Sep. 26, 2012
Coalition of Rights Groups Urges USDA to Withdraw Poultry Slaughter Proposal
A coalition of 25 groups and 17 individuals, including NELP, has urged the Department of Agriculture to withdraw a proposal that increases poultry processing line speeds and removes hundreds of federal inspectors from poultry processing plants.
The proposal, which would modify USDA’s poultry slaughter inspection program, increases the poultry line speed to an unsafe level and allows plant employees to replace federal government inspectors for certain inspection activities. In addition, the proposal reduces the numbers of federal inspectors working at poultry plants. While the poultry inspection program does need improving, the proposal was developed with limited public input. USDA did not consult with its inspection advisory committee prior to issuing its proposal; nor were public meetings held to solicit the views of the public before the proposal was announced. In addition, the groups highlighted a number of critical food safety and worker safety concerns raised by the proposal.Read More >
Sep. 21, 2012
Filipino Nurses Prevail in One of Largest Language Discrimination Cases in Healthcare Industry
Congratulations to APALC and the EEOC!
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC), an acute care hospital in California's San Joaquin Valley, will pay $975,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) on behalf of a class of approximately 70 Filipino-American hospital workers. The settlement, announced today, resolves the EEOC's and APALC's charges that the workers endured ongoing harassment and discrimination due to their national origin, stemming from the top levels of hospital management.
Since at least 2006, the Filipino-American hospital workers, mostly nursing staff, alleged that they were the targets of harassing comments, undue scrutiny and discipline particularly when speaking with a Filipino accent or in Filipino languages like Tagalog or Ilocano. Supervisors, staff, and even volunteers were allegedly encouraged to act as vigilantes, constantly berating and reprimanding Filipino-American employees for nearly six years. According to the EEOC, staff constantly made fun of their accents, ordering them to speak English even when they were already speaking in English. Some Filipino-American workers endured humiliating threats of arrest if they did not speak English and were told to go back to the Philippines. In a particularly offensive incident, an employee sprayed air freshener on a claimant's lunch due to the offender's self-professed hatred of Filipino food.Read More >
Sep. 21, 2012
Immigrant Worker News Updates, September 21, 2012
Mexican Government Reviewing SEIU’s Complaint that Alabama’s Immigration Law Violates NAFTA Labor Rules [AI.com]
Latino Groups Urge California to Protect Domestic Workers [Fox News]
Shortage of migrant workers worries farmers [Tucson Sentinel]
Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores Recovers $33,000 for Former Immigrant Worker Due to Illegal Employer Retaliation [South Coast Today]
Are Employers Safe Under DACA? [Bloomberg BNA]
Young Filmmakers’ Documentary Reveals Life of Undocumented Workers [Allvoices]
Low-Skilled Immigrant Workers Vital to Economy [Forbes]
Study: Legalizing Undocumented Workers Would Be Economic Boon [Latina Lista]Read More >
FILED UNDER: Immigrant Workers
Sep. 21, 2012
Home Care Workers Converge on Nationís Capital in Effort to Push Reforms Across Finish Line
Washington, DC – Wage-and-hour reforms for home care workers that have been years in the making are finally nearing the finish line. Today, home care workers and their employers and allies are joining together on Capitol Hill and at Congressional offices around the nation, as part of the Direct Care Alliance’s National Day of Action for Home Care Workers, to urge their elected representatives to support reforms that would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers.
“These reforms that extend basic minimum wage and overtime coverage to caregivers are long overdue,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “These essential caregivers get our grandmothers out of bed in the morning and ensure our disabled neighbors live as independently as possible. Excluding millions of home care workers from federal minimum wage protections undermines their work, the care consumers receive, and the economy.”Read More >
FILED UNDER: Domestic/Homecare Workers
Sep. 19, 2012
New Report Documents Systemic Violations Against Migrant Workers in Canada
Migrant workers face systemic exploitation and insecurity according to a new report released by the Metcalf Foundation today.
The report entitled, Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity, illustrates how federal immigration laws and provincial employment laws create precarious working conditions for migrant workers. Author Fay Faraday argues migrant workers' temporary immigration status is the principle factor driving migrant workers' insecurity.