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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.

WHAT IS A BODY SHOP?

The Scourge of the New York City Construction Industry

Body shops are non-union construction labor brokers, that offer poverty wages and prey on formerly incarcerated workers. Body shop contractors rely on mass incarceration as a supply of vulnerable workers, leveraging the strict work requirements imposed on re-entry workers.The body shop model functionally strips workers of their rights and protections.

These firms are increasingly operating in New York City as unlicensed employment agencies to supply the City’s richest developers with cheap labor.

END BODY SHOPS NOW!

ABOUT US

Laborers’ Local 79 and the Mason Tenders’ District Council have launched Laborers’ Fight Back to address the rampant exploitation of justice affected laborers in the New York City construction industry. Laborers’ Fight back is a community labor coalition of current and former Body Shop laborers joining together to end the exploitative employment practices that target justice affected workers. We believe that together we can advance solutions to protect Body Shop workers and improve the construction market for all workers.

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New Yorkers for Real Re-Entry

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