In New Orleans, Workers are Still Battered by the Flood

Source: Jane Slaughter, WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, December 2006, Volume 9, no. 4

In New Orleans, as corporate profiteers scramble to benefit from the aftermath of the flood, the history of Black-Brown relations has been compressed into a volatile six months. As contractors welcome Latino immigrants, displaced Black New Orleanians find they neither have jobs nor homes to return to. Unions and grassroots groups, using different methods, are trying to build unity as they fight for a voice for workers in the city’s rebuilding.

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