Locust Valley day laborers rebuffed in effort to clean up the space where they meet

(09/26/06) LOCUST VALLEY - Day laborers failed Tuesday in an attempt to ease tensions with the owners of their Locust Valley meeting place. Immigrant rights advocate Reverend Alan Ramirez says the laborers

News 12 Staff

Sep 27, 2006, 9:33 AM

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(09/26/06) LOCUST VALLEY - Day laborers failed Tuesday in an attempt to ease tensions with the owners of their Locust Valley meeting place.
Immigrant rights advocate Reverend Alan Ramirez says the laborers organized a clean up of the Forest Tavern parking lot, where they congregate and wait each morning to be hired for the day. The effort, he says, stemmed from the desire to do something positive for the community. Despite the seemingly good intensions, Donna Wylie, the owner of lot and pub, was very upset by the scene and broke it up shortly after 10 a.m.
Immigrant workers gathering along Forest Avenue have been a source of conflict recently. Some parents say trucks backing up off the street to pick up workers endanger the children at a school bus stop located on a nearby corner. Behavior issues have also arisen. Ramirez says he tried to address that Tuesday morning by issuing a code of conduct, of sorts. Included in Ramirez?s code were the taboos of public urination and bothering women as they pass by.
 


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