New York Bar Foundation Presents Grant to Catholic Migration Services

Foundation Board member Martin Minkowitz, center, presents a grant to David Colodny, Director of Legal Services of Catholic Migration Services, left, and Father Patrick Keating, CEO of Catholic Migration Services. Photo: Nancy Pardo

From The New York Bar Foundation: The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $2,500 to Catholic Migration Services, Brooklyn. The grant will be used to support their Immigrant Workers’ Rights Program.

“Catholic Migration Services greatly appreciates the New York Bar Foundation’s critical support of our Immigrant Workers’ Rights Program,” states Father Patrick Keating. “The Foundation’s grant will support efforts to help low-wage workers who have fallen victim to wage theft, and to help educate hundreds of other workers about their rights in the workplace, such as their right to receive the minimum wage and overtime, and to work in safe conditions.”

In early 2017, The New York Bar Foundation allocated more than $640,000 in grants to programs across New York State. These grants assist in:

  • Increasing public understanding of the law
  • Improving the justice system and the law
  • Facilitating the delivery of legal services
  • Enhancing professional competence and ethics

The New York Bar Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association. To learn more about The Foundation and how you can support its charitable programs, go to www.tnybf.org, phone 518-487-5651 or email nybarfoundation@tnybf.org.

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Join Us for the Sunset Reception 2017

Catholic Migration Services is honored to host our annual Sunset Reception on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Pierrepont House in Brooklyn Heights, NY. As is customary, our attorney’s will share information about each of our program areas, covering immigration, tenant advocacy and workers’ rights.

The event brings together legal professionals seeking to expand their work in the non-profit industry. Be sure to save your spot and fill out the form below.

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Viernes, un día sin pan para apoyar a quienes ya no lo harán

Trabajadores de Tom Cat Bakery en protesta contra acciones anti-inmigrantes. Foto: Getty Images por medio de El Diario NY

Viernes el 21 de abril, trabajadores de Tom Cat Bakery, una de las panaderías más conocidas en la cuidad organizaron #DayWithoutBread o #UnDíaSinPan junto con Brandworkers, la organización laboral que les une. Era el deseo de los trabajadores que en la cuidad no comer pan como “un gesto de solidaridad y protesta a la política anti-inmigrante”. Los trabajadores están representados por abogados con Servicios Católicos de Migración y el Urban Justice Center-Community Development Project.

Lea la historia completa en El Diario NYViernes, un día sin pan para apoyar a quienes ya no lo harán

Tom Cat Bakery management works with immigrant workers facing termination

After a rally held on March 22nd to protest the threatened mass firings of immigrant workers following a Department of Homeland Security investigation, employees at Tom Cat Bakery have secured an extension of the deadline that would fire long time employees with no severance pay, within 10 business days if they did not provide documents proving they are in the United States legally. The workers are being represented by attorneys from Catholic Migration Services and Urban Justice Center – Community Development Project.

Read the full story from the Times Ledger: Tom Cat Bakery management works with immigrant facing termination

 

Immigrant Food Factory Workers Threatened with Mass Termination Choose Resistance

Following a Department of Homeland Security investigation, immigrant workers from Tom Cat Bakery were threatened by mass firings. On Wednesday, March 22nd workers, elected officials and community supporters rallied outside of the city’s oldest artisanal bakery to protest and stand in solidarity. The workers, represented by attorneys from Catholic Migration Services and Urban Justice Center – Community Development Project are also members of Brandworkers, a non-profit organization bringing local food production workers together for good jobs and a sustainable food system.

Read the full press release from Brandworkers in Common Dreams: Immigrant Food Factory Workers Threatened with Mass Termination Choose Resistance

Tipped Minimum Wage Increase

tipped workers

Governor Cuomo’s administration announced on February 24th that by December 31, 2015, the tipped minimum wage will be $7.50 in New York State. This is in response to over 2,000 emails to the New York State Department of Labor, rallies, and public testimonies. As a result of the two-tiered wage system that is currently in place service workers are forced to live off of tips for the bulk of their take-home pay. This is a huge victory for wage equality and fair wages for restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped employees in New York.