Nov. 28, 2012
Immigrant Hilton Hotel Workers Reach Major Settlement Over Workplace Violations
Congratulations to the UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center!
LONG BEACH, Calif. Eighteen hotel employees reached a $130,000 settlement with HEI Hotels and Resorts over denial of meal and rest breaks required by California law. The settlement arose from claims filed with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement by employees of the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center, owned and managed by HEI.
In hearings before the Labor Commissioner, workers described facing direct pressure from supervisors to work through meals and to skip rest breaks to keep up with increasingly heavy workloads. Some employees suffered injuries due to the unremitting nature of their work. Employees in the hotel’s kitchen, restaurant, room service, banquet services and housekeeping departments stepped forward to participate in the legal action. Most of the workers are “back of the house” monolingual Spanish speakers.Read More >
Nov. 27, 2012
NDWA Releases First Ever National Statistical Survey of Domestic Workers
The National Domestic Workers' Alliance has released a new report, titled Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work, the first national survey of domestic workers in the USA.
This empirically based and representative picture of domestic employment in 21st century America breaks new ground by providing an empirically based and representative picture of domestic employment in 21st century America. The report surveyed over 2,000 domestic workers on issues including pay rates, benefits, and their impact on the lives of workers and their families; employment arrangements and employers’ compliance with employment agreements; workplace conditions, on-the-job injuries, and access to health care; and abuse at work and the ability to remedy substandard conditions.
Not surprisingly, the report found that substandard working conditions are pervasive in the domestic work industry. Wage rates are low, the work is often hazardous, and workers rarely have effective recourse to improve substandard conditions.
The report was prepared with support from the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Chicago and the DataCenter.Read More >
FILED UNDER: Domestic/Homecare Workers
Nov. 19, 2012
Immigrants and Employment During the Great Recession
The Urban Institute has released a helpful report, "Hit Hard but Bouncing Back: The Recovery of Immigrants during the Great Recession and the Recovery." The report examines how immigrants fared during the Great Recession, challenges faced by immigrants, and patterns of employment, including self-employment. The report finds that during the Great Recession, immigrants lost more employment, relative to their initial employment level, than U.S.-born workers. During the Recovery immigrants gained more employment than U.S-born workers. The employment gains of immigrants during the recovery spread among all educational groups except those with no high school diploma. Among U.S.-born workers, only those with Bachelor's degree or more gained employment. By mid-2012, the employment of both immigrants and U.S.-born workers were still below the pre-recession level.Read More >
FILED UNDER: Immigrant Workers
Nov. 14, 2012
NGA Wins New Protections for Wal-Mart, Hershey’s Supply Chain Workers
Congratulations to the National Guestworkers' Alliance!
WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the latest victory in a year-long fight by the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) against supply chain labor abuse, warehouse operator Exel Logistics agreed with the Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday to new worker protections for Exel’s more than 300 U.S. warehouses.
Exel, which has $4.1 billion in annual revenue, operates warehouses for major U.S. retailers including Wal-Mart and Hershey’s. Wal-Mart is facing growing pressure and nationwide strikes over supply chain labor abuses as Black Friday approaches.Read More >
Nov. 5, 2012
More on Immigrant Workers and Hurricane Sandy
PRI's the World provides an in-depth audio story on immigrant workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Immigrants Expected to do the Heavy Lifting in Post-Sandy Reconstruction.
Latino Fox News also profiles immigrant workers: After Hurricane Sandy, Day Laborers Play Central Role in Cleanup, Rebuilding.Read More >
FILED UNDER: Day Laborers