New York City Council Invests in Day Laborer Centers

NICE joined New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (Chair of the Committee on Finance) and Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Chair on the Committee on Immigration), along with coalition partners of the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative, to celebrate a historic funding victory for day laborer centers in New York City.

For the 2016 fiscal year, half a million dollars was allocated to be used for the expansion and development of day laborer centers across New York City's five boroughs. Services will include dignified physical space for day laborers to meet, referrals to job or support services, legal services to address issues such as wage theft, as well as workforce training and development.

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The Day Laborer Workforce Initiative is a New York City budget initiative to support the development of existing day laborer centers in New York City and the expansion of such centers into all five boroughs. Coalition partners included: New Immigrant Community Empowerment, Workers Justice Project, Staten Island Community Job Center, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies,

Between 8,000 and 10,000 day laborers, most of whom are recently arrived immigrants, live and work in New York City. As members of the city’s underground workforce, day laborers experience rampant wage theft, pervasive construction accidents, unchecked workplace hazards. On day laborer corners (paradas or esquinas), day laborers also lack access to workforce development training and access to shelter, water, bathrooms, and other basic infrastructure.

Day laborer centers provide a dignified, physical space for day laborers to congregate and seek work. Day laborer centers also reduce the risks of wage theft, workplace hazards, and workplace accidents by providing day laborers with job dispatching services, wage theft legal clinics, referral to critical services, and workforce development trainings.