Jun. 26, 2012 | Posted by: Rebecca Smith

Seattle City Council first to pass a resolution in support of the Caring Across Generations

Seattle City Council first  to pass a resolution in support of the Caring Across Generations

Congratulations, CAG!

On Monday, Seattle became the first city in the United States to pass a resolution in support of the CAG campaign.  The Council voted to unanimously support Resolution 31388, supporting the local and national Caring Across Generations campaign that seeks to transform long term care in the U.S., both to help the individuals who rely on these services and to support the workers who provide home care.

Activists packed the room in support of the resolution, presenting 3,000 signed postcards of support.  The Council heard testimony from caregivers and care receivers, and from two of its own members who had recently spent a day in the shoes of a caregiver.

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FILED UNDER: Domestic/Homecare Workers | Local Campaigns

Mar. 29, 2012

NY AG’s Office Arrests Sweatshop Owner After Death of Immigrant Worker

On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General's Office arrested the owner of Tortilleria Chinantla in New York City, where Juan Baten, an immigrant from Guatemala, was killed last year when he fell into a dough mixer. The owner, Erasmo Ponce, now faces felony charges for falsifying business records and misdemeanor charges for wage violations. Juan Baten is survived by his partner and infant daughter. Brandworkers, a worker rights group who organized around Baten's death, applauded the New York Attorney General's actions.

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FILED UNDER: Immigrant Workers | Local Campaigns | Low-Wage Workers | Organizing

Feb. 24, 2012 | Posted by: Rebecca Smith

The Oscars:  Picturing America’s Low Wage Workers

The Oscars:  Picturing America’s Low Wage Workers

This year, on Hollywood’s biggest night, we have an extraordinary opportunity to learn about low-wage workers’ struggles in times past and present, through two extraordinary movies.  Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are nominated for best actress awards in “The Help.”  The movie is up for best picture.  Demián Bichir is nominated for best actor in his role as a Los Angeles day laborer for “A Better Life.”  We celebrate the actors and the films they made, and congratulate Hollywood for its portrayals.  At the same time, we compare the Hollywood versions with the real lives of real low-wage workers in today’s economy.

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FILED UNDER: Caregivers | Day Laborers | Domestic/Homecare Workers | Immigrant Workers | Labor | Legislation | Local Campaigns | Worker Centers

Feb. 15, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

Pacific Steel Workers March for Dignity in Berkeley, CA

Pacific Steel Workers March for Dignity in Berkeley, CA

In late 2011, more than 200 workers of the Pacific Steel Casting plant in Berkeley, CA were subject to a forced layoff resulting from a “silent raid,” or an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) I-9 audit. These audits require an employer to provide ICE with employee I-9 form documents to verify U.S. government authorization to work in this country.

Despite attempts by Local 164B of the Glass, Molders, and Pottery Union to halt the layoff of workers, Pacific Steel terminated workers caught in the I-9 audit. Former workers, the majority of whom had five to twenty years of seniority, now lack income and have lost access to their health insurance benefits. Workers have organized a mutual support committee and will hold a public march on Friday, February 17, 2012 in Berkeley, California.

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FILED UNDER: I-9/Employer Audits | Immigrant Workers | Labor | Local Campaigns | Organizing | Unions

Feb. 9, 2012

Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sign Fair Food Agreement

Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sign Fair Food Agreement

Congratulations to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers!

Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) announced today that they have signed an agreement that formalizes the ways in which Trader Joe’s will work with the CIW and Florida tomato growers to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program.

The Fair Food Program is a groundbreaking approach to social responsibility in the US produce industry that combines the Fair Food Code of Conduct – a set of labor standards developed in a unique collaboration among farmworkers, tomato growers, and the food industry leaders who purchase Florida tomatoes – with a small price premium to help improve harvesters’ wages. The goal of the Fair Food Program is to promote the development of a sustainable Florida tomato industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of Florida tomato growers.

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FILED UNDER: Agricultural Workers | Immigrant Workers | Labor | Local Campaigns | Low-Wage Workers | Organizing

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