A Day in the Life of a Day Laborer

Franklin, Stephen

Publisher:  In These Times
Date Written:  15/06/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21017

A look at day labourers in Chicago, many who work precariously, under dangerous conditions and sometimes without getting paid.


Excerpt: There was no work yesterday, nothing the day before and nothing for weeks.

Still, the 50-year-old Guatemalan, who didn't want his last name used, waits in the growing heat, saying he has no other choice.

He waits even though he hates day labor work, because he says it is sometimes dangerous, barely enough to live on, and some of the men on the street corner have bullied and hurt him on the job.
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