David and the Lion’s Den — Chapter Alert and Author’s Notes
What happened to that immigrant boy who got ripped off at the bus station? He’s working as a brick mason’s helper and living in squalid conditions. He’s decided to run away, to go back home. But will a letter from his grandmother put a stop to those plans?
The trades in NYC are heavily unionized and have been for decades. Workers on most construction projects are well paid and not exploited. However, when I lived in NY in the 90s, I knew of several contractors who used non-union, immigrant labor for smaller jobs, often in the outer boroughs. I based the character of the immigrant boy on an actual Colombian youth I knew who left the grey-market construction world to become a waiter and later a restaurant manager.
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