‘Body shops’ exploit former inmates and must be held accountable

We are survivors of a system of racial exploitation with a long history of profiting from Black and brown workers. You might not see our chains when you pass a nonunion construction site, but believe us when we tell you they are there.

The two of us met in prison. After we were released, we were funneled to exploitive construction labor service providers known as “body shops.” These unregulated employment firms prey on formerly incarcerated New Yorkers who are trying to rebuild their life and re-enter the economy.

Make no mistake: Body shops use our incarceration histories and parole status to coerce us into dangerous jobs on nonunion

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