For Immediate Release
Immigrant retail workers, consumers, churches, students, labor unions, community organizations to march this Sunday along the busy retail corridor of Bushwick, Brooklyn to call for decent working conditions and living wages for immigrant workers
Over the past year, a campaign to confront workplace abuse of immigrant workers has won over $500,000 in illegally withheld wages and unionized close to one hundred workers at ten stores. The workers joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and are now receiving health care benefits and almost double their previous wages.
Workers will describe working for years for less than $3.50/hour without sick days or even the right to use the bathroom.
Latino workers, consumers, congregants, religious leaders and community-based organizations will unite to march to celebrate their victories and decry illegal sweatshop working conditions. Marchers will call for living wages for immigrant workers.
Make the Road by Walking, scores of Bushwick Catholic Churches, the RWDSU
Sunday, April 30, 12:45 p.m.
March will begin at 301 Grove Street, turn right onto Knickerbocker Avenue and continue until Starr Street. (M train to Knickerbocker, L train to Myrtle/Wyckoff)
Interviews with affected workers are available upon request.