Sep. 17, 2012
Walmart Warehouse Workers’ Strike Spreads to IL!
On Saturday, Sept. 15, Walmart warehouse workers in Elwood, IL, organizing with FCWA member Warehouse Workers for Justice, went on strike! They join Walmart warehouse workers in Southern California who are also on strike!
It’s been a long road fighting for safer working conditions, fair wages and respect. The warehouse workers had had enough of the retaliation against them for speaking out. They went on strike to make a change for their families and their communities. The warehouse workers need your support now more than ever. Please sign their petition to Walmart CEO Michael Duke.
Jul. 25, 2012
DOL Issues over $248,000 in Penalties to Walmart Supplier
Baton Rouge, LA--The U.S. Department of Labor has issued over $248,000 in penalties against C.J.'s Seafood Inc. in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited C.J.'s Seafood with 11 serious and one other-than-serious safety violation for exposing workers to blocked exit, fire, electrical and chemical hazards. Additionally, the department's Wage and Hour Division found that the company failed to pay minimum wage and overtime compensation to 73 workers as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to comply with provisions of the H-2B temporary foreign worker visa program established under the Immigration and Nationality Act.Read More >
May. 7, 2012
Workers at Flaum Win Historical Settlement, NLRB Victory
Congratulations to the Brandworkers, NYC IWW, and Focus on the Food Chain!
Workers at Flaum Appetizing have won their campaign with an exemplary global agreement. Workers have recovered $577,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for retaliation along with a binding code of conduct ensuring Flaum comports with all workplace rights going forward including anti-discrimination and health & safety protections. The workers' story was covered by the New York Times, Crain's New York, and Jewish Daily Forward.Read More >
May. 1, 2012
Immigrant Workers Nationwide March for May Day
Immigrant worker organizations nationwide have organized events in support of May Day, or International Workers’ Day. Working in coalition with progressive organizations, labor groups, and the Occupy movement, immigrant worker groups have revitalized the observance of May Day around the country. Here’s a rundown of May Day demonstrations organized across the country that highlight immigrant worker justice:
2012 May Day Protests from Coast to Coast [ABC News]
Immigrant, Labor, Occupy Groups Band Together for May Day Protests [Fox News]
May Day, Occupy Movements Converge for Day of Protests [TPM]
New York: May Day Protests Spread Across Manhattan [WSJ]
Occupy Protests Underway in New York [Washington Post]
Los Angeles: May Day Protests—Thousands to Participate Across L.A. [LA Times]
Van Nuys, CA: May Day March in Van Nuys Focused on Immigration Reform [Contra Costa Times]
Detroit: Metro Detroit Demonstrators Make Noise in May Day Protests [Detroit News]
Atlanta: 150 Atlanta May Day Marchers Call for Repeal of GA and AL Immigration Laws [Florida Times Union]
South Cobb, GA: Undocumented Workers and Occupiers Protest on May Day [SouthcobbPatch]
Denver: Occupy Denver Marches In support of May Day [NECN.com]
U.S. Filipinos Highlight Immigrant Rights on May Day [Asianweek]Read More >
Apr. 5, 2012
Immigrant Worker News Update, April 5, 2012
Most Alabama Companies Miss E-Verify Registration Deadline [AP]
NYC Comptroller Recovers $1.2 Million From Building Contractors for Cheated Workers [NY Realestaterama]
Mississippi Immigration Enforcement Bill Killed [CNBC]
State Dept. Confirms Criticism of Student Guestworker Program: It’s About Work, not Culture [In These Times]
Day Laborer Supporters Rally in Pomona [Daily Bulletin]Read More >