Abused, threatened, and cheated out of their wages, those are just some of the problems that day laborers say they face on a regular basis. Now, they are hoping the city will do something to help workers like them.
"I think that one of the problems we have is that they think we are immigrants and we don't have papers," said day laborer Raymundo Garcia.
In most cases, they do not have the papers, making it that much more difficult for them to find jobs through regular channels.
Local advocacy groups estimate there are about 10,000 day laborers in the New York metropolitan area. Hoping to address the problem, the Temporary Commission of Day Laborer Job Center, which was created by the city in 2005, has made its final recommendations to the mayor and City Council speaker on how to improve services for those workers and hopefully get them off the streets.
In its 10-page report, the commission recommended that the city continues to fund community-based organizations to create or expand job centers, where the workers can learn English, along with workplace health and safety training.
First we encourage them to come here illegally by declaring this to be a sanctuary city, and now on top of providing free medical care to them we are shelling out tax dollars to fund commissions to help solve their other problems. Sounds like a smart plan during tough economic times.