31st Annual Labor Day Picnic in Ithaca: Building a Strong Local Economy for Workers

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center and the Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will hold the 31st annual Labor Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, September 1st, in Ithaca’s Stewart Park. The Workers’ Center and and Labor Council invite the community to join them and enjoy free picnic fare, music, and presentations [...]

Tompkins County Workers’ Center Certifies Foodnet’s Meals on Wheels as Living Wage-Certified

(Ithaca) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that we now have certified 85 employers as being Living Wage Employers, having just added the following: • Foodnet’s Meals on Wheels, 2422 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca Foodnet’s Meals on Wheels employ a total of 23 workers; this brings the total of workers, countywide and [...]

Tompkins Workers’ Center Certifies Five New Employers as Living Wage

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that we now have certified 84 employers as being Living Wage Employers, having just added the following five: • Town of Danby, 1830 Danby Road, Ithaca • Quintile Biosciences, 19 Brown Road, Ithaca • Miller Mayer Law Office, 202 E. State Street, Ithaca • Ithaca Oral [...]

Weekly TV Show On Cable Access: What Matters at the Round Table: Working for a Living Wage in Tompkins County

Two workers, Milton Webb and Stanley McPherson, from the Tompkins County Solid Waste Facility, who have helped to spearhead efforts, along with the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, to ensure that all Tompkins County ‘contracted workers’ are paid a Living Wage, host a weekly TV Show on Time Warner Cable. Tuesdays at 7:30pm and Wednesdays at [...]

Tompkins County Stands with Fast Food Workers @ McDonalds in Ithaca: Thursday, May 15th from Noon to 1 p.m.(#fastfoodglobal)

Fast food workers are standing up all over the world this Thursday, May 15th, to demand a Living Wage for all fast food workers, the right to organize a union, and against Wage Theft. In Ithaca, our presence will be at the McDonald’s at 372 Elmira Road on Route 13 close to Buttermilk Falls from [...]

Tompkins County Legislature Approves First Expenditure Out of County Living Wage Contingency Fund

The Tompkins County Legislature, in a 12-1 vote on Tuesday, May 6th, approved the first proposed subcontractor, Foodnet’s Meals on Wheels Program, receiving additional funding of $16,500 to bring its’ 22 workers up to the Tompkins County Living Wage ($12.62/hour with health insurance; $13.94 without). The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) had lobbied long and [...]

Monday, 4/28 Workers’ Memorial Day in Ithaca to Feature NY Dairy Farmworker and OSHA Area Director

April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, which is when we remember those who have suffered and died on the job from workplace injuries and diseases. Nearly 5,000 workers die on the job in the U.S. every year. This year’s event is in memory of Francisco Ortiz, a Mexican dairy farmworker who was killed on a [...]

The Future of Work

“It is fundamental to any conception of democracy that workers have freedom at work and a voice in the democratic process. Too many of today’s workers lack both. The result: rising inequality, plummeting wages and working conditions, and a national anxiety that defines our generation.” (from the National Guestworker Alliance) Several weeks ago, TCWC staffers [...]

Living Wage Community Celebration on 1/29!

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) announces that it will hold a Community Celebration on Wednesday, January 29th, 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 purpose of the celebration is to honor two [...]

IMPORTANT VICTORY: Dairy Farmworkers Advocate For and Win Special OSHA Program to Enforce Health and Safety on NYS Dairy Farms

[Editor's Note: This special news is a result of a growing Alliance of Upstate New York Workers' Centers. Rebecca Fuentes works with the Central New York Workers' Center based in Syracuse, and Carly Fox works with the Workers Justice Center of NY. The Tompkins County Workers' Center is proud to be a part of this [...]

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