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 […]

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 […]

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