New York City Central Labor Council and Unions representing thousands of workers at the World Trade Center site coming together to support workers at Amish Market Tribeca.
QUEENS VILLAGE, NY (01/14/2010)(readMedia)– Who: UFCW Local 1500, the Building and Construction Trades Council of New York, the New York Central Labor Council, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
What: Rally in support of workers at Amish Market at 53 Park Place.
When: January 15, 2010 at 12 noon – 1pm
Where: 53 Park Place @ West Broadway, Manhattan
Why: To highlight Amish Market Tribeca’s long standing anti-worker behavior. Union and community members will pledge not to patronize Amish Market Tribeca until the owners demonstrate a reversal of their stand against workers rights.
Speakers: Speaking at the rally will be City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Central Labor Council President Jack Ahern, UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce Both as well as a worker from the market.
Performance: Rude Mechanical Orchestra (a 30-odd-piece New York City radical marching band and dance troupe).
Background: On February 26, 2009 New York State Department of Labor announced a $1.5 million enforcement action against Amish Market Park Place and other stores for primarily unpaid wages. To protect themselves from these kinds of abuses, workers have been trying to unite into UFCW Local 1500 but have been met with significant resistance from the store’s management including harassment and intimidation of union supporters.