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From left to right Michael Yellin, Director of Communications at LRA Consulting, Richie Steier, Editor of the civil-service newspaper "The Chief-Leade, Lenore Friedlaender, of 32BJ SEIU, and Cara Noel the Communications Director at NYC Central Labor Council.

Ethnic and Labor Issues Converge

Featured Posts, Labor, Media May 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

At a May 1 panel, experts discussed opportunities for historic coverage of city labor issues.

Miguel Cabrera, with some of his onyx carving work. (Photo By Zaira Cortés)

Treasures Lost to Immigration: Young People, Old Skills

San Antonio Texcala, Mexico, has become a ghost town after the collapse of its onyx industry.

Immigrant Workers to Train in Recognizing Hazards

Immigrant Workers to Train in Recognizing Hazards

Environment, Featured Posts, Immigration December 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

CDC-funded training will give immigrant workers tools to evaluate risks in the wake of disasters.

Hector Figueroa, president of SEIU, is one of the most prominent labor leaders in the country. (Photo by David Sachs/ SEIU, Creative Commons license)

Latino Leaders at the Forefront of Unions

Labor, Latino September 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Although the number of unionized workers is at its lowest in nearly a century, various Latino leaders at the forefront of important unions throughout the nation are keeping the fight for workers’ rights alive, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Yummy Noodles restaurant in Chinatown. (Photo by Vincent Desjardins via Flickr Creative Commons License)

Taking the ‘High Road’ with Restaurant Workers

Food, Immigration, Labor May 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Eateries across the city run on the hands of low-paid servers, busboys and dishwashers. A Feet in 2 Worlds podcast looks at the circumstances of these workers and a group working to improve conditions.

The owners of the Kum Kang San restaurants, located in Korea Town, Manhattan and Flushing, Queens, are being sued for not paying minimum wage. (Gloria Medina via El Diario)

Waiters, Supermarket Workers Take a Stand on Wage Theft

Business, Labor August 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Wage theft is a perennial issue for immigrants in New York City. Two recent El Diario stories tell of low-wage immigrant workers — at a restaurant and a supermarket — fighting back against bosses that they say exploited them.

Photo via News India Times

NYC’s South Asian Workers Underpaid, Exploited and Harassed

Business, Labor August 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

A new study offers a glimpse of the hazardous working conditions, wage theft and harassment that South Asian workers in New York endure, News India Times reports. It also highlights a burgeoning movement to address this exploitation.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is spearheading a campaign to unionize at a Bed Bath and Beyond distribution center.(Photo via Labor Notes)

Union Election at Bed Bath and Beyond Seen as Milestone

Labor June 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

A union vote at a distribution center for Bed Bath and Beyond in New Jersey could be a “shot in the arm” for warehouse workers nationwide, reported Labor Notes, a publication that advocates for union organizing. Of the center’s 800 employees, 90 percent are Latino.

Cleaner Pins Hopes on N.J.’s Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Labor May 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

With legislation to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.50 making its way through the state legislature, Women’s eNews told the story of Rosalina Miranda, a 50-year-old Salvadorian New Jersey resident who cleans several office buildings and private houses for $7.25 an hour.

A group shot of Workplace Project members in happier days (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Workplace Project Board Fights Back

In the News, Labor May 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

There’s a new twist in the ongoing leadership crisis at the Workplace Project, a group that advocates for Long Island day laborers. The deposed board members — who were ousted late last month — have asked the director to resign and declared themselves reinstated.

Car Wash workers in Jamaica, Queens, demanded better treatment and wages. (Photo by EDLP / Gloria Medina)

Voices in Focus: Obama Scores With Jewish and Indian-American Voters

Labor, Politics May 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Some good news for President Obama from two ethnic communities; South-Asian supporters of the Rutgers student accused of anti-gay bullying plan a rally; car wash workers in Queens protest their work conditions; and a record-breaking fundraiser by an Irish-American charity organization.

Young discussed the movie "The Help" on MSNBC. (Screen shot from MSNBC)

Profile: An Advocate For ‘The Help’ Who Speaks From Experience

Culture, Labor April 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Preventing the exploitation and mistreatment of live in maids, nannies and other household servants has become a lifelong mission for Barbara Young, who herself worked 17 years as an elderly care giver and nanny. As a key organizer for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Brown has become an eloquent voice for “the help.”

Rabin Kumar Biswokarma said he was underpaid as a kitchen assistant at Long Island's Masala Wok & Grill. (Photo via The South Asian Times)

Nepali Describes Harsh Conditions, Wage Theft at Long Island Indian Restaurant

Immigration, South Asian April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

A Nepali immigrant prep cook says that he was forced to work long hours for little or no pay, and was essentially imprisoned in group housing on Long Island while working at Masala Wok & Grill, an Indian fusion restaurant in Selden, Long Island.

Former workers at Babi Nail Salons earned a small victory when a jury decided that their employer was guilty of labor violations. (Photo by  Ross Barkan/Queens Tribune)

The Real Price of That Bargain Mani-Pedi

Business, Labor April 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

A cheap manicure and pedicure is considered an entitlement of city life by many New Yorkers. But trouble has been brewing in the city’s nail salon industry, where workers say they’re underpaid, abused and exploited.

Errol Lewis will emcee the Ippies gala awards dinner on Thursday. (Photo by Solwazi Afi Olusola / Amsterdam News)

Voices in Focus: Errol Louis to Host Ippies Awards

Crime, Health April 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

The veteran New York City journalist Errol Louis, who will host our Ippies Awards dinner on Thursday, was profiled in the Amsterdam News; a tofu scare in Flushing; a setback for the lawyer trying to bring an accused Orthodox child molester to justice; and some context for the Strand Bookstore labor dispute.