The Dominican Republic has the second lowest minimum wage in all of Latin America, behind only Mexico. For months now, Dominican workers have been hoisting signs and protesting outside government buildings demanding better pay. But so far, it hasn’t worked. Now one cartoonist, Cristian Hernández, is trying a different approach: using humor to draw attention to social inequality. Katie Manning has the story.
Big city carwash workers often work long hours for little pay with few protections from chemicals. State prosecutors are now investigating and punishing abusive employers, and a new campaign by community organizations is encouraging workers to demand respect for their rights.
Andrés Caballero has been an active contributor to Latino USA for more than a year. He holds a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and a B.S. in Political Science from Notre Dame De Namur University. He covers issues that affect Latinos across the U.S., and he has also contributed to New America Media, the Hispanic Link News Service in Washington D.C., and El Tecolote in San Francisco.