Worker-led Organizing

 

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.
Solidarity
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

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...

Job Opening: Brandworkers North Jersey Organizer

The Organization Brandworkers was founded in 2007 based on the principle that marginalized workers have the unique right and unique power to determine their destiny at work and contribute to transforming the larger society.  We are the country’s first membership...

Call now: Amy’s Bread respect worker organizing

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

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...

Tom Cat Bakery Workers Earn Support of Prominent NYC Restaurant Group

Owners of El Quinto Pino, Txikito, La Vara, and Saint Julivert Fisherie restaurants have halted their use of Tom Cat Bakery products. Workers and dozens of their allies spent months appealing to El Quinto Pino’s management and have finally been heard. The...

Manhattan cafe Tisserie Agrees to Drop Tom Cat Bakery Products

"We are fighting for the dignity, respect, and rights of all workers.”   Immigrant Workers and Allies Commemorate “Day Without Bread” with Day of Community Action   Manhattan cafe Tisserie Agrees to Drop Tom Cat Bakery Products   New York, N.Y....

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