Board to formally recognize private sector graduate students as employees under federal labor law. The TCWC looks forward to working with Cornell graduate students as they seek union representation. Cornell Graduate Students United, the union for graduate workers […]

Creating Our Sustainable Future: Living Wage Visioning Contest

(ITHACA) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC), with support from the Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program, announces its first-ever “Living Wage Visioning Contest“.  The Contest is open to Tompkins County residents or non-residents 17 years or older who work in the County.  (The current Tompkins County Living Wage for a single individual is $14.34/hour assuming […]

CALL TO ACTION: SWEAT Bill in NYS Legislature to Stop Wage Theft

Almost six years ago, a young woman, Ana Ottoson, working at the Green Cafe in Collegetown in Ithaca, brought to our attention at the that a number of her coworkers from Central America and Mexico were being severely cheated out of their wages. We quickly got in touch with our contacts at the NYS Dept […]

Cornell Graduate Employees, Cornell Administration Ink Election Pact

Agreement Is Significant Step Toward Historic Election for Graduate Employees at Private University [Taken from Cornell Graduate Students Union website] ITHACA, N.Y.—The labor union for graduate employees at Cornell University, Cornell Graduate Students United, announced today it has signed an agreement (link is external) with the Cornell administration that sets out a clear path for […]

Verizon CEO Protest March and Rally in Ithaca Saturday CANCELLED: Unions and Verizon Reach Agreement

Saturday’s march and rally organized by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) and the CWA (Communication Workers of America) in support of striking union members at Verizon has been called off as the unions and Verizon have come to “an agreement in principle” on a new contract. The CWA is pleased with the agreement. According […]

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