On May Day, Immigrant workers such took their fight to the streets. Immigrant workers’ demand ranged from allowing undocumented workers to organize for better treatment in the workplace, to accountability for wage theft suffered by jornaleros (day laborers).
Antonio Sanchez, a member leader of the Worker’s Justice Project (WJP), spoke about the respect and dignity for all workers. “Our workers’ rights are human rights. We should all have the right to a safe and dignify place to look for work, for the right to be paid at the end of the day, for the right to bargain a living wage or the for the opportunity to be able to provide to a better life to our families, regardless of a immigration status,” he said.
Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) members rallied and chanted along with other New York City-based workers’ right organizations like the Laundry Workers Center and Hot & Crusty Workers—who have organized around the city to demand better treatment and higher wages from their fast food and service industry employers—and the Migrant Power Alliance, a collective of migrant rights groups launching a new campaign asking the city to stop all collaborations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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