Worker's Justice Project

Victory! New York City Council Make Historic Investment in Day Labor Centers

Council Funding is Nation’s Largest Investment of Day Laborer Centers

Brooklyn, NY– Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chair on the Committee on Immigration and the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative partners gathered at the Bay Parkway Community Job Center of the Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) to announce a historic funding victory of half a million dollars for day laborer centers in New York City.

“Day laborers play a fundamental role in the construction, development and growth of our great city,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Beyond their hard work day in and day out, these laborers contribute so much to the vibrancy and richness of New York. The funding for this initiative will continue to validate these centers as epicenters of workforce development for this community of workers.”

“This historic investment in Day Labor Centers is a meaningful step to raise and enforce robust labor standards in an informal sector with non-traditional employment relations. It will allow entire communities to set fair wages, better working conditions and will improve the quality of life of workers and their families,” said Ligia Guallpa, Executive Director, Worker’s Justice Project (WJP)

“We are making history today. This victory means a door of opportunities for thousand of workers who contribute to the advancement and growth of New York City. It also means that more workers will win access to living wage jobs and better working conditions,” Sergio Ajche, Member Leader, Worker’s Justice Project (WJP)

The Day Laborer Workforce Initiative recognizes the important work that Day Laborer Centers do as epicenters of workforce development for this community of workers. Partners participating in this initiative are Workers Justice Project (WJP), New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), Staten Island Community Job Center (SICJC) and Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA).