Let’s join together to stop the epidemic of wage theft!
Call to Action: Rally in front of Manhattan Valley Restaurant
Thursday, December 15, 1 p.m
Many of us workers–union and non-union–have come forward against stolen wages. Many of us have gone to the State Department of Labor to file a complaint, or have gotten a lawyer to file a lawsuit in court. We often receive a decision or court judgment but we can’t collect.
Don’t let Councilmember Margaret Chin divide and destroy our community by promoting high rents, racism, and displacement
The City’s 2008 Rezoning Plan protected the majority white East Village, but excluded our community of Chinatown and Lower East Side. When the community rose up to demand equal protection, the City asked us to “wait patiently.” In the past 8 years developers flocked to Chinatown and Lower East Side to build high-rises, driving up rents and real estate taxes.
We created the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) to limit the heights of new developments and to require 100% low-income housing on public land, but Chin and de Blasio say it is “too ambitious” while they get lots money from the same developers who want to push us out to bring in the rich. They refuse to support it, ignoring that even CB-3 supports the full plan.
On September 29, Chin lead a special CB#3 meeting to give rezoning protection for only historic Chinatown, discriminating against Latino, African American and even other Chinese residents in the rest of our community. By slicing up our Plan, they leave unprotected large areas like NYCHA and the waterfront where high-rises are going up. Chin is creating racist divisions, pitting Chinese against Blacks and Latinos. This only benefits the developers and further accelerates the destruction of our community.
PROTEST Margaret Chin’s Racism
** Thu. September 29, 6:30pm **
M.S. 131 @ 100 Hester Street
Margaret Chin is willing to sell out Chinatown and Lower East Side and act as the watchdog for Mayor de Blasio’s racist housing policy. We demand:
When: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 11 a.m.
Where: In front of 30 Broad Street (location of FCP office), Manhattan, 10002
Home attendants who have worked as many as two decades for First Chinese Presbyterian Community Affairs Home Attendant Corp. (FCP) caring for elderly and ill patients in their homes, filed a lawsuit against FCP. Most of these workers were forced to work 24-hour shifts for as many as seven days a week, but paid for only 12 or 13 of these hours. The workers were also denied overtime pay.
Last Sunday, dozens of people united to support and fight with Indus Valley workers. Indus Valley owners, Phuman and Lakhvir Singh, stole wages from their workers and abused their workers for years.
Indus Valley workers called on community members and other workers to join them on the picket line.
from the Justice Will Be Served! Campaign…
We are workers of Indus Valley, Earthen Oven and Amla, restaurants owned by Puhman Singh and Lakhvir Singh. We worked hard—some more than 60 hours per week. But we were paid as little as $3 an hour and no overtime pay. The employers were nasty. They would scream at us: “Stupid,” “f___ you,” “animal.” They would make anti-Muslim remarks about the Muslim workers. They even shoved and kicked some workers while they worked. Several were injured or developed health problems from these abusive conditions. They fired several of the workers who were organizing. Six groups of workers have sued the Singhs!
Lai Yee Chan, a home attendant for Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), helped her patients day and night for over 15 years. During the day, she bathed and fed her patients. At night, she helped them get out of bed and go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. She could not leave her patient for even a second of her 24-hour shift. One day her daughter was locked out of her house, but Lai Yee was not allowed to go downstairs to give her daughter the key. Adding insult to injury, Lai Yee has not seen a pay increase in 8 years, is not paid for the 12 hours of work at night, except for a small fee, and is never paid overtime. Ultimately, workers like Lai Yee are paid about $5/hour, way less than the minimum wage. (more…)
YANNIC RACK for the Villager:
Lower East Siders gathered near the Manhattan Bridge on South St. once again this week to protest against the 80-story apartment tower — dubbed the “Building from Hell” — that is currently rising there, and whose construction they say is damaging neighboring buildings.
“This is not about gentrification, this is about extermination,” said Maggie Martinez, who lives nearby at 55 Rutgers Slip. “We need to make sure that the structures of these buildings have not been compromised.”