Boycott Against Bushwick Associated Supermarket Continues
Make the Road New York Staff
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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.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.