Did you know? There is a growing NYC Laundry Workers Movement, and from now until June 4th, we hope you will like, share, donate, and talk to your friends about our #AirtheDirtyLaundry fundraising campaign! This is a fundraiser, and it is also a chance for us to share with our supporters about the work we here at Laundry Workers Center have been up to recently.
On February 16, 2019, Ricarda Mosso and Maria Garcia, 2 immigrant women workers, led a march to their workplace - and the Bay Ridge Sunshine Shirt Laundry Campaign was born. As many supporters as were able squeezed into the small dry cleaner, and the two women fearlessly delivered their demands to the boss for minimum wage, safe conditions, and respect. Local residents waved and cheered in support of the workers.
"After months of training and leadership development with the Laundry Workers Center, on February 16, 2019 we launched our organizing campaign. The company is taking many retaliation, but I will never give up because I must fight until we have justice, until this management respects me and my co-worker, we need to continue our struggle because many workers are watching us and we need to lead by the example. We demand payment of the minimum wage, the overtime, a good work environment with the right equipment, ventilation and heating. We are demanding that the company comply with health and safety laws. They need to stop the discrimination and the physical abuse." -Ricarda Mosso, Laundry Worker
On March 15, less than 1 month later, the workers of Sunshine Shirt Laundry Center had already won first steps toward justice. The bosses agreed to pay minimum wage and provide structural changes for a safe, dignified workplace. It was a powerful victory, but the fight continues. There will be negotiations to come to discuss back wages owed, which the company has agreed to discuss amicably but they also do not want strong women leaders working for them so LWC continues to stand with them and ensure they are treated with respect and that they do not face retaliation on the job for coming from a place of strength and fighting for basic worker rights.
The Bay Ridge Sunshine Laundry Campaign is one of 2 active worker-led campaigns of the Laundry Workers Center, on top of a lot of other work we will be sharing on our social media pages in the coming weeks. We couldn't do this work without your support! Please help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 before June 4th to build out additional campaigns for workers around the city.
#airthedirtylaundry was the title of a powerful, inspirational & international rally organized by International Women’s Strike (IWS) organizers highlighting the critical contributions by working women to the movement, the rally highlighted the voice of laundry workers, domestic workers, nurses, teachers, street vendors, retail workers and many more. LWC is continuing the use of that title with the blessing of IWS for our spring fundraising campaign to make the connections between the mostly immigrant women laundry workers who are treated unfairly who we fight alongside and on behalf of.
Brandworkers International is Laundry Worker Center's fiscal sponsor. All donations made on this page are tax-deductible and will be sent directly to Laundry Workers Center.