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

Workplace Project Board Fights Back

In the News, Labor May 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

There’s a new twist in the ongoing leadership crisis at the Workplace Project, a group that advocates for Long Island day laborers. The deposed board members — who were ousted late last month — have asked the director to resign and declared themselves reinstated.

A juice vendor in the Bronx says that May is good for sales. (Photo by Zaira Cortés/EDLP)

Immigrant Workers Look Forward to Long Summer Days — of Labor

Economy, Labor May 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

For immigrants who rely on hands-on work, summer is no time to sit back and relax. For many, this year’s early warm weather meant more opportunities for outdoor jobs — bringing welcome income in a still-depressed economy. El Diario/La Prensa talked to a painter, a day laborer and several street vendors.

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

More Turmoil at Workplace Project: Day Laborer Group Dismisses Board

Labor, Long Island May 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

The dramatics at the Workplace Project continued last week when the organization, which advocates for day laborers on Long Island, unexpectedly deposed its elected board of directors and replaced them with an interim board, La Tribuna Hispana reports.

Car Wash workers in Jamaica, Queens, demanded better treatment and wages. (Photo by EDLP / Gloria Medina)

Voices in Focus: Obama Scores With Jewish and Indian-American Voters

Labor, Politics May 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Some good news for President Obama from two ethnic communities; South-Asian supporters of the Rutgers student accused of anti-gay bullying plan a rally; car wash workers in Queens protest their work conditions; and a record-breaking fundraiser by an Irish-American charity organization.

Pasiana Rodríguez is the only female mechanic in Willets Point, Queens, a world dominated by men. (Photo by Silvina Sterin Pensel/EDLP)

Running the Shop With a Mechanic’s Expertise and a Woman’s Touch

Labor, Queens May 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Meet Pasiana Rodríguez, of Dacar Auto Radiator in Queens. Some customers who walk into the shop take one look at her and ask for the mechanic. Others try to woo her. But with a bit of patience, the strong-willed Dominican has established herself as the queen of radiators, auto repair and oil changes.

This green olive tapenade is the product of a co-operative effort by Israelis and Palestinians. (Photo by Leah Koenig)

Voices in Focus: Tapenade, Tamales, Jerk Chicken and Wage Theft

Food, Labor May 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

We found plenty of food stories from the ethnic and community press this Wednesday: a postscript to the Park Slope Food Co-op’s Israel boycott battle; an award for NYC’s “Queen of Tamales”; a Jamaican jerk destination in upper Manhattan; and a chef apprenticeship gone sour in the Lower East Side.

A banner from the Workplace Project. (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Update: Reaction to ‘Crisis’ at Workplace Project

In the News, Labor, Opinion April 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

La Tribuna Hispana responds to sharp feedback it received to its earlier article on a “crisis” within an organization that advocates for day laborers and immigrants in Hempstead, NY.

Parents and students from the Shuang Wen School protested in support of its former principal yesterday. (Photo by Liu Daqi/World Journal)

Voices in Focus: Parents Rally to Support Former Shuang Wen Principal

Education, Labor April 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

News that the Department of Education plans to fire the beloved former principal of the Shuang Wen School angered some parents; a new cleaning co-op for Upper Manhattan; immigrant activism highlighted at MetroFocus; and a poll reveals divisions along racial lines among New York City voters.

Young discussed the movie "The Help" on MSNBC. (Screen shot from MSNBC)

Profile: An Advocate For ‘The Help’ Who Speaks From Experience

Culture, Labor April 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Preventing the exploitation and mistreatment of live in maids, nannies and other household servants has become a lifelong mission for Barbara Young, who herself worked 17 years as an elderly care giver and nanny. As a key organizer for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Brown has become an eloquent voice for “the help.”

A banner from the Workplace Project. (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

A Crisis at a Center for Day Laborer Rights

Labor, Metro Area April 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

La Tribuna Hispana uncovered some turmoil brewing within The Workplace Project, an organization that has fought for the rights of day laborers on Long Island for two decades.

Former workers at Babi Nail Salons earned a small victory when a jury decided that their employer was guilty of labor violations. (Photo by  Ross Barkan/Queens Tribune)

The Real Price of That Bargain Mani-Pedi

Business, Labor April 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

A cheap manicure and pedicure is considered an entitlement of city life by many New Yorkers. But trouble has been brewing in the city’s nail salon industry, where workers say they’re underpaid, abused and exploited.

(Illustration from The Indypendent)

For Sex Workers, Danger Around Every Corner

Labor, Opinion April 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

An editorial in The Indypendent lays out the sobering reality for sex workers, who face increased exposure to violence — including, allegedly, from police officers.

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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.