Dec. 4, 2012
Mexican Government Sides with Migrant Workers and Seeks Consultation with the U.S. DOL to Remedy
From Centro de los Derechos del Migrante:
The Mexican National Administrative Office (NAO) issued an opinion in response to petitions filed by U.S. and Mexican workers' rights advocates for violations of the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC). In its decision, the NAO agreed that apparent violations had occurred denying workers protection under the NAALC. The opinion calls on the Mexican Department of Labor to meet and confer with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to examine what is being done to guarantee H-2 workers' rights. Rachel Micah-Jones, Executive Director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., (CDM), stated, "This opinion is groundbreaking and comes at an incredibly important time - on the heels of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's visit last week with President Obama, and the renewed bipartisan interest in addressing immigration reform."
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Apr. 4, 2012
Immigrant Worker Groups Pressure International Auto Manufacturers to Pull Out of Alabama
Berlin, Germany -- A delegation of civil rights and labor leaders will be in Berlin, Germany today to urge Daimler AG, an automaker which produces Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Alabama, to seek repeal of Alabama's anti-immigrant law, HB 56. SEIU and its affiliate, the Southern Regional Joint Board of Workers United, also filed a complaint with the International Labor Organization (ILO) of the United Nations. This round of labor and shareholder activism with auto manufacturers that operate in Alabama follows similar efforts by civil rights leaders with the Hyundai car company last month, which also manufactures cars in Alabama.Read More >
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. 23, 2012
National Women’s Human Rights Delegation Bears Witness to Struggle of Alabama Immigrant Sisters
Birmingham, AL. In response to Alabama's HB 56, the harshest anti-immigrant state law passed to date, a delegation of seventeen women leaders met with immigrant women in Birmingham to bear witness to the impact of these laws on women and children. This delegation included women leaders representing women, children advocacy, worker rights, immigrant rights, and human rights organizations, including Haeyoung Yoon, NELP staff attorney. Check out the webelongtogether.org website for testimony and statements from the delegation's visit.Read More >