WORKERS’ STORIES

Join Maximillian Alvarez, host of the Working People podcast in part III of the mini-cast series on undocumented workers and the fight to repeal the employers’ sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (1986)  (in collaboration with the Break the Chains Alliance). Alvarez talks to Shirley Lung, Professor of Law at the CUNY Law School, about the passing of IRCA, its immediate and longterm effects, and the American tradition of criminalizing marginalized workers. Listen
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Today, Republicans and Democrats quarrel over impeachment of the president while working people continue to struggle. And even as the presidential candidates campaign to unseat Trump, candidates still have not put forward a plan to end the divisions and hardship among working people, nor crafted a concrete vision to unify working people in this country around a program that will work for ALL of us. THE CRISIS TODAY Today, we are seeing conditions that liken
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Maximillian Alvarez, host of the Working People podcast presents part II of the mini-cast series on undocumented workers and the fight to repeal the employers’ sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (1986)  (in collaboration with the Break the Chains Alliance). Alvarez talks to David Tieu, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, about working on the Hudson Yards project in New York City and seeing firsthand how
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Follow our mini-podcast series as we talk to Maximillian Alvarez, host of the Working People show, a podcast by, for, and about the working class today. In this episode- how so-called progressive reforms touted by the Democrats are deepening the divide between working people today. Listen here. Like this:Like Loading...
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Carlos Rodgriguez, Josephine Lee, and Tosh Anderson on Why We Need Equal Rights for All Workers Like this:Like Loading...
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The NY Times article “Is Immigration at Its Limit” is proposing to maintain a system of slavery and an underclass of workers in our country. Instead of calling for the repeal of the law that criminalizes undocumented immigrants, the NY Times attempts to justify the expansion of an underclass of workers, promoting the myth a) that there is a labor shortage b) that Americans are not willing to work as hard and c) that consumers
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“A third of a century with the Immigration Reform and Control Act’s employer sanctions should teach us one thing: criminalizing undocumented labor is not the answer. Labor abuses run rampant in the poultry industry, fueled by an economic system that is accountable only to the owners and shareholders of corporations.” Read more from this article by Angela Steusse here. Like this:Like Loading...
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“By the 1990s, businesses began aggressively recruiting Latin American immigrants to fill their labor needs, luring them to rural Mississippi from places such as El Paso and Miami. One company, since acquired by Koch Foods, dubbed the campaign the “Hispanic Project,” which resulted in a 1,000 percent increase in Scott County’s Latino population, where two of the raided plants are located, in a decade. ‘EEOC alleges that supervisors touched and/or made sexually suggestive comments to
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Angela Steusse traces the history of the Scott County, MS poultry industry in this article: 1950s: Only white workers worked in the plants. 1960s: As white workers sought better jobs and pay, black workers were integrated into the industry and given the worst jobs at a lower pay1970s-80s: Black workers organized into unions to fight for better conditions 1990s: After the IRCA employers sanctions was passed, employers went to Guatemala and Mexico to actively recruit undocumented immigrants to
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