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.
Sep. 12, 2012
Southern California Warehouse Workers Go On Strike!
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Warehouse workers have gone on strike to protest unfair labor practices they have faced on the job Wednesday morning, following months of working in hot temperatures under extreme pressure in a major Walmart-contracted warehouse in Southern California.
Workers—who do not have a recognized union—walked off the job during the first shift at an NFI warehouse in Mira Loma, California to call for an end to retaliation and unfair labor practices. Workers have been fighting for more than a year for safe working conditions and for Walmart to take responsibility for conditions in the warehouse.Read More >
Aug. 29, 2012
Immigrant Worker Justice News Updates, August 29, 2012
Federal Immigration Program Can Help Young Workers [MyrtleBeach Online]
Courthouse Crowd Rallies Against Raid of Mariachi Locos Restaurants, Threatened Deportations [Akron Beacon]
Post-Recall Failure, Unions Reach Out To Immigrants To Broaden Appeal [CapTimes]
Republican Platform Endorses Arizona Law, Guest Worker Plan [About]
Republicans “Modernize” Immigration Stance [New York Post]
Immigration One of the Few Sticking Points in GOP Platform [Tampa Bay Times]
Ten Key Changes In Immigration Enforcement During Obama Years [Houston Chronicle]
California Farmers Leaving Crops Unpicked Amid Labor Shortage [Huffington Post]
Every 2.5 Days, A Construction Worker Dies In Texas; and What Two Groups Are Doing About It [AFL-CIO blog]
NY Mayor: Fix Immigration to Boost Economy [Chicago Sun-Times]Read More >
Jun. 6, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho
NELP Report: Walmart’s Domestic Outsourcing Spawns Rampant Labor Violations Pay and Safety Abuses in
Oakland, CA—A new report released today by the National Employment Law Project shows that the subcontracting practices of retail giants like Walmart are contributing to rampant workplace violations—including health, safety, and wage-and-hour abuses—affecting thousands of workers who load and unload consumer goods at the nation’s largest distribution hubs.
The report presents the latest evidence that Walmart, facing increasing scrutiny from federal lawsuits and government investigations, bears direct ties to and control over the subcontractors and third-party employers that handle much of the company’s domestically outsourced work.Read More >
Apr. 23, 2012
Farmworker Justice and NAACP Condemn Use of Georgia Immates for Onion Harvest
From our allies at Farmworker Justice and NAACP:
Use of Prisoners for Vidalia Onion Harvest Underlines Agricultural Labor Problems
ATLANTA – The NAACP and advocates for the rights of farmworkers today condemned the state of Georgia’s use of prison inmates to harvest Vidalia onions in response to claims of an agricultural labor shortage. Last week amidst complaints from growers demanding more workers, the Georgia Department of Corrections sent transitional inmates from Smith State Prison to work for an onion grower in Glennville.
“This practice is shocking and regressive,” said Edward O. Dubose, President of the NAACP Georgia State Conference. “The fact that the state is resorting to forced labor to fix economic problems created by our failed immigration policies tells us that something has gone horribly wrong here in Georgia.”