Sunday, November 17, 2013

New York must stand up for immigrant workers rebuilding Sandy-hit areas

Contractors are exploiting immigrant workers, and it's time for the city to protect their rights

By Ligia Guallpa and Jessica Acee, AlJazeera
October 29, 2013

Hurricane Sandy struck fast and furious, and when the waters receded it became clear just how much money and people power it would take to put New York City back together.

As the cleanup began, another reality became clear. Immigrant construction workers, especially day laborers, who became first responders after the hurricane were operating as an underclass in an under-regulated construction industry. [...]

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