August 6, 2019
“As current anti-immigrant policies diminish the supply of migrant workers (both documented and undocumented), farmers are not able to find the labor they need. So, in states such as Arizona, Idaho, and Washington that grow labor-intensive crops like onions, apples, and tomatoes, prison systems have responded by leasing convicts to growers desperate for workers.” This exposes how one underclass of workers is used to replace another in corporations’ drive to super-exploit workers. It’s time we
July 11, 2019
Canton, OH- ” Case Farms has built its business by recruiting some of the world’s most vulnerable immigrants, who endure harsh and at times illegal conditions that few Americans would put up with. When these workers have fought for higher pay and better conditions, the company has used their immigration status to get rid of vocal workers, avoid paying for injuries and quash dissent. Thirty years ago, Congress passed an immigration law mandating fines and
July 10, 2019
Claremont, CA- Dining hall workers at Pomona college worked at the college campus for years, some for decades. It was only until they started to unionize that the college used employers’ sanctions to start firing the workers. Read more from the NY Times article here.
July 10, 2019
MILWAUKEE, WI — “On May 27, about 150 workers from Palermo’s Pizza factory here, representing three-fourths of its production workers, met to sign a petition saying they wanted to unionize. They say they gave the petition to management two days later. Around the same time, Palermo’s delivered letters to 89 immigrant workers, asking them to provide documentation verifying that they had the right to work in the United States. Ten days later, almost all of
Courtesy of WBUR 90.9 Boston, MA- Jose Martin Paz Flores, fell from a work ladder, attempted to file for workers compensation, and was then arrested by I.C.E. Flores’ employer Tara Construction did not have workers’ compensation insurance at the time, demonstrating how unscrupulous employers will use employers’ sanctions to evade labor laws and force workers to work under unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Read more from WBUR 90.9’s coverage here.
Winnetka, CA- Hector Nolasco faced deportation after his employer falsely reported him to the police to avoid paying him his wages. “Hector and a friend were hired to work for 5 hours. After working 7, they told their employer he’d have to pay them more if he wanted them to keep working. When he refused, Hector and his friend walked away. But the employer followed them, harassed them and, finally, called the police and falsely
July 9, 2019
LA, California- “The deal the worker struck was simple: $150 a day to tile a bathroom and stucco the walls of a home in Arcadia. The pay was to come at the end of each day but never did, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the California labor commissioner. After six days with no pay, the lawsuit alleges, the worker finally confronted his boss, who then snapped, called him
Queens, NY- In December of 2007, Fresh Direct delivery workers were only days away from voting to join a union when the owners called I.C.E. to prevent the effort. “The suspensions seemed to be an effort to thwart the union and that the company’s lawyers might have invited Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to scrutinize workers to weaken the union drive,” said Ms. Pope, president of Local 805 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Read
June 7, 2019
Queens, NY- When livery drivers working 80-90 hours/week for Yes Car Service demanded better working conditions, for their boss to pay them wages, the right to claim unemployment, stop intimidating and threatening them, and exposed their boss’ failure to pay taxes, federal agents charged whistleblowers with conspiracy and let the employer off the hook even after being indicted in federal court for defrauding Medicaid.
NYC, NY- Chinese delivery drivers with papers earned $25/day and were told the door was open if they didn’t like the pay. Mexican bike delivery workers earned $15/ day working 12 hours, and were told the Chinese got more money because they had papers. If they didn’t like it, the boss told them he could find others who’d work. When the Mexican delivery workers organized for stolen wages and to improve conditions, the boss asked