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Workers United Upstate NY Statement: We Welcome Immigrants to WNY & Upstate

Workers United Upstate NY & VT: We Welcome Immigrants to Western & Upstate NY As the union representing hotel workers in Western and Upstate NY, we believe in hospitality. We stand firmly against the actions of the county legislatures and sheriffs declaring and enforcing states of emergencies regarding the possible arrival of immigrants and asylum seekers into our region, actions which would levy enormous fines against hotels that house these newcomers. These declarations and planned actions are dehumanizing and racist. They are also a clear attempt to pit groups of workers against each other. We know that an injury to one is an injury to all, and that hostility toward immigrants is always accompanied by hostility toward workers and toward greater freedom for all people. El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. “Our members in hotels across the state work hard every day to create a welcoming environment for everyone coming to our region,” said Gary Bonadonna, the leader of Workers United in Upstate NY & VT. “The labor movement has always been a movement of immigrants. Our union was founded by people who came to this country fleeing persecution and seeking economic opportunity. We welcome new arrivals to our nation, our region, and our union.” We call on the county legislatures, elected officials, and law enforcement to reverse their decisions, rescind the states of emergency and other anti-immigrant policies, ensure that every action is taken to create a welcoming community, and celebrate rather than punish the hotels that open their doors to immigrants in need of shelter.

Starbucks Workers at Elmwood and Genesee St. become first unionized Starbucks stores in U.S.

On December 9th, 2021, Starbucks workers at the Elmwood & Genesee st. locations became the first unionized corporately owned Starbucks stores in the United States. After months of Starbucks’ aggressive union-busting campaign, workers were victorious in their union campaign and became the newest members of the Rochester Regional Joint Board. Since this first victory, over 100 stores from 26 states have followed in Buffalo barista’s footsteps and filed union petitions with the Starbucks Workers United movement.

Frank Fava Long time Union Member Running for Sodus Town Board

At the Sodus Farmers Market. Pictured right is Frank Fava Long time union member who is running for Sodus town board. On the left is Workers United Upstate NY WRO President Ed Laughlin. Frank Fava is a union activist and retiree from Xerox Local 14A.