U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Day Laborers

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. –A long battle came to an end yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of day laborers, guaranteeing their “freedom of speech,” in their right to seek work from passing drivers, reports La Opinión.

A 1989 city ordinance that was passed in Redondo Beach, approximately 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, prohibited anyone on a street or sidewalk to solicit work from passing drivers, and dozens of cities in California and other states have since passed similar legislation. According to the news report, Redondo Beach city attorney’s office said regulating day laborers is a safety concern because day laborers “interfere with traffic and pedestrians.”

But seven years ago, day laborer advocacy groups organized efforts to refute the ordinance.

“This Supreme Court decision means that no municipality anywhere in the country can tell a day laborer that he can’t be on a sidewalk and look for work,” Pablo Alvarado, of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network told La Opinión.