August 2021

The NY HERO Act protects workers by requiring the State Dept. of Labor to create an airborne disease exposure standard for all worksites. It also outlines protections for workers who report violations and allows workers to establish safety committees. Download details.

Local Resources

Worker Justice Center of New York (WJCNY) provides information and training on workplace issues such as safety and health, supports labor organizing, works for policy changes at all levels, and offers free legal help on matters affecting low-wage workers. WJCNY also partners with community groups to support collective action. Website is in multiple languages. Contact: 9 Main Street, Kingston, 845-331-6615, 800-724-7020.

Ulster County has the following work-related resources in English and Spanish:

Employment Resources includes information on applying for unemployment benefits including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and details for those who are self-employed.

Ulster Works has job listings, classes, and other training opportunities. Most are available only to those legally permitted to work in the U.S.

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Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM)  supports rural workers – especially farmworkers – seeking to improve working and living conditions; experiential and popular education to strengthen rural leaders; and youth empowerment. Hudson Valley office, 845-485-8627, and Sullivan County, 845-539-5069. Parts of the website are available in Spanish. RMM also works on Long Island and in western New York.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (website, English and Spanish) aims to improve the lives of day laborers, migrants, and low-wage workers. NDLON builds leadership and power so workers can challenge inequality and expand labor, civil, and political rights for all. The group works on litigation and campaigns such as getting ICE out of jails. NDLON also created a series of study materials on the origins of the Central American migrant exodus.

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) works to protect and raise labor standards for domestic workers including housekeepers, nannies, home and elder care workers, aiming to make their work visible and valued. NDWA offers leadership development for women of color; invests in grassroots groups; and builds state, regional, and national change campaigns.

Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs, NYS Dept. of Labor, addresses the needs, issues, and challenges of immigrant workers with outreach and monitoring of labor law compliance. Many forms and other materials are available in multiple languages. Topics covered include H-2A, -2B, U, and T visas; human trafficking, labor rights, racetrack work, and more. Contact: 877-466-9757, dipa@labor.ny.gov.

Documented, a non-profit news site devoted solely to covering New York immigrants and policies that affect their lives, provides original reporting on labor policy, law–enforcement, bureaucratic requirements, and the effects of federal directives. In partnership with Make the Road NY, Documented called on its communities to get answers to questions about labor rights amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read questions and answers here in English or Spanish.