Contact: Nieves Padilla: 718.418.7690 x208 or 718.717.5585 (cell); Andrew Friedman: 718.418-7690 x206 or 718.809.7158 (cell)
For Immediate Release
Scores of Latino retail workers, neighborhood shoppers and community churchgoers announce community boycott against a Bushwick supermarket that owes their workers over a million dollars in illegally withheld back wages and overtime pay. Some workers receive no pay at all for their work, just tips.
Announcement of the boycott against Associated Supermarket comes on the heels of a major victory against another Bushwick retailer who, succumbing to community pressure, has agreed to pay workers over $400,000 in back wages.
Community members will announce the filing of a labor complaint with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office
The Despierta (Wake up!) Bushwick Campaign has already pressured multiple employers on the strip to pay over $600,000 in back wages to immigrant workers. The campaign was launched by the Workers in Action Project at Make the Road by Walking.
Latino workers, consumers, congregants, and community based organizations will unite to decry illegal sweatshop working conditions and will call for living wages and improved working conditions for Associated Supermarket workers.
The Despierta Bushwick Campaign is an innovative campaign to demand decent working conditions for Bushwick's retail workers.
Make the Road by Walking, scores of Bushwick consumers
Sunday, June 18th, 12 noon.
229 Knickerbocker Avenue, in front of Associated Supermarket, at Starr Street. (M train to Knickerbocker, L train to Myrtle/Wyckoff)
"Today, with 12,600 dues-paying members, MRNY is a unique amalgam of worker center, legal clinic, citizenship school, mutual aid society, policy shop, protest factory and church. Its four offices in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island are an egalitarian oasis for members, who gather there for conversation and classes..."