Fighting in our language gives us strength. Our identity is our weapon.

Oscar Ramirez


On April 23 2016, workers at New Capital Restaurant in the Bronx went public with their campaign to end wage theft, verbal and physical abuse, and dangerous conditions in their workplace.

“We are tired of these abuses and the exploitation of immigrants,” said New Capital worker Teofilo Ríos. “I’ve been waiting for this for years.”

Workers at New Capital trained in private for six months with Laundry Workers Center, a grassroots worker group with an impressive track record of victories, most recently at B&H Photo. New Capital workers were inspired by LWC’s win last fall at Liberato Restaurant, also located off Jerome Ave.

Many of the workers demanding change at New Capital were hired as dishwashers, but also clean the restaurant, prep the food, and do deliveries. They put in as many as 56 hours a day and are not paid minimum wage. They also face dangerous safety conditions, including broken, slippery floors, and unprotected stairs.

Titlanice means “we will win”!