Assemblymember Titone and Councilmember Rose to Host NYS Immigrant Workers’ Rights Awareness Day at Faber Park

May 11, 2011

The New York State Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and the New York State Department of Labor, Bureau of Immigrant Workers’ Rights will be hosting its inaugural New York State Immigrant Workers’ Rights Awareness Weekend. On May 14th and 15th, Elected Officials, Government Agencies and Community Based Organizations will come together to spread awareness in multiple languages about workers' rights on the job regardless of their immigration status. Such organizations will inform immigrant workers about the services (government and not for profit) that are available to them. Information tables will be set up throughout the state in areas with high immigrant populations staffed by representatives from the local Assembly Member's office, local, state and federal government agencies and relevant community based organizations.

Assemblymember Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) and City Councilmember Debi Rose (D-North Shore) will be co-hosting the event on Staten Island on Sunday, May 15th from 2pm to 5pm at Faber Park, 2175 Richmond Terrace. Participants will include Project Hospitality, El Centro, Make the Road New York, Staten Island YMCA New Americans Welcome Center, The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, African Refuge and Community Health Action of Staten Island as well as representatives of OSHA and the Department of Labor.

"I am proud to be co-sponsoring the Staten Island event for this statewide initiative with Councilmember Debi Rose. We should never forget that we are a country of immigrants and that workplace safety is a right for all of our residents, regardless of their immigration status. This event gives us the opportunity to educate Staten Islanders about their rights and the services available to them,” said Titone.

“"I'm elated to be involved in the inaugural New York State Immigrant Worker's Rights Awareness weekend. We must ensure fairness of worker's rights regardless of origin or status throughout the state all while

promoting the need to treat one another with dignity and respect. This weekend's event will provide us the platform to both raise awareness and stand united with our immigrant brothers and sisters.”

“Immigrant workers, whether documented or not, have the same right to a safe workplace as every other worker, and this weekend is about making sure that they and their employers know just that," said Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and co-sponsor of New York State Immigrant Workers' Rights Awareness Weekend.