WORKERS’ STORIES

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. https://www.patreon.com/posts/31002612?fbclid=IwAR2pgC31lktluHUqFWbTvgkxpZqNCIqVt5OKZHrKZ13bsCwYSaXASaHTJ4c
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Carlos Rodgriguez, Josephine Lee, and Tosh Anderson on Why We Need Equal Rights for All Workers
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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.
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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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The Washington Post article demonstrates the real purpose of the employers sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. It is NOT to deter immigration or the hiring of undocumented workers. The article reveals that Trump’s companies have consistently employed undocumented workers. Rather, the TRUE purpose is to strip undocumented workers of all their rights, create an underclass of workers, and maintain a cheap pool of exploitable labor. Click here to read more from
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“Nothing short of decriminalizing the employment of undocumented workers will encourage fair and transparent labor practices. You can help create workplaces in which labor rights are respected by supporting comprehensive immigration reform that decouples our country’s immigration and employment laws. This won’t just help immigrants; by eliminating the shadow economy that augments corporations’ undue power over workers, it will make our nation’s workplaces safer and better for us all.” Read more from Angela Steusse’s article
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Aug 7, Morton, MS- ICE Arrests 680 Workers in MS Poultry farms after UFCW Union Organized Workers at a Plant to Win $3.5 Million in a Sexual Harassment Settlement “These raids send a real signal to immigrant workers not to speak up, and we feel like these raids enable employers in the most dangerous industry to cut corners and violate labor standards,” said Debbie Berkowitz, who served as chief of staff of OSHA under Obama
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“What appear to be inefficiencies in the Trump administration’s (avowed) immigration enforcement policy have nevertheless served to effectively secure and amplify the subordination of a great domestic underclass. “As for extended border control deportation,” Daniel Kanstroom writes in Deportation Nation, “history shows how poorly that system has actually worked. It has functioned primarily as a labor control device, a kind of extra tool in the hands of large businesses (and, for that matter, American families seeking
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