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Day laborers helped by groups in NY, elsewhere

01/27/2014 / posted by NDLON Staff / Topic: Labor Rights News

By Claudia Torrens | Source: BusinessWeek.com NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Garcia was making $80 a day cleaning the basement of a New York City building after Superstorm Sandy. The 34-year-old Mexican immigrant worked 12 hours a day without protective gear. Today, he makes $180 a day as a carpenter in a Brooklyn townhouse undergoing renovation, and he uses a safety helmet, protective glasses and gloves. "It*s been a drastic change for me," Garcia says of his latest working conditions. "My life has improved, not only financially but also in the quality of the work."   Being a day laborer no longer necessarily means waiting...

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