New OSHA Rule Could Allow Workers to Bring Advocates Onto Work Sites

Workers may have new allies in the fight for better jobsite conditions. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) issued a final rule on February 7, that will allow both union and non-union workers to select a representative from a workers’ center, a labor union, an attorney, or any representative they choose, to accompany OSHA during a worksite safety inspection. “Congress considered worker participation a key element of workplace safety and health inspections when it pa

New York’s Delivery App Minimum Wage Law, Explained

Since New York City’s historic minimum wage law for app-based delivery workers came into effect last December, numerous labor issues have surfaced. Apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash have implemented new policies to limit the number of delivery workers on the road and have made tipping harder. The workers themselves have reported unfair deactivations based on minor infractions. A recent Documented investigation found that, since December, the New York Department of Consumer and Worker Protection

Uber and Lyft Wage Theft Settlement Explained

Following a New York State investigation on wage theft, on November 2nd, Uber and Lyft agreed on a settlement that would pay out drivers $328 million to settle wage theft allegations in New York state. For Lyft Drivers: The Office of the New York State Attorney General negotiated a settlement with Lyft that creates a $38 million settlement fund. You may be eligible for payments if you drove for Lyft between October 11, 2015, and July 31, 2017, and had deductions taken for New York sales tax and

New York Department of Labor Not Doing Enough to Stop Child Labor, Report Finds

Every year, thousands of New Yorkers fall victim to wage theft and other workplace violations, with child labor in particular on the rise. Despite how widespread those problems are, the New York Department of Labor is leaving labor violation cases to languish, in some cases for up to a year, according to an audit released last week by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of the wage-related cases reviewed in the audit, 80 percent remained open after one year. Of the 225 cases that they manage

Delivery Workers Say Apps Have Failed to Compy with New Pay Rate

When New York City’s minimum wage law for app-based delivery workers came into effect in December, workers were guaranteed a minimum wage of at least $17.96 per hour. Yet advocates and delivery workers say that apps like UberEats, DoorDash, and Grubhub have been finding ways to avoid paying the new wages. Since December, according to the New York Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), which is responsible for enforcing the new wage standards, the agency has received approximately

Delivery Workers Fear Mayor's Plan to Regulate Industry Could Lead to Criminalization

As part of his State of the City address on Wednesday, Mayor Eric Adams announced an ambitious proposal to create a brand new city agency called the Department of Sustainable Delivery. The proposed agency would regulate the booming app-based delivery industry which currently employs 65,000 delivery workers. If implemented, the first-in-the-nation regulatory entity would establish clear goals and guidelines for the growing delivery industry and consolidate enforcement currently spread out over m

Queens College and NYPD Investigate Muslim Student Association's Instagram Post

With the start of the CUNY spring semester this week, members of the Queens College Muslim Association are fearing returning to a campus that they believe has turned increasingly hostile toward them. “I really felt like I did not belong in Queens College and that I had to fight extra hard and I had to suppress my emotions just so I can fit in and be a part of the college,” said Nahian Islam, 24, an international student from Bangladesh, who started classes Thursday. Also Read: New York City Hi

Warwick Hotel Workers Say Union Failing to Help Get Jobs Back

When the pandemic began, the historic Warwick Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, like many businesses at the time, received millions in the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program was set up during the height of the pandemic to help small businesses keep workers on their payrolls. Small business owners and nonprofits were encouraged to rehire employees who were laid off due to the pandemic, but they were not required to rehire them. However, to qualify for full forgiveness, businesses h

New York’s 65,000 Delivery Workers One Step Closer to Earning Minimum Wage

Today, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled that New York City’s app-based food delivery workers’ minimum pay rate should take effect. The law, which is to be enforced by the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and was set to take effect on July 12, would guarantee that app-based delivery workers be paid at least $17.96 an hour, not including tips. Almost immediately, delivery app-based companies such as Uber Eats and DoorDash filed a lawsuit to block the law, placing i

NYC's Unionized Building Cleaners Move Closer to Striking

New York’s nearly 20,000 unionized building cleaners are getting closer than ever to walking off the job for the first time since 1996. On November 28, 32BJ, the union representing the workers, met for the second time with The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RAB) to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. As the union initially feared, RAB, an association representing commercial property owners, offered minor wage increases but asked that workers contribute to their healthcar

Halal Cart Vendors Harassed by Former Obama Adviser Stuart Seldowitz

On November 7, a man approached Q Halal Cart on 83rd and Second Avenue and launched into an Islamophobic tirade, attacking the operator’s faith and culture and accusing him of supporting terrorists. It was the first of several incidents where Stuart Seldowitz, a former senior political officer in the U.S. State Department, berated the operators of the street cart. “We never have any trouble with anyone,” said Sam, an Egyptian immigrant who works at the cart and declined to give his full name. “

New York’s 20,000 Building Cleaners Ready to Strike for a Fair Contract

New York City’s office buildings employ nearly as many cleaning workers as it took to build the Hoover Dam. Like clockwork, the 20,000 office cleaners work day and night to ensure New York’s 1,300 buildings have their trash disposed of and their bathrooms clean. Now many of those cleaners, members of the labor union Local 32BJ, have vowed to walk off the job on New Year’s Eve if a new and fair contract isn’t reached with some of the largest real estate companies in the city. Their current colle

New York City High School Students Walk Out to Demand Ceasefire In Gaza

Outside the steps of the 42nd Street Library, close to a thousand demonstrators gathered Thursday night, demanding an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, which has cost the lives of nearly 10,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis thus far. Among the demonstrators were hundreds of New York City public school students who had walked out of their classrooms earlier that day in protest. Together they chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” as they stood atop the library

New York City Passes Landmark Bill of Rights for Immigrant Workers

The New York City Council passed landmark legislation today establishing the city’s first workers’ bill of rights, a victory for immigrant workers. The bill, which was first introduced by Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif in May, would require multiple city departments as well as community and labor organizations to create a workers’ bill of rights that would detail the rights and protections workers are guaranteed under federal, state, and local laws regardless of a worker’s immigration st

Behind a Chinatown Real Estate Deal, a Web of Shifting Alliances and Political Connections

On Sept. 29, when New York City was hit by record rains, the 88 East Broadway Mall in Chinatown was experiencing one of its busiest days since the pandemic. Nearly 300 Chinese immigrants from Langqi, a village in the Fujian Province in China, gathered to hold a religious ceremony and banquet in honor of their deities at the mall’s renowned restaurant, 88 Palace. The air carried a unique blend of scents — the fragrance of roasting suckling pig mingling with burning incense. Amidst the lively bea

Palestinian New Yorkers Rally Amid Gaza Conflict

Palestinian New Yorkers and supporters gathered Friday to express their frustrations about their inability to safely support the more than 2 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza as Israel continues to bomb the territory. Some spoke of a growing fear of a return to post-9/11 Islamophobia and persecution. At a rally for Palestine in front of City Hall on Friday morning, attorney Omar Jamal, a board member with the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), condemned

New National Labor Relations Board Policies Can Protect Undocumented Workers

In February, a slim majority of the workers at Lodi, the upscale Italian restaurant in Rockefeller Center founded by the Uruguayan-born chef Ignacio Mattos, whose menu includes a single pork loin with roasted squash entree for $66, voted against joining the Restaurant Workers Union Local 1 (RWU). A little over a month earlier, the union had gone public with two-thirds of the workers having signed union cards. The news of the loss was disappointing but not shocking for Antonio, a 42-year-old und

Undocumented Clean Up Workers Are The "Forgotten Heroes" of 9/11 Attack

The metal beams of the south tower stood in the middle of the debris like carcasses, María Ernestina Hernandez, 41 at the time, observed. It was September 12, 2001 and she had been taken by an independent contractor, recommended by her friend, to help clean businesses on Cortland Street, an area which had been covered with a billowing white-dust. At the start of what would be a six-month employment journey, Hernandez felt like a hero. She remembers dusting off keyboards, monitors, and stacks of

Street Vendors Occupy Corona Plaza to Protest NYC Crackdown

Every day, Corona Plaza in Queens becomes a bustling food mecca serving hungry visitors and working-class immigrant communities alike. Nearly a hundred food vendors usually crowd the small plaza transforming it into an eclectic, informal market simmering with the aroma of juicy tacos de birria and cheesy arepas de queso. The vendors seem synchronized to the rhythms of Mexican Grupero or Caribbean Salsa music that reverberates throughout the square. Also Read: Street Vendors Fight for Public Spa

Street Vendors Fight for Public Space Outside Hudson Yards

For the past two months, Mohamed Awad has been issued a barrage of tickets from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation on a nearly daily basis for refusing to move the last of the three food carts that he has operated outside Bella Abzug Park, on the corner of the 33rd Street between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, since 2015. Since the grand opening of Hudson Yards’ first phase in 2019, Awad has been in a tug of war with the neighborhood’s business improvement district over his right t
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