Labor Center Opens in Gaithersburg
After protests, counter-marches and threats of arrests, a day-labor center opened in Gaithersburg with a few dozen Latino men and women quietly waiting for work.
Gaithersburg officials had struggled for three years to find an acceptable location for the center. This year, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) bypassed the city government and provided a chunk of county land off Shady Grove Road as a site.
Organizers hope the site, near a bus stop, will replace shopping centers and parking lots as morning gathering places.
“It’s much better here than outside,” said Jose Mendez, a 21-year-old from El Salvador who has been working illegally as a painter in the country for more than four years. “This is a comfortable place. The 7-Eleven can be dangerous.”