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Day Labor

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Day labor is performed in all types of labor with all types of obstacles. Day laborers must be creative and brave because often they will be asked to complete jobs even when all the necessary resources or tools are not available or attainable.

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Day Labor
5 Jul 2014 - 10:51pm

Day labor is performed in all types of labor with all types of obstacles. Day laborers must be creative and brave because often they will be asked to complete jobs even when all the necessary resources or tools are not available or attainable. Still, a day laborer must always remember to demand good treatment and to not perform activities that may be dangerous.

 

 

[Original version published on 14 April 2014 - 11:33am at https://vozmob.net/es/historia/trabajo-jornalero]

Day Laborer Groups share their experiences

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On May 3rd, day of the Santa Cruz, is the day construction workers are celebrated in Mexico.

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Day Laborer Groups share their experiences
30 Jun 2014 - 2:34pm

On May 3rd, day of the Santa Cruz, is the day construction workers are celebrated in Mexico.

Today, workers from different Centers shared their experiences and offered mutual support.

This event was organized in preparation for the worker march from Harbor City to Los Angeles City Hall. This walk will be a total of 25 miles during which workers, organizers and community volunteers will demand the respect workers deserve for the contributions they makes every day.

Celebrating 14 years

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Celebrating 14 years.

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Celebrating 14 years
18 Jun 2014 - 12:43pm

Celebrating 14 years.

Recognizing volunteer work

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Recognizing the volunteer work of day laborers always willing to offer their services.

 

The volunteer work that Harbor City Community Job Center day laborers have realized over the years is beginning to be recognized thanks to the work that the men have done in solidarity with the nearing communities. These specific areas are in Wilmington where over 800 volunteer hours have been donated in the form of restoration and cleanup projects.

 

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Recognizing volunteer work
17 Jun 2014 - 5:20pm

 

Recognizing the volunteer work of day laborers always willing to offer their services.

 

The volunteer work that Harbor City Community Job Center day laborers have realized over the years is beginning to be recognized thanks to the work that the men have done in solidarity with the nearing communities. These specific areas are in Wilmington where over 800 volunteer hours have been donated in the form of restoration and cleanup projects.

 

On Saturday June 7, 2014, the members collaborated with Joe Buscaino, Clean Wilmington, City Plants, Harbor Community Benefit Foundation and other organizations in the area to plant 100 new trees in the city streets.

 

Representing the day laborers were also members of Rolling Hills church and UCLA students.

 

Luis Valentan, popular communicator reading his reality to write his story for history

I Can Do It!

Recently, I was hired by FedEx Ground as a package handler after deciding to take a break from organizing in an effort to devote more time to my daughter and studies. The decision to accept the job was one I gave a lot of thought to, particularly because the primary job duty seemed to be the "ability to lift up to 50 pounds" unassisted. While this is an activity I know I can do, I was not sure if I could do it five days a week for about five continuous hours per day.

I Can Do It!
10 May 2014 - 10:49am

Recently, I was hired by FedEx Ground as a package handler after deciding to take a break from organizing in an effort to devote more time to my daughter and studies. The decision to accept the job was one I gave a lot of thought to, particularly because the primary job duty seemed to be the "ability to lift up to 50 pounds" unassisted. While this is an activity I know I can do, I was not sure if I could do it five days a week for about five continuous hours per day. I have now been employed by FedEx Ground for a month, and I am happy to report that while my feet still ache every night to the point where stepping out of my car is painful, my arms no longer hurt so much when I bend them and I am able to properly use my fingers again.

 

One thing I have found motivating and influential and deciding not to quit is that working along me are many other women performing duties not readily associate with females. When touring the facility on the first day of work, the floor manager had mentioned that the women were some of the hardest workers in the outbound shift. Another woman in the group commented that perhaps this was because they felt they had to prove themselves to the men they were working with.

 

These past few days, I have been reminded on the daily basis of Rosie the Riveter, the 1940s icon that represented women's workforce participation in an industrialized United States that had shipped many of its men abroad to fight enemy countries. Rosie has also come to my mind when my husband has invited me to be his helper on a couple of day labor gigs. At the end of these long workdays, when my body aches, my stomach grumbles and my eyes feel heavy, I often smile to myself and think, "We Can Do It!"

 

Photo Credits: Jose A. Martinez Gomez

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