Mar. 30, 2012 | Posted by: posted by Rebecca Smith
Celebrate Cesar Chavez’ Birthday and the United Farm Workers’ 50th Anniversary
This weekend, farmworkers, United Farm Workers' supporters and community activists will celebrate Cesar Chavez' birthday by affirming the the lives and work of farmworkers "are worth more," with marches and celebrations across the country. Chavez' birthday on March 31 is celebrated as an official holiday in eight states.
In California, UFW President Arturo Rodriguez said, "We honor Cesar Chavez' legacy on this 50th Anniversary of the founding of his union by declaring that farm workers are worth more -- and deserve more -- in pay and protections." The UFW's legislative priorities as it marks its 50th Anniversary are bills protecting farm workers from dying of the heat and providing field laborers with overtime pay after eight hours a day, like nearly all other Californian workers currently receive.Read More >
Mar. 30, 2012
DHS Announces Expanded Review of Immigration Cases in Additional Cities
Several news outlets, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the San Jose Mercury News report that ICE’s review of existing deportation cases for prosecutorial discretion will soon cover several additional cities. Following a pilot review that took place in Baltimore and Denver late last year, DHS will conduct reviews in Seattle, Detroit, New Orleans and Orlando from April 23 to May 24. Additional reviews will take place in New York City from May 7 to May 18, San Francisco from June 4 to June 15, and Los Angeles from July 9 to July 20.
On June 17, 2011, ICE Director John Morton released a memo outlining guidelines for exercising prosecutorial discretion in cases where individuals are involved in efforts to protect their civil and labor rights and liberties. NELP has released a detailed fact sheet on requesting prosecutorial discretion on behalf of immigrant workers.Read More >
Mar. 29, 2012
NY AG’s Office Arrests Sweatshop Owner After Death of Immigrant Worker
On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General's Office arrested the owner of Tortilleria Chinantla in New York City, where Juan Baten, an immigrant from Guatemala, was killed last year when he fell into a dough mixer. The owner, Erasmo Ponce, now faces felony charges for falsifying business records and misdemeanor charges for wage violations. Juan Baten is survived by his partner and infant daughter. Brandworkers, a worker rights group who organized around Baten's death, applauded the New York Attorney General's actions.Read More >
Mar. 28, 2012
Celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week!
March 25-31 is National Farmworker Awareness Week! Here are a few great stories, videos, and links in support of farmworkers:
The Student Action with Farmworkers' website features materials and resources to organize an action in support of farmworkers.Read More >
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Mar. 27, 2012
NLRB Settlement Finds E-Verify Is a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining
In a precedent-setting settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Berkeley’s Pacific Steel Casting Company (Pacific Steel), which our blog has covered before, has agreed to reinstate employees and pay employees for any wages and benefits lost who were terminated as a result of Pacific Steel’s unlawful entry into the E-Verify Program. The agreement, signed March 22, 2012, also requires that Pacific Steel provide written notice to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminating their enrollment in E-Verify based on their failure to bargain with the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union, Local No. 164B, AFL-CIO, CLC (Local 164B).Read More >