Day laborers (or jornaleros in Spanish) face the constant threat of not getting paid for their work, being paid less than the minimum wage, or being subjected to workplace dangers outside of their control. To address these challenges, New York day labor centers in collaboration with The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, have developed a new tool, a mobile phone application to prevent wage theft and other violations of worker rights.
JORNALER@ App Launch
November 21, 2016 | 11:00am – Noon
Corner of 37th Avenue and 69th Street
The importance of this event goes well beyond launching a new tool to fight wage theft. The outcome of the recent presidential election has created a pronounced sense of uncertainty and anxiety among immigrant working families across the country. In light of the election last Tuesday, holding a gathering of day laborers at one of the busiest day labor sites in the country signifies that the workers and their allies stand firm in their commitment to protect the labor rights of all workers, and to strive for a democratic and equitable society.
General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
Executive Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
Associate Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell
At the event on Monday, there will be a light breakfast, a brief walkthrough of Jornaler@ given by day laborers that were closely involved with the design process.