The case of the carwash employees at Vegas Auto Spa is among those cited in the report. (Photo via El Diario)

Report Reveals Systematic Wage Theft in NY

Labor, New York November 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm

According to a new investigation, workers in New York State lose up to $20 million per week in minimum wage violations committed by employers, El Diario reports.

Lucía Campes, owner of Sweet Coffee, would have to lay off staff to confront a minimum wage hike (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

Latino Small Businesses Worry About a $15 Minimum Wage

Labor, Latino November 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Latino small business owners warn that Albany’s plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 would hurt them, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Fair Chance Law Comes to NYC

Fair Chance Law Comes to NYC

Criminal Justice, Labor, New York October 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm

New York City’s Fair Chance Act went into effect on Oct. 27, and experts say it is one of the strongest such laws in the country and should help protect ex-offenders from job discrimination, reports Colorlines.

The Guinean community in the Bronx paid their respects to Mamadou Barry on Sept. 25 at the Futa Islamic Center in Morrisania. (Photo by Daniela Castro via Mott Haven Herald)

Guineans in the Bronx Mourn Another Slain Cab Driver

African, Bronx, Crime, Labor October 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Just a little more than a year after the killing of cab driver Aboubacar Bah, the Guinean community turned out once more in Morrisania to pay their respects – this time to Mamadou Barry, who died after he was shot on the job, reports Mott Haven Herald.

The founding members of the Damayan Cleaning Cooperative. (Photo via The FilAm)

Filipina Worker-Owned Co-op First of its Kind in the U.S.

Labor, Manhattan, New York, Southeast Asian, Women October 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Nine immigrant women have started the Manhattan-based Damayan Cleaning Cooperative, the country’s first Filipina co-op owned by its members, reports The FilAm.

Vigil for domestic workers in Lakewood, New Jersey (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Vigil in Lakewood for Domestic Workers

Jewish, Labor, Latino, Metro Area September 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

A group of domestic workers and community activists in Lakewood, New Jersey, held a vigil on the eve of Yom Kippur to call for respect for housekeepers, Reporte Hispano reports.

A Diversity Disparity in NYC

A Diversity Disparity in NYC

African, Culture, Labor, New York, Technology, Video September 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

The latest episode of “Independent Sources” looks at how the tech industry can better reflect the city’s demographics, narrowing the racial pay gap through unionization, and an African playwrights festival.

Seferino Cotzojay, assistant winemaker from Bedell Cellars (Photo via Long Island Wins)

Empowering Latino Wine Workers on Long Island

Labor, Latino, Long Island September 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Latino employees working in the wine industry on Long Island’s East End will get the opportunity to organize and receive educational support through the Long Island Latino Vintners Association, reports Long Island Wins.

"Maleta" ("Suitcase") by Monica “Mona” Lunot-Kuker. (Image via Feet in 2 Worlds)

A Nightmare in Dream City

Labor, Metro Area, Southeast Asian September 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm

In the first episode of Feet in 2 World’s “Dream City” podcast, domestic worker Mona Lunot-Kuker recounts years fighting for labor rights in the Philippines before moving to New Jersey and finding herself mistreated at the hands of her new employer.

Latino workers at the new buildings in the Wrold Trade Center area (Photo by Mariela Lombard for El Diario)

Latino Hands Rebuild Ground Zero

Business, Labor, Latino, New York, Real Estate September 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Latino workers have been essential to the rehabilitation of Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks 14 years ago, El Diario reports.

Brooklyn Female Day Laborers Demand Better Working Conditions

Brooklyn Female Day Laborers Demand Better Working Conditions

Brooklyn, Jewish, Labor, Latino September 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm

House cleaners in Williamsburg ask for a raise to $15 per hour, resting time and adequate cleaning materials and protection, El Diario reports.

City, Mexican Consulate Team Up to Prevent Worker Abuse

City, Mexican Consulate Team Up to Prevent Worker Abuse

Business, Labor, Latino, Mexican, New York August 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm

The Mexican Consulate and OSHA have created an alliance to prevent abuse of Mexican laborers in the tri-state area, El Diario reports.

Laid Off for Not Speaking English?

Laid Off for Not Speaking English?

Labor, Latino, New York August 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

One hundred and fifty cleaning workers have been laid off amid allegations that WeWork is anti-union and discriminates against immigrants, El Diario reports.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer. with members of Ironworkers Local 580, at a press conference Aug.19 announcing his office's efforts to distribute $3.7 million in wages owed workers who were employed by city contractors who failed to pay the prevailing wage. (Photo by Rahimon Nasa for Voices of NY)

Stringer to Distribute $3.7 Million Owed Workers

Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, New York, Voices' Picks August 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is looking to distribute $3.7 million that is owed workers, many of them immigrants, by city contractors who failed to pay the prevailing wage.

Artist Sue Jeong Ka demonstrates her piece on female immigrant labor in the city. (Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

An Income (In)equality Art Exhibit

Brooklyn, Labor August 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

“In Search of One City: Sensing (in)equality,” on display at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, features a piece on female immigrant workers and other works, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.