32nd Annual Labor Day Picnic in Ithaca, Monday, September 7!

The Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Tompkins County Workers’ Center will hold the 32nd Annual Labor Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, September 7th, in Ithaca’s Stewart Park. This year’s picnic theme is “Organizing for Respect”. The Labor Council and Workers’ Center invite YOU to join us and enjoy […]

New Union at Ithaca Health Alliance Formed, Contract Signed

(ITHACA) Administrative staff at the Ithaca Health Alliance (IHA) has formed a union, and the union and IHA have successfully completed negotiations of their first collective bargaining agreement. Both the employer and the union signed the new agreement several weeks ago. Rob Brown, Administrative Coordinator at IHA, said, “we are all unified in our desire […]

Town of Ithaca Unanimously Backs Countywide Minimum Wage as Living Wage ($14.34/hour)

(ITHACA) On Monday, 8/10, the Ithaca Town Board, by a unanimous vote, became the first governmental agency in Tompkins County to publicly endorse the Tompkins County Workers’ Center campaign, to mandate a minimum wage for EVERYONE who works in Tompkins County that is a Living Wage ($14.34/hour in Tompkins). Says Ithaca Town Supervisor Herb Engman: […]

Climate Justice and Sustainability

By Kathy Russell, Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) Community Union Organizer in the local environmental and climate justice movement One of my favorite yard signs is “IF YOU THINK THE ECONOMY IS WORKING, ASK SOMEONE WHO ISN’T.” It makes you wonder. What should an economy be for anyway? Shouldn’t it promote social justice and enable […]

Workers’ Center and Midstate COSH Training Young Farmworkers in Danby, NY

Antonio Triana and Ella Bard lead an Occupational Safety and Health workshop on Monday, August 3rd, for young farmworkers in Danby, NY, sponsored by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) and the Midstate Council on Occupational Safety & Health. Triana earlier this spring was sent by the center to the Interfaith Worker Justice Train-the-Trainer program […]

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 […]

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