Let's make our Upper West Side Sweatshop Free!

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Domino’s Pizza campaign on BUILDING BRIDGES tonight!

Building Bridges over WBAI radio, 99.5FM with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Monday, March 25, 2013, 7 - 8 pm EST or streaming live at http://www.wbai.org/ and live streams are available on smartphones for information: http://stream.wbai.org/. To listen to, or download archived shows go to http://archive.wbai.org/show1.php?showid=bbridges.

No Justice, No Pizza – Domino’s Beware! with The Justice Will Be Served Campaign
Pizza workers and supporters rallied against their employer Domino’s
over years of unpaid wages and retaliation experienced when they stood
up for their rights. During the rally they celebrated their recent, first of its
kind court ruling permitting them to sue Domino’s Pizza Corporation as
a joint employer along with the individual franchise holder, which would
also empower other fast food workers in establishments like McDonalds
and retail workers at Walmart The right of the Latino, African and
Bangladeshi workers to proceed with the suit they filed in 2010 against
Domino Pizza’s franchise owner David Melton and the Domino’s Corp.
is a huge victory. The workers had commenced suit after receiving below
the minimum wage, were forced to make deliveries during extreme
weather conditions, didn’t have a place to take a break or eat during their
excessively long work hours.

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SAIGON GRILL SWEATSHOP CLOSES AMID COMMUNITY-WIDE IMPROVEMENTS IN WORK CONDITIONS

ASSEMBLYMEMBER LINDA B. ROSENTHAL AND JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED CAMPAIGN TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE TO DECLARE VICTORY FOR FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE

SAIGON GRILL SWEATSHOP CLOSES AMID COMMUNITY-WIDE IMPROVEMENTS IN WORK CONDITIONS

New York, NY – Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF-Manhattan) and the Justice Will Be Served Campaign will be joined by elected officials, advocates, community members, and workers on Friday, March 8 at 12:00 noon to host a celebratory rally in front of Saigon Grill Restaurant to announce the demise of one of the most notorious sweatshops in New York City.

Though the business has been operating for many years under different owners, they have continued to violate labor laws. For over two years, restaurant workers, who were fired for speaking out about appalling work conditions, have been picketing Saigon Grill, with the support of Upper West Side residents, faith groups and community organizations. Most recently, former employees won a $1 million judgment against the restaurant for refusing to pay the debt from a previous settlement. The closure of Saigon Grill sends a clear message to the industry that sweatshops and stores with other deplorable working conditions will not be tolerated on the Upper West Side or in this City.

Assemblymember Rosenthal and the Justice Will Be Served Campaign will work to build a partnership with the property owners of 620 Amsterdam Avenue to make certain that a new responsible tenant takes over the existing space. This fight is not over. It will take a community effort, between advocates, concerned citizens, community members, and residents to mount pressure on all employers on the Upper West Side and the City to ensure the legacy of sweatshops is not duplicated.

What:              Press Conference and Rally: Saigon Grill restaurant closes and avoids $1 million settlement amid community-wide improvements in working conditions

Where:            Saigon Grill, 620 Amsterdam Avenue (between 90th and 91st Street)

When:             Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:00 Noon

Who:               Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Justice Will Be Served Campaign, City Council Member Gale Brewer, Pastor Heidi Neumark, Democratic District Leader Marc Landis, and other community leaders and advocates

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Saigon Grill has closed again! Is this the end for Saigon Grill? They still owe the workers $1 million.

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Domino’s Pizza press conference earlier this week at the store at 32nd St and 3rd Ave.

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Rally for the Columbia University Faculty House workers who are trying to negotiate a new contract.

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SAIGON GRILL UPDATE: the restaurant has been closed by the Health Department for a number of days.

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Four New Businesses Have Signed the Pledge

Congratulations to the 4 new businesses that have signed our Sweatshop Free Pledge last weekend.

Columbus Art Gallery - 588 Columbus Ave
Reamir & Co - 3 locations, 303A Columbus Ave, 512 Columbus Ave, and 2587 Broadway.

We now have 76 businesses that have signed the Pledge that they are decent employers, and we’re getting close to 100! If you’re in the Upper West Side and your favorite place is not signed, go sign them up!  Full list is on our blog at sweatshopfreeny.tumblr.com/walloffame.  Email us at sweatshopfreeny@gmail.com for more info.

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Sweatshop Free UWS - Pledge Day this Saturday

Join the Sweatshop Free Upper West Side campaign as we work to get 100 businesses pledged to be sweatshop free by the end of the year. We are getting very close to this goal!  Our next Pledge Day is this Saturday, December 15th at 2pm at West Park Presbyterian Church at 86th St and Amsterdam Ave.  We’ll have a brief introduction to the campaign and then canvass the area asking businesses to sign the Pledge.  The pledge drive is one of the ways that we are building awareness and support of workers’ rights and the need for good jobs in the community.

If you can’t make the Pledge Day, we encourage folks to gather pledges on their own. If your favorite business is not on our sweatshop free list, feel free to go sign them up!  A flyer for the pledge day is attached which includes the list of pledged businesses. Also attached is a letter to businesses and a pledge form that can be used. 

For more information, see our blog sweatshopfreeny.tumblr.com, FB page: www.facebook.com/sweatshop.free, or call 212-358-0295.