Mass incarceration of Black and brown communities has led to an ever growing labor pool of vulnerable, disadvantaged and discriminated-against workers. Labor brokers known as body shops prey on people returning home and leverage worker’s parole mandates of maintaining employment as a condition of their release. These body shops take advantage of the scarcity of job opportunities available to formerly incarcerated New Yorkers. No contractor or developer should be allowed to condemn Black and brown construction workers to economic imprisonment and bodily harm. That’s re-sentencing, not Real Re-Entry.
Laborers Fight Back is the campaign to end body shops through real re-entry opportunities.
24% of employed re-entry workers held jobs in the construction industry post release.
Formerly incarcerated New Yorkers are told that in order to survive life after prison, they must accept dangerous, low-wage construction jobs. Local 79 is fighting against exploitation, and to increase career opportunities in the union construction industry for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers.
New York City must regulate and license body shops to stop the exploitation of formerly incarcerated workers.
Real re-entry means real economic security.