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Felicidades to Titlanice! Campaign 
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March 2017
Titlanice! An Unprecedented Victory 
Up in the Bronx by the Kingsbridge Armory is a neighborhood staple called New Capital Restaurant. Here, workers punch in to work and put on clean uniforms with waterproof aprons in preparation for the busy day. At the dishwashing station, they attach shoe covers and stand on rubber mats so they don’t slip. Down to the basement, they move safely on the steps by holding the sturdy handrail. The ceiling has new repairs so it no longer leaks water and dangerous dusts. The days are long, but not as long as they used to be, and at day’s end the workers punch out with confidence. Their pay stubs record all hours worked with the guarantee of pay no less than minimum wage + proper overtime.

This is the workplace of the Titlanice! campaign. After LWC and members launched the campaign in April 2016 with a lively community action and picket, the restaurant owners agreed to sit down with their workers and negotiate. Under the mediation of Senator Gustavo Rivera, a friendly resolution was reached for structural changes in the workplace including safer conditions, respect and dignity, and legal wages. This winter 2017, the Titlanice! workers won a settlement for their employers’ wage theft, concluding the campaign.

The campaign at New Capital Restaurant is yet another unprecedented LWC victory:

  • The campaign fostered and developed 7 worker leaders, one of whom sits on LWC’s Leadership Board.
  • Not a single worker was fired during the campaign.
  • The workers engaged in only one picket–the campaign launch. With the legacy of the Liberato Restaurant Campaign, and the strength and unity of the workers and community, one picket was all they needed.

Titlanice! means “we will win”. When workers, community and owners come together, hold honest space for accountability, and engage in good-faith negotiations, we all win. 

Felicidades Titlanice!

We Will Not Be Moved

“The strength of our city relies on our diversity, diversity of thoughts, religion, and skin complexion. In a time when families are fearful about their future, this ordinance of Sanctuary City will create a safe space in our community.” -Yrma Reyes, LWC

LWC and other grassroots organizations are leading the movement to pass sanctuary ordinances throughout New Jersey. Sanctuary status resolves that local police will not assist federal agencies (like ICE) in identifying or arresting immigrants. While sanctuary law alone cannot protect us from federal attacks, it is a powerful tool to bolster our defense and organize in our communities.

To date, the movement has achieved sanctuary resolutions for the New Jersey municipalities of Maplewood, Orange, and East Orange.
We Want Freedom

Freedom Cities; Beyond Sanctuary
On January 20th at the base Trump Hotel Central Park, the Worker Center Federation of NYC announced the national movement Freedom Cities. Freedom Cities is a new campaign that challenges sanctuary movements to push for more and expand both the way safety is defined and the realm of who deserves protection. 

The Freedom Cities campaign rejects the state imposed definition of safety as policing, borders, deportations, and incarceration. It embraces safety as access to decent work, education, affordable housing, and healthcare. The only way to dismantle the violent system of deportations and racialized policing is to confront its violent roots of criminalization and marginalization.
Stay tuned for updates in this national movement!

B&H Action Alert!

B&H warehouse workers overcame incredible odds to organize a union and demand respect in the workplace. Now B&H is trying to move their jobs our of state and 75 miles away. 

Defend Worker Organizing! 
Friday, March 31st 
34th St and 9th Ave, NYC
Sunday, April 2nd
34th St and 9th Ave, NYC
Laundry Workers Center’s political philosophy is rooted in organizing workers and building their leadership skills and political power through a variety of worker-lead tools and tactics,  including taking direct action at the workplace, serving as their own voice to media outlets, speaking out as member of this community, and acting as their own advocates at the negotiation table.
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