Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Two CMS staffers–Ivan Contreras, Queens Housing Coalition (QHC) Coordinator, and Rebecca Rybaltowski, Línea Laboral Operator–gave presentations at the Queens Housing Coalition’ monthly meeting in October.
During his presentation, Ivan discussed Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to redevelop Willets Point, a neighborhood near Corona, Queens. The Queens Housing Coalition has been campaigning to ensure that construction of affordable housing remains part of this plan.
Rebecca gave a presentation about Línea Laboral, Catholic Migration Services’ free employment rights hotline. She discussed worker’s rights with regard to minimum wage, overtime, and health and safety conditions in the workplace. She also discussed the services that Línea Laboral provides, particularly in filing complaints with the U.S. and New York State Departments of Labor.
CMS also provided a services table for QHC members interested in our immigration and employment services, as well as a legal clinic for those with housing issues.
Article and photos by Kimberley Kearns, Public Ally/Capacity-Building Specialist.