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February 4, 2009

Community Group to Release Report Revealing Widespread Labor Violations At Well-Known New York Restaurants

Workers to Rally in Front of Restaurant that Owes Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars and to Speak About Being Paid as Little as $1.53 an Hour for Years.

WHAT: Press conference and rally to release report entitled, "Restaurant Workers in Crisis" highlighting widespread illegal practices in New York City's restaurant industry.  The report details some of the most egregious examples of the illegal employment practices in well-known New York restaurants. The report also makes policy recommendations for legislation and administrative changes that the city, state and federal government can take to improve conditions in the industry.

Workers will gather and speak in front of restaurant that owes hundreds of thousands to them in unpaid wages and overtime for cleaning and making deliveries during different periods beginning in 1991 through 2008.

WHEN: 11 AM, Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

WHO: Make the Road New York and former employees of Adriatic Restaurant

WHERE: Adriatic Restaurant, 321 First Avenue between 18th and 19th, Manhattan

Interviews with workers in English and Spanish available upon request.



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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...