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FDNY’s Court-Ordered Efforts to Diversify Begin to Show Results

Labor April 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The New York City Fire Department’s new applicant exam has attracted a larger proportion of minorities and women than previous recruitment efforts. The department’s first Associate Commissioner for Compliance offers his take on the situation.

Scene from a sector on St. Nicholas Avenue, where street vendors work to make a living daily. (Photo by Jose Acosta/EDLP)

Vendors Blame Cap on Permits For So-Called ‘Mafia’

Featured Posts, Labor April 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Despite complaints about a “mafia” that rents out street vendor licenses at exorbitant rates, many vendors say the bigger problem is a city regulation that caps non-veteran licenses, making it virtually impossible for non-veterans to obtain their own.

The ‘Taxi of tomorrow.’ (Photo by Sujeet Rajan)

Cabbies Give ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Mixed Reviews

Featured Posts, Labor, Transportation April 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

Taxi drivers praised the new Nissan taxi’s leg room, fuel efficiency and comfort, but complained that the back seat is a tad narrow, and a sliding back window isn’t large enough for drunk passengers to put their head out, if necessary, to vomit.

Five of the seven workers who won their case before the Labor Department and recovered 80 percent of the salary owed to them by the owner of a Westchester construction company. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero/El Diario La Prensa)

Better Late Than Never: Day Laborers Win Back Unpaid Wages

Labor, Latino, Mexican April 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Here’s another story of unpaid wages, but this time the workers — day laborers in Westchester County — won a victory. The laborers recovered much of the $15,000 they had not received from the owner of a construction company.

With No Mandate For Paid Sick Days, Advocates Offer Recognition Instead

With No Mandate For Paid Sick Days, Advocates Offer Recognition Instead

Health, Labor March 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

Even as they lobby for a City Council bill that would require businesses to provide paid sick days for employees, advocates have launched a new program to promote local businesses that already give paid sick days.

The Vulcan Society holds test prep classes for the FDNY firefighter entrance exam. (Photo by Bill More via Amsterdam News)

Ruling on Compensation for Minority FDNY Candidates Ruffles Feathers

Labor, Politics March 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

In an editorial, the Queens Chronicle criticizes a recent ruling directing the city to compensate minority candidates who were not hired by the Fire Department. Meanwhile, El Diario reports on the hiring of a new commissioner to oversee recruitment, diversity and equal employment opportunity at the FDNY.

Former Restaurant Workers Demand $27K in Unpaid Wages

Former Restaurant Workers Demand $27K in Unpaid Wages

Labor, Latino March 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Wage theft has been a recurring issue for New York City’s Latino community. On March 21, former workers at the restaurant Plaza Garibaldi in Elmhurst, Queens, held a protest, claiming they were cheated out of wages due to them.

Piñata-Makers Sue for Labor Violations

Piñata-Makers Sue for Labor Violations

In the News, Labor, Latino, Mexican March 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Three Mexican immigrants filed a federal lawsuit in New York against their employer, which produces piñatas, in which they allege abuse, exploitation and dangerous working conditions.

José Ordóñez and Attorney John Dalli (Photo by Jose A. Rivera / EDLP)

Ecuadorian Has Yet to Tell Family of Debilitating Accident and $10 Million Payout

Health, Labor March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

When José Ordóñez, who worked for an asbestos removal company, fell from a malfunctioning construction lift in 2007, his injuries left him unable to work. Last week, a New York State Supreme Court jury awarded him $10,015,000. He plans to break both these pieces of news to his family over Skype this week.

Vendors Seek Apology For ‘Terrible Citizens’ Comment

Vendors Seek Apology For ‘Terrible Citizens’ Comment

Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor March 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

The battle between street vendors and the 34th Street Partnership business improvement district continues. In response to comments made by the organization’s president, a group of vendors — many of them Latino immigrants — joined the Street Vendor Project to rally outside the Partnership’s office, demanding an apology.

Jazz Musicians Stage Fight for Benefits and Pensions

Jazz Musicians Stage Fight for Benefits and Pensions

Culture, Labor March 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Despite their iconic status in the New York City music scene, jazz musicians are fighting for a different kind of status — equal benefits. Most symphony and Broadway performers who belong to the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 have employer-paid medical benefits and pensions, but jazz musicians in the union do not.

The Vulcan Society holds test prep classes for the FDNY firefighter entrance exam. (Photo by Bill More via Amsterdam News)

Test Prep for Minority FDNY Applicants Ignites Tension

African American, Labor March 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

The Vulcan Society, which helps minority candidates apply to the FDNY, faced a ruckus over the highly regarded test prep classes they hold, which are intended for minority applicants.

A group shot of Workplace Project members in happier days (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Day Laborer Groups Barely Pause to Celebrate Good News From Court

Immigration, Labor March 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

In a victory for day laborers last month, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a California city that had tried to prohibit laborers from soliciting work on sidewalks or parking lots. That same week, La Tribuna Hispana reported from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s VI National Assembly.

A publicity still from "The Help."

Voices in Focus: Muslim Students React to News of NYPD Spying

Crime, Culture, Immigration, Labor February 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Muslim students expressed shock at news that the NYPD has spied on their organizations; a proposed measure that would allow Irish immigrants special work visas causes controversy; and a domestic workers’ advocacy group takes advantage of Oscar buzz around “The Help.”