View of the Hudson River in winter. (Photo by Natalie Schuman via La Voz)

An Immigrant Woman’s Testimony

Immigration, Labor, New York March 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

La Voz offers a first-person testimony of an immigrant woman in the Hudson Valley who has fulfilled her dream of earning a diploma in the U.S. after struggling with domestic violence as a child and a life of discrimination and harassment as an undocumented person.

A construction site by the High Line in NYC. (Photo by Timothy Neesam, Creative Commons license)

Worried About Status, Immigrants Forgo Accident Compensation

East Asian, Immigration, Labor March 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Some lawyers say that undocumented immigrants in the Chinese community may be discouraged from seeking compensation for work injuries, while others believe that such suits can still be successful, World Journal reports.

Latinas Building Equality in the Construction Industry

Latinas Building Equality in the Construction Industry

Labor, Latino, New York, Women March 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

As they fight stereotypes and a gender wage gap, many Latinas are making a mark in the construction industry, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A young woman hold sign that reads: “We are the future.” (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Calls To Expand Summer Youth Employment Program

Government, Labor, New York, Youth February 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Council members and activists are urging the mayor to increase the Summer Youth Employment Program’s budget, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

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.