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Day Laborer Workforce Initiative

New York City’s Day Laborer Coalition


The Day Laborer Workforce Initiative (DLWI) is a collaboration across New York City’s five boroughs – Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island – dedicated to expanding, and improving the reach and efficacy of day laborer worker centers in NYC. Since 2014, its members’ collective mission is to expand and develop day labor worker centers to organize the city’s estimated 10,000-day laborers, to improve workplace conditions in unregulated industries, to defend their civil rights, and to end wage theft.

Watch Video

Find out more about our initiative through this two-and-a-half minute summary video.

Sign the Petition!

Click here to sign the petition! Please take 2 minutes and call on NYC council members to save NYC Day Labor centers and share with your contacts.

Member Organizations

Watch the videos of each organization from the NYC Day Laborer Coalition which describe the initiative’s purpose and gives a historical context. Current partner organizations are (1) Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of New York, (2) La Colmena, (3) New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), (4) Coalition for Immigrant Freedom (also known as Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights), and (5) Workers Justice Project – Proyecto Justicia Laboral.

Scope of Services

The Day Laborer Workforce Initiative, through the existing day laborer centers in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and the development of new centers, supports five services: 1) Job Referrals, 2) Wage Theft Clinics, 3) Know Your Rights Trainings, 4) Referrals to Critical Services, and 5) Workplace Development.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative, contact Veronica Piedra Leon. We encourage you to follow our updates on Twitter here.