This week marks the first annual "New York State Immigrant Workers' Rights Awareness Weekend" sponsored by the Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Labor, Bureau of Immigrant Workers' Rights (DoL).
The goal of the weekend is to educate immigrants about their rights on the job: a safe workplace, fair wages and to be free from discrimination. The event spans seventeen locations across the state with over one hundred government, not-for-profit and community based organizations participating to educate immigrants of their rights as workers.
According to a 2007 report by the Brennan Center for Justice, "While undocumented immigrants and recent arrivals are at greatest risk of being subject to workplace violations, a significant percentage of legal immigrants and second-generation immigrants also experience violations." This shows the importance for everyone, especially immigrants, to understand their rights at work.
We encourage workers throughout the state to visit the locations listed below this weekend to learn about their rights on the job.
Event Locations and Times
Assembly Member -City - Time - Location - Area Leader Contact
Saturday, May 14th
John J. McEneny - Albany - 1 P.M.- 5 P.M - The Boys and Girls Club of Albany - 21 Delaware Ave - Geovanny Trivino (877) 466-9757
Carl E. Heastie - Bronx - 10 A.M. - 1P.M.- Assembly District Office - 1351 East Gun Hill Road - Isa Puello (718) 654-6539
James F. Brennan - Brooklyn - 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. - Assembly District Office - 1414 Cortelyou Road - John Keefe (718) 940-0641
Sam Hoyt - Buffalo - 8 A.M - 1 P.M. - Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market - Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell - Jennifer Diagostino (716) 885-9630
Guillermo Linares - Manhattan - 10 A.M - 3 P.M. -Gregorio Luperon School - 501 West 165th Street - Thelma Mercado (212) 544-2278
Brian Kavanagh - Manhattan - 12 P.M.- 4 P.M. - Health Professions and Human Services High School - 345 East 15th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues) - Leslie Pena (212) 979-9696
Michael G. DenDekker - Queens - 10 A.M.- 2 P.M - Outdoor: 37th Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets, Jackson Heights; Alternative Indoor: Plaza College, 74-09 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights - Ali Ameer (718) 457-0384
Rory Lancman - Queens - 11 A.M.- 3 P.M. - Lefferts Library - 103-34 Lefferts Boulevard, Richmond Hill - LaVonne Brown (718) 820-0241
Grace Meng - Queens - 2P.M.- 4 P.M- 39th and Main Street, Flushing - Linda Sun (718) 939-0915
Francisco P. Moya - Queens - 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. - Make the Road New York - 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights - Meghan Tadio (718) 458-5367
Samuel D. Roberts - Syracuse - 8 A.M.- 12 P.M. - CUNY Regional Market - 2100 Park Street - Wil Mathis (315) 449-9536
Mike Spano - Yonkers - 10 A.M.- 12 P.M. - Yonkers Riverfront Library Lobby - 1 Larkin Center - Marian Marji (914) 779-8805
Sunday, May 15
Alec Brook-Krasny - Brooklyn - 11 A.M.- 3 P.M. - Outdoor: Corner of Coney Island and Brighton Beach; Alternate Indoor: YMCA - Kate Cucco (718) 266-0267
Joseph R. Lentol - Brooklyn - 11 A.M. - 4 P.M. - McCarren Park Field House - Carmen Calderon (718) 383-7474
Phil Ramos - Long Island - 2 P.M.- 6 P.M. - Portuguese American Club - 17 3rd Avenue, Brentwood - Luis Montes (631) 235-3589
Ellen Jaffee - Spring Valley (Rockland County) - 12 P.M.- 4 P.M. - St. Joseph's Church - 245 N. Main Street, Spring Valley - Lisa Dorcely (845) 624-4601
Matthew Titone - Staten Island - 2 P.M.- 5 P.M. - Faber Park - 2175 Richmond Terrace - Laura Lobianco Sword (718) 442-9932