Labor

Héctor Figueroa, President of the 32BJ SEIU union (left,) and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Workers Raise Their Voices for $15 Minimum Wage

Labor, New York June 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Fast-food employees made their case for a minimum wage hike at a hearing scheduled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, El Diario reports.

The bill will benefit some 3,000 “carwasheros” who fought tirelessly for their rights. (Photo via El Diario)

New Law Would Protect ‘Carwasheros’ in NYC

Labor, Latino June 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Car washers who have denounced wage theft and inhumane working conditions rejoiced as the City Council approved new regulations, El Diario reports.

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Ready for Work: Students Pick Up Skills (By Making Grilles)

Brooklyn, Education, Labor June 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

A job training program gives students at the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design a chance to get hands-on experience at the manufacturing company Architectural Grille, reports the Greenpoint Gazette.

(Photo via World Journal)

Owner of Nail Salon in NYT Story Tells His Side

Business, Labor, Media, New York May 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm

The now former owner of a nail salon mentioned in the New York Times piece on the industry tells World Journal that the story misrepresents salon practices due to miscommunication and an over-reliance on the testimony of workers, who in actuality hold the bargaining power.

María tells her story as part of a Rural & Migrant Ministry project. (Photo via La Voz)

‘If I Had Papers, I Would Like to Work in a Daycare’

Labor, Mexican, New York May 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Mexican-born María works on a farm in the Finger Lakes region but she would rather be around children than apple trees. Her interview, which is part of a project that collects the stories of farmworkers, is published in La Voz.

Ron Kim and representatives of Korean organizations meeting on May 6 in Flushing (Photo courtesy of Korea American Civic Empowerment)

Encouraging Hiring of Asians in State Government

East Asian, Government, Labor May 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

State Assembly member Ron Kim is sponsoring a bill that would explicitly require the Commission on Increasing Diversity in state government to include the Asian population in its reports on minority hiring, Korea Daily reports.

The Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York held a press briefing May 8 in Flushing to denounce the New York Times articles about the nail salon industry. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Korean Groups Denounce Nail Salon Critics and Cuomo Action

East Asian, Immigration, Labor, New York May 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Excerpts from the Korean-language press in New York reflect the continuing reactions within the community to both the New York Times articles on the nail salon industry and Gov. Cuomo’s announcement of an investigation.

Mexican native Laura Cadena helps support her home with her taco trade. Mexican flavors prevail on Roosevelt Avenue with tacos like those prepared on the La Sabrosita truck on 79th Street. (Photo by Virginia Alvarado via Queens Latino)

Taco Mom from Nezahualcóyotl to New York

Food, Labor, Mexican, Queens, Women May 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Taco maker Laura Cadena, originally from Mexico, tells Queens Latino that more women are joining the work force and no longer have to depend on the support of family members.

The interior of an Iris Nail shop on Madison Ave. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Nail Salon Owners Deny Wage Abuses

Business, East Asian, Labor, New York May 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Korean nail salon owners disputed the detailed New York Times report on wage theft and labor abuses in the industry in articles that ran in The Korea Times and Korea Daily.

A Different Sort of May Day

A Different Sort of May Day

Black, Communities, Labor, Manhattan, Traditions May 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

The Amsterdam News reports that May Day took on “a new meaning” this year with people at Union Square rallying about the issue of police brutality.

(Photo via Manhattan Times)

A Cleaning Company Run by the Workers

Business, Immigration, Labor, Manhattan April 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Ecomundo Cleaning is a worker cooperative in northern Manhattan that has enjoyed success in its first three years, Manhattan Times reports.

Chyanne Chen of Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Students Active at CUNY’s Job Fair

East Asian, Education, Labor April 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Chinese and Chinese-American students were out in force at CUNY’s recent job fair, Sing Tao Daily reports.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

The Fight for $15: ‘They Can’t Ignore Us’

Labor, New York April 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Low-wage workers took to the streets yesterday in New York and other cities, demanding a $15 minimum wage and unionizing without fear of reprisal, El Diario reports.

Marelyn López and her son, Miguel, participated in a City Hall protest to demand more funding for summer job programs. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario)

Not Enough Summer Jobs for Youths

Government, Labor, New York, Youth April 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Families and community groups are requesting more funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program, El Diario reports.

‘Nueva York':  From Colombian artist Carlos Jacanamijoy to a South Bronx Worker Co-op

‘Nueva York': From Colombian artist Carlos Jacanamijoy to a South Bronx Worker Co-op

Culture, Immigration, Labor, Latino, New York, Video April 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

In the April 9 episode of CUNY TV’s “Nueva York”: Meet two college students who are part of the DACA program, a Colombian painter with connections to the indigenous Inga people, and members of a worker co-op for the environment in the South Bronx.