Posts Tagged ‘Chinese Progressive Association’

Local Discussion of the Police Shooting of Akai Gurley in New York: “CPA and AAAJ-ALC Statement on Peter Liang”

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Here’s what our local Chinese Progressive Association and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus have to say about the shooting of Akai Gurley in East New York – read the press release after the jump.

Its POV differs from others about town, one might note.


An Amazing Joint Press Release from Yank Sing Restaurant Workers AND Yank Sing Itself – $4 Million Labor Settlement

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

So I’ve seen labor violation settlements like this $4 million one before, but I’ve never seen the associated press release come from both the restaurant’s and the workers’ side.

That’s why you can see plugs for this expensive 3.5-star Yelp rated restaurant chain.

(And I’ll tell you, it’s refreshing to see nonprofits in Chinatown NOT promoting the biggest pork barrel project in America as “transit justice” and NOT giving stencils to voters to tell them how to vote.)

Let’s get back to business and, if desired, let the racial profiling commence without any more wage and hour violations:

Chinese press release (新聞稿):

Spanish press release (Comunicado de Prensa):

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Emily Lee, Chinese Progressive Association
Mariam Hosseini, Asian Law Caucus
Jonathan Glick, Yank Sing

Immigrant Workers Negotiate $4 Million Settlement – Award-Winning Restaurant Commits to Lead Industry Change in Workplace Standards

San Francisco, Ca – Today, a $4 million settlement and workplace agreement for restaurant workers at Yank Sing, a nationally rated dim sum restaurant, is being announced by workers and their employer. The settlement was the result of a unique collaboration between workers, Yank Sing, the Chinese Progressive Association, the Asian Law Caucus, and state and local labor enforcement agencies.  The landmark settlement not only compensates for past practices, but provides workers with pay and benefits beyond what the law requires while creating a business model that will lead to long term success for both workers and the restaurant.


Half of Chinatown Restaurant Workers Make Less Than Minimum Wage per Chinese Progressive Association

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Do you like reading reports? Well, today’s your lucky day. You’ll get to read all about how restaurant workers get treated in San Francisco’s Chinatown after today’s lunchtime news conference.

This draft report from last year should whet your appetite. It’s big, baby:

Health and Safety in San Francisco’s Chinatown Restaurants (.pdf)

The final report is called Check, Please! Health and Working Conditions in San Francisco’s Chinatown Restaurants. You should be able to find it here starting later on today.

This is the kind of thing that investigators looked at:

All the deets:

Study Finds 1 out of 2 Workers Making Below Minimum Wage in San Francisco Chinatown Restaurants: Millions Lost to the Local Economy Every Year

Friday, September 17th, San Francisco, CA – Chinatown restaurant workers in conjunction with the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) and key research partners will release a study that exposes sweatshop conditions in restaurant workers in the popular tourist district Chinatown. This groundbreaking report examines health and working conditions in Chinatown restaurants, with over 400 workers interviewed by their peers, and lays out a vision for improving working conditions for a healthy Chinatown.

Speakers: (partial list)

Chinatown restaurant workers
Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, world renowned expert on health and equity, UC Berkeley
Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Pam Tau Lee, Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley
SF Board of Supervisors: David Chiu, John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar (in attendance, not all will speak)

Key findings about the working conditions include:

1 out of 2 workers (50%) receive less than minimum wage;
1 out of 5 workers (20%) work more than 60 hours a week;
Nearly half (48%) of workers have experienced a burn injury;
Only 3% of workers have employer provided health care;
95% do not receive a living wage

Through this important study, Check, Please! Health and Working Conditions in San Francisco Chinatown Restaurants, Chinatown workers are exposing the sweatshop working conditions that they must endure. While thousands of locals and tourists who enjoy Chinatown each day, workers are struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families. Many workers and their families are forced to live in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) spaces in Chinatown that average about 80 square feet.

All the deets, after the jump


Apple’s First Ever Store Overwhelmed with DeathPad Protesters in San Francisco

Friday, June 18th, 2010

More than 100 souls showed up for yesterday’s remembrance of dead workers at FoxConn factories in China.

It went a little something like this.

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In memory of Ning Ling, a teenager who fell to her death on April 7th, 2010: 

S. I.S. – Security Industry Specialists, Inc.:

Steve Jobs Pwned: June 17th Vigil at Apple Store in Remembrance of Dead Workers

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I’ll tell you, I don’t what the deal is with the recent suicides at the factories of  Foxconn it’s not a sweatshopTechnology Group down China Way. But maybe I’ll find out more from the Chinese Progressive Association at the San Francisco Union Square Apple Store Vigil on June 17, 2010 at 5:45 PM 

Don’t expect Apple workers in San Francisco to applaud the arrival of “life-sized Deathpads” come Thursday:

All the deets:

“San Francisco Community Vigil in Solidarity with Foxconn Workers. Apple Computer’s “DeathPad” Targeted for Inhumane Production Demands

San Francisco, CA – Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is organizing a San Francisco vigil for Chinese workers at Foxconn, the Apple manufacturer where there has been a surge of worker deaths. In the last few months, 13 young migrant workers have attempted suicide, 10 workers have died while 3 remain in critical condition. A worker also died of extreme exhaustion after working a 34 hour shift.  Apple computer’s “Deathpad” has brought huge profits to Apple at the expense of workers lives.

Chinese Progressive Association calls on Apple and Foxconn to take responsibility for the workers and to find real solutions to the extreme pressure and deplorable working conditions in the factory. We urge Apple to work with Foxconn and ensure that workers are being treated fairly.

What: SF Vigil in Remembrance of Worker Deaths at Foxconn

When: Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Time: 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Apple Store in Union Square, 1 Stockton Street, San Francisco CA”

Supervisor Eric Mar Calls for More Protections Against Second-Hand Smoke

Monday, February 1st, 2010

[UPDATE: Joshua Sabatini has an update – the next committee hearing will be on February 22, 2010.]

Your San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar wants to expand Article 19F of the San Francisco Public Health Code – you know, the one from 1994 that prohibits smoking in enclosed areas and sports stadiums.

Check out the current rules after the jump, but don’t get used to them as they could be changing soon. This afternoon’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors Committee on Land Use & Economic Development could lead to some changes.

A graphic from this afternoon’s rally – secondhand smoke levels from outdoor dining areas at two unnamed cafes in North Beach are considered dangerous by the EPA:

80 souls were there before the committee meeting began:

Eric Mar and supporters enjoying a healthy smoke-free ride in the Richmond District back in 2008:

Brace yourselves: 


     Rally & Press Conference Before the Board of Supervisors Committee
      Hearing on Ordinance that Closes the Gaps in Public Health Code 
                        Polk Street City Hall Steps
                      Monday, February 1 at 12:00 noon 
  WHAT:    A rally and press conference to support an ordinance that will
           expand protection from second hand smoke by closing gaps in the
           San Francisco Public Health Code.  San Francisco is poised to
           join 18 other Bay Area cities in offering protection from
           second hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in many outdoor areas
           such as farmers markets, outdoor dining areas, theater and ATM
           lines, hotel and motel lobby areas, and other places frequented
           by members of the public.  The rally will convene just before
           the meeting of the Board of Supervisors Committee on Land Use &
           Economic Development, which will hear the proposed legislation
           for the first time. 
  WHO: A large crowd of community members including families, tenants,
           tenant advocates, members of the Chinese Progressive
           Association and San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition;
           Supervisor Eric Mar, Supervisor John Avalos, Jul Lynn Parsons
           (Co-Chair of Mayor’s Disability Council), Carol McGruder
           (Tobacco Free Coalition member); Alex Tom (Tobacco Free
           Coalition; Chinese Progressive Association) and others. 


The proposed ordinance would update Article 19F of the San Francisco Health Code, the landmark legislation adopted in 1994 that protects residents and visitors from second hand smoke. If approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by the Mayor, San Francisco would join a long list of other Bay Area cities that have already expanded protection from second hand smoke for their residents to include many outdoor areas. 


Supervisor Eric Mar Calls on Senator Feinstein to Support Employee Free Choice Act

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

This was the smaller, quieter labor rally at Civic Center today – basically, it was aimed at just one person, Senator Diane Feinstein. A host of elected officials called on her to support the federal Employee Free Choice Act on the steps of City Hall.

Read all about it, below.

Supervisor Eric Mar, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Assessor Phil Ting and John Rizzo were all up there behind the podium this afternoon:


Local Asian and Environmental leaders Come Together to Support Workers’ Rights

Coalition Says Employee Free Choice Act Provides Critical Protections for Vulnerable Workers; Calls on Senator Feinstein to Support Critical Legislation


San Francisco, CA (May 28th, 2009) — Local Asian and environmental leaders today called on Senator Diane Feinstein to support critical workers’ rights legislation pending in the United States Senate. The Employee Free Choice Act, which will allow workers the choice to form a union and toughen penalties against corporations that violate workers’ rights, is critical to leveling the playing field for working people and creating good jobs with health care and secure retirement.


“San Francisco’s Asian and immigrant community is particularly affected by unfair and unsafe workplace practices like exposure to toxic chemicals and workplace discrimination,” said San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar. “The Employee Free Choice Act provides important protections for all workers, including the most vulnerable, and that’s why it’s so important that Senator Feinstein support this legislation.”


The Employee Free Choice Act will allow workers the choice to form a union through majority sign-up, helps workers secure a contract with employers in a reasonable amount of time and toughen penalties against corporations that harass or intimidate workers who are trying to form a union.


As union members and environmentalists come together to urge the creation of millions of new jobs in the clean energy economy, it is important that these green jobs be good jobs. Union workers earn roughly 30 percent more than their non-union counterparts, and are more likely to be covered by health insurance and have a pension. In addition, efforts to improve workers’ rights are closely linked to protecting the environment.


“Working people are the front line of defense against hazardous pollution and dangerous chemicals in the workplace. Providing a fair way for workers to form a union is an important way to make sure our economy is safe, productive, and fair for everybody,” said John Rizzo, an activist with the local Sierra Club Chapter. “The Employee Free Choice Act would give workers the ability to protect themselves and their workplaces, to work for decent pay, be treated with dignity and take care of their families.”


Sierra Club President Allison Chin recently noted, “Sierra Club members overwhelmingly support Employee Free Choice Act because they understand that the right to organize would not only help safeguard the health and safety of workers, but also increase access to good jobs in the growing green economy, particularly for traditionally under-represented communities, such as women and Asian Pacific American minorities, who have suffered from workplace discrimination.”

Also in attendance at today’s event were Board of Supervisors President David Chiu; Assessor Phil Ting; Leon Chow, SEIU-UHW; Chinese Progressive Association; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance San Francisco Chapter; Chinese For Affirmative Action; National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.