Our Vision

One dignified, family supporting employment standard for workers in the local food industry, maintained and enhanced by the agency of rank and file workers.

“By standing together, by rising up to demand immigrant worker protections at Tom Cat Bakery, we’re taking a stand—not just for ourselves, or for our own families, but for millions of immigrants in America striving for a better life. We will not back down.”

Oscar Ramirez

Brandworkers member

Local Food Manufacturing in New York:

Opportunity at Risk
With 35,000 workers, NYC’s local food industry brings $5 billion to our communities. But, our communities can’t afford the risks of a business model built on exploitation.
Wage Exploitation

Local food workers face long hours with low pay - 48 hours per week on average.

Risk to Health & Safety


workers report an injury on the job

Exploitation of Immigrant Workers

Undocumented workers are paid $7.52 an hour less than their coworkers.

Gendered Exploitation

Women are paid 60 cents on the dollar compared to men

Brandworkers Solution:

Worker Power Transforms the Local Food Industry
Brandworkers members are forging a new kind of organization to restore power to workers. Workers themselves are best-positioned and uniquely capable to liberate themselves and transform our local food system.
Member-led Organizing
Members develop their leadership by making decisions at every stage and level of the campaign.
Direct Action
Direct action is the most powerful way for workers to lead their struggle directly.
Brandworkers allies accompany members in struggle, supporting worker leadership as we journey together toward a just food system and a new form of worker organization.

Brandworkers Updates

Register to hear lifelong Black liberation worker leader in conversation with Brandworkers’ Executive Director

As a new generation rises up for Black life and the movement extends into the workplace, Ed Wells’ story of struggle and hard-earned wisdom needs to be heard. Ed Wells is a movement elder with fifty years of service as a rank & file labor leader and Black...

Brandworkers Statement on Coronavirus

Brandworkers Statement on Coronavirus Local food manufacturing workers are sustaining us through this crisis and they deserve support more than ever before. As people across New York City stock up on the food they’ll need to sustain their families through this crisis,...

Preparing for ICE Workplace Audits: An Organizing Approach | Preparación para Auditorías de ICE en el Lugar de Trabajo: Un Enfoque Organizativo

Preparing for ICE Workplace Audits: An Organizing Approach | Preparación para Auditorías de ICE en el Lugar de Trabajo: Un Enfoque Organizativo Click here for additional resources!  ¡Haga clic aquí para obtener recursos adicionales! Have questions? ¿Tienes preguntas?...

Amy’s Bread Workers Achieve Recognition at the Museum of the City of New York

Amy’s Bread CEO breaks her silence by adding classic anti-worker messaging to round out the exhibit. The voice of Amy’s Bread workers has been heard! Visitors to the Museum of the City of New York spotted quite a mismatch: an Amy's Bread cafe right next to the "City...

Call now: Amy’s Bread respect worker organizing

Make a call to Amy’s Bread in solidarity with workers!

The brandworkers community holds a vigil outside of Tortilleria Chinantla in 2013, 2 years after Juan’s death.

Remembering Juan Baten as we organize for safe, dignified jobs

Honor Juan Baten’s life by volunteering to support food factory workers organizing for safe, dignified jobs.

Seven facts Ginia Bellafante missed about the Tom Cat Bakery workers’ campaign because she didn’t talk with workers

On October 26, 2018, the New York Times ran a column by Ginia Bellafante about Tom Cat Bakery workers fired in the wake of an ICE audit at the factory in early 2017.  Since the audit, workers have been organizing to win immigrant worker protections in the...

Bakers, packers, sandwich makers, and cleaners at the Amy’s Bread factory in Queens, New York, are hitting the streets again to defend our dignity at work.

Today, we’re demanding that owner Amy Scherber return to negotiations with us and we’re calling on food retailers that carry the bakeries’ products to stand with us. Why now? In 2013, many of us were fed up with painfully low wages and a mismanaged workplace. We...

Brandworkers debuts ICE audit resistance workshop

On September 26, 2018, Brandworkers co-hosted a workshop with the North Star Foundation called "Preparing for ICE Workplace Audits: An Organizing Approach." Forty-five people from at least 25 organizations across the NYC metro area participated in a robust discussion...

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