Press Releases: 2015

CEJ Buffalo Takes Fight to Verizon Wireless on Black Friday

  Buffalo, NY — On Black Friday, the Coalition for Economic Justice joined with CWA 1122 and the more than 39,000 CWA and IBEW members who build and maintain Verizon phone lines and internet service from Virginia to Massachusetts, who …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Advocates say Niagara County IDA funding low-wage projects

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 motel, the Budget Host Inn, Wednesday …

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Stones’ stagehands stiffed for work

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As the executive director of the Coalition for Economic Justice, the Rev. Kirk Laubenstein has spent countless hours fighting for a better wage for western New Yorkers. The fight has now turned to his own bank account …

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Local organizers raise funds for burned Southern black churches

Several local organizations and members of the community gathered Friday evening at a local coffee house to raise money and awareness for a number of black churches that were damaged or entirely destroyed in late June across the South. The fundraiser …

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