Unseen Labor


Working people’s movements have shaped the city since the industrial age, when some of the first labor organizations in America were formed by the city’s skilled workers. But New Yorkers have also struggled with each other over pay, power, and inclusion. New waves of New Yorkers joining the workforce over time, including women, immigrants, and minority groups, have led to struggles over power, compensation, and inclusion.


This series investigates the untold stories of the tremendous workforce of people keeping New York City running.


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