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.

NYC DCAS outreach specialist Achmat Akkad talking with job seekers at a job fair in chinatown recently. (Photo via World Journal)

The City Recruits in Chinatown

African American, East Asian, Government, Labor September 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

The city’s main hiring agency, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and private employers recently came to Chinatown for a job fair, World Journal reports.

Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, in purple tie, at a ribbon cutting for the Workforce1 Career Center in September. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

First City-Run Career Center for Immigrants Opens

Labor, Manhattan September 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

The Workforce1 Career Center in Washington Heights will offer customized classes and resources aimed at foreign-born job seekers, such as ESL support and workshops on the American workplace, reports Manhattan Times.

Bronx International High School students Jairo Castillo (right) and Alejandro Soto-Lora (center) with trainer Robert Cappiello at the Woodlawn Cemetery. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Bronx Youths Learn Funerary Art Preservation

Bronx, Labor, Youth September 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

A group of Latino youths are learning the craft of monuments preservation thanks to a program by the historic Woodlawn cemetery, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Protest against Laminated Industries in Linden, NJ (Courtesy photo via Diario de México)

New Jersey Immigrant Workers on Strike Over Labor Dispute

Labor, Metro Area, Mexican September 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Some 30 immigrant workers, most of them Mexicans, are participating in a strike at a paper plant in New Jersey due to a labor dispute, Diario de México reports.

Catalina Santiago is arrested by police outside of Trump Tower.

Labor Activists Arrested at Trump Tower

Movimiento Cosecha protested in front of Trump Tower on August 3, saying that undocumented immigrant labor held build the

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer (Photo by Yeo Ram Choi/Voices of NY)

Opinión: Un trabajo digno merece una paga digna

Government, Immigration, Labor, Opinion August 31, 2016 at 6:23 pm

El Contralor de la Ciudad de Nueva York Scott M. Stringer escribe en este artículo de opinión para Voices of New York sobre los esfuerzos de su oficina para contactar a más de 1.000 trabajadores a quienes les deben $5 millones en salarios y beneficios, los cuales les fueron negados por contratistas financiados por la ciudad.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer, with members of Ironworkers Local 580, at a press conference a year ago announcing his office’s efforts to distribute wages owed workers. (Photo by Rahimon Nasa for Voices of NY)

Opinion: An Honest Day’s Work Deserves an Honest Day’s Pay

Featured Posts, Government, Labor, New York, Opinion August 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer writes in this Op-Ed for Voices of New York about his office’s effort to reach more than 1,000 workers who are owed $5 million in prevailing wages and benefits that they were deprived of by city-funded contractors.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer (Photo by Yeo Ram Choi/Voices of NY)

Stringer Launches Renewed Campaign to Award Unclaimed Wages

Communities, Government, Immigration, Labor, New York August 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer is relaunching an effort to reach more than 1,000 laborers who are owed prevailing wages from city contractors who underpaid them.

Caregiver Bárbara Rodríguez talks about how tough her job is. (Photo by Mariela Lombard for El Diario)

City Offers Assistance to Caregivers

Labor, New York, Women August 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm

The City Council approved a law aiming to guarantee the rights of caregivers, many of whom are immigrant women of color, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Street vendor Aurora Díaz attends a hearing regarding the $1,000 fine she received for selling tacos and hot food at 110th Street and Third Avenue in El Barrio. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latina Street Vendors are the Target of Fines

Labor, Latino, Women August 17, 2016 at 11:31 am

Activists say that Hispanic female street vendors, often mothers, receive the most fines for working without a license, and are asking City Council to change the laws, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Female day laborers, mostly Hispanic, wait for housecleaning work at the corner of Marcy Avenue and Division Street in Brooklyn. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Brooklyn Female Day Laborers Ask for a Place to Gather

Brooklyn, Labor, Latino, Women August 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Latinas offering their cleaning services in Williamsburg request a job center in their area to dignify and improve their working conditions, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Day laborers in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Day Laborers Coping with Lean Times

Labor, Latino, New York August 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm

While some of the estimated 10,000 immigrant day laborers in New York have better working conditions thanks to job centers, most are facing an unemployment crisis, El Diario/La Prensa reports.