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Drywall Skills Workshop at the Downtown Community Job Center

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Drywall Skills Workshop at the Downtown Community Job Center
11 Mar 2014 - 4:07pm

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Before, those that knew how to install drywall did this [banging] while on the street. Noise. Not today. Today we have the worker centers. There are seats, sometimes we even fall asleep. In Glendale, they used to fall asleep and others would wake them and tell them to go to work. Woah, I said. Before, that would never happen. The carpenters brought their hammers and tools. And they did this [motion] while on the street. A contractor would come and say, "show me your hands." If you had calluses, they took you to work, and if you didn't they didn't. And if you had good shoes too."

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At the Downtown Community Job Center, workers enter a daily raffle with the hopes of securing some hours of employment at the local warehouses. The availability of free skills workshops can help them obtain a wider array of job opportunities.

 

On March 11, David Gomez, active member of the Cypress Park Community Job Center, came to the Downtown locale to offer a workshop for approximately 15 day laborers on how to build frames and install drywall in accordance to city codes. Along with other workers, he first built the frame and then proceeded to demonstrate the proper installation of drywall, trade techniques and the adequate handling of tools and materials. While he worked, he answered questions about how much workers should ask to be paid for this type of work and gave some important advice on how the workers can help each other: every time they are sent to work as contractors, they should take along less experienced workers to give them the opportunity at practicing and learning. Helpers should also demonstrate good work ethics and that way, contractors can obtain more contracts and helpers can obtain more work and experience.

 

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Thanks to Evelin Gamboa of the Wilshire/Union Home Depot and Jose Alberto Martinez Gomez for their generous material donations. And thanks to David Gomez of the Cypress Park Community Job Center for offering his time and knowledge to the workers of the Downtown Community Job Center.

Celebration at the Cypress Park Community Job Center

Each school quarter, students from the UCLA Proyecto de Jornaleros conduct weekly visits to the Cypress Park Community Job Center and the Downtown Community Job Center with the intent of offering free ESL classes to all interested day laborers present. Each session consists of a group discussion on current events that may affect the day laborers followed by English communication group sessions. At the end of each quarter, the students plan a fun activity with the day laborers to celebrate their accomplishments and work throughout the previous months.

Celebration at the Cypress Park Community Job Center
11 Mar 2014 - 2:35pm

Each school quarter, students from the UCLA Proyecto de Jornaleros conduct weekly visits to the Cypress Park Community Job Center and the Downtown Community Job Center with the intent of offering free ESL classes to all interested day laborers present. Each session consists of a group discussion on current events that may affect the day laborers followed by English communication group sessions. At the end of each quarter, the students plan a fun activity with the day laborers to celebrate their accomplishments and work throughout the previous months. In late February, the UCLA students invivted UCLA folkloric music and dance groups to provide entertainment while they along with the workers barbequed a banquet. The result was a fun Saturday with the day laborers alongside some of their families and the UCLA students.

Youth Unemployment

According to governing.com, a site that covers local and state government news, the national rate of youth unemployment was at 16.1% in April 2013 for youth between the ages of 16 and 24. In California, this rate was slightly higher at 20.1%.

Youth Unemployment
26 Feb 2014 - 7:29am

According to governing.com, a site that covers local and state government news, the national rate of youth unemployment was at 16.1% in April 2013 for youth between the ages of 16 and 24. In California, this rate was slightly higher at 20.1%.

Many factors can contribute to an unemployment rate, including but not limited to outsourcing of jobs, lack of experience, low levels of education, lack of proper documentation, and an increased population amongst other factors. Like with the older population, however, this inability to obtain adequate employment can lead to youth joining the informal job sector where work can go unregulated in terms of job safety and labor rights including fair wages.

My new job

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The day is valentine's day (I had to miss my date) and I had to work, washing the dishes from the lunch trucks so that I could afford to pay my portion of the rent ($150). This is my newest job; my other job is at a car wash, where I, as the name describes, wash cars. I have to work two jobs so that I can be able to pay the rent, my bus passes, my phone, internet, and other things that I NEED for school. I have tried to look for a job during the past year, but I have not had much sucess because many entry level jobs require entry level experience.

My new job
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18 Feb 2014 - 8:18pm

The day is valentine's day (I had to miss my date) and I had to work, washing the dishes from the lunch trucks so that I could afford to pay my portion of the rent ($150). This is my newest job; my other job is at a car wash, where I, as the name describes, wash cars. I have to work two jobs so that I can be able to pay the rent, my bus passes, my phone, internet, and other things that I NEED for school. I have tried to look for a job during the past year, but I have not had much sucess because many entry level jobs require entry level experience. As an eighteen year old recently entering the work force, my work experience is very limited, consisting of child care and other small gigs.

A Prediction on Immigration Reform

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Martin Hernandez, member of the Downtown Community Job Center, makes a prediction on the plans the gorvenment may have for the millions that are undocumented in the United Stated of America.

A Prediction on Immigration Reform
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Martin Hernandez, member of the Downtown Community Job Center, makes a prediction on the plans the gorvenment may have for the millions that are undocumented in the United Stated of America.

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