Restaurant workers at DISHES, an upscale midtown Manhattan deli, are standing up against wage theft and for safety and respect in the workplace.

99 Pickets and the Occupy Wall Street community are mobilizing in support of these courageous workers.

“Line clogging” is a fun, easy way to pressure a restaurant owner to negotiate with his employees.

More info about what’s happening at DISHES:


99 Picket lines promo video!!! Get in the streets! Which side are you on? #99pkts

#99PKTS - Sneak peek at pickets on #MayDay! #M1GS #ows

Join us at 8am at Bryant Park to participate in one of the 99 pickets! Below is a partial list of the pickets planned for the day.

7 AM - 3 PM: Join the Laborers 79 at Savannah Partners – 1375 Broadway         

7 AM - 3 PM: Join the Laborers 79 at St. Giles Hotel – 120 East 38th St btw Park and Lexington  

8 - 9 AM: Join members of Legal Services of NYC fighting for a better contract – NYT Building, 620 8th Ave.

8 - 10 AM: Join Local 802 at Koch Brothers – Lincoln Center Plaza      

8 - 10 AM: Stop Post Office closures with Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services! – James Farley Post Office, 421 8th Ave.

8:30 - 10:30 AM: Join members of the Newspaper Guild at McGraw Hill – 1221 6th Ave.  

8:30 - 9:30 AM: NYU Bobst Library – 70 Washington Square South      

9 - 11 AM: Strong Economy for All at Paulson Investment Co. – 1251 Ave of the Americas

9 - 10 AM: Join NYCC at Chase Bank – 270 Park Ave.                               

9 AM - 12 PM: Support Teamsters Local 814, locked out from Sotheby’s – 1334 York Ave at 72nd St.

10 - 11 AM: Join NYCC at Chase Branch – 401 Madison Ave.

11 AM - 1 PM: UFCW Local 1500 workers at Target – East 117th St., Harlem        

11 AM - 1 PM: Support NABET-CWA Local 16 workers at ABC – 66th and Columbus 

Immigrant Worker Justice Tour:

— 11:30 AM: Support the Laundry Workers Center – location TBA  

— 12:00 PM: Wells Fargo – location TBA

— 12:30 PM: Support Coalition of Immokalee Workers! Chipotle – 9 W 42nd St.              

— 1:30 - 2:30 PM: Support ROC-NY at Capital Grille – 155 E 42nd btw 3rd and Lexington

12 - 1:30 PM: Support members of CSEA AFSCME at Investment Banker Stephen Berger – 46th and Park Ave.

12 - 2 PM: Repeal Employer Sanctions with NMASS & IWJ – 26 Federal Plaza

1:30 - 4 PM: March with the Freelancers from Digital Media Companies – Madison Square Park (start) to Union Square (finish) 

3 - 4 PM: Support workers at Beth Israel with Workers United – 14th and Park

3 - 4 PM: Support workers at Strand Bookstore! – 828 Broadway        

7 PM: Support TWU fighting for a fair contract – MTA, 2 Broadway                      

8 - 10 PM: Support jazz musicians fighting for fair benefits – Washington Square Park (meet at the arch)

Emergency Picket Now!

If you have time RIGHT NOW, please come to 63rd street and Second Avenue Hot and Crusty location. A union-busing firm is sitting the workers down for a closed meeting and we are planning on picketing outside. They want to close the bakery for several hours to do this. Please join us if you’re anywhere in the area, we need your bodies!  The Laundry Workers Union need your solidarity!

99 Pickets in action—Come join in!

Richard Trumka Prez of the AFL-CIO Joins the 99 Pickets!!!

“These writers and producers are doing what workers have always done. They’re doing a great job in the TV industry, and now they’re joining together in a union to turn these jobs into great jobs with health care. I’m proud to stand with them,” Richard Trumka said.“If you consider a workplace fraught with violations of wage and hour laws, long hours, unfair pay and zero benefits to be a sweatshop, then any number of television production companies in New York City fit that bill,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, East. “Nonfiction is almost entirely non-union, but it will change as the WGAE continues to organize and bargain on behalf of writers and producers in this part of the industry. Creative professionals understand the importance of banding together to make their work lives better.”  


#99PKTS Leading up to #MayDay! Support workers fighting for better labor conditions! #ows

April 25, 8:30-10:30am, The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, NYC.

NY Newspaper Guild, CWA Local 31001 members protest at the NY Times annual shareholder’s meeting.  Frozen pensions, compensation cuts of more than 10 percent, under-fund the medical plan – these are a few of Time’s Corporate Management’s Demands. A few weeks ago, the Guild asked a number of the paper’s journalists to sit down and talk on video about the negotiations, the issues important to them, and how they feel about working at the Times.  Watch the video here.


2) Demand Dignity at Darden!

April 25, 6-7pm, Capital Grille, Chrysler Center, 155 42nd St., between 3rd & Lexington.

ROC-NY will be having a demonstration with allies and workers, to keep up the pressure and demand dignity at Darden. We will show them that New Yorkers support fairness and dignity in the workplace. Our last action was a great success and was lots of fun. Let’s make this one even better!! Also, visit to the website www.DignityatDarden.org to sign our petition in demanding that Darden sit down with the workers to find real solutions to their claims.


3) Support SEIU 1199 Healthcare Workers!

April 25,  11:30am-2:00pm, Beth Emeth Homecare Service, 1080 McDonald Ave., Brooklyn NY.

Home healthcare workers will be picketing in protest of stalled contract negotiations and the possibility of their benefits being cut! Please come out and support these tireless, unappreciated healthcare workers who deserve better labor conditions.


4) Tell NFL Owner: Stop Mistreating Workers and Our Communities!

April 25, 9:30pm-12:30am, NW corner of 48th and Sixth Avenue (Rockefeller Center Subway).

April 26, 5-8pm, NW corner of 48th and Sixth Avenue (Rockefeller Center Subway).

How did billionaire Shahid Khan–the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars football team–make his fortune? Workers and community members from Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan who say they’ve been harmed by his company’s use of hexavalent chromium–the chemical made famous in the movie Erin Brockovich–are coming to New York to tell their story at the NFL Draft. Join them in leafleting and other actions to make sure that, as Mr. Khan steps onto the national stage, America hears the real story. http://www.facebook.com/events/375682042473083/


5) Support SEIU 1199 Healthcare Workers!

April 26, 11:30am-2:00pm, CABS Home Attendant & Housekeeping, 44 Varet St., Brooklyn NY.

Workers will be picketing over issues of management refusing to negotiate on what workers want in their contract. Please support them in their fight for better labor conditions!


6) Support the New York Taxi Workers Alliance!

April 26, 3:30 PM, March from Queens Medallion Leasing (21-03 44th Ave in Long Island City) to SLS Jet then Midtown Garage (just blocks away)

Taxi drivers are marching to demand an end to rampant lease overcharges and calling for the first fare raise in over eight years to ensure that taxi workers can earn a livable income and create a Health and Wellness Fund.

7) Friday Morning! Join AFL-CIO President Trumka in a Race to the Top

April 27, 10-11am, Atlas Media, 242 W. 36th St. (between 7th & 8th Ave.)

Writers and producers in nonfiction basic cable TV work long hours for low pay and no benefits. Hundreds of these employees have asked the Writers Guild of America, East to represent them. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka will join WGAE officers and activists to urge one of the production companies to provide health benefits – to abandon the race to the bottom on wages and benefits, and instead to join the race to the top. RSVP: jmolito@wgaeast.org

8) Justice for Workers at Golden Farm!

April 28, 24-Hour Boycott and Picket, 329 Church Ave., Brooklyn NY

We will have a presence outside the store all day and night, but the main gathering will be from 12-5pm. We have a set of speakers lined up, music, activities and food, so come and bring as many people as you can. Let us know if you want to sign up for an hour of picketing. We will try to have at least 20 people at all times.

TONIGHT! Support @ROC_NY and workers, and demand an end to retaliation by Capital Grille. 6pm, 155 E 42nd. #99PKTS

Dear Friends,

The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) invites you and any other supporters to come out on Wednesday, May 16th, from 6-7 PM, for an action in support of Capital Grille workers that are part of the Dignity at Darden campaign.

Our most recent actions against retaliation have sent a strong message to the company and energized the workers. So, let’s keep building!

Dignity at Darden is a nationwide workplace justice campaign launched by the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United) involving Capital Grille workers in five cities. Darden, which owns the Capital Grille, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and more, is the largest full-service restaurant group in the world, and it claims to be a “leader” in the industry. However, workers have filed a class action lawsuit alleging wage theft and discrimination, and have sought to change other unfair working conditions.

For more information about the campaign, you can go to DignityAtDarden.org

Again, here are the details for the event: When: Wednesday,May 16th, 6-7 PM, Where:155 E 42nd Street (between 3rd Ave. and Lexington). In front of the Capital Grille, Chrysler Center

Your support is much appreciated, and will play an important role in the success of the campaign.

Please RSVP to john@rocyny.org


Come walk the picket line from 9AM-12 noon at 72nd St. and
York Avenue with Teamster Art Handlers and help them fight for
the future of their Union against Sotheby’s - a company who has
locked them out of their jobs for over 8 months to try
demoralize them into accepting wage and benefit cuts and the
gradual elimination of their Union.


Democracy Now! coverage of Tuesday morning’s #blocktheboat picket at the Port of Newark.

Also on DN! today, The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Bribe Its Way Through Expansion in Mexico

Tell Capital Grille: End Retaliation! Respect Workers' Right to Organize! #99PKTS #AnotherNYC #ows

ROC-NY invites you to our Dignity at Darden workplace justice action against RETALIATION! Workers at the Capital Grille, owned by Darden Restaurants, have been engaged in organizing activities for months, but the company continues to RETALIATE against them. Join us for an action as we tell Capital Grille and Darden to END RETALIATION, and respect the right to organize. 

Dignity at Darden is a nationwide workplace justice campaign launched by the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United) involving Capital Grille workers in five cities. Darden, which owns the Capital Grille, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and more, is the largest full-service restaurant group in the world, and it claims to be a “leader” in the industry. However, workers have filed a class action lawsuit alleging wage theft and discrimination, and have sought to change other unfair working condition, like lack of paid sick days, poverty wages, and an abusive working environment. For more information about the campaign, go to www.DignityAtDarden.org

Contact for action: John Cronan, Jr.

Justice for Jazz Artists

On May Day, at 8pm we’re fighting for a pension and fair wages for jazz musicians in NYC’s most famous clubs. Older jazz musicians are living in poverty while jazz club owners are getting rich… yet they refuse to contribute to pensions that would let musicians retire with dignity.

Meet under the arch in Washington Square Park. We’ll march from there to the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note – with a jazz band leading the way –  and conduct demonstrations outside the clubs. Musicians – bring your instruments!


The 1% crashed our economy, foreclosing on millions of homes, destroying jobs, and wrecking our city budget. Enough is enough. Another city is possibe, but we must build it.

As we approach May 1st, we will be setting up 99 picket lines to expose, disrupt, and shut down the 1% who rule our city. The 99 pickets will be an effective way for people to plug into the morning activities on May Day. A few other pickets will happen in coming days to build for the May 1st, but the focus of this project is May 1st. This is an opportunity to fight back against austerity, union busting, the attacks on immigrant rights, and the entire system of the 1% rule with a tactic and framework that is in solidarity with the May Day call to action. The recent General Strikes in Spain and Greece show us that when we all fight back together, against austerity we are stronger. The picket line is a tactic with a rich history. It can be diverse and does not have to be symbolic.

How will we get to 99 picket lines?

Good question. We are off to a great start. Right now, unions, worker centers, community groups, and affinity groups are selecting and bottom lining targets. We are already over halfway to our goal of 99 locations. We have an outreach plan to encourage many more organizations to participate.

But in order to get to 99, we need more unions, community groups, OWS working groups, affinity groups, and workers to step up and pick a target.


Pick a target you want to picket, ideally at 8 am on May 1, in midtown. Can you get at least 20 people to join you in picketing? Great! (We can help by publicizing your target, if you want. There will also be some upcoming trainings on picketing and mobile tactics.) If you do not have 20 people, no problem! Come to an OWS action spokes council to plug into existing pickets or just come at 8AM to Bryant Park on May 1st and recruit folks to join you. Either way, you are also strongly encouraged to participate in the affinity group spokes councils and existing May Day planning. The final council will happen on Wednesday at 6PM at 33 West 14th St. This tactic and project is in solidarity with the all of the exciting plans for May 1st. This action will be distinct but also compliment the amazing mass march from Union Square at 4pm.

If you would like to register a picket line and or have any questions or need support email: 99picketlines@gmail.com.

Let’s make May Day in NYC a day to remember!

WHAT: Workers across the city plan 99 picket lines leading up to and on May Day.
WHO: Unions, Occupy Wall Street – Immigrant Justice Working Group, Community Based Organizations, Workers’ Centers
WHEN: From now through May 1st
WHERE: City-wide
WHY: To highlight the connection between workers struggles across the city. To build unity for May Day.
HOW: For more on the 99 picket lines, see:


  • TUESDAY APRIL 24, 4-6pm - Gotham Garage 33rd Ave and Miller St, Flushing with New York Taxi Workers Alliance
  • WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, 6-7pm – The Capital Grille 155 42nd Street, b/w 3rd Ave and Lexington, with Restaurant Opportunities Center