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New Worker Co-op Set to Clean Up!

April 11, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Borough President Katz helps launch Pa'lante Green Cleaning.

Jackson Heights, NY - A group of immigrant workers have turned the tables on their crummy bosses this week with the official launch of Pa’lante Forward Green Cleaning - a new worker cooperative that already enjoys the strong support of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and a whole host of other elected officials. 

'High Road Restaurant Week' Coming Up!

March 26, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Chef Colt Taylor.

New York, NY - Savvy restauranteurs already ahead of the curve when it comes to offering hardworking employees things like paid sick leave and better wages, are gearing up to debut a special weeklong event designed to showcase both their culinary skills - and their successful business models for the rest of the city. 

Worker Advocates, DOL At Odds Over Wage Theft

March 18, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Workers at this shuttered restaurant say their wages were stolen.

New York, NY - Despite having thousands of unresolved cases of proported wage theft on its hands, the Department of Labor [DOL] says it has kicked its investigations into high gear and doesn’t need additional resources to knock out the backlog - thank you very much. But advocates for struggling workers who have waited months, and even years to recover filched money, say that the state’s approach is still off-base. 

Artists In Revolt: Supply Store Workers Vote To Unionize

March 6, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Workers at Utrecht Art Supplies are making history with the RWDSU.

New York, NY - Low-wage workers in Greenwich Village have stood up to the largest art supplier in the United States and voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union [RWDSU]. 

Paid Sick Leave: Just Good Business

March 6, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito join the owner of Esmeralda's Restaurant.

Brookllyn, NY - When the new Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect on April 1, there will be about a half-million more working men and women no longer afraid to miss a day of work who will be smiling - but they won’t be the only ones. Some forward-thinking business owners will be grinning right along with them. 

'Car Washeros' Strike; Owner Flies!

February 21, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Car wash workers in Queens on first day of strike.

Queens, NY - Workers at an Elmhurst car wash who have seen their hours cut and salaries withheld, have gone on strike - and the supporters backing them up to the hilt say that their fight has much wider implications for other struggling low-wage workers throughout the city. 

Mrs. Green's Now Faces Consumer Boycott

February 17, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Mrs. Green's is now facing a consumer boycott.

Mt. Kisco, NY - Already federally cited for unfair labor practices, and subjected to a damaging picket line outside its Lexington Avenue store following the axing of nine pro-union employees - the Canadian-based Mrs. Green’s supermarket chain now faces an all-out consumer boycott from Westchester County shoppers.

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