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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.

(Photo by Denise Civiletti via RiverheadLOCAL)

Shutdown Effects Felt on LI Farms

Labor, Long Island January 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm

The government shutdown comes at a time when farmers apply for farmhands through the H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

Zengyun Li of Spicy Village in Chinatown, at right. (Photo via World Journal)

Chinese Restaurateurs React to Min Wage Hike

Business, East Asian, Labor, Manhattan January 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

World Journal spoke to Chinese restaurant owners about the impact of higher minimum wages.

A Korean nail salon in Manhattan (Photo by Jiwon Choi for Voices of NY)

Korean Biz Owners Fret Over Minimum Wage Increases

Business, East Asian, Labor December 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Korean business owners say they may have to cut hours or workers or both, reports The Korea Times.

National Domestic Workers’ Alliance (NDWA) helped Silvia Reyes, an immigrant woman who works as a nanny, understand her rights as a worker. (Photo courtesy of NDWA via El Diario)

NYC Domestic Workers’ Struggle Goes National

Labor, New York December 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Domestic workers in New York who have mobilized to fight against labor abuse are encouraged by a proposed national bill of rights on the issue to be introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Mexican immigrant Alfredo Alegría, a victim of wage theft. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

Activists: Wage Theft Remains Rampant Despite Prevention Laws

Labor, New York December 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm

According to activist groups and workers, a landmark wage theft law has not fulfilled its promise seven years after its approval, and the Department of Labor is too underfunded to enforce it, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The advocates’ coalition that promoted the anti-wage theft bill. (Photo via El Diario)

In Westchester, County Exec Signs Anti-Wage Theft Bill

Labor, New York December 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

Pro-immigrant organizations cheered as the Westchester government signed into law an anti-wage theft bill at a community center that promoted it for two years, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Mexican immigrant Ernesto Jiménez works delivering food in New York City. (Photo via El Diario)

Delivery Workers Hope City Will Legalize E-Bikes

Labor, New York, Transportation November 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Raising hopes for thousands of delivery workers, many of whom are immigrants, a group of City Council members introduced a package of bills to legalize electric bikes and scooters in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Joselyn Mendoza and Linda Carolina, members and managers of the Trans-Latina Workers Co-op. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

A Co-op to Fight Transgender Workplace Discrimination

Labor, Latino, LGBTQ, New York, Women October 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Two transgender Latinas who suffered discrimination are planning to start a program to offer a “safe place for professional growth,” El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Yvelis Medina, from the Dominican Republic, has worked as a mailwoman for 13 years. (Photo via El Diario)

Postal Workers Claim Privatization Plans Would Harm Immigrants

Immigration, Labor October 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm

Joining a nationwide protest in Flushing, mail workers and elected officials opposed Trump calls to privatize the U.S. postal system as yet another ploy to harm immigrant and middle-class families, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Westchester County legislators Nancy Barr and Christopher A. Johnson, surrounded by workers during the bill's presentation. (Photo via El Diario)

Westchester Looks to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

Immigration, Labor, Latino, Metro Area September 19, 2018 at 5:26 pm

A bill seeks to protect Westchester construction workers – who are mostly immigrants – from such abusive labor practices as wage theft, El Diario/La Prensa reports.