Long Island faith leaders are reinvigorated one of our most powerful arguments for social justice, one deeply rooted in religious ideals. And they are doing this by rallying to support Best Market workers’ in their efforts to improve their workplaces!
On July 20th, three delegations of faith leaders and worker advocates visited the Farmingdale, Coram and East Patchogue Best Market stores to deliver letters to management calling on them to become better employers and to respect their workers.
Below you will find a letter to the CEO of Best Market from Sister Rosalie Carven, a Sister of St. Joseph, sharing her experience at the Farmingdale store.
“But the cost of your doing business is falling on the backs of the employees you hire and/or rehired from the supermarkets you took over.”
Read the full letter here: Letter to Best Market CEO from Sister Rosalie
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN VISIT: www.dobetterbestmarket.org
Father William Brisotti, pastor at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch, mailed the following letter to CEO and President of Best Market, Rebecca Philbert, notifying her that the church’s summer camp will not accept Best Market produce until they have taken steps to allow their workers to unionize and secure their workplace rights! Steps to cut ties between the Wyandanch church and Best Market began after learning about workers concerns over reduced work hours, low-wages and unaffordable benefits.
Read the full letter here: Letter of Concern to Best Market CEO
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN VISIT: www.dobetterbestmarket.org
Yesterday was difficult for immigrant communities and advocates, even though we knew it was coming. It was difficult because we know the orders that were signed, the ones that proceeded them, and the ones that are soon to come were meant to destabilize our communities so that billionaires can continue to consolidate their power and uphold a racist, xenophobic status-quo.
But we will resist!
At Long Island Jobs with Justice, we are preparing for worker defense, sanctuary and rapid response to pending raids on Long Island. Join us on Wednesday, February 8th, at a community training on how to support our immigrant friends against unjust detention and deportation. For more information, visit: https://longislandjwj.org/upcoming-events/
Register here: http://bit.ly/2idkabS
We must prepare for the times ahead. The more clarity we have about what we are doing and why, the more we can build our numbers and build our courage across Long Island!
Let’s renew our commitment to taking care of each other and resisting attacks on workers and families!
Since the elections, a number of worker justice organizations have reported an increase in wage theft and threats towards precarious workers across Long Island. At Jobs with Justice, we are committed to not allowing this to become the new normal.
A worker at Good Fellas Billiards Pub has reported to us that she has been the victim of wage theft. Her employer, Angel Alcantra has refused to pay her the $450.00 he owes her since June 2016. This is not a lot of money for a business owner but for a low-wage worker this can make the difference between being able to afford a place to live, groceries, and paying monthly bills.
As the Holiday season approaches, we are determined to get Rosa the money she is owed, and we need your help. Please call Good Fellas Billiards,ask for Angel, and let him know wage theft is bad for business and demand that he pay the $450.00 he owes. Let him know you will not patronize the establishment until he pays what he owes. Please help spread the word to friends in the area.
Phone: (631) 736-6363
Address: 679 Middle Country Rd, Selden, NY 11784
When you think about the holiday shopping season, what comes to mind first? Is it the music and decorations? The exchange of gifts with family and friends? The enticing sales?
At Long Island Jobs With Justice, we know that the holidays wouldn’t be possible without the women and men who work in retail stores and food service across Long Island, stocking shelves, checking out your must-have items, and delivering and serving food. Yet the CEOs of profitable companies, both large and small, like Walmart and Best Market, want us to forget about the workers.
Giving Tuesday was started as an alternative to the consumerist craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when corporations spend millions of dollars to convince you to buy your holiday gifts from them. For us, it’s a time to think about the people whose work makes the holiday season possible and support their calls for fair wages, stable work hours and jobs that sustain families.
We’ve had victories this year – but can’t continue to do this work alone. In our current climate of fear and uncertainty, where working people are witnessing cuts to their public transportation, threats to their employment because of immigration status, and where the incoming President is claiming that “wages are too high,” your unwavering support is essential to help us beat back greedy corporations, win more victories with and for Long Island’s working families, and collectively work towards building an economy that works for everyone.
Thank you for your support!
Long Island Jobs with Justice Organizing Team
The presidential election is one day away, and much misinformation about the immigrant community and the candidates that in some way support it remain. Let’s start by clarifying that we are not a community of rapists, thieves, or killers. We are in fact a multitude of peoples with distinct cultural values and backgrounds, who for the most part stay out trouble and work hard for our families and our fellow neighbors.
Our community is humble, and it is precisely for that reason that it is often used as a scapegoat by weak politicians who would otherwise not be able to mount credible campaigns. Indeed, they paint us as takers who enjoy services such as welfare and free education, among others, without paying taxes. They will even go as far as to accuse candidates and elected officials who support our community of plotting to make us eligible to vote. Absolutely none of those things are true. To begin, taxes are perhaps the most inescapable component of living in the United States. We all pay taxes: when we pay the rent, our landlords factor the property taxes they must pay into our rent fee; most goods we purchase are taxed; a great percentage of the immigrant workforce pay income taxes via social security numbers for those who are DACA Eligbile, or ITN numbers. In New York alone, undocumented immigrants pay over one billion dollars into the system, and in the country, that figure stands around 12 billion. A great percentage of the taxes we pay fund social security and other services indispensable to millions of U.S. citizens., none of which we get back.
What’s sad to see is that these weak politicians will paint our community in such a negative way when their very constituents benefit from our presence here. What’s more, they scream bloody murder whenever a pragmatic representative recognizes our contributions and proposes aiding our community by supporting programs and bills essential to our community’s well being. Take for example the Dream Act. The New York State Assembly has passed the Dream Act several years but the bill has never become a reality because the New York State Senate has failed to pass it due to Long Island Senators spreading false information that it would unfairly burden New York State taxpayers. Now that we have candidates willing to support the Dream Act, our opponents have used this legislation, which has the quality of life of our young people in its hands, as a divisive tool for to increase anti-immigrant sentiment among voters on Long Island. New York DREAM Act, a legislation that will cost the average tax payer 87 cents a year, will simply allow immigrant children to have the equal access to financial aid along their peers. It will not take away financial aid from citizens, and it is certainly not free tuition. It simply means, all residents of New York State who make under $80,000 a year will qualify for financial aid- citizen and non-citizen alike.
New York has over the centuries embraced waves of immigrants seeking a better life. They’ve all gone through a long process in order to obtain the rights and privileges they now possess. We are no different. A recent Newsday Article showed that Long Island leads in economic contributions by immigrantsm, and that one in three children on Long Island come from an immigrant household. Candidates who support the New York DREAM Act know that having more college educated workers means a more prosperous Long Island. We ask for voters to go to the polls and vote with our youth and prosperity in mind, and not with sensationalized fear.
The Long Island DREAM Act Coalition