Brandworkers International

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Brandworkers International is a non-profit advocacy organization for retail and food employees. Based in New York City, Brandworkers was founded in 2007 by a group of retail and food employees engaged with workers' rights issues. Brandworkers trains workers in the use of social change tools to achieve employer compliance with the law and improve working conditions. Their approach combines class-action lawsuits, union/community organizing and public education.[1]

Brandworkers International
Motto Empowering retail and food employees with social change tools to win justice on the job and in the community
Founded 2007
Type Workers Rights, Non-profit
Services Legal Defense-Plus


Brandworkers campaigns and services are focused on the issues of wage theft, including minimum wage & overtime; immigrant labor; employment discrimination; occupational health & safety; workers compensation; and the right to organize.


Brandworkers has carried out a number of community campaigns under the banner of "Focus on the Food Chain."[2] Often working in conjunction with the Industrial Workers of the World, Brandworkers has assisted workers organizing against wage theft and discrimination at industrial food processing companies and warehouses, including campaigns at Wild Edibles, Pur Pac and Flaum Appetizing, winning a number of settlements over unpaid wages.[3][4][5]


In addition to workplace campaigns, Brandworkers offers retail and food employees a service called Legal Defense-Plus. The Legal Defense-Plus program provides legal information and connects workers with lawyers interested in taking their case. The legal services are complemented by advocacy and organizing tools. The program is serviced by a volunteer network of lawyers and grassroots campaigners.[6]

Brandworkers also operates a website for retail and food employees as well as community members concerned about the practices of multinational retailers.

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  1. ^ "About Us". Brandworkers International. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Focus on the Food Chain". Brandworkers International. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Greenhouse, Steven (January 20, 2010). "Wild Edibles Settles With Workers’ Group Pushing Boycott". New York Times. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Kapp, Trevor (August 19, 2011). "Immigrants win $470,000 settlement for wage fight from Pur Pac, major Chinese restaurant supplier". New York Daily News. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Massey, Daniel (2011-08-21). "Food industry: promise, problems". Crains New York. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Legal Defense Plus". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 

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