CEJ In the News: 2015

Overdue wage equality ripples are spreading

What she knows, what matters most, is what it means to her family. It means she can stop getting food stamps. It means they can ditch their clunker for a real car. It means she’ll make enough to cover more …

Lexington Co-op increases starting wages for employees

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Lexington Co-op announced a wage hike in advance of the opening of its second store. The starting hourly wage for staff at the Co-op has been raised to $11.24 per hour as of November 15, 2015. …

Fight for $15 – April 14th Strike

We’re winning because we organize, because we protest, and because we STRIKE. On April 14, let’s get even louder. Join me and the rest of the #FightFor15 in Buffalo:10AM: McDonald’s, 2156 Niagara Street3PM: March from the NetZero House, 10 Winter Street, to …

Low-wage workers rally for $15 minimum wage

At a rally outside a McDonalds restaurant at 453 William St. in Buffalo Tuesday morning, Coalition for Economic Justice Executive Director Kirk Laubenstein said full-time workers can’t afford to pay their rent making the minimum wage. Kurt Schneiderman, an adjunct …

Fast-food workers in Buffalo protest low pay

Alicia Zielinski sometimes works 50 hours a week at her fast-food job, she still struggles making ends meet. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old West Seneca resident joined others at a City Hall rally pressing for better pay and working conditions in …

Reducing Poverty in Erie County is focus of new community advisory panel

One is a University at Buffalo professor with expertise on distressed urban neighborhoods and the redevelopment of shrinking cities. Another runs a West Side health center whose main clients are refugees and others of low income. A third is chairman …

Residents, labor advocates rally for NCIDA reform

By Rikki Cason Local residents, community groups and labor advocates will gather in front of Budget Host Inn, 6621 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls today to rally for a change in how the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency and …

Advocates say Niagara County IDA funding low-wage projects

By Omar Fetouh and Michael Mroziak Hotel projects don’t create living wage jobs. That is the message being sent to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency by labor and community groups. A rally held in front of a Niagara Falls …

Protestors rally against county IDA tax breaks

By Rikki Cason More than 75 labor advocates, union representatives and residents gathered Wednesday in front of the Budget Host Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls to rally for a change in how the Niagara County Industrial Development …

Activists, unions rally in the Falls against IDAs

By Rikki Cason More than 75 labor advocates, union representatives and residents gathered on the side of Niagara Falls Boulevard, in front of the Budget Host Inn, Wednesday to rally for a change in how local economic development agencies give …