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(en) WORKERS SOLIDARITY Volume 1 Issue 1 - Minimax Workers Continue Their Struggle by Bert

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 28 Feb 2004 08:43:25 +0100 (CET)

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The workers at the MINIMAX store on Knickerbocker Ave in the Bushwick section
of Brooklyn, NY are continuing their struggle for workplace justice.
These immigrant workers have been engaged in a months long fight over poor
working conditions, pay and firings. With the support of Workers in Action
(Make the Road)and others, there have been many pickets and other activities.
We are still out there leafleting every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.
We are still in slow negotiations with the bosses, the principal demands
being the boss pay the back wages and penalties to the workers (some $90,000),
and give a raise to all the present workers. The other demands, coffee breaks,
not getting fired for being out sick or with a sick child, etc., which cost
the boss no money, we apparently have won. But the money is the main
sticking point.

If the workers went to court the workers will surely win their back pay. But
the workers want to make a change, not only for themselves, but for all the
workers. We can only win demands like the raise and so on, by pressuring the
boss with protests and boycott. The court will not go there. That’s why
action is important. So that is why we continue our protests!

If we can win something for the workers there, we can go on to target other
stores in that shopping area and pressure them to comply or face protests
boycotts too.

The best would be to get the workers rehired, and then have a union
situation. But that is where immigrants face particular problems.



301 Grove Street, Brooklyn, New York 11237


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