NICE members perform the play, Ana busca trabajo
On Friday, January 31st, over one hundred low-wage workers and supporters came together in a community forum to call for an end to fraudulent practices by employment agencies. The forum included a play by immigrant community members, testimonies by diverse immigrants who had been victimized by employment agencies, and comments by policy experts and government officials including representatives from the Department of Consumer Affairs and the State Attorney General’s office.
“Our goal is to bring justice to immigrant job seekers and other low-wage job seekers in New York State,” says Valeria Treves, Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) convener of the Justice for Job Seekers Campaign, “In addition to community outreach and education, and demanding increased action from enforcement agencies; we seek changes to New York State laws that will deter employment agency abuse, facilitate enforcement of laws governing employment agencies, empower job seekers and improve the job market for low wage workers.”
Testimonies delivered by a diverse set of immigrant jobseekers revealed Continue reading Communities Unite Against Fraudulent Employment Agencies
NICE proudly congratulates Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is the first Latina to be elected and hold this position as the Speaker of the New York City Council. With the election of a new speaker, and the recent inauguration of former Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio as New York City mayor, we would like to address them in presenting our wish list of 2014…
NICE List of Priorities for New York City in 2014
New York City’s immigrant workers are the backbone of our city, yet many immigrant workers, especially undocumented workers, continue to face significant barriers to safety, dignity and justice in the workplace. To address this, NICE has compiled a list of recommended priorities for the City of New York and our new Mayor and Speaker:
Continue reading Dear Mr. Mayor & Ms. Speaker….
NICE workers protested for two hours outside home of Peter Cha.
On Sunday, October 6th, day laborers and allies protested outside the home of Peter Cha, a subcontractor from Well S Industrial Inc., for failing to pay wages to eight workers whom he employed for almost a year to do grueling excavation work. Since 2012, the workers have been battling the construction company, its owner, Bong Jun Park, and two subcontractors, Peter Cha, and Kyong Hong, to recover almost $94,000 in unpaid wages and damages for work they performed at various sites in NYC and Long Island between October of 2010 and August of 2011.
The group protested for two hours outside the Bayside, Queens home. Within 30 minutes, the employer came out to quiet the crowd, offering to call the workers’ lawyer to arrange a settlement during the week. While this was welcome news to the workers, past experience has taught workers to be cautious. Protestors informed him that they would continue to protest outside his home and worksite until their wages were fully paid.
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