Research done by Humberto Rojas

So what’s the definition of a JORNALERO….. (Day labor) is someone who is paid one full day with no promise for more work available in the future. The work can vary from construction, landscape, gardening, or simple house work. JORNALEROS usually wait at street corners, Home Depots, Lowes, U-Haul, or commercial parking lots. A JORNALERO usually arrives to a location between 5 AM and 6Am. The earlier the better since its competitive and it all depends on luck. JORNALEROS usually are employed by contractors, landscapers, home owners, and small business owners. Americans are the ones who usually employed JORNALEROS, follow by Asians, Arabians, and Hispanics. The average pay a JORNALERO can earn is from $8-10 dollars an hour. Day laborers are usually undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central Amercia. However, not all JORNALEROS are undocumented since some JORNALEROS are U.S. citizens and work for extra income or as a second job.

This last weekend I had the opportunity to meet Miguel. A JORNALERO that stands at a Home Depot in Santa Ana where I spoke to him briefly and here is his story………..


About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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  1. Carmen Navarrete says:

    Wow! Good interview with Miguel it’s amazing how they take the risk daily to go out and find a job that will only get them through the day I wonder what other risks these workers hold with in society??????

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