Economy & Labor

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More Protections for Guest Workers Sought in Washington

Congressman Raúl Grijalva offered to present a reform plan. Some hope it will include flexibility to change employers, a guarantee of 100 percent of promised hours, and permission to stay in the United States if the worker is abused.

Posted in Economy & Labor, Homepage Feature, Immigration |

Berries Turn Sour.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26. PROGRAM # 7595 12:00 PM PT Berries Turn Sour. Organized berry workers in Washington state are joining forces with farm laborers in Mexico’s San Quintín Valley in their common demand for higher wages, union contracts and negotiation meetings. Today, those independent unions are organizing boycott committees against Driscoll’s, the transnational corporation that […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Línea Abierta, Mexico |
El parque de casas móviles Mesa Royale. Foto: Valeria Fernandez

Families Protest Eviction in Arizona

Although the local authorities say the housing conditions are unsafe, the residents respond that this is a case of discrimination.

Posted in Economy & Labor, Homepage Feature |

Cracking Down on Wage Theft.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20. PROGRAM # 7591 12:00 PM PT Cracking Down on Wage Theft. Stating that wage theft is an epidemic that pervades the economy, and Los Angeles is the wage theft capital of the country, state and local officials convene a town hall meeting in Los Angeles to drum up support for a pending […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Línea Abierta, Política |
Las fresas y moras de Driscoll se ven en casi todos los supermercados de Estados Unidos. Foto: Mike Mozart via Flickr. Licencia de Creative Commons.

Mexican Farm Workers Call for Boycott Against California Fruit Giant

A farm worker leader from the San Quintín Valley, an agro-export enclave in Northern Mexico, travels to the United States calling for a boycott against the products of Driscoll’s, the leading supplier of berries in this country.

Posted in Economy & Labor, Homepage Feature, Mexico |
Las trabajadoras de Scientific Concepts limpian el interior de los aviones entre vuelos. Foto: Doug, via Flickr. Creative Commons.

California Airplane Janitors Accuse Employer of Withholding Overtime Pay

The irregular form of shrinking or expanding the hours of breaks and lunches, as well as start and end time, according to the company’s needs, made González’s workdays start around 9 a.m. and end after 7 p.m.

Posted in Economy & Labor, Homepage Feature, Politics & Elections |
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(Español) Gigante abarrotera acepta comprar sólo a agricultores que traten bien a trabajadores.

(Español) Ahold USA es hoy la primera compañía grande de supermercados del país en unirse a la iniciativa Comida Justa, impulsada por la Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee, que obliga a los agricultores que los abastecen de tomate, a darles trato y pago dignos.

Posted in Economy & Labor, Homepage Feature |

Boycotting Berries.

MONDAY, AUGUST 10. PROGRAM # 7583 12:00 PM PT Boycotting Berries. Representatives for organized berry laborers from the San Quintin Valley tour the U.S. holding the berry giant Driscoll’s co-responsible for unfair labor conditions in this agro-export enclave in Northern Mexico. They visited the United Nations in New York and today they stop in San […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Latinos, Línea Abierta, Mexico, Política |
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Ahold USA to Buy Fair-Food Tomatoes. Conflict in Blueberry Fields.

THURSDAY, JULY 30. PROGRAM # 7576 12:00 PM PT Ahold USA to Buy Fair-Food Tomatoes. In a landmark victory for Florida’s organized farmworkers, Ahold USA, the parent company to Stop and Shop and other supermarket chains, has signed on to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food program. This is the first major U.S. grocer […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Immigration, Línea Abierta, Política |

The Bilingual Advantage.

TUESDAY, JULY 28. PROGRAM # 7574 12:00 PM PT The Bilingual Advantage. Is being bilingual good for your job prospects? Contrary to what English Only proponents would say, leading scholars conclude that bilingual speakers enjoy a number of economic benefits in today’s globalized U.S. labor market. An education expert discusses the economics of bilingualism for […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Education, Youth, Latinos, Línea Abierta |

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