Celebrating 12 Years of Job Center for Day Laborers

Worker's Justice Project members hold up a City Council proclamation delivered by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (left). Councilman Vincent Gentile stands to her right. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Members of the Worker’s Justice Project hold up a City Council proclamation delivered by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (left). Councilman Vincent Gentile stands to her right. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Near the bay in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, a red trailer’s small and unassuming exterior belies the labor achievements that have taken place inside. The trailer is known as the Bay Parkway Community Job Center and it serves day laborers – many of whom are immigrants who do not speak English – by matching them up with contractors. The job center also holds classes in ESL and labor rights, and has helped push wages from $8 an hour to $22.50, according to its organizers. It is the first of its kind in the city.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle‘s Paula Katinas reports that last Friday, workers, contractors, community advocates and elected officials turned out to celebrate the Bay Parkway Community Job Center’s 12th anniversary, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Vincent Gentile, who played a major role in the center’s founding.

Gentile, along with the Worker’s Justice Project, hosted the ceremony. The latter is an immigrant advocate group that sponsors the job center.

Over the past 12 years, more than nearly 10,000 day laborers have found jobs through the center, according to Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst). A dozen years ago, Gentile, who was then a state senator, worked in partnership with the Rev. Terry Troia, pastor of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, to assist the immigrant laborers.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle adds that some workers who started out in the job center have gone on to open their own businesses.

Many day laborers have gone on to start businesses of their own, Gentile said. He cited Apple Eco Cleaning, an environmentally friendly cleaning company, and M&G Construction Company as examples of success stories created the job center.

For the full article on the ceremony, as well as the conditions day laborers in Bensonhurst endured before the job center opened, visit the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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