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As Bad As You Think It Is, It's Worse: Wage Theft Comes to America

Les Leopold | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Les Leopold

In Denmark fast food workers make $20 an hour plus benefits, and the corporations who employ them are still profitable. Why there and not here? The answer is simple and painful -- wage theft.

WATCH: The Plight Of Female Day Laborers

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.27.2014 | Latino Voices

Every morning, scores of women crowd the corner of Division Avenue and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in hopes they'll get hired to clean the...

Read This Before You Give to Those "in Need"

Derek Snook | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Derek Snook

Have you ever received a gift that offended you? Or a gift that as you put on a smile made you think, "Do you even know me?" Or a gift that as you tried to hide your hurt feelings made you wonder, "Why do you think I need this?"

How Sandy Clean-Up Brought Day Laborers Out of the Shadows

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

When Sandy hit last October, the Northeast shoreline seemed to freeze: people were stranded in flooded homes, businesses shuttered, downtown Manhattan...

The Power of Limitations

Derek Snook | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

As the founder of In Every Story, I've decided to experiment with limitations. I've moved back into transitional housing at the Star Gospel Mission and I'm planning on living on the same wage our workers make, $8 an hour or $262 weekly after taxes.

Tidbits for Social Entrepreneurship

Derek Snook | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

The reality is that once you are able to consistently overcome mistakes, rejections and failures, nothing can stop you. While there will always be sensible reasons to give up, great stories are made by people who refuse to quit.

Cardin Amendment Recognizes Public Service of Day Laborers

Ligia Guallpa | Posted 08.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Ligia Guallpa

As one group of day laborers showed up to Far Rockaway, one of the poorest and hardest hit areas in New York, organizers of an emergency food drive thought they were looking for handouts.

Danielle Schlanger

House Democrats Call To End Deportation

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Eight House Democrats called Wednesday for the president to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants and stop separating families...

A Victory For Day Laborers

Orance County Register | Douglas Morino | Posted 03.21.2013 | Latino Voices

LA HABRA – Faced with the threat of a free-speech lawsuit city leaders have repealed a law that prevented day laborers from soliciting work on the c...

Court Upholds Block On Controversial Brewer Measure

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

March 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday on the side of day laborers seeking work in Arizona, upholding an injunction that bars the ...

Immigrants Struggle After Sandy

AP | CLAUDIA TORRENS | Posted 01.24.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Superstorm Sandy plunged some immigrants living illegally in the U.S. into darkness and even deeper into the shadows. Some of those who n...

Day Laborers Will Be Key to Recovery After the Storm

Pablo Alvarado | Posted 01.06.2013 | Latino Voices
Pablo Alvarado

The workers who lend their labor to homeowners and contractors on a daily basis are gathering at worker centers and at street corner hiring sites, ready and available to help those in need of relief.

Going Face-to-Face With Day Laborers

Aaron Hurst | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Pablo Alvarado came to the United States from El Salvador in the 1990s and worked for five years as an undocumented laborer. Today he works for the National Day Laborer Organization Network (NDLON) and helps to fight for the rights and dignity of day laborers.

Janell Ross

Whistleblowers Face Deportation

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 05.08.2012 | Latino Voices

In September 2008, Hurricanes Ike and Gustav ravaged cities along the Texas coast. Ambitious contractors and those just eager to help went looking for...

Arizona Immigration Law Faces New Legal Challenge

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — Groups opposing Arizona's immigration enforcement law have asked a federal judge to put a stop to a section of the statute that bans t...

Day Laborer Theater Troupe Empowers, Teaches

AP | By AMY TAXIN | Posted 09.09.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Most days, they are construction workers and painters and maids. But twice a year, this group of day laborers morphs into actor...

Dave Jamieson

Business Interests Take Aim At New Wage Theft Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.05.2011 | Business

Late last year, advocates for low-wage workers in Florida's Palm Beach County made what they thought was a modest request of their county commissioner...

News From the Front: The POWER Act

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

In the fight for workers' right to organize in America, a 19-year-old migrant construction worker is on the front lines.

What the Government Should Be Verifying: Jobs, Safety, and Training

Pablo Alvarado | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Pablo Alvarado

The government should stop its immigrant witch hunt and start focusing on real solutions. What we need is verification of workplace safety and effective enforcement of wage and hour laws.

New Study Uncovers Wage Theft and Workplace Abuse in the Garden State

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

For day laborers, finding work too often means accepting less than minimum wage, forgoing safety equipment, or enduring abuse by crooked employers. A ...

A Movement Rises in Arizona

Jordan Flaherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jordan Flaherty

The organizations leading this fight offer a template of inspiring and strategic action for people around the US who want to join in resistance to these policies.

Not Just Arizona: Immigration Enforcement Out of Control on Federal Level

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

As people protest the Arizona law that uses local law enforcement to target immigrants, the federal government is expanding its efforts to enact similar policies nationally with the Secure Communities program.

Why Would You Want to be Homeless? (VIDEO)

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Here's the idea: On March 7, my roommate and I will head outside in Columbia, S.C. For one week, we will leave behind almost everything except the clothes on our backs. Our purpose? To document the homeless experience in our city firsthand.

More Americans Now Turning To Day Labor Jobs Once Held By Illegal Immigrants

usatoday.com | Emily Bazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Growing ranks of U.S. citizens are heading to street corners and home improvement store parking lots to find day-labor work usually done by illegal im...