2016 Workers' Memorial Day and International Workers Day


On April 28 we observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy and pays fair wages. We will celebrate the victories won by working people and commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to organize without the threat of retaliation.

The Workers’ Center of Central New York is part of a coalition organizing several events to mark Workers’ Memorial Day and May 1st. International Workers Day. We hope you will join us to one or all of these events.

Thursday 4/28/16  To the streets for safe jobs on Workers’ Memorial Day!

Join the WCCNY for a day of outreach in the streets of Syracuse and farms nearby to bring the message that we all deserve safe jobs. Call us at 315-217-5708 if you would like to be part of the outreach team.

Friday 4/29/16 Annual Workers’ Memorial Day Unity Breakfast

At the breakfast, we’ll honor the 35 workers who’ve died in this area since January, 2015, and present the following awards. Among the honourees are Crispin Hernandez and Saul Pinto, members of the WCCNY who bravely resisted intimidation at Marks Farms!

The Bob Tompkins Award for Life-time achievement for health and safety activism: to Bob Tompkin’s family

Health and safety advocacy extraordinaire: Firefighter Cancer Foundation (New York State)

Health and safety Fighting Canary: Kathy Zabinski (President CSEA Local 834)

Health and safety heroism at work: Crispin Hernandez and Saul Pinto (Members of the Workers’ Center of Central New York)

Life-saving at work: Josh Congdon (Salisbury, NY)

Speakers include:
Kevin Ahern, President, Syracuse Teachers Association
Anne Marie Gibson, Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, New York Department of Health
Josh Kemp, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, CSEA Central Region Office

Pensabene’s Casa Grande 135 State Fair Blvd.
(between W. Genesee & Hiawatha Blvd.) $25 per person

“Mix and Mingle” and
Breakfast Buffet for early risers 8:00 AM        Breakfast & Program 8:30 AM -10 AM

More information here

Tuesday 5/3/16 Screening of the documentary “A Day’s Work”

[vimeo 125719950 w=500 h=264]

6pm to 8pm at Legal Services of CNY office – 221 S. Warren St., Syracuse, NY 13202.

90 minutes before he was killed on his first day as a temp worker, 21- year-old Day Davis texted a picture of himself to his girlfriend, excited for their future.

Now Day’s sister, 17-year-old Antonia, searches for answers.

An investigation reveals the troubling issues that led to Day’s death and how the $100 billion temporary staffing industry is putting millions of American workers at risk.

For more details, visit www.TempFilm.com or email TempEmployees@gmail.com

Saturday 5/14/16  Temp Workers Appreciation Day at the Workers’ Center of CNY

5pm at the Workers’ Center of CNY – 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210

All temporary workers are invited to our first Temp Workers Appreciation Day at the WCCNY.  Temp workers work extremely hard in a number of demanding jobs, but often times they are paid less than their permanent worker counterparts. Temp workers also face higher rates of workplace related injuries and deaths on the job. Temp workers, like all workers, deserve jobs with dignity and jobs that are free of hazards and injuries.

Are you a temp worker? Come to Temp Worker Appreciation Day! We will be raffling gifts, eat great food, and talk about how to make the working conditions and lives of temp workers far better than what the status quo currently offers. Please share this event and tell any friends who are currently working for a temp agency to join us.


For information about any of these events please call the Workers’ Center of Central New York at (315) 218-5708.