Mar. 11, 2013
SPLC report exposes dangers faced by Alabama poultry workers
When Oscar heard that a poultry processing plant in Alabama was looking for workers, he thought he could apply the skills he learned from studying mechanical engineering in Cuba.
But after the 47-year-old arrived in Alabama from Miami, he was asked to fold chicken wings on the production line. Oscar had to fold them fast enough to meet a quota of approximately 40 chicken wings per minute – or roughly 18,000 wings per day.
“I did my job well,” he said. “But little did I know I was harming myself in the process. They don’t warn you that this can happen.”
After about a month, Oscar developed serious hand and wrist pain. He was diagnosed with tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. When his injuries made him no longer useful to the company, he was fired.
Oscar’s story is all too common within the poultry industry, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.Read More >
Mar. 11, 2013
Home Care Worker Brings Class Action Suit to Recover Pay
Univision’s Preimer Impacto profiles the story of Adriana Moreno, a home care worker from Colombia, who was cheated out of her wages. With the help of NELP and NY-based law firms Getman Sweeny and Abbey Spanier, Moreno has brought a class action lawsuit against her home care agency to recover her pay and bring justice for her and hundreds of her coworkers.Read More >
Mar. 7, 2013
Immigrant Worker Justice News Updates
Employer Retaliation Against Immigrants Decried [LA Times]
The Right to (Look for) Work [NY Times]
McDonald’s Franchises in Pennsylvania Accused of Exploiting Student Guest Workers [Huffington Post]
New York Wants to Boost Food Manufacturing, but Will Communities Get a Raw Deal? [In These Times]Read More >
FILED UNDER: Immigrant Workers
Mar. 6, 2013
Elected Officials, Immigrant Advocates Call for Stronger Protections for Immigrant Workers
New report reveals California immigrant workers are routinely subject to retaliation by employers
On Wednesday, March 6th at 10:30 am in Capitol Room 317, legislators, labor leaders and immigrant rights groups will call for stronger protections for California’s immigrant workers. At the press conference, the National Employment Law Center will be releasing a new report, Workers' Rights on ICE: How Immigration Reform Can Stop Retaliation and Advance Labor Rights--California, from that shows California’s immigrant workers are routinely subject to abuse and retaliation from unscrupulous employers.Read More >
Mar. 5, 2013
After Hurricane Sandy, Workers Rebuild
Amongst all the background noise of proposed national immigration reform, there are stories that demonstrate the power of collaboration, community organizing, and the "roll up your shirt sleeves" kind of hard work that our elected officials are unwilling to do.
On Saturday afternoon around 50 immigrant workers and community supporters gathered to celebrate the reopening of the Bay Parkway Community Job Center. The Center, along the water's edge in southern Brooklyn, was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Strong winds moved it over 100 feet from its foundation and left the center structurally damaged.
As soon as the hurricane winds faded, Bay Parkway workers, both men and women, formed volunteer brigades and were on their way to help the residents of Coney Island and Far Rockaway to assess damage and start cleaning up their homes. It took nearly four months to replace the former hiring hall, but with community and foundation support, the Workers Justice Project, the organization that manages the center, and workers had it back up and running.Read More >
FILED UNDER: Worker Centers