Workers to City Council: Support State Bill to Stop Crime Wave Against Workers

On April 20, 2015, the NYC Council Committee on Women’s Issues and Committee on Civil Service and Labor  held a hearing on Resolution 0612-2015. The Resolution calls on the NYS Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, Assembly Bill No. 5501, which will strengthen New York’s labor laws so that workers can actually collect the wages they have earned. Workers and advocates from the Coalition to Secure Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT) , of which NMASS is a member, joined the hearing to urge City Council members to pass the resolution and do even more to stop wage theft in NYC.Continue Reading

Extell’s Racist Development Would Make LES Home to the 1%

Extell’s Racist Development Would Make LES Home to the 1%

Extell Development Corp. plans to build a 72-story, ultra-luxury tower where Pathmark once stood. The Lower East Side needs more low-income housing and affordable services, not luxury housing or hotels.We call on everyone to join and help to organize the community. This racist skyscraper on our waterfront should not be built. We also ask you to supportContinue Reading

Workers, Advocates Announce SWEAT Report in Albany

Workers, Advocates Announce SWEAT Report in Albany

Almost 50 members of the SWEAT (Securing Wages Earned Against Theft) Coalition traveled to Albany last week to announce the release of a report on wage theft and to expose how the legal system helps employers avoid responsibility for that crime. They were joined by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal who announced  a new bill toContinue Reading

Rally, 3/8: Women Workers Reclaim International Working Women’s Day

Rally, 3/8: Women Workers Reclaim International Working Women’s Day

Sunday, 3/8: Women Workers and Families Reclaim International Working Women’s Day; Demand End to Mandatory Overtime With Public Call: “Shame on Costco Management!”Continue Reading

The New York Times: Awarded Stolen Wages, Workers Struggle to Collect

After due consideration of records and testimony, the State of New York found that Marco Lino, who chopped vegetables and mopped floors and hoisted crates six days a week in a Bayside, Queens, greenmarket, was owed $51,025.20 in unpaid wages…. Read the whole article at nytimes.com!Continue Reading

Wednesday, 2/25, Press Conf in Albany: The Crisis of Wage Theft

Wednesday, 2/25, Press Conf in Albany: The Crisis of Wage Theft

More and more workers are getting cheated of our wages. Some estimate that $1 billion a year is stolen from workers in NYC alone. Not only are employers using many tricks to cheat workers out of pay but they are also using many tactics to avoid paying on wage theft judgments and settlements.Continue Reading

NYS Wage Board Recommends an Increase to Tipped Workers’ Wages, Service Workers Call on Cuomo to Make the Wage Increase Real

The State Wage Board’s recommendation Friday to raise the minimum wage of tipped workers is a step in the right direction. Coming after more than a year of picketing and outreach in front of the State Department of Labor by service worker members and supporters of the Justice Will Be Served Campaign, this recommendation finallyContinue Reading

Woman Warrior: a poem by Yolanda Donato

Woman Warrior: a poem by Yolanda Donato

Our members are constantly developing new ways to talk about the work of organizing in our communities and our workplaces. Recently, with outreach for our 5 year pledge fundraising campaign in mind, Yolanda Donato, an NMASS board member, composed this poem:  WOMAN WARRIOR A strong Woman warrior has the fortitude of not being afraid of anythingContinue Reading

NMASS 5 Year Pledge Kick-Off Party!

NMASS 5 Year Pledge Kick-Off Party!

Last Saturday NMASS members came together with friends, families and supporters to celebrate 18 years of organizing and kick off our 5 year pledge campaign to secure our center on Grand Street. Continue Reading

CUNY Labor Coalition Honors NMASS

Last month, the Labor Coalition for Workers’ Rights and Economic Justice at theCUNY School of Law honored NMASS for its work to build a new labor movement. Coalition member Kristen Zapalac presented the award and emphasized NMASS’ unique and timely perspective that calls on all of us, as workers, across trade, ethnicity, race, and age, toContinue Reading

Thank you 5 year pledgers!

Kiran Chaudhuri

Jubencio Diaz

Marco Lino

Anne Kochman

Paul Ahn

Yolanda Donato

Fernilda Navarro

Angel Hernandez

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