Amy's Bread claims to be a community-oriented business but those of us who work there struggle to afford basic necessities. We've come together at this fast-growing baking company to improve our jobs and make the promise of Amy's Bread real.
We are Amy's Bread workers who have joined together to improve our jobs, make our voices heard, and promote a just food system for everyone. Amy's Bread is a well-known New York City wholesaler and retailer of hand-made bread, pastries, and sandwiches. We work at the company's 33,000 square foot factory in Queens and the bread we bake is sold at many of New York's most exclusive markets and restaurants. Amy's Bread has achieved phenomenal growth through a combination of highly-talented workers and a brand promise of community, sustainability, and responsibility.
We work hard and take great pride in the food we make but struggle to afford food for our own families' tables, after paying rent and bills. We don't come close to being able to afford health insurance and our everyday work environment is seriously lacking in respect.
We are among the 35,000 workers in New York City's food production and distribution sector supplying everything from hummus and juice to seafood and baked goods. Our campaign is part of a growing movement of workers and eaters coming together to deliver on the economic, health, and ecological opportunities presented by the growing popularity of locally produced foods.
As members of Brandworkers, we've built our own worker-led and worker-operated campaign to improve our jobs in partnership with allies like you. We're also proud to be part of the NYC Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a grassroots union run by members.
Take this journey with us to a better Amy's Bread and to a responsible food system for everyone.
I work hard to support myself and my daughter and became involved with Brandworkers to try to challenge the injustices that my coworkers and I face everyday. In the past, I have received paychecks for less than I am owed, had my hours switched at random, and struggled with dangerous, failing machines and hazardous working conditions.
I have worked at Amy's Bread for 8 years. I make the mixes for our award winning bread, however I have received insulting raises only 3 of the years I have worked. I currently make as much as some new workers do despite all of my experience. The company tried to push me out without compensation when I suffered a heart attack while on the job a couple of years ago. I am organizing with Brandworkers to receive a fair raise, protect my hours and retirement.
I'm organizing with Brandworkers because though I've worked at Amy's Bread for more than 20 years. I have seen wages and hours get cut over the years and now my job security is at risk. Also, together with my coworkers, I want to exercise our rights and protect our pay.
I started organizing because with Brandworkers because with the wages I make right now half of my paycheck is going to pay my rent and I can't save money, and am constantly worried about food. I want to protect my jours from more cuts, get fair wages and better training.
Even under Amy's Bread new health plan, full-time workers would have to pay over $1446 to insure their family. Employees working part-time pay even more.
We are highly skilled workers, yet some of us earn as low as 50% below the industry average. Many of us work two or even three jobs to pay rent, put food on the table, and take care of other bills.
Arbitrary disparities in pay. Unprofessional management practices. Threats of lost work days for workers who speak up.
Great jobs, wholesome food, and a healthy planet. We're partnering with eaters and workers like you to realize the extraordinary potential of local food. Join us!
The talented and hard-working bakers of Amy's Bread in New York have kicked off a campaign for better jobs and a better food system. Instead of accepting a respectful request for dialogue, the company is trying to derail the workers' effort with costly lawyers. The workers remain committed to achieving the affordable health care, fair pay, and respect their families need.
This past holiday season people stood with the workers and called on Amy's Bread to make its wholesome image real. From Wednesday, December 18th to Wednesday, December 25th, people posted their “Holiday Blizzard” messages to Twitter or Facebook with #WhoMakesAmysBread and @AmysBread. Click here to see all the creative videos and photos that people shared.