New York state: Three historic wins for farmworkers

first_imgFarmworkers in New York state have won three historic victories in the last month through valiant worker-centered leadership and steady support from allies. In Syracuse, the driving force came from the Workers Center of Central New York (WC-CNY), a membership-based organization of low-wage workers advocating for and organizing workers to improve working and living conditions in Central and Upstate New York.Fifteen members of the “Green Light NY Driving Together” campaign celebrate their successful civil disobedience action in Albany on May 21.On May 23, a New York appellate court finally invalidated a 1930s’, Jim-Crow-based state law that denied farmworkers the right to organize, even though that right was included in the state constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union argued the suit against the state. (For more on the racist origins of the bill, see WC-CNY and member Crispin Hernandez filed the suit, together with the Workers Justice Center of New York. Hernandez was fired from his job at Marks Dairy in Lowville, N.Y., in 2015, when he began organizing with other workers after work hours.At 16 he began a job at the dairy, working 12-hour days, seven days a week, with no medical assistance — even when a cow stepped on his hand, mangling it. Worker housing was bug-infested with broken windows. Inferior management-provided boots and gloves exposed workers to dangerous chemicals.Agricultural work in New York state is big business. Many workers are undocumented immigrants, particularly vulnerable to exploitation, making organizing even more difficult. When Hernandez and other workers began to meet with WC-CNY, management called local and state police on them. But with the encouragement of WC-CNY organizers, Hernandez persisted and filed suit in 2016.Of the victory, Hernandez said: “All workers deserve to have a voice and be heard at their place of work, and farmworkers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.” ( the second winThousands of farmworkers live in Central and Upstate New York in isolation, with limited access to transportation. They have no way to get to a doctor, no way to get groceries, unless by paying exorbitant fees to informal local “taxi” drivers.If they drive without a license, workers are vulnerable to racist profiling stops by local police, followed by arrest and subsequent deportation for this “crime.”For years WC-CNY and other immigrant rights groups have leafleted, demonstrated and even committed civil disobedience to get access for undocumented workers to drivers’ licenses. The campaign was called “Green Light NY Driving Together: Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos.”On June 17, a second historic farmworker win was passage of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act — the “Green Light Act” — by the state Senate; it was signed into law the next day by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The act restores the right to obtain a license, regardless of immigration status, that existed in the state prior to 2001.Senator Luis Sepúlveda, who sponsored the bill, said to New York’s undocumented community: “We see you. We welcome you with open arms. You are here, and today we give you the right to move freely around this state without fear.” ( these welcoming words, anti-immigrant hostility and persecution are still alive in New York state government, as they are at the federal level. County clerks in Erie and Oswego counties have declared they will refuse to process the new licenses. (See related story from Buffalo, N.Y., in this issue.)The struggle continues!Fair labor victoryThe May 23 court victory in Crispin Hernandez’ suit provided impetus for a third farmworker win. On June 19, the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act was passed by the state Senate. Passage of FFLPA was historic; the bill had been tied up in the Senate for 15 years!WC-CNY played a crucial role in passage of the bill, organizing on the ground, holding rallies and protests, and helping workers make complaints about health and safety issues at their jobs.The WC-CNY goal for the bill was codification of farmworkers’ rights on an equal basis with other state hourly workers, especially regarding issues like overtime pay and a day of rest.However, the powerful New York Farm Bureau, which mounted a furious campaign against the worker-initiated court suit, continued to fight a bitter rear-guard action to limit protections given to farmworkers in the FFLPA.The result is a flawed bill that Rebecca Fuentes, a lead organizer with WC-CNY, recognizes as “a great step forward in having the ability to organize and advocate for the rights and well-being of farmworkers,” with “new legal protections that have been so long in coming.” (WC-CNY press release, June 20)But, in a June 20 Facebook post, Fuentes noted there are inequities in the bill: “Several issues in that bill are not good for workers, starting with making a strike, stoppage or a slow down an ‘unfair labor practice.’ Also, overtime is set at [over] 60 [hours], not at 40. Unemployment insurance was taken away from guest workers with this bill.”In a June 20 press release Fuentes expressed hope that a wage board created by the law would act quickly in lowering the threshold from 60 hours  for farmworkers to get overtime. “This is a matter of equity and fairness,” said Fuentes. “Those who labor in the fields, orchards and dairy barns work hard and deserve the same rights as others. It’s time New York State does the right thing.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Shannon Region Conference Holds Annual Meeting in Limerick

first_imgPrint Linkedin Email Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pictured at the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau Annual Membership Meeting 2019 in the Savoy Hotel are Manager Karen Brosnahan, Chairman Tony Brazil, Lynda Reilly, Fáilte Ireland, and Donnacha Hurley, General Manager of the Absolute hotel. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.THE SHANNON Region Conference and Sports BureauAnnual Members Meeting for 2019 took place in The Savoy Hotel.The conference addressed the successes of 2018 where the bureau managed to secure €7.5 million for business tourism events for the wider Shannon region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In attendance at the event were bureau stakeholders from Limerick and Clare hotels, tourist attractions, local authorities and members of the Universities and Colleges.Speaking at the event, Karen Brosnahan said, “Today is our Annual Stakeholders Meeting, where ourselves and Fáilte Ireland come together to tell all the trade about work in business tourism in the Shannon Region, what our plans are for 2019 and how we can all work together.“Conference business is so lucrative, and it’s a win-win for everybody. Every conference delegate that comes to our region is worth €1,600 to the local economy, so we all need to work in partnership to give them a really wow, memorable experience,” she added.Lynda Reilly of Fáilte Ireland spoke of plans for the year ahead including attracting International trade shows and large scale events to the Limerick and Shannon region in the form of business and sporting events.The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau is in its sixteenth year and aims to promote the area as a location for large scale events and offers a free service to event Meghann [email protected] Advertisement NewsBusinessShannon Region Conference Holds Annual Meeting in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – April 23, 2019 731 Previous articleBefore Bach and After Is Coming To LimerickNext articleWatch: Mid West media unite with tribute to Lyra Meghann Scullylast_img read more

Female Cab Driver Sexually Assaulted by Sex Offender, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A taxi driver was sexually assaulted by a registered sex offender who she picked up from a Port Jefferson hospital Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said. Police arrested 34-year-old Francis Barrios after he allegedly assaulted the woman while she was driving the taxi, and then again after the vehicle crashed. Barrios, who is homeless, was charged with assault, attempted rape, strangulation, and committing a criminal sexual act. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District court in Central Islip. Police said the woman picked up Barrios at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and was assaulted inside the taxi, causing it to crash into a fence on Mount Sinai-Coram Road in Mount Sinai at 7:40 p.m. Barrios allegedly continued to sexually assault the woman after the crash, police said. Patrol officers responded to the scene after a passing motorist called 911, police said. Barrios was arrested after an investigation at the scene of the crash, police said. Authorities did not say why Barrios was at the hospital. The police department is withholding the name of the cab company as to protect the identity of the victim. Barrios was sentenced to 42 months in state prison following a first-degree rape conviction in 2004, according to a database of registered sex offenders maintained by New York State. Barrios’ profile states the female victim in the 2004 assault was 12 years old.last_img read more

Ripley County Relay For Life event tops 95k this year

first_imgBatesville, In. — Ripley County Relay For Life organizers are thanking the community for more than $95,000 raised during their event this year. The money will be used to fund local programs and national research.Organizer Kari Rennekamp says,” To all of our sponsors, leadership team and attendees thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer and working to make cancer HISTORY.   With your help we raised over $95’000 to fund local programs and national research.  THANK YOU.”Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer.last_img read more

Abreu, Moncada HR; White Sox spoil Brewers home opener, 6-4

first_imgLast Updated: 4th August, 2020 10:15 IST Abreu, Moncada HR; White Sox Spoil Brewers Home Opener, 6-4 José Abreu hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Leury García scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Yoan Moncada added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox over Milwaukee 6-4 in the Brewers’ belated home opener Monday night. LIVE TV Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 4th August, 2020 10:15 IST Written Bycenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US José Abreu hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Leury García scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Yoan Moncada added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox over Milwaukee 6-4 in the Brewers’ belated home opener Monday night.Milwaukee was set to open Miller Park for a weekend series against St. Louis, but that was postponed after numerous Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brewers had been idle since Wednesday at Pittsburgh.Chicago has won five straight, all on the road. Starter Carlos Rodón was pulled after two innings with left shoulder soreness, but Ross Detwiler (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Alex Colomé worked the ninth for his second save.Nomar Mazara, reinstated from the injured list before the game, moved García to third with a pinch-hit single in the sixth off David Phelps (1-1). Phelps walked Nick Madrigal on a wild pitch that allowed García to score.Moncada connected off Corey Knebel leading off the ninth.Avisaíl García doubled, singled and drove in three for Milwaukee. His two-out single off Steve Cishek with the bases loaded in the fifth gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.Ben Gamel added a two-out RBI single in the sixth for Milwaukee.Rodón will be re-evaluated Tuesday. He allowed one run and three hits in his second start of the season. He threw 26 pitches, 22 strikes, as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery in May 2019.The White Sox scored in the first on a fielder’s choice by Abreu and a sacrifice fly by Yasmani Grandal.Leury García went 3 for 4 with three singles for Chicago.Starter Brett Anderson was reinstated from the 10-day injured list with a blister on his left index finger before the game and made his Brewers’ debut. The 32-year-old lefty allowed two runs and five hits in three innings.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: RHP Jimmy Lambert (right forearm strain) was transferred to the 45-day injured list.Brewers: Bench coach Pat Murphy continues his recovery from a heart attack suffered after infield practice on Saturday. Brewers’ medical staff responded immediately and transported Murphy to Froedtert Hospital where a stent was inserted. He is home now and is expected to make a full recovery. … OF/1B Ryan Braun was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 30, with an infected right index finger.MILLER OPTS OUTRHP Shelby Miller, an eight-year veteran, surprised Brewers manager Craig Counsell by opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season. CF Lorenzo Cain made the same decision on Saturday.last_img read more

Wellington Police notes: Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13, 2014

first_imgSunday, April 13, 2014•12:22 p.m. Officers took a report of a found bicycle in the 500 block. W. Harvey, Wellington.•3:53 p.m. Joshua L. Cantrell, 34, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.•8:40 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block. N. Washington, Wellington. Saturday, April 12, 2014•12:11 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute by a known subject in the 1100 block S. Washington, Wellington.•10:24 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 200 block. E. 17th, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13, 2014:Friday, April 11•12:05 a.m. Justin C. Davis, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective headlight and no proof of insurance.•11:19 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 200 block E. 11th, Wellington.•11:45 a.m. Omar Avila, 41, Wellington, was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property.•2:58 p.m. Officer took a report of Suspicious activity in the 100 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•3:30 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 800 block N.G, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Oraleen E. Urban, 84, Wellington and Charles P. Dickinson, 22, Wellington.•3:30 p.m. Oraleen E. Urban, 84, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with inattentive driving.•8:08 p.m. Officers investigated battery and criminal damage to property by known suspect(s) in the 1900 block. E. 4th, Wellington.•9:29 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicle windows in the Donut Bay area, Wellington.last_img read more