April 26, 2010

Two opportunities to stand up for workers' rights in Austin!

Please join Fair Food Austin this week at these two important events:

1) Saturday 5/1: March for Immigrant Rights, International Workers' Day!

4pm: Assembly at the Capitol
5pm: March to City Hall

The annual May Day march is organized by the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, of which Fair Food Austin is a proud member. Check out the video of last year's march:

2)  Wednesday 4/28: Demand $120,000 in back wages, safe working conditions for Austin construction workers!

4:30pm: Meet at Duncan Park 900 West 9th Street, behind Book People. We will march to Gables Park Plaza and then caravan to 21 Rio (2100 Rio Grande).

Last summer two dozen workers performed plaster work at 21 Rio and Gables Park Plaza luxury condos. These workers were denied overtime pay and not paid for their final weeks of work at the 21 Rio worksite after their three co-workers were killed when a scaffold collapsed. Workers Defense Project (PDL) has attempted to negotiate a fair settlement with contractors and owners of the building. Yet at present date the workers have only been offered $18,805, less then 15% of the total wages they are owed.

Join construction workers, faith leaders, and community members to call on Gables and 21 Rio to sit down and negotiate a full payment to the workers and to ensure fair working conditions on future development sites.