Labor

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.

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.