Labor

Workers cheering the decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's wage board to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour. (Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Community Assesses Minimum Wage Hike

Business, East Asian, Labor July 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Mixed views emerged from the Chinese community in NYC about the July 21 decision to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Mariano Díaz works doing deliveries. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Workers Hope to Get $15 Hourly Wage

Labor, Latino, New York July 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Both inside and outside of the fast food industry, employees hope that the Fast Food Wage Board will recommend a raise, El Diario reports.

The laborers worked in at least five different construction projects in Brooklyn and Queens, owned by the same contractor. (Photo via El Diario)

Day Laborers Conquer Their Fears and Recover Stolen Wages

Crime, Labor, Latino, New York July 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Eleven Brooklyn workers told El Diario how they were able to recoup over $60,000 in stolen wages despite lacking legal status.

Female workers of Quality King on Long Island are planning a protest to call for fair wages. (Photo provided to El Diario)

Hispanic Workers on Long Island Demand Equal Pay

Labor, Long Island, Women July 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Female factory employees who repack hair products for Quality King on Long Island say that men earn more while performing the same job, reports El Diario.

Street Vendors Navigate a ‘Tangled Web’

Street Vendors Navigate a ‘Tangled Web’

Labor, New York July 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Independent Sources looks at possibilities for reforming the “tangled web of regulations” that street vendors encounter.

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.