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File #: Res 1150-2000    Version: * Name: Unionize Greengroceries
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Civil Service and Labor
On agenda: 1/19/2000
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution in support of Local 169 of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees' (UNITE) efforts to unionize the workers in the city's greengroceries.
Sponsors: Margarita Lopez, Pedro G. Espada, Kathryn E. Freed, Guillermo Linares, Helen M. Marshall, Eva S. Moskowitz, Christine C. Quinn, Philip Reed, Mark Green, Walter L. McCaffrey, Stanley E. Michels, Bill Perkins, Jose Rivera, Annette M. Robinson, Archie W. Spigner, Ronnie M. Eldridge
Council Member Sponsors: 16
Attachments: 1. Committee Report
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2001*Margarita Lopez City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2000*Margarita Lopez Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2000*Margarita Lopez Committee on Civil Service and Labor Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2000*Margarita Lopez City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2000*Margarita Lopez City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1150 Title Resolution in support of Local 169 of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees' (UNITE) efforts to unionize the workers in the city's greengroceries. Body By Council Members Lopez, Espada, Freed, Linares, Marshall, Moskowitz, Quinn and Reed; also Council Members McCaffrey, Michels, Perkins, Rivera, Robinson and Spigner. Whereas, Local 169 of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) has been asked by the workers of the city's greengroceries to be their legal bargaining representative with respect to wages, hours and conditions of employment; and Whereas, According to Local 169 of UNITE, workers in the city's greengroceries are being paid less then the legal minimum wage, receive no overtime pay, and have no health or pension benefits, or vacation or sick leave; and Whereas, Pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act, these workers have a right to be represented by a union and receive benefits that a unionized worker receives in accordance with a negotiated collective bargaining agreement; and Whereas, Many of these workers are recent immigrants and according to Local 169 of UNITE, are unfairly exploited by the shopkeepers; and Whereas, According to the Lower East Side Community Labor Coalition, the National Labor Relations Board has recently sided with employees of Adinah's Farms Market, whose owner is a major lower eastside greengrocer and Local 169 of UNITE in their complaint that employees of Adinah's Farms Market had been illegally fired by the shopowner when they attempted to join the union; and Whereas, Local 169 of UNITE has expressed a desire to begin negotiations with the city's greengrocers in order to establish agreements which are mutually satisfactory to the employer and the employees of the greengroceries; and Whereas, New York City has a long and proud history and tradition of supporting labor unions and the rights of unions to organize workers and collectively bargain in relation to their working conditions; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York supports Local 169 of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees' (UNITE) efforts to unionize the workers in the city's greengroceries. LS#2425 CHS:ts 01/13/00 |1013| |1013|