Laundry Workers Center – Sunshine Laundry Center Protest

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Sunshine Shirt Laundry Center

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Workers Ricarda and Maria of Sunshine Shirt Laundry Center were unjustly fired. Owners Sharon and Huanxin Chen sent letters to the workers stating that their jobs were terminated because the business had closed.

This was a lie. Sunshine Shirt Laundry Center did not close. It has continued to operate business as usual. The center is open and receiving clients.

We brought the power of community to Sunshine Shirt’s door. We raised our voices to demand justice for laundromat workers.

Organized by Rosanna Rodriguez and Mahoma Lopez

Laundry Workers Center addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers in the laundry, warehouse, and food service industries, as well as their families. Our work aims to combat abuses such as landlord negligence, wage theft, and hazardous and exploitative working conditions, all of which are endemic in low-income communities in New York City and New Jersey.

Laundry Workers Center’s political philosophy is rooted in organizing workers and building their leadership skills and political power through a variety of worker-led tools and tactics, including taking direct action at the workplace, serving as their own voice to media outlets, speaking out as member of the community, and acting as their own advocates at the negotiation table.

Our members are primarily low-income immigrant workers who believe in social and economic justice. LWC campaigns are all member-led.

Video made by Lynne Sachs and Lizzie Olesker with editing by Amanda Katz.