Desperate to find work, many immigrants pay upfront fees to employment agencies, unaware that requiring payment before a job placement is prohibited.
More than three years after 15 laundry workers first lodged their complaint with New York Attorney General Letitia James, the employees—all Latina immigrant women—finally received the first checks for their owed salaries. The case is emblematic of what can be a long road to justice for victims of wage theft, which lawmakers estimate impacts some 2.1 million New Yorkers each year.
Under the NY HERO Act, workers can request the creation of a workplace safety committee to assess the effectiveness of security protocols and raise health concerns, among other tasks. But so far, workers have little recourse when employers fail to comply. An amendment to the law awaiting the governor’s signature would create stricter penalties for noncompliance.
Union employees at HarperCollins staged a day-long strike in front of the book publisher’s downtown headquarters demanding pay increases, more workplace diversity and stronger benefits.
“As Amazon gets richer, workers are waiting for protections they needed yesterday, and the state has an important role to play. Gov. Hochul can demonstrate her leadership and prove that she will fight for working people. The first step is signing the Warehouse Worker Protection Act.”
A coalition of groups representing undocumented immigrant workers, cash earners and others excluded from traditional worker benefits are campaigning for a stronger social safety net for these employees, who they say were essential to keeping New York running throughout the pandemic.
What was the role of Latinos and immigrants during Occupy Wall Street? What role did immigration issues play as part of the demands of the occupiers? Participants, scholars, and journalists reconstruct the influence of Latinos and immigrants on Occupy.
The changes are the latest in the city’s expansion of “Fair Chance Act” protections, which were designed to maximize job opportunities for qualified workers with criminal histories unrelated to their work. Before Thursday, only job applicants were covered by the law; it now applies to existing employees, too.
‘This legislation demonstrates to workers across the state, especially immigrant and non-union workers, that they are valued. These workers put everything on the line in support of our state’s ability to make it through the pandemic and we cannot continue to fail them.’
Los defensores de los trabajadores de lavandería dicen que uno de cada cinco trabajadores recibe $ 10 o menos por hora, una violación de los requisitos de salario mínimo en la ciudad de Nueva York.