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Day Laborers Helping to Restore Hurricane Devastated Communities

A Community that Rebuilds Together, Grows Together

Reconstruction Works is a clearing house to connect homeowners and storm-damaged communities with first responders in recovery efforts, day laborers, and to provide information and materials to ensure that reconstruction workers are safe and respected while rebuilding our communities.

Throughout the eastern Texas seaboard, communities were devastated as Hurricane Harvey hit their shores in the final days of August, 2017. Entire cities and their communities suffered enormous damage and losses, now estimated to be in the billions. Businesses, homes and public building (schools, hospitals, etc.) were severely flooded and trees brought down by powerful winds scattered the roads. Many sources indicate that a severe shortage of construction workers is expected to cause widespread delays in recovery efforts and push labor costs sharply higher as Texas begins to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.

In New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and in New York and New Jersey after hurricane Sandy, day laborers were integral to the recovery of the city but went under appreciated as they were often exposed to wage, health, and anti-immigrant abuses. Now in Texas, reconstruction workers are dedicated to learning the lessons from previous rebuilding efforts to better serve the community and to establish the lasting institutions required to effectively respond to and anticipate disasters.

Participating Organizations:

Fe y Justicia Worker CenterFe y Justicia Worker Center is a safe space for low-wage workers to learn about their rights in the workplace and organize to improve working conditions on the job.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) works to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer, more humane environments for day laborers, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.

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