Press Releases: 2012

Local Advocates Demand Change at Walmart

Buffalo, NY–Representatives from United Food and Commercial Workers, the Area Labor Federation, Buffalo First!, and the Coalition for Economic Justice gathered at the Walmart at the Thruway Plaza in Cheektowaga to express support for Walmart associates throughout the country and across the globe who are calling for good jobs with decent pay, regular hours, affordable health care, dignity at the workplace, and an end to retaliation against workers who speak out for changes at Walmart.

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Community Leaders Call on City to Pay Workers Back Wages

Buffalo, NY—Workers’ rights and living wage advocates called on the City of Buffalo to fully reimburse “seasonal” sanitation workers for the back-wages the City has refused to pay them.  Following today’s meeting of the Civil Service Committee, which tabled a Living Wage resolution regarding “seasonal” sanitation workers back-pay, community and faith leaders expressed disappointed with the committee’s decision and urged the City to take action on the resolution to pay the full wages owed to “seasonal” sanitation workers from 2003 – 2007.

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DUWE TO LEAVE THE COALITION FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE, NEW DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED

Buffalo, NY – Seven years after taking the helm at the Coalition for Economic Justice, Allison Duwe is stepping down as Executive Director to focus more attention on her growing family.

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ADVOCATES “AWARD” CARL PALADINO FOR RECORD OF CORPORATE SUBSIDY ABUSE

Advocates assembled to deliver the award outside the corporate headquarters of Paladino’s Ellicott Development Company in downtown Buffalo.  Paladino was also added to a new Hall of Shame website at www.GettingOurMoneysWorth.org.

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ADVOCATES TAKE A SWING AT VWR’S CORPORATE SUBSIDY ABUSE

A special ceremony in Rochester today helped kicked off a series of events around the state recognizing corporate subsidy abuse. VWR International was inducted into the new Corporate Tax Dodgers Hall of Shame by dozens of workers, community members, faith leaders, labor leaders, and activists.

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New Poll: Majority of Voters in Grisanti’s District Support Raising the Minimum Wage.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Residents in the redrawn New York State Senate District 60 solidly support raising the minimum wage, according to a poll released today by a coalition of social and economic justice organizations.

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Local leaders confront corporate power

WIVB, By Kevin Rhoney, February 18, 2012.  Confronting corporate power was on the minds of some grass roots, union, and community leaders Saturday, at a training session to help make their voices heard.
Attendee’s sharpened up their skills, to engage lawmakers, and the public on corporate greed, and how to start local efforts to hold the people accountable to win funding for their groups. They want to make sure that the money that is available to workers goes to the right people.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Confronting corporate power was on the minds of some grass roots, union, and community leaders Saturday, at a training session to help make their voices heard.

Attendee’s sharpened up their skills, to engage lawmakers, and the public on corporate greed, and how to start local efforts to hold the people accountable to win funding for their groups. They want to make sure that the money that is available to workers goes to the right people.

Agnes Mabins of CSEA Local 815 said, “The community suffers when everyone doesn’t pay their fair share. the libraries close, daycares close, the roads are bad. the people pay their fair share, all were asking is that the corporations do the same thing.”

Leaders of these groups will take what they learned at Saturday’s training session, and start accountability campaigns throughout 2012.

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