Register YOUR Comment BY FRIDAY (7/31) with NYS Department of Labor On Abuses in the Payroll Debit Card Industry

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) runs a Workers Rights Hotline. We have had numerous complaints from workers over the years about the increased use of Debit Cards as the way in which workers are being paid (especially in retail and service industries). (Read this excellent Opinion Piece, Another Fight for Fair Pay in New […]

Concert (Magpie, Burns Sisters, George Mann): 7/26: Living Wages for ALL Tompkins County Workers

On Sunday, July 26th, from 6-9 p.m., the Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) presents the Joe Hill 100 Roadshow! Featured artists are Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner), George Mann, and special guests, the Burns Sisters ‘live’ at The Space at GreenStar, 700 W. Buffalo St. in Ithaca. This concert is part of a national […]

Tompkins County Living Wage Announced Today – $14.34/hour

(Ithaca) Alternatives Federal Credit Union (AFCU), a community development credit union located in Ithaca, NY, today announced its new Living Wage calculations for a single individual living in Tompkins County based on 2014 living/rental costs.  This amounts to $14.34/hour. The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) applauds AFCU’s commitment to paying its own workers a Living […]

Friday @ 10: Alternatives FCU Updates Living Wage Figures

(Ithaca, NY)–Alternatives Federal Credit Union will release the results of its bi-annual Living Wage Study on Friday, June 26, 2015, and YOU are welcome to attend! A news conference on the Living Wage will be held at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor at Alternatives, 125 N. Fulton Street, Ithaca. Karl Graham, Director of Community […]

A Message from Jeff Furman on Making Our Community Stronger

From Jeff Furman, longtime Ithaca resident and longtime activist on the issue of a Living Wage for all: “The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is a nationally recognized leader in advancing the rights and dignity of working people. Many area workers earn a living wage due to its efforts, making our community stronger. Now the center […]

Make the Minimum Wage a Living Wage in Tompkins County!

Winning a living wage for Milton Webb and the other Recycling Center workers is a great victory. But what about the thousands of other retail, food service, health care, education, hotel, manufacturing and agricultural workers that are still paid poverty wages? Tompkins is really two counties. While a portion of the population thrives, many more […]

Tompkins County Workers’ Center Certifies Three New Employers as Living Wage Bringing Total Up to 99

(Ithaca) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that we now have certified 99 employers as being Living Wage Employers, having just recently added the latest three such employers: Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca; Ironwood Builders of Ithaca, LLC, P.O Box 7148, Ithaca; McBooks Press, Inc, 520 N. Meadow […]

Ithaca College Adjuncts Win Union Election: 172-53!!! Story from the Ithaca Voice

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center played an important and supportive role in the larger Tompkins County community in support of the the Ithaca College Adjunct Professor’s campaign. Below is a story from an excellent online news source in Tompkins County, the Ithaca Voice. After campaign, Ithaca College’s part-time faculty vote to form union By: Jeff […]

Thursday, May 28th @ 4:30: Know Your Rights Training on Finding and Keeping Employment After a Criminal Conviction

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., and the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, are co-facilitating a presentation and discussion focusing on ways to reduce barriers to employment for those who were formerly incarcerated. Please join us at the Tompkins County Library’s Borg Warner Room on May 28th from 4:30pm-6pm. All are welcome. In most cases […]

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 […]

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