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December 9, 2005

Boycott Against Bushwick Associated Supermarket Continues

Make the Road by Walking’s Workplace Justice Project launched the ˇDespierta Bushwick! (Wake Up Bushwick!) Campaign over a year ago to confront rampant exploitation of immigrant workers in the retail sector. The campaign has already pressured multiple employers to pay over $600,000 in back wages to immigrant workers in the community. 

Our latest target is our local Associated Supermarket on Knickerbocker Avenue, whose owners have committed egregious wage violations against their employees for years, including failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, and having some employees work for tips only with absolutely no benefits.

Make the Road by Walking has filed a suit with the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of over forty workers and expects to recover at least $1 million in back wages. Each day, the boycott continues—our members and supporters are in front of the Associated at prime shopping time to talk to our neighbors about the mistreatment of the workers there and to encourage local residents to spend their money elsewhere. We will continue our boycott and our work with Attorney General’s Office until justice is served.

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Announcing a Major Expansion of Paid Sick Days

It's a new day for working class New Yorkers!

On January 17, Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council announced an exciting new proposal to expand New York City's Paid Sick Days law, which MRNY and our partners helped to win last spring!

Under the original law, set to take effect this April, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to provide 5 paid sick days -- impacting one million workers. Mayor de Blasio's proposal would extend this requirement to businesses with 5 employees or more.

The new proposal also includes manufacturing workers (who were left out of the original law). Hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will be able to take a paid day off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Read more...