Pro-day laborers activists ask tough action against unscrupulous contractors. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Workers Fight Back Against Wage Theft ‘Epidemic’

Brooklyn, Labor January 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Pro-immigration activists, domestic employees and day laborers protested what they call a ‘wage theft epidemic’ at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Protesters against immigrants' raids. (Photo by Victor Matos via El Diario/La Prensa)

Anti-Raids and Minimum Wage Protests on MLK Day

Immigration, Labor, Metro Area, Religion January 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black Lives Matter and ICE-Free NYC activists protested immigration raids, and LaGuardia workers asked for a minimum wage of $15 per hour, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

NICE activists speak to day laborers. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Immigrant Activists: 2016 Will Be Key in Fighting Wage Theft

Labor, Latino, New York January 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm

This year, New York organizations and day laborers will pressure lawmakers to pass more severe rules to combat the wage theft “epidemic,” El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Construction workers marched near City Hall in Manhattan. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Thousands of Construction Workers Demand More Safety

Labor, Manhattan December 11, 2015 at 6:39 pm

As 16 construction workers have died in the city this year, thousands of protesters demanded more safety on the job, El Diario reports.

Jennifer de la Cruz is preparing to achieve her goals. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Queens Transgender Women Fight Discrimination With Education

Education, Labor, LGBTQ, Queens, Women December 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

A group of Latina transgender women in Queens created a cooperative that provides them with training and education in cosmetology and styling, El Diario reports.

Thomas Safian, who founded Refoundry alongside Cisco Pinedo, from Los Angeles. The non-profit offers training to ex-convicts and incubates companies started by them. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

From the Prison ‘Box’ to Entrepreneurship

Labor, New York December 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Refoundry is a nonprofit organization in which people released from prison make furniture with recycled materials, El Diario reports.

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.