The Fight for 15 campaign is holding its next strike day this Thursday, Dec. 4! Fast-food workers and domestic workers in over 150 cities will be striking as part of their growing movement to win $15/hr and a union. In New York, there are actions happening in Buffalo, Rochester and NYC. Here's how you can get involved in one of the most exciting low-wage worker campaigns happening in NY!
Last week, faith leaders from around New York state gathered here in Albany for the 2014 Faith for a Fair NY Retreat, which we co-sponsored with New York State Council of Churches, Reform Jewish Voice of New York, New York State Episcopal Policy Network, and Interfaith Impact. We spent two days building relationships, sharing our dreams for a just New York, and learning about some of the most pressing issues we will take action on in the coming year.
It’s a shocking fact that companies in New York can still pay less than the minimum wage – just $5.00 per hour – to restaurant servers, delivery workers, and nearly a quarter-million other workers in the food service industry who receive tips. Although employers are legally required to "top off" a tipped worker's pay when it doesn't meet the regular minimum wage, enforcement is so lax and disorganized that what's being called "wage theft" -- employers violating minimum wage, overtime, and other wage and hour laws --has reached epidemic levels.
Join us for dinner on September 15 as we celebrate this year's inspiring winners of the Faith at Work Awards! Click here for tickets and more information. If you're joining us for the Faith for a Fair NY Retreat the following day, your ticket is half price! (Register separately for the retreat here.)
Thousands of clergy, moral leaders and community members will be rallying at state capitols across the United States on August 28th, the 51st Anniversary of the March on Washington, to demand representative leadership characterized not by corruption and greed but by morality and compassion. The rallies are the culmination of a Moral Week of Action, spearheaded by Rev. Dr. William Barber and the North Carolina NAACP - leaders of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. Beginning Aug. 21, marches in Raleigh and elsewhere will call for labor rights, living wages, quality public education, criminal justice reform and access to healthcare. On Aug. 28, New Yorkers will add our voices to this national movement for leadership that prioritizes the well-being of all people, rather than the narrow interests of the very wealthy.
We're gearing up for our annual Faith for a Fair NY Retreat, held this year on Sept. 16-17 at the Dominican Retreat Center in Niskayuna! Join other faith leaders - both lay and clergy from many denominations and faiths - as we build relationships, learn together, and plan powerful action toward economic justice in New York State. Our workshop topics this year will include Single-Payer Healthcare, Effective Advocacy, Moral Budget, Low-Wage Worker Campaigns, and Immigrant Rights. Come be inspired and get connected to great work happening across the state!
Though this year’s legislative session is over, the fight for higher wages continues. Last year, when legislation that will raise the minimum wage in New York from $7.25 per hour to $9.00 by the end of 2015 was passed, a large sector of workers were excluded from the raise. Tipped workers - restaurant servers and hotel workers - were left with a frozen minimum wage of just $5.00 per hour.
Every individual is part of a community. Every community is impacted by social and economic injustice. Every one of us has the power to act for justice. Your passions and questions are invited to connect with other justice leaders in an interfaith retreat, jointly organized and sponsored by the Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS, the NYS Council of Churches, Interfaith Impact, An Empire State of Tzedek, and the NYS Episcopal Public Policy Network. We want to help you begin (and continue) to build those skills and connections which will empower your communities for real systemic change, making a better world for all of us.