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Day laborers ask for support from Councilmember Huizar

Today, Thursday March 20, a delegation of 10 day laborers from the Downtown Community Job Center arrived at the offices of the District 14 Councilmember Jose Huizar. They came to ask for his support in obtaining a location to continue the operations of the Worker Center that has yet to be given news about whether or not it will continue to receive operational funds.

Day laborers ask for support from Councilmember Huizar
Galileah
5 Apr 2014 - 10:10pm

Today, Thursday March 20, a delegation of 10 day laborers from the Downtown Community Job Center arrived at the offices of the District 14 Councilmember Jose Huizar. They came to ask for his support in obtaining a location to continue the operations of the Worker Center that has yet to be given news about whether or not it will continue to receive operational funds.

The day laborers are worried that after March 31st, it is possible that they won't have a space to wait for work in a safe and dependable way. Raul Salinas, a day laborer that has been in this Center for more than 10 years, asked that his petition be heard and said: "Today we are going through a metamorphosis. We have taken English classes, theater classes, computer literacy classes and we are even taking classes to become health promoters. But if we don't have a center to continue these services while waiting for work, you are cutting our wings.” In the District 14 offices, they were seen by Miguel Vargas, who promised to follow through and contact the workers with an answer as soon as possible.

Let's hope that a favorable response to their petition is announced soon and that the work the day laborers perform day by day is taken into account. Each one of these workers has a story and they have demonstrated us that the word "day laborer" encompasses more than just waiting for work at a corner.

Day Laborer facilitating drywall class

On March 11, a day laborer from the Cypress Park Community Job Center (IDEPSCA) came to visit the members of the Downtown Center to share his knowledge and experiences with drywall.

Day Laborer facilitating drywall class
Galileah
5 Apr 2014 - 9:53pm

On March 11, a day laborer from the Cypress Park Community Job Center (IDEPSCA) came to visit the members of the Downtown Center to share his knowledge and experiences with drywall.

To make this class possible, a donation of materials was first obtained from the Home Depot and Jose Martinez. Additionally, David Gomez decided to donate his time to share his knowledge. David has a lot of experience in construction and gardening work and he was well received by the Downtown workers, who paid close attention and collaborated in this class. This class was an important tool to provide more skills to increase job opportunities for the workers.

The class lasted a bit over two hours, and David brought his tools and explained their functions and trade practices. This one of the classes that are provided for day laborers that are not only waiting for work, but also collaborate as volunteers to promote the centers and invite other day laborers congregating at the corners.

Those of us with the opportunity to work alongside these day laborers have come to know them in many aspects, but especially as human beings willing to earn the term “day laborer.”

The biggest success is that they support one another, develop leadership skills and share space, work, skills and experiences!!

Support the day laborers!!!

Luis Juarez a day laborer with a lot of inspiration

IDEPSCA coordinates four day labor centers, one of which is the Downtown site. Men and women use these centers to secure jobs and are provided support by coordinators in order to have better employment opportunities as well as educational, health and social justice resources.

Luis Juarez a day laborer with a lot of inspiration
Galileah
18 Mar 2014 - 10:24pm

IDEPSCA coordinates four day labor centers, one of which is the Downtown site. Men and women use these centers to secure jobs and are provided support by coordinators in order to have better employment opportunities as well as educational, health and social justice resources.

The majority of jobs at Downtown are in warehouses although from time to time construction, cleaning and gardening jobs come in among others. Worker stories and skills are discovered on the daily basis through the heavy interaction. Being present in these centers not only permits us to see and support the day laborers, but also learn more about their personal histories and creative abilities.

Workers can show us that a day laborer is not only a person that waits at a corner for work. Luis Juarez is one of these workers and he is heavily involved in art and communication activities at the Center.

Luis Juarez has been a part of the Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras and is currently a participant of the theater workshops facilitated by IDEPSCA's Mariella Saba at Downtown. Luis is also one of the five day laborers that has been involved with the Radio Centro Laboral by helping with programming and by participating in the workshops provided by VozMob's Manuel Mancia.

Finally, Luis Juarez is also able to express himself through words and can help us travel through moments and places with which we can identify in his poems:

 

"Life"

Life is more than accumulated years

it's more than noticing that our hair

is falling out, or that it is graying

life is more than reaching our goals, more than

being successful, having riches, luxuries, life is more than being afraid of death

life does not end when our bodies die

maybe that is when we really begin to live

in the memories of people that really appreciated us

.. when we close our eyes and enter that eternal sleep

only our essence is left.. !!!!

 

With these stories, why not support the day laborers? http://idepsca.org/

El Super workers demand rights

Last Friday March 7, El Super workers organized a march in front of the Gage and Hooper locale in Huntington Park.

The El Super workers demand full time contracts and sick pay. El Super is a large chain of Mexican business owners with a franchise of Chedraui chains in Mexico.

El Super workers demand rights
Galileah
18 Mar 2014 - 6:40pm

Last Friday March 7, El Super workers organized a march in front of the Gage and Hooper locale in Huntington Park.

The El Super workers demand full time contracts and sick pay. El Super is a large chain of Mexican business owners with a franchise of Chedraui chains in Mexico.

El Super is not offering the same rights to managers and the rest of the workers and it is not possible that the owners are treating Latino workers in this way even when they themselves are Mexicans.

During the protest, El Super workers received support from organizations like SCOPE, CLEAN Car Wash, Labor United and others. Within these support groups were also day laborers representing IDEPSCA's Downtown Community Job Center, who marched in front of the store to demonstrate their support. A delegation of representatives from these organizations presented a letter to the manager of the locale demanding respect and labor rights for the workers. Each one of the representatives had an opportunity to speak with the manager and Victor Machuca was the representative for IDEPSCA. Victor caused a commotion when he said "My name is Victor Machuca and I am a day laborer..." due to the fact that workers are supporting other workers to create impact.

Gabriel Cruz the day laborer

Men and women come to the Downtown Community Job Center to find work. Unfortunately, sometimes days go by without successfully obtaining work, something not uncommon in the economy day laborers find themselves in.

Gabriel Cruz the day laborer
Galileah
18 Mar 2014 - 6:10pm

Men and women come to the Downtown Community Job Center to find work. Unfortunately, sometimes days go by without successfully obtaining work, something not uncommon in the economy day laborers find themselves in.

At the Worker Centers, resources and services are offered to increase job placement opportunities be they casual, temporal or permanent. However, even when these workers obtain stable work, many of them do not forget the Centers and often return to support both the locale and the rest of the workers. This is the case with Gabriel Cruz.

Gabriel Cruz usually frequents the Cypress Park and Downtown Community Job Centers. Fortunately for him, he has stable construction work, although in the mornings and on his days off he comes back to participate in classes and help where possible. On this instance, Gabriel helped the Downtown Center by repairing some issues, fixing a bathroom door and sink and installing wipe boards in the classroom space with the help of other workers. Thanks Gabriel for demonstrating that day laborers don't only expect to be helped but also contribute to the community in many valuable ways. The day laborers are an important part of the economy and community

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