This article was assembled from information from Ethnic Gourmet worker supporters
Multi-ethnic immigrant workers are waging a fierce struggle against a Boston area natural food processor. Brazilian, Central American, and Asian Workers at the Ethnic Gourmet plant engaged in a work stoppage that essentially paralyzed the plant on Friday, April 31st and discouraged the factory not opening Saturday.
In late August, waiters and buspersons launched a strike at the East Buffet Restaurant in Huntington, Long Island, where the employer stole workers' tips and then retaliated against them for speaking out. The workers -- all of whom are Chinese immigrants -- are picketing daily during the lunch and dinner shifts.
The workers have maintained their strike with daily pickets for weeks -- and need your support! For more information and to learn how you can get involved, contact the Justice Will Be Served! Campaign.
In October 2000, all 150 workers at the Chinese Daily News in Monterey Park, California, the largest Chinese daily newspaper in the US, decided they wanted union representation with The Newspaper Guild?ommunications Workers of America (TNG-CWA).
Workers at the Proman Manufacturing Co., a sportswear producer in South Boston, attempted to demand a fair severance when faced with the factory's impending closure. Proman Mfg. Co.'s owner, Joseph Proman, laid-off all of its 40-plus Chinese and Latino workers last Wednesday.
Though some workers have worked for decades for Proman Mfg. Co., Proman refused to offer severance pay, or give prior notice of layoffs to workers until the week before the factory's closure.
In New York City, a worker-called boycott of Liberty Apparel continues. The workers, along with the Chinese Staff and Worker Association (CSWA), are renewing their calls for organizing, because their case is set to be reheard in a lower court later this year.
In New York City's Chinatowns, years of struggle by restaurant workers have resulted in a series of precedent-setting victories. Unlike the area's mostly unionized garment industry, Chinatown restaurant workers are mostly non-union. But conditions in the garment industry have continued declining since the 1980s, while those for restaurant workers have improved.
Laid-off Advanced Electronics, Inc. (AEI) workers - primarily middle-aged, immigrant women - departed jubilant from a rally held on Wednesday, June 8, in front of the Boston company's offices. Right during the rally, Chairman of the Board Edward Chiang announced the factory would grant $300,000 of severance, agreeing to the laid-off workers' demand of a week of severance for every year worked.
Attendees of the South Asian Students Alliance's (SASA) annual conference, held over the Martin Luther King weekend, were awoken to chants of protest as young South Asians from around the country stood in solidarity with boycotting hotel workers at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Advanced Electronics, Inc. (AEI) is an electronics manufacturer in South Boston that has reaped enormous profits over the past 25 years, by tapping into a pool of inner city Chinese immigrant labor. In 1999, AEI made the ?Inner City 100,? a ranking for the fastest growing inner city companies in the U.S. In 2004, it remained on the list of Electronic Business 's ?Top 100 Contract Manufacturers? worldwide, with a total revenue of over $30 million in 2003.