Workers’ Center Certifies Two New Employers as Living Wage Bringing Total Up Over 100

(Ithaca) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that we now have certified 101 employers as being Living Wage Employers, having just recently added the latest three such employers: Namaste Montessori School; 1608 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca; Strawbridge and Jahn Builders; 312 Fourth Street, Ithaca. The Namaste Montessori School and Strawbridge and Jahn Builders […]

An Assembly of Dairy and Agricultural Workers

El Centro de Trabajadores del Condado de Tompkins y el Consejo de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional les invita a ustedes y amigos/as a este evento sobre Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo. Para mayor información visite nuestro Blog. The Tompkins County Workers’ Center and the Council of Occupational Health and Safety invites  you and your […]

Tompkins County Democratic Committee Endorses $14.34/Hour Minimum Wage in Tompkins

(ITHACA) In a near unanimous vote more than 70 members of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee present at the quarterly Committee meeting on Monday night called on the Tompkins County Legislature to pass a local law seeking to establish the Living Wage ($14.34) as the statutory minimum wage in the County.  The Resolution called for […]

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Ithaca Area 8th Most Expensive in Country (Economic Policy Institute)

(ITHACA) A new national study by the Economic Policy Institute ranks the greater Ithaca area (Ithaca MSA) as the 8th most expensive metropolitan area in the country for a two-parent, two-child household (more expensive than San Francisco and only a few notches below New York City). EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, which includes data for […]

Hundreds of People Attend Labor Day Picnic; Many Awards Given Demonstrating Rising Labor Movement!

Over 400 people attended the annual Labor Day picnic in Ithaca, NY. The picnic has been sponsored for thirty-two years by the Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. For the past eight years the Tompkins County Workers’ Center has also been a co-sponsor of the picnic, which brings labor and community together to celebrate workers on […]

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 […]

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