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B&H warehouse employees protest outside the store's Ninth Avenue location in Manhattan. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin for Voices of NY)

B&H Workers Protest Electronics Store’s Move to New Jersey

Labor, Latino, Manhattan February 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

B&H Photo Video warehouse workers and their supporters rallied on Feb. 12 to protest the company’s plans to relocate the warehouse to New Jersey.

Marvin Tavárez, from Local 28, during the protest. Construction workers demonstrate at City Hall. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Construction Workers To Council: Stop the Deaths

Government, Labor, New York February 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Construction workers demand in front of the city council the approval of 21 safety measures to stop the string of accidents that have claimed the lives of 30 people – mostly Hispanic – in the last two years, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Construction site in Manhattan (Photo by Jazz Guy, Creative Commons)

Could an Apprenticeship Bill Affect Workers of Color?

African American, Labor, Latino, New York January 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Proposed legislation would mandate apprenticeships for construction workers but one group says the requirement would reduce employment of African-American and Hispanic workers, reports Kings County Politics.

Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg is one of the restaurants in Brooklyn reported to be part of the Sanctuary Restaurants Movement. (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Sanctuary Restaurants Movement Comes to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Immigration, Labor January 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Kings County Politics reports on the new Sanctuary Restaurants Movement and the Brooklyn eateries that have joined the cause.

Marcial Palacios, his son Jorge Palacios, Guadalupe Salas and coordinator Juan Cuautle Juárez are developing the dog walkers cooperative as a way to become their own bosses. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A Cooperative of Friends for Your Pets

Business, Labor, Latino January 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

Created by a group of Mexican friends from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Trusty Amigos is a dog-walking and pet care cooperative that operates in the five boroughs, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo via Diario de México)

Asking Mexican Immigrants for Investments Instead of Remittances

Immigration, Labor, Mexican January 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

A cooperative from Puebla, Mexico, seeks investors among the Mexican community in New York to create jobs instead of depending on remittances, Diario de México USA reports.

Members of Local 78 and volunteers, helping build the house owned by Gabriela Paola Cruz-Jare, one of the victims of Ecuador’s coastal earthquake. (Photo via Impacto New York)

Union Leads Local Efforts to Help Ecuador Earthquake Victims

Labor, New York, South American January 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Local 78, a Queens-based union with 1,700 Ecuadorean members, is leading the New York efforts to help victims of the earthquake in Ecuador, Impacto New York reports.

(Photo via Diario de México)

Latina Day Laborers Become Entrepreneurs

Brooklyn, Labor, Mexican, Women December 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

A group of women day laborers became their own bosses by creating a job cooperative in Williamsburg, and have been able to increase wages, improve job conditions and better tend to their children, Diario de México USA reports.

(Photo by Dan Nguyen, Creative Commons license)

Kim on Attacks Against Asian Food Delivery Workers

Asian, Crime, Food, Labor December 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Assemblymember Ron Kim of Flushing is asking in an online survey whether attacks on Asian food delivery workers merit stiffer punishment, QNS reports.

A street vendor on 71st Avenue in Forest Hills. (Photo by Photo by Bryant Rodriguez via Queens Chronicle)

Reaction from Queens on Street Vendor Bill

Government, Labor, Queens December 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Queens Chronicle speaks to a street vendor and representatives from the Street Vendor Project and Queens Chamber of Commerce to get their take on the Street Vendor Modernization Act, introduced earlier in the City Council.

Workers at a construction site in New York (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Seeks to Halt Hispanic Construction Worker Deaths

Labor, Latino, New York October 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm

The Manhattan district attorney has launched a campaign to crack down on fake OSHA cards, which may be behind the death of many Hispanic construction workers, and exchange them for free safety training hours, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Hazel Ingram (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Clinton, the $15 Wage and More: One Electoral College Member’s Views

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Elections 2016, Labor, New York October 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

A 93-year-old woman, the granddaughter of a slave, speaks to Amsterdam News about her support of the $15 minimum wage, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and more.

Agustina Vázquez and her husband Miguel de la Cruz sell ice cream on West 125th Street in Harlem. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Moves to Increase Number of Street Vendor Licenses

Government, Labor, New York October 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Street vendors who claim police harassment urged the City Council to approve a bill that would grant more than 4,000 permits 40 years after the issuing of licenses was frozen, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Dozens of nail salon employees gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, to demand the immediate implementation – both at old and new shops – of the law requiring businesses to have ventilation systems to prevent illnesses caused by chemical exposure. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Nail Salon Workers Demand Quick Implementation of New Rules

Health, Labor, New York October 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm

New safety laws for nail salons went into effect on Monday, but some workers worry that certain owners may have as long as five years to implement them, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Guadalupe Villamil and Anavelia Romero, with coordinator Juan Cuautle at La Colmena in Staten Island. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latina Nannies to Create Worker Co-op on Staten Island

Labor, Latino, Staten Island, Women, Youth October 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

A group of immigrant women is creating a workers’ cooperative for nannies on Staten Island, El Diario/La Prensa reports.