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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.

Police observing a March protest at the Vegas Auto Spa, whose owner has now signed a two year contract with the workers. (Photo by Elizabeth Graham via The Brooklyn Paper)

Car Wash Workers Win Contract

Brooklyn, Immigration, Labor April 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Car wash workers at Vegas Auto Spa in Greenwood Heights won a two-year contract and are back to work, The Home Reporter and The Brooklyn Paper report.

Protesters are demanding a fair contract and better working conditions. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Car Wash Employees Demand Dignified Salaries

Brooklyn, Labor March 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Demonstrators and public officials demand a fair contract and improved working conditions for car washers at Vegas Auto Spa in Park Slope, El Diario reports.

A Day in the Life of Miguel

A Day in the Life of Miguel

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, Mexican, Voices' Picks January 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Miguel, 29, is a Mexican immigrant working in a Brooklyn deli. Rahim Chagani follows him at his job in this photo essay.

María Hernández, who works at a laundromat, will benefit from the increase in minimum wage. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Minimum Wage Raise: Better, but Not Enough

Labor, New York January 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

New York State’s minimum wage, despite an increase, is not enough to help some to cover the cost of living in the Big Apple, El Diario reports.

Most of the people behind the masks and costumes are Hispanic. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

A License to Be Batwoman?

Government, Labor, New York November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

A City Council bill would require people who dress up as characters like Batwoman and work for tips to apply for a license and submit their fingerprints, reports El Diario.

BOOM!Health in the Bronx and Ending ‘Secure Communities’

BOOM!Health in the Bronx and Ending ‘Secure Communities’

Bronx, Health, Immigration, Labor, New York, Video November 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources”: The City Council opts out of the Secure Communities program, New Immigrant Community Empowerment talks about using a graphic novel to fight employment agency fraud, and a syringe exchange program not without controversy.

Lorena Ortiz has had several bad experiences with job agencies in the city. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Graphic Novel Raises Awareness about Job Agency Fraud

Labor, Latino, New York November 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

A local organization has published a graphic novel in Spanish to educate immigrants about fraud in job agencies, El Diario reports.

Employment agencies are leaving Manhattan's Chinatown. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Employment Agencies Leave Manhattan’s Chinatown

East Asian, Labor, New York November 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Once a center for employment agencies in Chinatown, Eldridge Street has lost its luster, and agencies have followed their customers to Sunset Park and Flushing, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Columbus Park in Chinatown (Photo via World Journal)

A Death Reveals the Life of Bottle Collectors

Labor, New York, Seniors October 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

After a bottle collector was fatally hit by a car, World Journal reports on Chinese seniors like her who endure the grueling work to make ends meet.

On Eldridge Street in Chinatown (Manhattan), more than a dozen employment agencies – some with signs only in Chinese – target Chinese residents looking for work. (Photo by Daisy Li via World Journal)

In Chinatown, More Jobs Than Workers

East Asian, Labor October 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Chinatown employment agencies are having a hard time filling jobs, World Journal reports, with even recent immigrants becoming more selective.

Heleodora Vivar (Image via Feet in 2 Worlds video)

‘It’s Been a Hard History’ for Street Vendors

Labor, New York September 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Get a perspective of street vending from a Washington Heights vendor and the founder of a street vendor “union” in a Feet in 2 Worlds video.