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The Hands That Feed Us:
Workers of the Food Chain Unite, Demonstrate and March
Workers and supporters of The Coalition of Immokalee Workers‘ Campaign Fair Food at Chipotle and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United's Dignity at Darden Campaign met at the Capital Grille restaurant on E. 42nd St. in NYC and then marched to a nearby Chipotle Restaurant for a boisterous joint demonstration against worker exploitation by these two large chain restaurants. Joining the protest were members of Local 1500, UFCW, the Brandworkers’ Flaum Appetizing campaign and Hot and Crusty Bakery workers, all celebrating organizing victories. The demonstration was the kick off to a daylong conference by 14 unions and workers centers throughout the country which constitute the Food Chain Workers Alliance which is organizing the close to 20 million workers throughout the U.S. in the food system – on farms and in food processing and meatpacking plants, warehouses, grocery stores, restaurants and food service establishments.
Excluded Workers Fight and Win
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
At a time of decline for traditional labor organizations, Ai-jen Poo from the National Domestic Workers Alliance describes the growth and successes of domestic workers organizing in NYS and around the country. They have recently joined in an alliance, the Excluded Workers Congress, with other immigrant based worker movements, many taking the form of workers centers, representing national alliances of workers in restaurants, day labor, taxi, formerly incarcerated workers, guest workers & farmworkers. This is a rare hopeful moment for workers too long excluded from labor law protections who need more support from the union movement that in turn needs their vitality and innovative approaches to organizing.
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