Past Accomplishments

April 24, 2010, New Labor holds a statewide conference for temp agency workers with about 100 participants. Please click hereclick here to see some pictures. to watch a video of a role play and

April 15, 2010- New Labor’s health and safety training curriculum is part of the agenda of OSHA’s National Summit on Latino Worker Health and Safety in Houston. Please also click here to see some pictures.

April 2010- New Labor marches with 300 supporter in Lakewood to urge Congressman Chris Smith to support immigration reform. Click here to read an article from the Asbury Park Press or click here to see their pictures of the march.

April 2010- New Labor helps prepare facilitation for an OSHA-10 class for day laboreres at a worker center in Memphis

March 2010- On March 21, New Labor mobilized 15 buses from around teh state to attend the national march and rally for immigration reform in Washington DC.

March 2010- New Labor helps prepare facilitation of an OSHA-10 class for day laborers at a worker center in Cincinnati.

March 2010- New labor helps recuperate unpaid wages for 4 workers who have become members in Lakewood

February 2010- New labor trains 29 members and community residents from New Brunswick, Lakewood, Newark, Union City and Elizabeth around workplace health and safety. The participants will now be able to facilitate health and safety classes to their peers.

Feb 2010- 40 members confront On-Target about stuffing too many people into their vans and charging people for transportation that had their own ride. This results in a meeting with the CEO and a change in van policy in the affected area of Lakewood.

Feb 2010- New Labor helps American Bindery employees recuperate almost $200,000 of unpaid wages. About 60 workers had been owed for almost two months and they had performed work stoppages previously.

January 18- New Labor helps conduct a train-the-trainer course in Chicago for construction workers form Memphis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Chicago. They use new Labor’s curriculum and will be training workers at their respective centers in the upcoming months.

January 16- Members and supporters from newark, new Brunswick, Union City and Perth Amboy do a canvass in Lakewood to get signatures of support urging Congressman Chris Smith to support comprehensive immigration reform.

January 13, 2010- New Labor holds 3 events for kids to draw the importance of family unity that will be sent to President Obama, reminding him of his promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform. About 160 children participate. Pictures can be found by clicking here

January 9, 2010- New Labor facilitates warehouse health and safety training for G&S Logistics.

January 4, 2010- Happy New Year! New Labor starts off the year with members going to Trenton to support the push for in-state tuition.

December 26, 2009- To finish the year off right, New Labor holds its 3rd holiday party.

December 20, 2009- Despite 2 feet of snow New Labor holds its holiday party in Lakewood. 2 days earlier the party is held in New Brunswick. About 300 attend.

December 15, 2009- New Labor helps recuperate $3,000 of unpaid wages to workers in Newark.

December 12, 2009- 2 member/trainers facilitate a workplace health and safety class for members of the Elizabeth Learners’ Center.

December 7, 2009- New Labor members provide testimony in Trenton about the need for more affordable housing near the warehouses where they work at.

November 30, 2009- New Labor holds Thanksgiving parties at its centers and has a dedication to co-founder Rich Cunningham who passed away earlier this year.

November 24, 2009- Happy Thanksgiving!. House parties also appear in the Home News. Click here to read the article. Interestingly, this article has received the most comments for an article this week.

November 20, 2009- New Labor coordinates 21 house parties with 400 participants for Luis Gutierrez’ town hall meeting for comprehensive immigration reform. Click here to see the Jersey Journal invitation and Click here to see the article from the Asbury Park Press. New Labor also holds a fundraiser party in Newark for the center.

October 27- Pictures from the March in Washington are now available. . Click here to see those taken by Lou Kimmel, and click here to see those taken by Mauricio Banegas.

October 25- Members and Rutgers students participate in a get-out-the-vote push for Latino voters.

October 24- 42 Members and residents of Newark attend a workplace health and safety class, with a majority of participants being ice cream vendors. The city is currently incresing regulation of the vendors, meaning many might lose their licenses. Click here to see some pictures form the class.

October 13- New Labor participates in a national action for immigration reform and family unity in Washington DC. It organizes 160 of the NJ contingent, which was the biggest delegation. Member Mayra Noyola speaks at the rally.

September 15, 2009- New Labor helps coordinate vigils for family unification.

September 4 2009- New Labor co-founder and former Executive Director Rich Cunningham has passed away after his valiant fight against cancer. Viewings will take place Sunday Sept 6 from 2 pm – 4pm and 7 pm – 9 pm, and a service will be on Monday Sept 10 at 10 AM, all at Crabiel Funeral Home in Milltown, NJ.

September 2009- New Labor will be participating in “vigilia de los niños” in Highland Park and Freehold, September 15. The vigil about having a space to protest against raids and promote family unification as the family unit is the base of all societies. We are meeting at 3:30 in New Brunswick and 5:15 in Lakewood.

August 28, 2009- 20 women participate in “Noche de las Mujeres” in New Brunswick.

August 20, 2009- Members and staff meet with Leonard Lance’s office (District 7) about healthcare and immigration reform

August 16, 2009- 20 women pariticpate in “Noche de las Mujeres” in Lakewood

August 15, 2009 18 community residents attend an informational meeting on New Labor’s pre-paid MasterCard.

August 9- Lakewood members take a trip to Point Pleasant Beach.

July 18, 2009- community forums are held in Lakewood and New Brunswick around comprehensive immigration reform. Over 130 attend. Click here to read more about the event in Lakewood.

July 11, 2009- New Labor will be holding a community forum around comprehensive immigration reform with immigration lawyers to explain about the current system.

June 27, 2009- New Labor trainers assist in the third training of residential construction workers from two worker centers in Chicago, at the University of Illinois Chicago. The health and safety curriculum that New Labor developed will be expanded to other worker centers throughout the Midwest over the following year.

June 20, 2009- New Labor centers have potluck dinners to celebrate accomplishments of the last two months.

June 6, 2009- New Labor participates in a fundraiser for Richie Cunnigham, original Executive Director of New Labor, who has cancer. Over $21,000 is raised.

June 5, 2009- New Labor participates in a national summit on immigration reform in Washington DC with FIRM, including visits to our congressmen. Through our member visits, Congressman Leonard Lance has now expressed his interest in support for immigration reform.

May 23, 2009- 33 members participate in canvassing neighborhoods in New Brunswick and Lakewood around comprehensive immigration reform and the work we do. Each culminate with a bbq.

May 1, 2009- New Labor organized a march and rally for comprehensive immigration reform at a national level. As a part of FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement), New Labor organized the event for New Jersey. Around 400 people participated, and the Associated Press mentioned it. The program at the rally consisted of African-Americans, Whites, and Latinos, clergy and lay people.

April 19, 26- New Labor in conjunction with New Brunswick soccer organization helps organize a tournament fundraiser with 23 participating teams for the May 1 event we are organizing for comprehensive immigration reform.

April 18, 2009- New Labor participates in a conference with NJ Working Families.

March 21, 2009- More than 100 residential construction workers participate in an industry conference in Newark.

January 30, 2009- Members and staff return from visits to some New Jersey congressional offices in Washington to gauge and mobilize interest around comprehensive immigration reform.

In addition, 29 members from New Brunswick, Lakewood, and Newark complete a week-long train-the-trainer course around workplace health and safety.

January 26, 2009- 35 members and allies go to On-Target temporary employment agency to assure that a member is paid for the work he did. After the police arrive, our member is paid.

January 23, 2009- New Labor holds meetings around organizational changes, goals, and passing comprehensive immigration reform this year. Over 100 members attend.

January 13, 2009- New Labor officially starts Local 55, its unique partnership with the Laborers Union. New members participate in a six-week training program that focuses on improving environmental quality and reducing waste in Newark. Click here to read more in an article from the Star Ledger.

January 11, 2009- Happy New Year! New Labor conducts construction workplace health and safety training for day laborers in Chicago that are members of Unión Latina and Interfaith Worker Justice . Trainers are also trained to be able to lead upcoming workplace health and safety classes. Participants earn their OSHA 10 cards.

December 20, 2008- New Labor holds Holiday parties in New Brunswick, Lakewood, and Newark attended by 400 members, friends and families.

December 4, 2008- 50 members go to Washington to participate in the Realizing the Promise forum with over 2,500 organizers, leaders, and activists from around the country, to help shape the agenda for Congress and the new administration. Click here to read more or watch the video.

November 26, 2008- 100 members and friends and families attend Thanksgiving celebrations at both centers.

November 24, 2008- New Labor delivers a letter to the CEO of TeamStaff in support of TeamStaff workers in Chicago that were treated unfairly and discriminated against. New Labor’s support helps move TeamStaff to accept the workers’ demands.

November 15, 2008- 100 members and community residents attend a meeting about the abuses of some temp agencies and what we can do to solve these common problems. A sub-committee is formed to work on strategies.

November 12, 2008- Three construction workers unite with New labor to reclaim their unpaid wages.

November 4- 2008 New Labor appears on the Huffington Post regarding involvement in our Get out the Vote efforts. Click here to read and watch the video. This video as well as another, appear on the Community Values Blog. Click here see them as well as other experiences of groups on election day from around the country.

New Labor has been involved a non-partisan issue based get out the vote campaign in the 7th district. In the election of 2006, this district was decided by about 3,000 votes. This year it is anticipated that the race is close once again. We canvassed between 8,000 and 10,000 sporadic voters that could make a difference in the election around issues such as healthcare, fair treatment of immigrants, and economic justice.

October 28, 2008- New Labor participates in anti 287g protests in Freehold, saying no to deputizing local police to enforce immigration law.
Click here to read more.

October 26, 2008- New Labor Unidos soccer team completes its best season by winning 3rd place in the second division of the New Brunswick league. Congratulations!

October 18, 2008- Domestic workers hold an “encuentro” at our New Labor Lakewood office to discuss issues affecting them and concretize what they need for success.

October 14, 2008- New Labor registers more than 2,000 new voters.

October 5, 2008- New Labor members and staff appear in an article on immigrants and construction. Click here to read an article about it from the Asbury Park Press.

September 27, 2008- Members are honored in a Harvest of Hope Dinner at Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick.

September 22, 2008- New Labor staff and members participate in a forum with the Catholic Church around immigration and immigration reform. Click here to read an article about it from the Trenton Times.

September 20, 2008- New Labor participates in the Northeast Region meeting of the Campaign for Community Values. Click here

September 15, 2008- Members of the Lakewood center hold a festival to celebrate the independence of Mexico and various countries in Central America, emphasizing the power of united group of ordinary people with a vision accomplishing extraordinary things. 200 people attend. Click here to read an article about it from the Asbury Park Press.

September 3, 2008- New Labor members celebrate reaching our organizational goal of 4,000 FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement) signatures of commitment to promote a fair comprehensive immigration reform with pathway to citizenship, community values over those of division, and access to health care for all. New Labor is the first organization nationwide to reach this goal.

September 2, 2008- New Labor helps 15 workers recoup $13,000 of unpaid wages from a landscaper.

September 1, 2008- Members hold BBQs for New Labor leaders and trainers in New Brunswick and Lakewood. 60 attend.

August 27, 2008- New Labor members participate in a roundtable discussion with the Asbury Park Press about the issues that affect our communities.

August 23, 2008- Members from both the Lakewood and New Brunswick centers take a trip to Point Pleasant Beach.

August 19, 2008- An important meeting is held in New Brunswick about the unnecessary death of community resident Carlos Gamboa, who died on the job when he fell 25 feet in a warehouse. It was his first day and the company didn’t provide him fall protection nor adequate training. 75 members and residents discussed how to help the family and combat systemic workplace health and safety problems in warehouses.

August 7, 2008- New Labor peer-to-peer trainers hold a workplace health and safety training for night shift workers at First Rate Companies in Manhattan.

August 1, 2008- New Labor completes a two part health and safety training for Jay Franco warehouse.

July 31, 2008- New Labor members participate in a community blood drive.

July 24, 2008- New Labor helps members and community residents recover over $1,000 of unpaid wages.

July 16, 2008- New Labor’s member video for the convention is now available. Click here to watch the video. In Spanish.

July 11, 2008- New Labor members and staff and other organizations meet with John Edwards to discuss the importance of raising New Jersey’s minimum wage.

July 5, 2008- 100 members attend New Labor’s first membership convention. They make decisions that will affect governance structure and pursuit of better wages and working conditions.

June 29, 2008- New Labor holds a trip to the Statue of Liberty with over 100 members and friends and family forom both the Lakewood and New Brunswick center. Participants uphold the FIRM pledge.

June 25, 2008- New Labor members celebrate over 2,500 FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement) signatures of commitment to promote a fair comprehensive immigration reform with pathway to citizenship, community values over those of division, and access to health care for all. Ice cream was eaten by all.

June 21, 2008- 60 members and community residents attend Legal Services of New Jersey workshops on worker and tenant rights, and domestic violence at our centers in Lakewood and New Brunswick.

June 11, 2008- New Labor members provide testimony to Governor Corzine’s Blue Ribbon Policy Panel on Immigrant Policy at a public hearing in Jersey City. Testimony focuses on the need for publicly assisted centers for day laborers and family unification.

June 8, 2008- New Labor Lakewood plants a garden during New Labor month.

June 7, 2008- over 40 members and residents attend workplace health and safety classes at both centers.

May 29, 2008- New Labor begins “New Labor month” with a potluck dinner for 100 members from Lakewood and New Brunswick.

May 17, 2008- New Labor celebrates its first anniversary in Lakewood with over 100 members, family and friends.

May 15, 2008- Some New Labor staff participate in La Liga Covention of Global remitters with TIGRA in Mexico City.

May 3, 2008- New Labor members participate in New Brunswick’s 5 de Mayo festival and receive support for FIRM’s campaign for fair immigration reform, health care for all, and community values.

May 2, 2008- 30 members complete New Labor’s Train-the-Trainer course. Members acquire the skills to be able to facilitate workplace health and safety classes as well as a variety of other subjects.

April 30, 2008- New Labor participates in an action with SEIU in solidarity with members who had been locked out of their jobs. Click here to watch video.

April 29, 2008- New Labor members take a trip to watch a Lakewood BlueClaws baseball game.

April 18, 2008- New Labor does workplace health and safety classes in Dover, Perth Amboy, Lakewood, and red Bank over the last month.

April 12, 2008- New Labor Lakewood participates in the town’s health fair.

April 10, 2008- Some staff members participate in a Generation Change training around organizing.

March 30, 20008- Over 200 members, family and friends attend New Labor’s Cesar Chavez celebrations in New Brunswick and Lakewood, to honor his work and legacy. In Lakewood members performed traditional dances.

March 28, 2008- New Labor helps with outreach for and organization of the Mexican Consulate’s visit to New Brunswick. Click here to read more.

March 24, 2008- New Labor is featured and helps create “Immigrant Day Laborers in New Jersey: Baseline Data from a Participatory Research Project” in New Solutions: Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy #18.

March 10, 2008- 16 people participate in New Labor’s first health and safety class for restaurant workers.

March 8, 2008- 30 people participate in a workplace health and safety construction class in Keyport.

March 4- New Labor holds their first health and safety equipment demos at the corners in Keyport and Matawan.

March 1, 2008- 27 women participate in a second workplace health and safety conference for cleaners at our Lakewood office.

February 27, 2008- After members provide testimony at Governor Corzine’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigrant Policy in December, New Labor members and staff meet with David Socolow, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor, to discuss ways of working together to combat wage theft in the state of New Jersey.

February 23, 2008- 10 members participate in a health and safety construction equipment training. In the upcoming months, they will perform short equipment demonstrations at corners throughout the state.

February 14, 2008- Over 200 members and their friends and families celebrate Valentine’s Day with events in both New Brunswick and Lakewood.

February 12, 2008- New Labor members participate in a conference with FIRM for immigration reform, as well as a another conference with IWJ around a wage theft campaign.

January 26, 2008- 25 women participate in a workplace health and safety class for cleaners in Lakewood

January 18, 2008- 19 member-trainers participate in a one-day technical training around workplace health and safety for third shift workers.

December 22, 2007- Happy Holidays. Over 300 members, friends and families attend New Labor’s annual holiday parties in New Brunswick and Lakewood.

December 10, 2007- About 100 members attend the first public hearing of Governor Corzine’s blue ribbon Immigrant panel. 6 members give testimony on subjects such as workplace health and safety, unpaid wages, transportation, the need for support for organization, remittances, and the DREAM Act. New Labor also appears on Univision.

December 8, 2007- New Labor holds its first leadership meeting in Lakewood, attended by 10 members.

December 1, 2007- Staff member Jose Villanueva participates in the Heartland Presidential Forum: Community Values in Action in Iowa with over 5,000 participants from organizations around the country.

New Labor holds its third workplace health and safety class in construction with 20 participants from Red Bank and Long Branch.

November 25, 2007- New Labor Unidos starts its indoor soccer season with benefits going to the Sacred Heart church.

November 21, 2007- New Labor Thanksgiving in Lakewood is a success with about 75 members and their friends and family sharing in the potluck lunch and dinner, which also had a DJ and dancing.

November 20, 2007- New Labor Thanksgiving in New Brunswick is a success with over 100 members and their friends and family sharing in the potluck lunch and dinner.

November 17, 2007- New Labor holds its second mini-conference on workplace health and safety in construction attended by 60 people from Lakewood, Manasquan, Asbury Park, Belmar and Neptune. New Labor is also featured in an article in Nuestra Comunidad about Latinos and conflicts in New Jersey.

November 3, 2007- New Labor holds a mini-conference on workplace health and safety in construction attended by 40 people from New Brunswick, Matawan, and Perth Amboy.

October 31, 2007- New Labor participates in Halloween events in New Brunswick and Lakewood with over 600 community residents.

October 27, 2007- Despite the rain, 9 members of New Labor’s street team participate in an event in Lakewood.

October 20, 2007- Sixteen members of New Labor’s street team participate in a march against domestic violence in New Brunswick.

October 5, 2007- New Labor goes to the Statue of Liberty with over 80 members, friends, and family from New Brunswick and Lakewood.

October 4, 2007- El Equipo de la Calle spreads the word about the campaign against Western Union outside a local branch in New Brunswick. Jose Villanueva also appears in an article about the campaign in El Diario/La Prensa. Click here to read more in Spanish.

September 22, 2007- New Labor concludes “New Labor Week”, which comprised of different events and classes to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization while also serving as an opportunity for community residents to get to know New Labor. Over 150 people participate in New Brunswick and Lakewood, which also had its first BBQ.

September 9, 207- New Labor holds its annual New Brunswick BBQ at Johnson Park. Almost 100 members and their friends and families attend.

September 3, 2007- New Labor appears in the Asbury Park Press in an article about the Btto House and the realities of immigrant labor in NJ at the turn of the 19th century, which are similar to those faced by members today. Click here to read more.

August 14, 2007- New Labor celebrates the times and accomplishments of MIchelle Gross.

August 7, 2007- New Labor participates with Sacred Heart Church in National Night Out festivities.

August 6, 2007- 27 members attend the ceremony for the Exeuctive Order of Governor Jon Corzine to create an immigration policy commision in New Jersey. A group photo is taken with the Governor. New Labor also appears in a Home News article about the meeting we held concerning the Western Union campaign. Click here to read more.

August 4, 2007- New Labor holds an emergency response and preparedness health and safety class at Sacred Heart Church that is attended by 35 members and community residents of New Brunswick.

August 2, 2007- 35 members and their friends and family attend a potluck dinner at the Lakewood center.

July 23, 2007- 50 members and community residents attend meetings about the TIGRA campaign against Western Union, at our centers in Lakewood and New Brunswick.

July 8, 2007- 10 members graduate from New Labor’s first 8-week intensive English course.

June 30, 2007- 45 members and friends from New Brunswick and Lakewood take a trip to Point Pleasant Beach.

June 24, 2007- Members mobilized for the past week to let a local employer know that they can’t pay their employees with checks that bounce. Since their action, the employees’ checks have not bounced.

June 10, 2007- The Events Sub-comittee holds a fundraiser. 20 members and friends attend Gold Cup soccer games at Giants Stadium.

June 2, 2007- The Mexican Mobile Consulate comes to New Labor Lakewood to give out over 200 matriculas to Lakewood area residents. New Labor also holds a workplace health and safety class in Dover.

May 21, 2007- New Labor holds a meeting and mobilizes for fair comprehensive imimigration reform. 600 people sign letters to congress in New Brunswick, Red Bank, Lakewood, and Dover urging them to support realistic, comprehensive immigration reform with the STRIVE Act as a base.

May 10, 2007- New Labor participates in a protest with TIGRA, against Western Union so that they reduce their rates and reinvest more into the communities they serve. Red more from The Nation.

May 5, 2007- New Labor continues its work around comprehensive immigration reform by signing letters to congress at cinco de mayo festivals in New Brunswick and Dover. 300 letters are signed. The efforts are continued in those towns as well as Red Bank and Lakewood.

April 27, 2007- New Labor is honored with an award from the New Jersey Work Environment Council, for its continued work around workplace health and safety.

April 21, 2007- New Labor inaugurates its second center, in Lakewood, NJ, as resdients have begun to become members of the organization. 40 members and community residents attend.

April 19, 2007- Washington DC. New Labor meets in with the offices of Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representatives Chris Smith, Rodney Frelinghuysen, and Frank Pallone to urge their support of the STRIVE Act around comprehensive immigration reform. Pallone is a co-sponsor of the House proposal.

April 9, 2007- 75 members, family and friends attend the Easter potluck lunch and New Labor art exhibit. Our art exhibit is in the New Brunswick Public Library for one month.

March 30, 2007- 200 members, family and friends attend Cesar Chavez night. Members play music, read poetry, and give speeches about social justice. Grupo Xochipilli provides traditional Mexican dance.

March 25, 2007- New Labor holds its fourth conference on health and safety and what it takes to build a center in Orange. 125 participants attend the conferences in Red Bank, Dover, Lakewood, and Orange.

March 13, 2007- New Labor appears in a Telemundo report on the SVC. Click here, to read more, and watch in Spanish.

March 12, 2007- New Labor holds a conference on health and safety and what it takes to build a center in Dover, with 40 participants. Click here, to read an article about it from the Daily Record.

March 6, 2007- New Labor participates in a discussion on comprehensive immigration reform that is attended by 80 New Brunswick residents. Click here, to read an article about it from the Home News.

March 5, 2007- New Labor is on the front pages of the Home News and the Daily Targum of Rutgers, for its work with the SVC. Click here, to read the article from the Home News. And Click here, to read the article from the Daily Targum.

March 3, 2007- New Labor holds a conference on health and safety and what it takes to build a center in Red Bank, with 26 participants. Some of the participants signed up to become members.

March 2, 2007- The events sub-committee organizes a potluck dinner attended by 50 members and their families.

February 22, 2007. New Labor is featured in Focus, the faculty and staff publication of Rutgers University, in an article about our stored value card project. Click here, to read the article from Focus.

February 20, 2007. New Labor is featured in a Los Angeles Times article about our stored value card project. Click here, to read the article from the Los Angeles Times.

February 5, 2007. New Labor will soon be featured in the Los Angeles Times for its work with the SVC.

January 26, 2007. Legislative victory. Almost two years after members gave testimony and provided recommendations for improving the safety and security of van services at a public hearing, Governor Jon Corzine signs four bills to improve van safety. Click here to read more from the Home News.

Also, Telemundo airs its report on the SVC nationwide.

January 23, 2007. More coverage of New Labor and the SVC. Click here to read more in Spanish from Hoy. Announcements were also made on 93.1 Amor FM.

January 18, 2007. New Labor is on Univision with its work with the SVC. Click here to read and watch more in Spanish. There will also be a report on Telemundo and in the newspaper Hoy.

January 8, 2007. New Labor receives a grant from the Progressive Technology Project, to enhance communication with members through customized text messaging and podcasts.

January 2, 2007. Happy New Year! The New York Times wrote an article about our stored value card project on Saturday, December 30. The AP also published the story in the Home News and newspapers around the country. The card serves to increase organizational and economic power, and is a safe alternative to check cashing and money transfer agencies. Click here, to read the article from the New York Times.

December 9- About 200 members and their friends and families attend our annual holiday party. The event (music, food, gift exchange, kids’ gifts, raffle, recognition presentations) was organized and carried out by the events sub-committee

November 29- New Labor participates in a meeting with the General Consul of the Mexican Consulate of New York. It was organized by the Mexican American Organization. Members Modesto Roque and Maricela de los Santos commented that they always have to talk with people before making any decision that will affect them.

November 27- New Labor participates in a panel discussion about Worker Centers at the Eagleton Insitute at Rutgers University. Germán Flores, Rich Cunningham, and Louis Kimmel shared their experiences at New Labor with the 60 people in attendance. Our participation was with Professor Janice Fine of Rutgers University, who discussed the situation of worker centers around the United States, as well as her findings in her book on that subject.

November 22- 75 members and their friends and families attend New Labor Thanksgiving. The Comité for Social Events organized everything. Member Ana Hilda Buatista led the prayer before dinner.

November 20, 2006. Health and Safety. New Labor appears in the 2006 Annual Report of University of Medicine and Dentistry- School of Health for its work with Rutgers OTEC in the Latino Occupational Safety and Health Initiative (LOSHI). Also, 25 New Brunswick day laborers attend a workpalce health and safety class at New Labor.

November 8, 2006. In the press. New Labor is featured in an article in the November edition of Nosotros. New Labor also participated in a media briefing about immigration issues in New Jersey. Click here, to read more from the Daily Record. Click here, to read commentary in Spanish from member Santiago Isidro, in Hoy.

October 31, 2006. Alejandro de la Paz, Germán Flores, and JC Hernández coordinate New Labor Halloween. Over 100 attend and receive candy and participate in various games.

October 26, 2006. 30 members attend a “corazón” training about organizing and recruiting.

October 16, 2006. In the Press. New Labor is mentioned in an article about the day labor situation in Lakewood. Click here, to read more from “A No-Show Zone, not a Muster Zone.” from the Asbury Park Press.

October 12, 2006. New Labor holds a meeting in Lakewood for day laborers about organizing and the right to wait for work on the corner. about 100 day laborers attend. Presentations were given by ACLU and NDLON, the National Day Laborers’ Organizing Network. In addition, three day laborers sign up to be members of New Labor.

September 28, 2006. In the Press. Director Rich Cunningham is quoted on radio station NJ 101.5 about deportations.

September 24, 2006. Despite the threat of storms and little time to announce the new date of our annual BBQ, over 100 members and their families showed up for food and fun at Johnson Park.

September 16, 2006. While rain cancelled the parade, the Street Team of 33 members took to the streets to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and give out information about the SVC (stored value card). Members also spoke to hundreds of spectators at the Independence Day festival about the SVC.

September 15, 2006. 23 New Labor members participate in an organizing training at Rutgers University.

September 10, 2006. In the Press. New Labor’s day labor project appears in an article about day laborers in Dover. Click here, to read more from “There’s more to learn on the job.”

September 5, 2006- Despite the rain of Ernesto, 118 day laborers attend New Labor’s statewide conference about workplace health and safety and corner organization. They identified the problemas of the corner and how to best address them.

August 28, 2006. In the Press. New Labor appears in a front page article in the Home News Tribune. Click here, to read more from “Immigrants learning job skills.”

August 27- New Labor Week. 75 people attend the Welcome Ceremony. Member Jeysson Mallqui paints a mural, and photos taken by members are exhibited; 37 kids attend “Kids Day”, 32 people attend legal consultations, and about 100-125 attended the outdoor movie, “Crossing Arizona”. Due to rain, the Annual BBQ is postponed.

August 22- New T-shirts and buttons featuring our logos and phrases are now available.

August 13, 2006- Our soccer team, New Labor Unidos, have just assured a spot in the playoffs of the New Brunswick soccer league. Congratulations.

August 7, 2006- The quartely newsletter, Poco a Poco, is now ready.

July 24, 2006- In the Press. Director Rich Cunningham is quoted in a Star-Ledger article, “No Papers? No Problem.” Click here, to read more.

June 29, 2006- New Labor holds a occupational health and safety conference at the Rutgers University Labor Education Center that addresses the growing problem of injuries and fatalities of immigrant and Latino workers at work. 35 people from community based organizations, non-profits, government agencies and unions participated. Click here, to read more about it from the Asbury Park Press.

May 30, 2006- Train-the-trainer and Leadership Meeting. New Labor has just completed its fourth annual Train-the-Trainer program with 22 participants, including New Labor members, employees of the company Michael Foods, and some day laborers from different towns in NJ. Participants learned about workplace health and safety as well as how to facilitate activities on the same matter. The four-day course was held at Rutgers University.

On Friday May 26, 33 members and day laborers attended a Leadership meeting at Rutgers University. Discussions included overcoming obstacles to both quantitative and qualitative growth, establishing goals for that growth, and creating strategic action plans for different projects.

May 26, 2006- In the Press. Members are pictured in CWPR’s On Center report about our day labor health and safety project. Click here, to read more. And Executive director Rich Cunningham is featured in a radio news report on NJ 101.5 about immigration reform. Click here, to read more.

May 16, 2006- In the Press. New Labor staff and members are featured in a Star-Ledger article about immigration. Click here, to read the article.

They are also featured in a radio news report on immigration on NJ 101.5 FM. Click here, to read a summary of the radio news report.

May 11, 2006- LOSHI meeting. New Labor holds a meeting at Rutgers to demonstrate the success of LOSHI, the Latino Occupational Health and Safety Initiative. Employers from around the state attended to learn about workplace injury and fatalty statistics for Latinos. Then, participants learned about solutions that New Labor offers, including participatory training for immigrant workers. This was done by one of the companies that is already using the program.

May 3, 2006- In the Press. New Labor staff and members have been featured in a number of arcticles over the past week. New Labor members went to a meeting in support of immigrant workers in South River. Click here to read the Home News article with a quote by member Jose Villanueva.

New Labor is brielfy mentioned in an article about the rumors of immigration raids. Click here to read the New York Times article.

There is also a Star-Ledger article about the events leading up to May 1. Click here to read it.

Executive Director Rich Cunningham is featured on NPR’s Brian Lehrer show on May 1. Click here to listen to the broadcast or download the mp3 file.

As for coverage of our May 1 events in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, click here to read the Home News article. For the Star-Ledger article, click here

May 2, 2006. The last couple of weeks have been really busy. Yesterday, New Labor held a rally for comprehensive, realistic, and fair immigration reform at Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick. Police estimate that 1,500 people attended. The church itself was standing room only, the basement was opened and filled, and a couple of hundred were left outside. Members Angélica Ambrocio, José Manuel Aparicio, Bernardo Reaño, Tino Perez and Benny de los Santos gave testimonials. Member Flor Michaca was MC for the event which also featured an open-mic session for those in attendance.

Continuing the day, we filled 5 buses and had a caravan of about 25 cars go to St. Mary’s Church. Like New Brunswick, the church was standing room only with hundreds outside. Estimates of 600 were present. A mass for immigration reform was held there by Bishop Paul Bootkoski. Buses from other towns came with the support of ACORN. A spontaneous rally finshed the day, led by the chants of New Labor members.

April 10, 2006- After one week of non-stop phone calls, New Labor brought over 300 members and community residents to the Liberty State Park rally in defense of immigrant rights. 4 buses, 2 vans, and at least 7 cars were filled as part of the caravan. Member Angélica Ambrocio spoke about the need for the DREAM Act and member Flor Michaca performed a dance routine for the almost 10,000 in attendance.

April 1, 2006- 20 members attend a rally in defense of immigrant rights in Newark, along with other students seeking the passing of the DREAM Act.

March 30, 2006- 150 people attend the 2nd Annaul Cesar Chavez night. Featured were speeches by members Hugo Valentin, Germán Flores, and Juan López. In addition, Flor Michaca and her children’s dance troupe provided traditional Mexican dancing.

March 27, 2006- 4 members go to a rally in Washington in defense of immigrant rights, along with up to 5,000 others. The same day the Sante Judicial Committee approves a bill with a path to citizenship.

March 25, 2006- 10 members conduct surveys of community residents for a community revitalization project.

March 25, 2006- New Labor continues with the day labor project, holding meeting in Red Bank, and a curriculum development committee meeting in New Brunswick. 40 day laborers come.

March 20, 2006- 9 members go to a rally in defense of immigrant rights in Trenton, along with up to 1,500 others. The purpose is to denounce HR 4437 which calls for the criminalization of imigrants and community groups wokring with undocumented, overburdening local police forces with immigration issues, and has no temporary worker program. It is also to support realistic immigratin reform that has a path to citizenship and stronger worker protections. Click here to read more.

February/March, 2006- New Labor continues with the Day Laborers’ Project. 158 day laborers attend follow-up meetings in Dover and Lakewood.

February 20, 2006- Janice Fine’s book, “Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream” mentions New Labor. Click here to read more about the book.

February 14, 2006- Member Maria Carbajal organizes a gift exchange for Valentine’s Day with 100% participation, a first for a social event.

January 30, 2006- New Labor trainers facilitate focus groups on financial services of low-wage immigrant workers and the possibility of a Stored Value Card (SVC). These were held at the offices of New Labor and The Workplace Project in Hempstead, NY. Six other worker centers around the country are participating in the project.

January 21, 2006- The Day Laborers’ Project completes its fourth curriculum development committee meeting for the health and safety training manual. In total, 77 day laborers attended the meetings in Lakewood, Red Bank, Dover, and Orange.

January 3, 2006- Happy New Year! Membership ID cards are now being distributed!

December 22, 2005- 23 members attended a leadership meeting. The participants discussed their roles and responsibilities as leaders as well as how they can contribute to organizational growth.

December 10, 2005- Annual Christmas party at Sacred Heart Church. More than 125 people attended. There were gifts for kids, a gift exchange, food, and dancing with the music of Sonido Teko’z.

November 23, 2005- For the second year, New Labor holds a Thanksgiving dinner. Many talkaed about what they’re thankful for. member Ana Hilda Bautista said a prayer, and there was also a joke contest.

November 20, 2005- New Labor and its immigration sub-committee hold an educational forum about immigration and the McCain-Kennedy Bill. 40 people attended and of those, 15 wrote letters to congressmen urging their support for the McCain-Kennedy Bill.

November 2, 2005- Executive Director Rich Cunningham is featured in an Asbury Park Press article on the increase of workplace fatalities in New Jersey during 2004. Click here to read the article.

October 31, 2005- New Labor held it’s first Halloween party, enjoyed by dozens of kids. It was complete with “brains and body parts”, apple bobbing, a pumpkin piñata, and guest apperances by Spiderman, Donatello, witches, princesses, and even the Vice President.

September 2005- It’s not always easy to make a decision, especailly when it deals with a whole organization. But that’s what El Comité did. Each September El Comite meets to discuss New Labor’s dues, a measurement of support for the organization and its efforts to help people get ahead and provide a voice at work, in the community and in politics. They came up with two possibillities and they wanted more input from the membership. That’s why there wil be the first membership vote, November 6-9.

August 30, 2005- Some New Labor members met with Congressman Frank Pallone. Due to what they said, Pallone is now supporting the McCain-Kennedy Bill as a co-sponsor. And now New Labor as an organization has the opportunity to suggest changes and assure things in it like the protection of worker rights.

August 23, 2005- August 20th marked the beginning of New Labor week and it was jumpstarted by an outstanding weekend. New Labor week is an annual event to celebrate the accomplishments of New Labor and to focus on recruiting new members. However, over the last two years, it has also been a way for us to share with our friends, family and others what New Labor is.

This weekend we had a first annual New Labor Garage Sale (Venta de Garaje). Thanks to the generous support of people we were able to raise over $825 towards new computer equipment.

New Labor also was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the charities
that received proceeds from the reunion of Lifetime, a band synonomous with New Brunswick and hardcore. Read more about the Lifetime Reunion Benefit Concert .

August 8, 2005 New Labor continues with its Day Labor Project through a grant from CPWR. It’s so that they can tell their stories as Latino construction workers in this country as well as document the health and safety conditions. Members trained to perform surveys and lead focus groups have done just that in New Brunswick, Red Bank, Lakewood, Orange, and Plainfield. They will be continuing to gather information from day laborers around the state of New Jersey.

July 10, 2005- An article appeared in the Staten Island Advance about the temp industry in Staten Island. It quotes Rich Cunningham, Director of New Labor.

June 29, 2005- Some members comment on voting reform for Mexicans. Read the article here

June 17, 2005- During the week of June 13-16, New Labor held its third Train-the-Trainer course at Rutgers. For the first time, it was a mixed group with 10 New Labor members and 11 from the Elizabeth-based company, Michael Foods. In the course, participants learned about health and safety at work. At the same time, they learned to facilitate classes using the Small Group Activity Method. Now the Michael Foods’ participants are trained to be able to facilitate health and safety classes to their co-workers, and New Labor participants can facilitate classes at New Labor. The course was under the direction of our lead trainers: Alejandro de la Paz, José Villanueva, and Germán Flores. They prepared all the participants to be able to facilitate the classes and direct the activities. In all, New Labor has trained 55 of its members as trainers.

April 26, 2005- New Labor is pleased to announce that it has received a renewal of its grant from the Discount Foundation.

April 10, 2005- New Labor stickers have arrived. Poco a Poco.

March 20, 2005- Read about the the situation of temp agencies in New Brunswick in the Star Ledger. Click here to read more. Also, read the accompanying article here.

March 8, 2005- New Labor and its members presented testimony at the public hearing on van safety in Perth Amboy. Some of our testimony appeared on NBC Channel 4 News at 6:00 as well as Telemundo. Click here to read the Home News Tribune article about the hearing.

January 24, 2005 – New Labor was featured in the Home News Tribune today. The lengthy piece ran on the cover and is continued on page 2. It will run in Nuestra Comunidad in a few weeks.

Click here to read the article.

January 2005- Start the New Year off right with New Labor gear:
Hooded sweatshirts with New Labor silk screen, white on black, $25 (S, L, XL)
T-shirts with New Labor silk screen, orange on brown, $10, (S-XL)

And reduced rates on current T-shirts
Three color, two sided, $15 (M-XL; limited supply)
One color, $8 (M, L)

July 19, 2004 – Apologies and Upcoming Events
We apologize for the lack of updates over the last few months. It has been extremely busy around here working on funding (see previous news updates), the Emergency Response grant (click on LOSHI for more information) and the Train-the-Trainer/Organizers’ Conference. We promise to make more of an effort to provide more frequent news updates and to complete the rest of the site. But continuing with the good news.

Some of our upcoming activities include:

- A new Health and Safety mini-site. The mini-site will contain health and safety information for New Labor members, employers and other workers. It will have news, links, downloads and a few more surprises. The English version will be launched later this week, and the Spanish side will be ready in about a week or so.

- NEW LABOR WEEK, August 14 – 22. The second annual celebration of New Labor and its members. Activities include: a Women & Children Nutrition counseling session, an Immigration Workshop, Worker Rights Workshop, an Open House, the second New Labor mural, and the 3rd New Labor BBQ on Sunday, August 22nd.

June 28, 2004 – New Labor Funding
New Labor is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

June 28, 2004 – New Labor Happenings
“Tonight’s event marks a milestone for New Labor,” Rich Cunningham, New Labor’s Executive Director said. On June 24th over 75 people joined together in the Rutgers University Labor Education Center auditorium to honor the 20 members, who had just completed the second New Labor/Rutgers Occupational Training and Education Consortium (OTEC)Train-the-Trainer course.

The members attended a four-day course where they learned how to utilize a participatory problem-based training method. At the end of the 4-day course, member-trainers are able to train their peers on a variety of topics. Member-trainers are taught that their job is not to be the expert, but rather to provide every participant with the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with the rest of the class. The “expertise” of New Labor’s educational programs is in the curriculum and the experience of the participants.

The critical difference between the Train-the-Trainer this year compared to last year was the role of New Labor Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Trainers. Last year New Labor and Rutgers staff played the lead role during the course. This year it was lead by three members who had attended the course last year. As lead trainers, Asunción Hernández, Guilbaldo de la Cruz and José Victoriano were responsible for training other members. The three lead trainers brought an energy and focus to the course that empowered the other members to take ownership of the program and believe in the process.

On June 25th, New Labor held a one-day Organizers’ Conference for the New Labor P2P Trainers. Thirty-five members attended the Organizers’ Conference, which was sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development – Metuchen Diocese and held at Sacred Heart Church Hall. Over the course of the day, New Labor members discussed ways for New Labor to improve working conditions and increase the number of opportunities for members.

Special Thanks to: Father Kerrigan of CCHD-Metuchen Diocese; Deb Lancaster, Rutgers OTEC; Debbie McNeill, Rutgers OTEC; Asunción Hernández, Guili de la Cruz, José Victoriano, Lou Kimmel and all of the P2P trainers.

June 1, 2004 – New Labor Funding
New Labor is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Discount Foundation.

Feb. 2, 2004 – New Labor T-shirts
New Labor t-shirts are now available. We have two different designs: a one-color, one-sided shirt for $8, and a three color, two-sided shirt for $20. Click here to see the designs. The t-shirts are available from New Labor’s offices or you can download an order form. All of the money raised will go directly to support our upcoming activities.

For more information on how you can support New Labor’s efforts please click here.

Jan. 22, 2004 – New Labor and the Rutgers University Occupational Training and Education Consortium (OTEC), under its grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), will be offering Emergency Response Preparedness workshops to New Labor members and the New Brunswick community. The first class will be held on Feb. 29, 2004 at New Labor’s offices.

Also, New Labor and Rutgers OTEC will be holding an employer briefing on the Latino Occupational Safety and Health Initiative (LOSHI) and program offerings under the Emergency Response Preparedness grant from OSHA on Friday, March 12, 2004 at the Rutgers University Labor Education Center.

Jan. 19, 2004 – El Comité, New Labor’s governing council, voted recently to affiliate with the New Jersey Work Environment Council. The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) advocates for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. To achieve these goals, WEC is organizing an alliance of working people, unions, environmental and community organizations. WEC provides technical assistance and training. WEC also supports and conducts grassroots organizing and political action campaigns. For more information about NJWEC click here.

Jan. 5, 2004 – Happy New Year. New Labor members were invited by Rutgers University Labor Studies Department to send members to the “Union Women’s Leadership Conference”. Three members – Asunción Hernández, Angélica Ambrocio, and Andrea Cervantes – attended the conference which included a keynote address by AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President Linda Chavez-Thompson and worskhops on leadership and organizing.

Also, we have posted pictures from the 3rd Annual Holiday Part in the photo section. Click here for the pictures.

Dec. 15, 2003 – New Labor and Rutgers University Occupational Training and Education Consortium (OTEC) conducted a series of occupational safety and health classes for New Labor members during November and December. The classes were facilitated by New Labor Peer-to-Peer Trainers and focused on occupational safety and health rights, assessing hazards and chemical safety. The classes provided 8-hours of training to over 100 members.

For more information on the New Labor and Rutgers partnership click here. For information on the Peer-to-Peer method click here.

Oct./Nov. 2003- New Labor in the News
The Asbury Park Press (Monmouth County, NJ) wrote an article about New Labor and our health and safety partnership with the Rutgers University Occupational Training and Education Consortium. The article was reprinted in the At Work section of all the Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and ran in a number of newspapers across the country. Click here to read the article.

In addition, the Bureau of National Affairs Occupational Safety & Health Reporter (November 13, 2003) included information about New Labor and LOSHI in an article on efforts to improve health and safety conditions for Latino workers.

Oct. 2003 – We have posted photos from the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride rally in Jersey City in the photo section. The New Jersey Laborers’ provided transportation and t-shirts for New Labor members and students from Rutgers University Labor Studies Department . Be sure to look for the banner that members made for the rally.

In Augsut, we had our NEW LABOR WEEK. During New Labor week, we had a leadership awards program for New Labor peer-to-peer trainers and members that have played an important role in New Labor’s growth over the past year. We dedicated our mural and held our annual New Labor BBQ at Johnson Park.

Oct. 1, 2003 – New Labor will be providing transportation to the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride rally at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ on Oct. 3. To reserve a seat on the bus, contact Richie or Lou. To learn more about the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride please visit www.iwfr.org.

Sept. 29, 2003 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded a grant to the Rutgers University Occupational Training and Education Consortium (OTEC) and New Labor for their Latino Occupational Safety and Health Initiative (LOSHI). The grant provides emergency response training to New Labor members, employers and temporary employment agencies in New Jersey.

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