Day Laborers Rebuilding Together After Sandy

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn – March 2, 2013, While Members of Congress and President Obama debate national immigration reform, immigrant workers and community members in NYC are coming together to reshape the debate through the reestablishment of a historic hiring hall to protect workers’ labor rights, improve their wages and working conditions, and boost the local economy.

The workers from the BCollage_nay Parkway Community Job Center were among the first and hardest working volunteers following Hurricane Sandy. It is only fitting and right that their center, which has become such an important part of the community, is reopening to ensure these workers’ access to job support and safe work environments.” said Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr. – District 47

The Bay Parkway Community Job Center was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, but thanks to foundation and community support a new building sits on the former site and workers are already back to work. “The reopening of the center will benefit the entire community that strives to recover from the devastation caused by Sandy,” said Nina Casillas, Brooklyn homeowner.

Since it first opened in 2000, the Bay Parkway Community Job Center has been an important vehicle for immigrant day laborers to obtain employment with fair wages in safe environments. I am very pleased now in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to see this valuable job center reopened with a renewed vigor and a new energy to move forward.” said Councilman Vincent J. Gentile – District 43

After Sandy hit shore, Day Laborers have been carrying out some of the most dangerous jobs in the recovery effort, which involve removing water from flooded basements, clean up debris removal, demolition, and other home infrastructure repairs in the coastal areas of the city. “We were the first to help families with the clean up, and now we are doing the same to rebuild their homes” said Victoriano Hernandez, member of the WJP

As the city moves forward with the second phase of the rebuilding, the Workers Justice Project (WJP) is reopening the center to bring more workers, contractors and neighbors together to rebuild our coastal communities with justice, dignity and respect.” said Ligia Guallpa, Executive Director of the WJP