Posts Tagged ‘Day Laborer’

San Francisco’s WorkerExpress.Com Wants to “Disrupt” the Day Laborer Market – $18.98 Per Hour

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Joe Mellin, Chief Operating Officer of WE, writes in to kindly point out that they do indeed specify how much money goes to the workers. So a general laborer could earn $10 per hour*, with $4 going as a fee and $5 going for insurance and taxes, for example. Thanks, Joe.]

Your days of hiring day laborers in front of the paint store and then paying them daily with hard cash are over. Why? ‘Cause you’re going to check out WorkerExpress.com, where you just punch in your zip and then start hiring. It’s all nice and legal.

Now, the problem with doing it the legal way is that you have to pay more money and the workers get less money. Hey, how much do the workers get paid for each hour, anyway? Well, that’s a mystery to me but it looks like workers compensation is taken care of, so that’s nice. Check it:

WorkerExpress is a startup looking to disrupt the $7bn temporary construction labor market. We believe bringing the power of the internet to this brick and mortar industry will enable workers to earn more money and enable contractors to create more jobs when they are needed most. We believe that we will be able to change the way temporary manual labor is hired.”

Here’s your interface:

And, oh yes, the take from KNTV-San Joser, and Fast Company, plus the Facebook and the Twitter.  

*That’s just north of San Francisco’s minimu wage of $9.79 per hour.

Anyway, here’s the news of the day:

“WorkerExpress Launches Web Service to Reduce Unemployment by Connecting Temporary Workers With Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3  — WorkerExpress has launched a new online employment platform to help temporary workers land jobs in one of the toughest economic times in recent memory.

WorkerExpress uses a revolutionary concept that enables workers to post information, show their certifications and accrue experience on a public online profile. Contractors, property managers and other temporary hirers can look at workers’ profiles online and request specific employees that best fit their needs.

Here at WorkerExpress, we understand the burden of today’s economy on temporary workers; the challenges of connecting workers with contractors; and the advantages of using the web, instead of hiring halls, to bridge the gap between companies and temporary employees.

“It was too good to be true,” said Brent Williams, a painter who was placed through WorkerExpress only a few days after signing up.

“He showed up right on time… if you find a worker like him, hire him,” said Majid Akhavan, a Berkeley property manager, who found Williams through WorkerExpress.com.

WorkerExpress is headquartered in San Francisco and currently serves the temporary staffing needs of companies and individuals in the Bay Area.

Sit Lie Law Sequel: Sidewalks are for People Celebration Returns Saturday, April 24th

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Brace yourselves, San Franciscans. Here’s the latest communique from StandAgainst SitLie.org:

“On Saturday, April 24, San Franciscans opposing Mayor Newsom’s and Police Chief Gascón’s Sit-Lie ordinance will stage a follow up event to last month’s hugely successful “Sidewalks are for People” citywide celebration of public space and culture. Last month’s event shifted the momentum against the ordinance, creating a media frenzy that reached all the way to London and the BBC World Service.”

All the deets below.

A shrine for the sit/lie ordinance seen recently on Haight Street:

“Since the March event, the SF Planning Commission and the San Francisco Democratic Party have rejected the ordinance recognizing that a number of laws already exist to address problem behaviors on sidewalks and that sidewalks should be open to public gatherings.  This month’s event promises many more colorful and exciting sidewalk celebrations.

SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEOPLE PART II
All-Day / Citywide Event on Saturday, April 24 in San Francisco

VISUALS: A fabulous drag queen show, musicians, colorful/creative signs, tea parties, and sidewalk sit-ins.
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, throughout the day (See highlighted events for times.)
WHERE: Events planned throughout the city. Here are some highlights. Contact Andy for more info and updates: 415-533-4694.

Drag Show and Lemonade in the Tenderloin: Fabulous and colorful drag queen performances on the sidewalk.  Noon – 2:00.  631 O’Farrell Street. Contact: Joe Kowalke 415-305-7756

Day Laborer Sit-in on Cesar Chavez St.: Day Laborers and allies demonstrating. Silk screening, sidewalk chalk drawings, signs and more. Contact: Joel 415-553-3424

Music in the Castro: Local musicians playing at Harvey Milk Plaza with the audience sitting and lying around. Castro and Market Streets. Noon – 2:00. Contact Tommi Avicolli Mecca 415-522-6031

Poetry Workshop in the Mission: A poetry workshop while sitting and lying on the sidewalk.  2-3:30pm.  Florida Street between 23rd and 24th.  Contact: Tiny 510-435-7500

WHAT: SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEOPLE is a decentralized, citywide celebration of San Francisco’s public space, vibrant culture, and tradition of compassion.  People across the city, will be doing what they love on sidewalks (without obstructing them!): barbecues, chalk drawing, chess, yoga, reading, knitting, jump rope, playing music, painting, tea/coffee parties, sunbathing, meditating, DJing, hanging out, tai chi, dancing, anything they like!

WHY: San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, and Police Chief George Gascón are pushing the Board of Supervisors to pass a law that would make it illegal to sit or lie on the sidewalk anywhere in San Francisco.  We think it’s a violation of basic civil liberties and counter to San Francisco values to criminalize the act of sitting in public space. We think public spaces are safer when people are encouraged to use them to meet with neighbors, friends, family and others.

We believe our sidewalks reflect the diverse, vibrant culture of our city. We believe in freedom of expression, the right to peaceably assemble, and the pursuit of happiness on our sidewalks!

We acknowledge and empathize with legitimate fears or frustrations that people encounter in this city as they share public space with others, but we believe there are better solutions than criminalizing innocent behavior. For starters check out, “A Very Different Approach to the Sit-Lie Law” by Gabriel Haaland.  http://tinyurl.com/alternative2SitLie
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PHOTOS, VIDEOS, A COMPLETE LIST OF MEDIA COVERAGE, AND MORE AT:
www.StandAgainstSitLie.org