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.

(Photo by Monica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

‘Sub-minimum’ Wages Protested

Business, In the News, Labor, Manhattan July 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Workers want Gov. Cuomo to eliminate the sub-minimum wage so that tipped workers can receive the same minimum wage as others, Manhattan Times reports.

(Photo courtesy of Make the Road New York via Brooklyn Based)

Pride Parade in a Changing Bushwick

Black, Brooklyn, Labor, Latino, LGBTQ July 10, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Brooklyn Based writes about the forthcoming Bushwick Pride parade, whose organizers say there is a long-established black and Latino LGBTQ community that objects to recent arrivals touting a “newer, friendlier gay Bushwick.”

Valencia Bakery in Hunts Point. (Photo by Martine Fougeron via Hunts Point Express)

The Faces of the Industrial Bronx

Bronx, Labor July 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Martine Fougeron’s photos of the workers and workplaces of Port Morris and Hunts Point are now on display, reports Hunts Point Express.

Behind the Wheel with a ‘Love Hunter’

Behind the Wheel with a ‘Love Hunter’

Culture, Eastern European, Immigration, In the News, Labor, Video June 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Serbian native Milan Mumin’s story of rock star-turned-taxi driver has been turned into the film “Love Hunter.” CUNY TV’s Independent Sources sits down with its star and co-producer.

(Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Safety Concerns for Latino Construction Workers

In the News, Labor, Latino, Metro Area June 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

As the U.S. Department of Labor prepared to offer safety training for construction workers, Diario de Mexico visited various construction sites to ask workers about conditions.