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Theme: Informal Economy
Region(s): United States of America ; Other Developed
United States of America A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor The New York Times . (18 April 2017)
By Tejal, Rao.

This article describes a day in the life of Kabir Ahmed, a food vendor in New York City. It includes a description of the regulatory barriers that he and other vendors face in the city, and the efforts of the Street Vendor Project to advocate for reform:

 

"He applied for a food vendor’s license, took a required health and safety class, bought a used cart and took it for an inspection by city officials. (The health department inspects carts at least once a year, and more frequently if a violation is reported.)

Mr. Ahmed still needed a food-vending permit, though, and because of a cap on permits imposed in the 1980s, only 4,000 or so circulate. He acquired his from a permit owner who has charged him and his partner $25,000 for two-year leases (for a permit that cost the owner just $200), which they are still paying off.

A day ago, Mr. Ahmed received a text message: 100 vendors were protesting the cap. Organized by the Street Vendor Project, a nonprofit group that is part of the Urban Justice Center and offers legal representation to city vendors, they hoped to pressure the City Council to pass legislation introduced last fall that would double the number of food-vending permits, gradually, over the next seven years. Mr. Ahmed, who believes the costs for those starting out should be more manageable, wanted to join them, but like many vendors, he couldn’t get away from work."

United States of America Nestlé’s Makes the Very Best? Georgia Workers Vote To Unionize. In These Times . (7 April 2017)
By Vail, Bruce.

Labor relations at Nestlé’s operating units have been a perennial source of dismay at the IUF, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations. IUF’s special Nestlé organizing center reports on problems with the company in countries like Turkey, South Korea and Finland.

United States of America Domestic Workers Face Rise in Human Trafficking Under Trump. Telesur . (13 March 2017)

As U.S. President Donald Trump approves policies threatening to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, a new report shows that such policies would have a disproportionate impact on domestic workers, who are victims of human trafficking, as they already suffer massive abuse due to their immigration status, a new report shows.

United States of America A fight for worker's rights may disrupt New York City's recycling flow. AMNY . (28 February 2017)
By Chiusano, Mark.

The company has resisted the union push by 70 employees at the material recovery facility in Brooklyn, forcing city officials to prepare for the possibilities for that recycling if there were a strike.

United States of America To Protect Undocumented Immigrants, Los Angeles Will No Longer Arrest Street Vendors Remezcla . (1 February 2017)
By Simón, Yara.

In a move to protect undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles, USA, the LA City Council voted on Tuesday January 31st to decriminalize street vending. Activists in LA fought over many years for authorities to stop penalizing street vendors in the city, most of whom are Latinos and many of whom are undocumented. Penalization of vendors can range from tickets or fines to misdemeanor or criminal charges, increasing the risk of deportation for undocumented vendors.

 

The city council decided to finally take action on the issue in response to the federal government's stance on immigration, including the desire to crack down on sanctuary cities and increase deportations. Of the action, Councilman Jose Huizar stated, "You do not have to work in the shadows.”

 

United States of America Spurred by Trump's immigration crackdown, L.A. City Council moves to decriminalize street vending Los Angeles Times . (31 January 2017)
By Reyes, Emily.

Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants, Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price vowed to stop punishing vending as a crime and begin setting up a regulated system. The council pushed forward with their plan Tuesday, January 31, voting to draft a law that would decriminalize sidewalk vending.

As it stands, selling food or goods on the sidewalk can lead to misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles. City attorneys will now draw up new rules that would strip those criminal penalties and authorize the city to eventually issue vending permits, a first step toward legalization.

United States of America Domestic worker champion inspires at UH Mānoa commencement. University of Hawai'i News . (11 January 2017)

Ai-Jen Poo challenged graduates to take action and fight for what they think is right at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa fall commencement, December 17, 2016. Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign.

United States of America Pay equality & rights of domestic workers & immigrants strengthened under new laws. Asian Journal . (31 December 2016)
By Sayas, Jr., C. Joe.

After the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights law took effect in 2014, which entitled personal attendants, such as nannies and caregivers, to overtime pay for work beyond 9 hours per day or 45 hours per week,  California lawmakers had three years (or until 2017) to either revoke the overtime pay for personal attendants or make it permanent. On September 12, 2016, lawmakers decided to make the overtime law for personal attendants permanent.

United States of America The hidden cost of made-in-America retail bargains. The Washington Post . (30 December 2016)
By Harlan, Chico.

While immigrants often face criticism for stealing jobs, they are the ones being increasingly undercut in America’s clothing industry, forced to accept wages below the legal minimum as retailers fight to pass on bargain prices to consumers.

United States of America New UAE insurance policy to protect employers of domestic workers. The National UAE . (28 December 2016)
By Ruiz, Ramona.

The policy will help employers to fulfil their responsibilities to domestic workers who hold valid residence visas and work permits, said Dr Rashed Sultan Al Khedr, spokesman for Citizenship, Residence and Port Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, which supports the initiative.