CCT Demands Justice for Workers at Niche, Inc.!

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Dear allies and partners:

CCT, a member of Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative (IWCC), is pushing a campaign against Niche, Inc., and we would like to invite you to first sign a petition (here at: Niche: Fulfill your obligation to laid-off workers) and, secondly, to write directly on the company’s contact page using the petition letter below (http://www.nicheinc.com/contact/).

Niche, Inc. is a New Bedford-based company whose main business has been manufacturing parachutes under contract to the U.S. military. A large percentage of the company’s employees are Central American immigrants.

On April 24, 2012, Niche laid-off over 300 employees without any notice whatsoever.  The workers also received no severance pay or payment of accumulated benefits.  The company’s actions caused a crisis in our community, as hundreds of families were left without their weekly paychecks to cover food, rent and other urgent needs.

The workers and the Community Workers Center of New Bedford feel the company’s actions were in clear violation of our community standards as well as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the WARN Act), which stipulates 60 days’ advance notice in the case of a mass lay-off such as this. Attorneys from Fair Work PC and Justice At Work have filed a class action in the U.S. District Court in Boston.  Niche responded by arguing that they had no way to foresee the mass lay-off, but the federal judge ruled against them, stating that Niche could not use that as a defense under these circumstances.

Now, instead of paying up, Niche is trying to argue that not enough workers were affected for it to be a violation of federal law.

We feel this is yet another example of Niche’s lack of respect for our community, and we call upon Niche to make good upon its obligations under the WARN Act by restoring the dignity and justice of its former employees.

Please sign our petition to Niche’s president, and tell your friends, so we can obtain justice for these workers at Niche: Fulfill your obligation to laid-off workers! And follow this link (http://www.nicheinc.com/contact/) to Niche’s contact page to enter the petition below:

Petition:

TO:      Roland Letendre, President, Niche Inc.
57 Cove Street
New Bedford, MA
02744

Dear Mr. Letendre:

I call upon your company to fulfill its obligations under the WARN Act to the over 300 employees who were laid off in April 2012.  Specifically, we ask the following:

  1. Come to a meeting with representatives of the Community Workers Center of New Bedford and the laid-off workers to discuss this matter and reach a solution.
  2. Provide severance pay for all of the employees who were not rehired by the company – 60 days’ worth – and also unpaid vacation pay.
  3. Establish procedures so that this will not happen again.

Sincerely,

Your name


 

Estimados aliados:

CCT esta empujando una campaña en contra de Niche, Inc., y nos gustaría invitar a usted a, primero, firmar una petición (aquí: Niche: Cumplen con su obligación a los trabajadores despedidos) y, en segundo lugar, a escribir directamente en la pagina de contacto de la compañía utilizando la carta de petición incluido abajo (http://www.nicheinc.com/contact/)

Niche, Inc. es una compañía basado en New Bedford cuya actividad principal ha sido la fabricación de paracaídas bajo contrato con los militares de EE.UU.. Un gran porcentaje de los empleados de la compañía son los inmigrantes centroamericanos.

El 24 de abril de 2012, Niche despidió mas de 300 empleados sin ninguna notificación. Los trabajadores también recibieron ninguna indemnización o pago de beneficios acumulados. Las acciones de la compañía provocó una crisis en nuestra comunidad, ya que cientos de familias se quedaron sin cheques semanales para cubrir la comida, la renta y otras necesidades urgentes.

Los trabajadores y el Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores de New Bedford se sienten que las acciones de la compañía fueron en clara violación de nuestras normas de la comunidad, así como la Ley de la Adaptación, Notificación, y Reentrenamiento de los Trabajadores (la Ley WARN), que estipula preaviso de 60 días en el caso de un despido masivo como este. Abogados de Fiar Works PC y Justicia en el Trabajo han presentado una demanda colectiva en el Tribunal de Distrito de EE.UU. en Boston. Niche respondió argumentando que no tenían forma de prever el despido masivo, pero el juez federal fallo en contra de ellos, declarando que no podía Niche usar eso como una defensa en estas circunstancias.

Ahora, en lugar de pagar hacia arriba, Niche esta tratando de argumentar que no hay suficientes trabajadores que fueron afectados para que sea una violación de la ley federal.

Creemos que esta es una muestra mas de la falta de respeto a nuestra comunidad por la parte de Niche, y llamamos a Niche para hacer buena sobre sus obligaciones en virtud de la Ley WARN mediante la restauración de la dignidad y la justicia de sus antiguos empleados.

Por favor, firma nuestra petición al presidente de Niche, y dile a sus amigos, para que podamos obtener justicia para estos trabajadores en Niche: Cumplen con su obligación a los trabajadores despedidos. Después, sigue este enlace (http://www.nicheinc.com/contact/) a la pagina de contacto de Niche para entrar la siguiente petición (sigue en ingles):

TO:      Roland Letendre, President, Niche Inc.
57 Cove Street
New Bedford, MA
02744

Dear Mr. Letendre:

I call upon your company to fulfill its obligations under the WARN Act to the over 300 employees who were laid off in April 2012.  Specifically, we ask the following:

  1. Come to a meeting with representatives of the Community Workers Center of New Bedford and the laid-off workers to discuss this matter and reach a solution.
  2. Provide severance pay for all of the employees who were not rehired by the company – 60 days’ worth – and also unpaid vacation pay.
  3. Establish procedures so that this will not happen again.

Sincerely,

Su nombre                             

 Blog de CCT: http://cct-newbedford.org/2014/06/17/petition-and-letter-campaign-against-niche-inc/

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New York Post Highlights Job Insecurity of the Temp Industry

The New York Post published an article recently (6/14/14) which highlights insecurity that comes with working in the temp industry and how jobs that were once permanent are increasingly becoming temporary and contract based.

Millions of Americans are back at work in full-time jobs that are anything but permanent.

They’re toiling away without job security, often lacking benefits, in one of the labor market’s fastest-growing categories of steady work. That’s the category for temps, contractors, freelancers and other so-called contingency workers known as “temp-to-hire.”

Click HERE to read the full article on the NY Post Website.