Jul. 8, 2013
Department of Justice Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with NLRB
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations Board, formalizing a collaborative relationship that allows both agencies to share information, refer matters to each other and coordinate investigations as appropriate. OSC is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing and recruitment or referral for a fee, as well as discriminatory Form I-9 and E-Verify practices. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, which protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.Read More >
Jun. 10, 2013
FIRED WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS LAUNCH A THREE DAY HUNGER STRIKE TO OPPOSE THE “SILENT RAIDS”
From noon on Tuesday, June 11 to noon on Friday, June 14, Bay Area immigrant workers and their supporters will be engaging in a FAST AGAINST THE FIRINGS to draw attention to the unjust firing of hundreds of immigrants.
Even though the full Senate has begun deliberations on the Immigration Reform Bill S. 744, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency of the federal Department of Homeland Security is requiring local employers to fire hundreds of workers, saying they have no immigration papers. The administration calls its reform proposal "commonsense immigration reform," but the fasters say there is no common sense in firing workers while Congress debates it.
These firings are often called "silent raids," and the fasters seek to make them visible, and to express their moral outrage against the Federal government. Rev. Dr. Phil Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of Easter Hill United Methodist Church and leader of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, one of the fasters, says, "These families have done nothing wrong. They're being punished for working, which is what people in our community are supposed to do. We will not allow these workers to be treated as though they are invisible. Being terminated because of immigration status is a violation of their human and civil rights."
Oct. 26, 2012
Call for Commentary to Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices of the U.S. Department of Justice—Civil Rights Division is accepting comments as it prepares to develop guidelines on the topic of employer self-audits of I-9 forms. Comments can be submitted by email to: Osc.Engagement@usdoj.gov, and must be received by Friday, November 9, 2012.
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The Dolores Street Community Services, Impact Fund, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Project, National Employment Law Project, National Immigration Law Center, and Women’s Employment Law Clinic of Golden Gate University School of Law encourage advocates for low-wage immigrant workers to timely submit comments to the OSC. Read more for key points to raise....
Oct. 16, 2012
Immigrant Worker News Updates, October 16, 2012
Immigrant Workers at La Boulange May Lose Job to I-9 Reverification [SF CBS]
Latino Supermarket Sparks Outrage After Joining E-Verify [Fox News]
Mi Pueblo Markets Came Under US Immigration Audit [San Jose Mercury News]
Supermarket That Joined E-Verify Part of Immigration Probe [LA Times]
Anti-Immigrant Group Launches Racist Ad Campaign to Pit African-Americans Against Immigrants [ThinkProgress]Read More >
Jun. 14, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho
Immigrant Worker News Updates, June 14, 2012
“No Justice, No Piece”: Pizza Company Accused of Targeting Immigrant Strikers, Threatening Reverification [InTheseTimes]
Home Care Workers Can’t Wait [Sacramento Bee]
Central California Growers Struggle With Farmworker Shortage [Newobserver.com]
CA Department of Industrial Relations Partners with Watsonville Law Center to Provide Medical Services to Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries [MarketWatch]
Employers in South Say That AZ-Style Immigration Laws Threaten Their Industries [Journal.us]Read More >