History

CIMG0459Since 2006, Holy Rosary Church has welcomed our workers to assemble on its property and conduct an informal hiring site. A designated site was a great benefit to both workers and employers in addition to the Village of Port Chester since it reduced the number of “on the corner” day laborers. When the group decided to become more formal, it took the name “Don Bosco ” in recognition of this Founding Father of the Salesians at Holy Rosary and his legacy of education and opportunity for poor immigrant youth. Today, Don Bosco Workers, Inc. is an independent legal entity under the leadership of Gonzalo Cruz (a Mexican immigrant and professional community organizer) and a worker-majority board of directors. We have hosted nearly 800 workers since 2006, with a current active membership of 150 men and women. Our hiring site not only matches worker skills to employer needs, it negotiates wage contracts, and provides wage recovery services and advocacy for victims of wage fraud. Through collaboration with other worker centers, Don Bosco Workers, Inc. has become a formidable voice in the advocacy for workers rights, in particular the cause to end the exploitation of Latino immigrant workers.


“The Don Bosco Hiring center gives me the daily opportunity to find work that pays a fair wage. As a member of the Don Bosco Workers Inc, I am part of a community of workers concerned with making a living wage and overcoming barriers to my participation in society, including jobs, affordable housing and the opportunity for US citizenship.”