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.

Logo from FDNY via Amsterdam News

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.