Service workers win battle over scheduling

“Since they don’t want to come to the table, we took it upon ourselves to bring our own table,” Papa John’s Pizza worker and Fight for 15 leader Shantel Walker told Peoples World. “Many domestic workers are immigrants who don’t know their rights … but don’t feel they have the right to speak up, because they live in fear,” said domestic worker Daniela Contreras of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “We must build organizations that make it possible for us to come together and organize to have our human and working needs met.”

Cuomo scrambles labor gains in NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council recently passed the #FairWorkweek and Fast Food Worker Empowerment bills fought for by Fastfood Forward and the Fight for $15 and a Union movement. Meanwhile, Cuomo is working on statewide legislation that could create confusion within the labor movement by expanding some parts of the legislation, while undercutting larger parts of the #FairWorkweek package. The implementation of different standards in different parts of the state also threatens to weaken and divide the labor movement in New York.

“We can’t go back”: Call to organize from Eric Garner’s mother

by Gwen Carr Originally published @ PeoplesWorld.org (link) On Friday, June 8th, I invited elected officials, community leaders, and members of the public to convene at the National Action Network’s (NAN) House of Justice in Harlem. I called for this gathering to develop a tangible plan of action to address the crisis of racialized police…

Celebrating Juneteenth in Buffalo with the Communist Party

by Cameron Orr Originally published @ PeoplesWorld.org (link) On the weekend of June 17-19, 65,000 people from near and far arrived in the Martin Luther King Park of Buffalo, NY. They came to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery. And the New York district of the Communist Party was there. Watch and…