Labor

Workers harvesting grapes in a local vineyard in 2017. (File photo by Peter Blasl via RiverheadLOCAL)

State Court: Farmworkers Have Right to Unionize

Labor, New York May 24, 2019 at 4:35 pm

An appeals court ruled that excluding farmworkers from state law giving employees the right to organize is unconstitutional, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

Wage theft victim Raúl Alarcón with Assembly Member Catalina Cruz and Manuel Castro, from NICE (Photo by Edwin Martinez via El Diario)

Making Wage Theft Punishable by Imprisonment

Immigration, Labor May 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Assembly Member Catalina Cruz unveiled a proposal to turn wage theft into a crime punishable with prison time in New York State, in a bid to put an end to a widespread practice that is exploiting immigrants, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Claudia Corcino and Flor Jimenez (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Delivery Workers Fed Up With Police Harassment and ‘Illegal’ Bike Seizures

Labor, Latino, New York May 14, 2019 at 5:56 pm

Delivery workers – estimated to be between 25,000 and 50,000 in New York, mostly immigrants – are denouncing police harassment and bike seizures while the restaurants that hire them avoid accountability, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Delivery workers, such as Jinhua Li, coalesced in Corona Plaza to support a new state bill on e-bikes and scooters which they claim will counteract city policies viewed as discriminatory. (Photo: Mark Hallum via QNS)

Urging Legalization of E-Bikes

Asian, Food, Labor, Latino, New York May 6, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Delivery workers described being targeted by law enforcement for using e-bikes on the job at a press conference on a bill that would legalize the bikes, reports QNS.

Demonstration at Amazon’s offices to protest the company’s cooperation with ICE. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A May Day to Demand Respect for Immigrants

Immigration, Labor, New York May 2, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Immigrant rights, the Census citizenship question and fair wages were at the forefront of issues raised at this year’s May 1 events in New York and Los Angeles, El Diario La Prensa and La Opinión report.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez speaking out in support of One Fair Wage Act. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

Debating a ‘Fair Wage’ vs. Tipped Wage

Brooklyn, Labor, New York April 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Legislators made a pitch for replacing the tipped wage with a higher minimum wage, but not all servers favor the change, Kings County Politics reports.

Andres Silva (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Inspections Ordered after Hispanic Construction Workers Die

Labor, Latino, New York April 17, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Workers tell El Diario La Prensa that more training and supervision are needed.

Sharmila Shakya (Photo via)

From Nepal to New York: A Teaching Journey

Labor, New York, South Asian, Women April 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Sharmila Shakya, who teaches at colleges across NYC, is one of only a few Nepalese in the field in New York, writes Nepalaya News.

Yinett Sánchez received her associate certificate in child development through ACS and CUNY. (Photo via El Diario)

ACS and CUNY Join Forces to Educate NYC Parents

Education, Labor, New York, Youth March 26, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Thanks to a partnership with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services launched in 2016, dozens of parents, many of them immigrants, have graduated from CUNY’s Child Development Associate Certificate program, El Diario La Prensa reports.

José Chapa, coordinator for the Justice for Farmworkers campaign, and Salvadoran Juan Zúñiga, a field worker in East Hampton, Long Island. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

Long Island Hispanic Farmworkers Demand Labor Rights

Labor, Latino, Long Island March 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Feeling neglected by New York lawmakers, Long Island Hispanic farmworkers demand fair working conditions and labor rights, Noticia Long Island reports.

Blanca Collaguazo talking with María Pérez at Make the Road’s domestic workers support group. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Domestic Workers Join Forces to Fight Sexual Harassment

Labor, Latino, New York March 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm

A group of domestic workers, who are part of Make the Road New York, talk about efforts to curb sexual abuse in their workplace, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Biomedical engineer Muhammed Rufai Batmanoglu, with a PhD from Turkey, has been driving for Uber and Lyft for the last two years. (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

‘Structural Underemployment’ Among Immigrant Professionals

Immigration, Labor March 5, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Immigrant professionals have a hard time finding jobs that match their skills and knowledge base, reports City Limits.

Sonia Herrera de Burgas at left in background, and Sabrina Rosado at right in foreground. (Photo by José Martinez via El Diario)

The Latin American Hands behind Fashion Week

Business, Labor, Latino, Manhattan, New York February 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm

El Diario La Prensa takes a close look at the Latin American labor and talent in the Garment District that makes Fashion Week possible.

Daniela Contreras is a workplace harassment victim. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

New Anti-Harassment Unit Targets Employers Abusing Immigrants

Immigration, Labor, New York February 11, 2019 at 5:15 pm

The new, Gender-Based Anti-Harassment Unit of the NYC Commission on Human Rights is fighting sexual abuse cases and providing much-needed help for immigrant domestic workers, El Diario La Prensa reports.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announcing a new campaign to return stolen wages, with
Consul General of Ecuador Linda Machuca (in red patterned dress) at left. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Campaign Seeks to Convince Fearful Immigrants to Claim $2.5M in Stolen Wages

Business, Immigration, Labor, New York January 25, 2019 at 4:47 pm

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer launched a campaign to return over $2.5 million in unclaimed stolen wages, targeting mostly Hispanic workers who are often too afraid to claim them, El Diario La Prensa reports.