“They Had a Dream of a Better Future for Themselves and Their Families”: Communities Mourn and Remember Immigrant Workers Lost Following Baltimore Bridge Collapse

“They Had a Dream of a Better Future for Themselves and Their Families”: Communities Mourn and Remember Immigrant Workers Lost Following Baltimore Bridge Collapse

By Gabe Ortiz | America’s Voice Baltimore construction worker Maynor Suazo Sandoval dreamed of opening a small business in the area. Sandoval, who arrived in the U.S. from Honduras nearly two decades ago, loved all things machinery, his brother said. Miguel Luna, a grandfather and immigrant from El Salvador, worked alongside Sandoval as a valued member […]

Immigrant Workers Are Informing on Bad Bosses — And Getting Work Permits

Immigrant Workers Are Informing on Bad Bosses — And Getting Work Permits

A group of undocumented construction laborers had their legal work authorization approved as a result of their work cooperating with law enforcement. Jan. 18, 2024. Credit: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY By Claude Irizarry Aponte | January 30, 2024 Construction worker José Moncada fractured his wrist while using a jackhammer on a demolition job in Manhattan six years ago […]

The economic benefits of work permits

The economic benefits of work permits

Editorial credit: Mircea Moira / Shutterstock.com By Maribel Hastings The Spanish-language media coverage of the refugee crisis in New York reveals a common denominator among immigrants: they want to work. As people seeking asylum, they wait six months, at a minimum, to be eligible to apply for a work permit. In some cases, the wait […]

Immigrant Workers Who Report Labor Violations Will Be Protected Under This New Policy

Immigrant Workers Who Report Labor Violations Will Be Protected Under This New Policy

By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigration Impact Immigrant workers who are the victims of labor exploitation are often faced with a difficult choice. They can either stay quiet out of fear of deportation or come forward to report coercive conduct. Looming over that choice is the possibility that the employer may retaliate by calling U.S. Immigration and […]

TWU: MTA Service Cuts Will Hurt Blue-Collar, Essential, Frontline and Immigrant Workers!

TWU: MTA Service Cuts Will Hurt Blue-Collar, Essential, Frontline and Immigrant Workers!

New York City, NY/ USA- 11-18-18: NYC Subway Employee Workers Repair Work Underground Train Tracks New York City Subway Jobs. (Shutterstock) Local 100 President Richard Davis attacked the MTA for planning to cut subway service in an Op-Ed. Davis says service cuts will force riders to wait longer for trains, experience more crowding, and lead […]

Comptroller Lander: More Than 1300 Workers Are Entitled to Nearly $3 Million in Prevailing Wages

Bureau of Labor Law recoups unpaid wages with interest for workers regardless of their immigration status, whether or not they still live in New York City.

Comptroller Lander: More Than 1300 Workers Are Entitled to Nearly $3 Million in Prevailing Wages

New York City, New York/USA February 11, 2020 Members of The City Council held a Press Conference today at City Hall where they will vote on The Reckless Driver Accountability Act. (Shutterstock) New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Brad Lander announced that more than 1300 workers are entitled to payments totaling nearly $3 million […]

Chicago Mandated Contracts for Domestic Workers—and the Results Have Been Life Changing

Long excluded from labor laws and regulations, domestic workers are organizing and fighting back against rampant wage theft and harassment. And often, immigrant women of color are leading the charge.

Chicago Mandated Contracts for Domestic Workers—and the Results Have Been Life Changing

By Jason Kerzinski, The Real News As of Jan. 1, 2022, a new ordinance took effect in Chicago aimed at bringing much-needed accountability to an industry that has been, by and large, treated as part of the informal economy: domestic work. Domestic work covers a range of jobs, from nannies and home-caregivers to home cleaners, […]

New DOL Immigrant Whistleblower Policy

New DOL Immigrant Whistleblower Policy

The U.S. Department of Labor recently posted a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide workers experiencing a worksite labor dispute with guidance on how to seek the department’s support for their requests to the Department of Homeland Security for immigration-related prosecutorial discretion. For the Department of Labor to carry out the laws its enforces, workers […]