The Day Labor Fairness and Protection Act, introduced in Congress yesterday, would protect day laborers from unfair work practices. Day laborers are often immigrants who take temporary positions in jobs like construction and landscaping. Often day laborers have to work long hours in unsafe conditions and are sometimes denied a fair wage. The new legislation would ensure these workers a minimum wage and overtime pay as well as safer working conditions. Supporters of the bill are hoping to be granted a hearing before the Education and the Workforce Committee.
See Maha Al-Azar, The Washington Post, July 24, 2003