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Workers Memorial Day
American Civic Association Memorial Park
April 29 2017
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Karen Messing, Author of

Pain & Prejudice;

What Science Can Learn About Work From The People Who Do It


April 18th

7:00 pm

Bundy Museum Annex

129 Main Street

Binghamton, NY


Occupational Health Clinical Center of the Southern Tier

Broome Tioga Green Party

Workers Center of the Southern Tier

Be the Change (BCC)


For more information:  607-238-6892  or sproutr@upstate.edu

***This event is part of Workers Memorial Month***

Free Clinic For People Who Stand All Day

standingFree Clinic For People Who Stand All Day
Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church 308 Main St JOHNSON City
Saturday December 10th 1-4pm

Learn more about the hazards of standing at work. You’ll be able to talk to health care providers and health & safety specialists who know about the hazards of standing (or sitting all the time),
We’ll share ideas about how to improve things on the job and protect our health!
DAYCARE & REFRESHMENTS will be provided!!!!!

AND DETAILS FROM: 607 584-9990
Call: You don’t have to-but it helps to preregister!

and the Worker Center of the Southern Tier


News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

July 13, 2016

New York City Press Office / 212-416-8060
Albany Press Office / 518-776-2427
Twitter: @AGSchneiderman


14-Year-Old Killed At Farm Owned By Defendant Luke Park Was Operating Heavy Machinery Prohibited For Minors Under Child Labor Laws

SYRACUSE – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest of Luke Park, owner of the Park Family Farm located in Homer, New York, for multiple alleged Penal Law and Labor Law violations related to the death of 14-year-old Alex Smith. According to the felony complaint filed by the Attorney General’s Office, on July 1, 2015 the boy died when he was allegedly operating a New Holland LS170 Skidloader with a hydraulic lift and fork attachment. Child labor laws explicitly prohibit the operation of such equipment by minors. The minor was operating the equipment in an attempt to prepare bales of hay for cow feed on the farm located at or near 3036 East River Road in Homer, New York. The defendant, Luke Park, admitted to the State Police that he found the boy’s body pinned underneath the hydraulic lift and bale of hay, with the engine of the Skidloader still running. The medical examiner’s autopsy concluded that the chest and abdomen were crushed resulting in his death by mechanical asphyxiation.

Mr. Park was arraigned this afternoon before Judge William J. Foley of the Homer Town Court on 8 felony counts of Falsifying Business Records and Filing False Unemployment Insurance Contribution Returns with the State and 7 misdemeanor counts including Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Illegal Hours of Work for Minors, Prohibited Employment of Minors, and the Willful Failure to Pay Unemployment Insurance Contributions.

Mr. Park was release on personal recognizance and his next court date is scheduled for August 16th in Homer.

“Child labor laws were enacted to protect the safety of our children and to avoid terrible yet foreseeable tragedies like the one alleged in this case,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Adults have a responsibility to protect our children, and when an employer places a minor in harm’s way, that employer will be held responsible and prosecuted.”

“Tragic cases like this one serve as a stark reminder that child labor laws are in place for a very good reason,” said State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. “Minors should never be exploited or placed in harm’s way at work. It’s imperative that those who endanger children are exposed and brought to justice.”

In addition to the child safety violations, the felony complaint also alleges Mr. Park employed other minors on his dairy farm and required them to work approximately 60 hours a week which exceeds the 48 hour per week maximum for 16 and 17 year olds when school is not in session. Records also revealed that many employees were allegedly paid off-the-books, resulting in an underpayment in unemployment insurance contributions amounting to over $9,000.

New York’s Child Labor Laws set forth strict guidelines regarding the employment of minors, including limitations on minors operating dangerous equipment or performing hazardous work, as well as limitations on minors’ working hours in order to ensure that a child’s education is not interfered with by burdensome working hours.  Detailed information regarding New York’s child labor laws may be found at https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/minors.shtm

According to the Center for Disease Control, agriculture ranks among the most hazardous of industries. Farmers are at a very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. 1n 2012, 374 farm workers died from a work related injury, resulting in a fatality rate of 20.2 deaths per hundred thousand workers. In 2014, as an industry sector, farming, fishing and forestry had the highest rate of fatal occupational injuries at 25.6 per 100,000 workers, far exceeding the next highest rate of 14.1 per 100,000 workers in the transportation/warehousing sector.

The CDC also reports that on average 113 youth less than 20 years of age die annually from farm related injuries, with most of these deaths occurring to youth 16-19 years of age. Machinery is the leading source of farm related fatal injuries to youth.  In New York State in 2013, 20.4 percent of all fatalities in the farming, fishing and forestry sector were youth less than 20 years of age. This was twice the national average.

The case was investigated by Attorney General Investigators Andrew Buttenschon, Mark Rudd, and Deputy Chief Investigator Jonathan Wood. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michael Brown of the Binghamton Regional Office and Labor Bureau Criminal Section Chief Richard Balletta, with the assistance of Stephanie Swenton, the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau.  The case is being supervised by Bureau Chief of the Labor Bureau Terri Gerstein, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Alvin Bragg, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Offices Martin J. Mack, and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Kelly Donovan.

The Attorney General’s Office thanks the New York State Department of Labor for their partnership on this case.

All charges are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Binghamton Social Justice and Labor Film Series

The Binghamton Social Justice and Labor Film Series is back with our Spring series, “Seeds Behind the Snow” at the Bundy Museum starting March 3rd with The Girl.  Snacks and light refreshments will be served at each event and as always each film is accompanied with vibrant discussion.  


Where: Bundy Museum of History and Art, 129 Main St, Binghamton

Start time: Doors open at 6pm, film starts at 6:30pm

When: Selected Thursdays March through May, with a Friday in April


Dates as follows:


March 3: The Girl

March 10: Voices from the Grave, discussion with the book upon which the film is based and the film’s producer to follow.

(In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion).

March 17: Land and Freedom

March 31: Sir! No Sir!, co-sponsored by Broome County Veterans for Peace

(In commemoration of the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day)

April 14: Irwin and Fran

April 29 (Friday!): A Day’s Work, conversation with the film’s Executive Producer and temp worker activist David DeSario to follow.

May 12: Who Needs Sleep?


The water crisis in my hometown of Flint, MI is a classic example of what can and often does go wrong when communities privatize their public services.  In case you have not seen the news coverage, the  water supply in this Michigan city of over 100,000 people has been rendered unfit to drink or even use for cooking and bathing because of the presence of massive amounts of lead and several toxic chemicals.  The immediate cause of the catastrophe was the switch in 2014 from using the great lakes water supplied from Detroit – Flint’s neighbor to the south – to using Flint River water, long known to be polluted.  The chain of causation however, leads right to the governor’s office.  For, even though the public decision to change the water supply was made by City Manager Darnell Early it was the governor, Rick Snyder, who appointed him to run the city’s affairs.  Snyder gave him sole executive power in Flint, even though there were already duly elected officials in the city.  Snyder himself never held public office until Michigan elected him in 2010 having spent his entire working life in the corporate world.

When elected in 2010 Snyder brought with him the vey mistaken philosophy that a governmental entity can (and should) be run like a business.    That same philosophy is at work in Broome County where at least two county legislators have been quoted as saying the same thing.  That philosophy very often leads to disaster and, it certainly did in Flint.   Early (and Snyder) made the decision to change the water source in order to “save” $2 million per year.  Apparently neither of them asked the question of whether or not the decision was the right one for the residents of the city.

In Broome County the switch from using county employees to cook meals for hundreds of county residents to private corporate giant Aramark is a prime example.  All but one brave soul voted for the privatization at the last hearing on the subject.  At some point on down the line, given Aramark’s poor reputation, the food served is likely to “go sour.”  Let’s hope no one in our community suffers catastrophic consequences from that event similar to what has happened in Flint.

One legislator called me a fear monger for recently sounding the alarm bell on Aramark.   I look at my offering as more of a fact monger.  Predicting what is likely to happen based upon what has already happened elsewhere seems to me to be a sensible course.  I wish more local officials would make decisions using that formula and not an ideological one of “government is bad and privatizing public services is good.”

Ron Jones


FREE MOVIE “The Hands that Feed”

Ever want to form a Union?  Is your Union working for you?

WHEN:     Thursday, November 5 at 7 pm

WHERE:   Bundy Museum, 127-129 Main St, Binghamton

NYC bakery-cafe’ where undocumented immigrant workers face sublegal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who fire them when they are sick.   Things change in 2012, come find out why.

Medicare for All

Want to Know More?

WHEN:     Thursday, November 12  at  7 pm

WHERE:  Bundy Museum (in the back), 127-129 Main Street, Binghamton

Long term advocates and supporters:

Dr. Robin Eastman Abaya & Leonard Rodberg, PhD speaking

from Physicians for a National Health Plan (PHNP)  will explain how it will benefit you.

Info:  Contact Sonya Collins, RN at 772-0997

Free and Open to Public     –     Light refreshments