With your backing, local food factory workers at Brandworkers are building an organized community to create and maintain a dignified standard for family-supporting jobs in the food manufacturing industry.
Over the past decade, Brandworkers members have led groundbreaking campaigns, challenging exploitation and bringing a new vision for building worker power to the local food industry and beyond.
Every day, food factory workers organizing with Brandworkers take enormous risks to build a just food system. Your support enables workers to do the work it takes to create a food system that truly nourishes our communities, such as:
• Talking to a coworker about organizing
• Sharing their story and asking customers for support
• Taking time to come to a worker meeting to develop their organizing skills
• Making campaign decisions while balancing caring for loved ones
• Confronting an abusive boss with their coworkers
With the support of a community of allies like you, New Yorkers who make courageous choices to organize can rely on the stable and flexible resources they need.
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Amy's Bread worker leaders keep up the pressure for the company to adopt the final points of 16-point workplace justice agreement. They have already secured commitments such as much needed raises, meetings with workers quarterly to address workplace issues, and not discouraging organizing. Worker leaders continue to visit customers of Amy’s Bread to ask for their support.
Tom Cat Bakery workers organize a Day Without Bread on April 21st to bring light to the company’s mishandling of the first workplace immigration audit in NYC in 11 years. Across the city, allies answer the call to refrain from eating and selling bread. Workers call for the community to come together and strike on May 1st.
Brandworkers members and staff attend national convening of Food Chain Workers Alliance member groups in June. Workers share lessons from their campaign work with groups across the country. Brandworkers was elected to serve on the Food Chain Workers Alliance board.
The Gender Justice Initiative continues to integrate a focus on addressing all forms of gender oppression into our organizing work. Brandworkers members are creating a gender justice commitment that members and allies will sign this winter as an ongoing framework for accountability.
After Tom Cat Bakery refuses to return to negotiations, current and former worker leaders rally on September 7th to put pressure on the company, which sells its bread to restaurants across NYC. High profile customers of Tom Cat begin to drop Tom Cat Bakery as their bread supplier in solidarity with the workers. Worker leaders continue to ask customers for their support in bringing Tom Cat back to the table to pay a fair severance and implement immigrant worker protections.