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Fast Food Workers Strike Again on Thursday!

Fast Food Workers Strike Again on Thursday!

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!

All Souls to the Polls

All Souls to the Polls

Dear friends, As you know, next Tuesday is Election Day! Here in New York, there are a number of very close races that will influence our ability to raise the wage, pass the Dream Act, fund our public schools, protect farmworkers' rights, and so much more in New York State in the coming years!

Resources from the Faith for a Fair NY 2014 Retreat

Resources from the Faith for a Fair NY 2014 Retreat

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.

Help Win One Fair Wage for New York

Help Win One Fair Wage for New York

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.

Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears - August 28th

Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears - August 28th

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.

Register for the Faith for a Fair NY Retreat

Register for the Faith for a Fair NY Retreat

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!

Raise the Wage for Tipped Workers!

Raise the Wage for Tipped Workers!

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.

Save the Date! September Retreat

Save the Date! September Retreat

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.