Peekskill, NY–At a time when most cities are doing everything they can to create jobs, a proposal by the City of Peekskill threatens to put 350 UNITE HERE laundry members out of work. UNITE HERE workers at White Plains Linen who launder restaurant and hotel linens in the NY metropolitan area, rallied today in front of their plant in an attempt to save their jobs. The majority of the workers are Latino immigrants who are long-term employees, some up to 20 years. They have a strong union contract, with sick days and full family health care benefits including dental and eyeglass coverage-“benefits that may be lost for good if they lose their union jobs. The laundry facility was first established in an industrial area of Peekskill about 30 years ago, but over time the area has become increasingly residential and the laundry has quadrupled in size. The City of Peekskill wants the laundry to move out immediately, which would essentially mean closing the company and losing 350 jobs.
The UNITE HERE Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Allied Workers Joint Board is urging the city to give WPL the opportunity to develop a plan to move.
In addition to the rally, The City is holding a special hearing at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 8, to promote legislation to restrict commercial traffic leading to the laundry, which would in effect shut it down.