Aug. 30, 2012
California Senate Passes Domestic Worker Bill of Rights
Congratulations to the National Domestic Workers Alliance!
Last night, the California State Senate passed AB 889, the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, AB 889, which is now headed to the governor's desk. The bill provides key labor protections for domestic workers, including overtime pay, meal breaks, and require that live-in workers be compensated if their eight-hour rest period is interrupted. The success of the bill builds on years of organizing by California domestic work, labor, women, and immigrant rights organizations, and has attracted high-profile support, including op-eds by the New York Times and a web advertisement by comedienne Amy Poehler.
Governor Jerry Brown must still sign the bill to pass it into law. The NDWA has started a petition to Governor Brown. Sign now to help this bill become law!Read More >
Aug. 29, 2012
Immigrant Worker Justice News Updates, August 29, 2012
Federal Immigration Program Can Help Young Workers [MyrtleBeach Online]
Courthouse Crowd Rallies Against Raid of Mariachi Locos Restaurants, Threatened Deportations [Akron Beacon]
Post-Recall Failure, Unions Reach Out To Immigrants To Broaden Appeal [CapTimes]
Republican Platform Endorses Arizona Law, Guest Worker Plan [About]
Republicans “Modernize” Immigration Stance [New York Post]
Immigration One of the Few Sticking Points in GOP Platform [Tampa Bay Times]
Ten Key Changes In Immigration Enforcement During Obama Years [Houston Chronicle]
California Farmers Leaving Crops Unpicked Amid Labor Shortage [Huffington Post]
Every 2.5 Days, A Construction Worker Dies In Texas; and What Two Groups Are Doing About It [AFL-CIO blog]
NY Mayor: Fix Immigration to Boost Economy [Chicago Sun-Times]Read More >
Aug. 20, 2012
Recent EEOC Victories on Behalf of Immigrant Workers
The EEOC has recently prevailed in cases involving harassment and retaliation against immigrant workers of interest to advocates. Most recently, the EEOC announced that a Fremont, California car dealership agreed to pay $400,000 and implement training after a manager singled out four Afghan American salesmen during a staff meeting, calling them “terrorists” and threatening them with violence. After the men reported the harassment, they faced retaliation by their employer. In another case, the EEOC prevailed where the district court granted a protective order regarding defendant's request for immigration status, holding that the employer’s request was irrelevant.Read More >
Aug. 20, 2012
Domestic Workers Rally for California Bill of Rights
California's domestic workers--most often low wage, immigrant, and female workers--have organized to push for basic protections, respect, and fair pay in the workplace for years. On Wednesday, August 21, domestic workers and their supporters will push for passage of AB 889, the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. The bill, most recently endorsed by the New York Times, requires that domestic workers receive an equal right to overtime pay, workers’ compensation, and payment for reporting to work even if their employer cancels the job, along with the right to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and the right to cook their own food. Sign up to attend the rally here.Read More >
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Aug. 14, 2012
After two decades, Ace Tomato workers are so close to getting their contract.
Workers at Ace Tomato are tired of waiting. They are tired of dirty bathrooms, the lack of fresh water and decades of low pay. You might ask, why don't they vote for a union? They did—back in 1989! But, more than two decades later they still are waiting for their contract. And the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), California's legal agency charged with protecting the workers, did nothing but shuffle paperwork.
The UFW fought for and passed a law in California requiring employers to negotiate in good faith or face mandatory mediation. The way this works is a mediator speaks to both sides and neutrally sifts through both sides' documents and recommendations and at the end submits a report of terms to the ALRB which is essentially a contract. Both sides have the right to review this report and object. Then the ALRB either agrees with the objections to the report or rejects them. If they reject the objections, the report becomes a contract that both sides must legally abide by.Read More >