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Council Passes Bill on Diversity in Construction

Labor, New York December 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm

The City Council recently passed legislation intended to “level out the playing field” for employees of color in construction, reports Kings County Politics.

Workers in the warehouse area at UncommonGoods in Sunset Park (Photo by Kadia Goba via The Bridge))

Helping Seasonal Workers to Advance

Brooklyn, Business, Labor December 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Brooklyn-based online retailer UncommonGoods tries to help its seasonal workers to secure employment and income after the holiday rush is over, reports Kadia Goba in The Bridge.

Yang Song (right), Shi Yumei (middle) and Song Hai in the restaurant run by Song in Saipan. (Photo provided by the family to World Journal)

Family Tells Story of Masseuse Who Died in Flushing

East Asian, Labor, Queens December 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

The family of Yang Song, the massage parlor worker in Flushing who jumped to her death over the Thanksgiving weekend, speaks to World Journal about her life in China and Saipan, and the harassment she endured earlier this year.

Construction worker Guadalupe Aguirre (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

About Sexual Harassment, Hispanic Female Workers Say #MeToo

Labor, Latino, New York, Women December 6, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Beyond Hollywood and the media, El Diario explores numerous cases of city Latinas sexually harassed in such work environments as construction and restaurants.  

Members of the council, local workers and their families gathered Saturday for a tour of the facilities and a discussion of the programs and activities planned at the new center, followed by a Thanksgiving meal. Photo: Denise Civiletti via RiverheadLOCAL

A ‘CASA’ for LI Farm Workers

Labor, Long Island, Social Services November 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm

The new Center of Alliance, Solidarity and Accompaniment in Riverhead aims to empower members of the large farm worker population on the East End of Long Island, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

What makes The Knowledge House unique is that its classes encourage students to solve community problems with tech. (Photo by Carmen Reincide via The Hunts Point Express)

Bringing Tech Education to the South Bronx

Bronx, Labor, Technology November 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

The Knowledge House in Hunts Point seeks to give local youths access to tech education and, in turn, well-paying jobs, reports The Hunts Point Express.

Dominican-born Clara Santana, who has spent 20 years cleaning offices, said that the products she uses to do her job have affected her health. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda via El Diario)

Latino Workers at Risk of Intoxication

Bronx, Health, Labor, Latino November 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

A new national study on the health of Latinos found that thousands of Hispanics working in construction, maintenance, repair and cleaning in the city are exposed to harmful chemicals, El Diario/La Prensa reports.  

Ana Ruiz, from Guatemala, suffered discrimination at her workplace due to her national origin. (Photo by Zaira Cortes via El Diario)

Workplace Discrimination Complaints on the Rise in New York

Central American, Immigration, Labor, Mexican September 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

The case of a Guatemalan worker discriminated against by Mexicans highlights a 60 percent increase in labor complaints in New York over mistreatment based on race, religion and gender, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Established with funding from the city, the new workers’ center inaugurated by the Worker’s Justice Project is an “oasis” in the midst of the current anti-immigrant climate and policies. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

City-Funded Day Laborer Center Opens in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Immigration, Labor, Women September 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm

The community organization Worker’s Justice Project opened its new headquarters in Brooklyn thanks to funding from the city, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

This is the second summer in a row Luka Koprivica has come from Montenegro on the J-1 visa program to work at Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion. (Photo by Rachel Siford via Times Review)

Worries on LI Over the Future of the J-1 Visa

Business, Labor, Long Island September 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Business owners in North and South Fork voice concerns over the possibility that the J-1 visa program will be eliminated, report East Hampton Star and Riverhead-News Review.

Oak Pizzeria Napoletana (Photo via La Voz)

In the Hudson Valley, ‘Workers Here are Very Worried’

Food, Immigration, Labor, New York September 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

A pizzeria owner in the Hudson Valley speaks to La Voz about how a local ICE raid affected the restaurant.

According to the guide, there are three ways in which ICE agents may approach a business to look for undocumented immigrants. The guide was published in a number of languages, including Spanish. (Photo via El Diario)

When ‘La Migra’ Comes to the Workplace

Immigration, Labor July 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

At a packed presentation at Elmhurst Hospital of the guide “What to Do if Immigration Comes to Your Workplace,” attorneys recommended that employers receive training on how to deal with an ICE raid the same way they do for fire emergencies, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Safety liaison Arsecio Ludeña leads a 10-hour construction safety class for immigrant workers in Brooklyn. (Photo by Samia Bouzid for Voices of NY)

‘Safety Liaisons’ for Immigrant Workers

Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, New York July 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Members of the Worker’s Justice Project known as “safety liaisons” train Hispanic construction workers in recognizing safety hazards and understanding their rights, in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths on the job.

At 62, Cuban-born William Guerra feels that the dream of the yellow medallion taxi is crumbling down with the support of the local and state authorities. (Photo via El Diario)

Broken Dreams of Medallion Cab Owners

Labor, Latino, New York, Transportation July 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Thousands of NYC immigrants who saw a secure future in medallion taxis say they are at risk of losing their pensions due to the disruption of Uber-like apps, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Heleodora Vivar (Photo via Diario de México)

Heleodora Vivar: A Matriarch Who Defends Her Own

Immigration, Labor, Mexican, New York, Seniors June 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

A Mexican great-grandmother who’s a Street Vendor Project leader says that if Trump experienced the hardship immigrants go through, he would not survive one day, Diario de México USA reports.