Workers Center of Central New York

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Getting a disease because of occupational hazards or even killed on the job happens more often than you may think.  A Workers Memorial Day gathering was held on Friday to remember Upstate workers who died because of either scenario was held in Liverpool.  Advocates are working to provide support to affected workers and immigrants.  Worker Justice Center of N.Y. Senior Advocate Carly Fox from Rochester advocates for health, safety, and compensation issues for migrant farm workers.  She says farmers have made some improvements but immigrants need their help to negotiate.

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An undocumented Syracuse immigrant has been released on bail after a court hearing Tuesday in western New York. Organizers from the Workers’ Center of Central New York traveled to the federal detention center in Batavia to support Hector Navarro. He was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, at his Syracuse home on December 21st.  WAER News caught up with Nikeeta Slade from the Workers’ Center while she was in Batavia.  She says his bond demonstrates how important he is to the community.

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The chalk outlines of more than 50 bodies were drawn on the Clinton Square concrete today to remember the people in Central and Northern New York who died in their places of work. WAER’s Chris Bolt reports the memorial was meant to remember the victims but also to demand better safety. 

 “I am an example of - I had an accident at my work place. I work at a restaurant. I had a fall. I broke this arm.”

Andres Mendoza says he experienced the kind of attitude that can lead to workplace injuries and even deaths.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Monday her support for a campaign that aims to give Central New Yorkers driver's licenses regardless of immigration status.  About two dozen activists at the Worker’s Center of Central New York looked on as she signed a document urging the state to approve Green Light New York.  Miner says a license not only allows people to have access to community resources but also makes the roads safer.

About a dozen people gathered in front of Destiny USA today to demand pay for temporary janitorial workers at the Cheesecake Factory.  They say a contractor doing business with the popular restaurant owes two workers nearly $400.  Worker Debora Lewis describes her experience.  

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Members of the Workers Center of Central New York are in Batavia Tuesday evening to protest what they see as militaristic, violent and unfair immigration policies.