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(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.

Carol Khaldoun, who cares for elderly people, demands a closer supervision of home care agencies. (Photo via El Diario)

NYC Senior Caregivers Demand Unpaid Wages

Labor, New York, Seniors September 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm

A city investigation found widespread labor law violations, including unpaid wages and sick days, against elderly caregivers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Manuel, who works in a Manhattan restaurant, reported that his employers have threatened him. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

More Employers Threaten Undocumented Workers

Immigration, Labor, New York August 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm

As more employers harass immigrant workers by asking about their status and taunting them with pro-Trump comments, the city is encouraging workers to report abuses, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

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Cap on Ride-Hail Vehicles Approved by Council

Government, Labor, New York, Transportation August 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The City Council passed regulations that put a yearlong cap on new licenses for ride-sharing companies. The move follows a spate of suicides among taxi drivers who faced intense financial burdens.

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Worker, Back in Ecuador, Recovers 40K in Stolen Wages

Labor, New York, South American August 1, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Thanks to the help of a union, the Consulate General of Ecuador and the city comptroller’s office, an Ecuadorean worker recovered $40,000 in wages stolen by his employer years after moving back to his country, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The Brownsville Community Culinary Center offers free sliders and ice cream and ice tea to the neighborhood.
Chloe Hadley (L) and Travis Maxwell (R) cook jerk chicken and sliders. For a neighborhood celebration, BCCC students Chloe Hadley, left, and Travis Maxwell cooked jerk chicken and sliders (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein via The Bridge)

Food and Jobs on the Menu in Brownsville

African, Brooklyn, Food, Labor, Youth July 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

For a year now, the Brownsville Community Culinary Center has served up food “inspired by the history of the African diaspora” and offered a culinary training program, reports The Bridge.