Economy & Labor


Migrant Crab Workers.

Mexican migrant women who pick crab meat or peel crawfish and came to the U.S. as H-2B guest workers are often victims of misleading recruitment, long work days, without overtime pay nor regular breaks. Seafood suppliers for major retail giants rely on this temporary labor. Former migrant women who worked in the North Carolina crab […]

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

Immigration Edition.

A court struck down Arizona’s policy denying driver’s licenses to young DACA beneficiaries, and California is negotiating with federal authorities over the design of the permit for undocumented drivers. These and other news are reported, as well as tips for Dreamers and the undocumented on how to prepare for the license application. Guests: Dulce Matuz, […]

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

Student Loans: Boon or Peril?

The costs of higher education have been transferred from the society to the student and federal policy changed from grants to loans, setting the stage for the current student debt crisis, says a prominent leader in higher education.  While Latino students don’t borrow more than the rest, they end up with more hardships to graduate […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Education, Youth, Línea Abierta, Politics & Elections |

Voy Contratado: Stories of Abuse and Struggle

The U.S. Department of Labor is organizing a series of trainings to inform workers of their rights. Our producer Delia Saldívar hosted a show on Radio Bilingüe’s Comunidad Alerta to talk about the issue. Rubén Tapia prepared the report.

Posted in Economy & Labor, Homepage Feature |

Fair Pay for Guest Workers.

Mexican guest workers who were recruited and brought into the U.S. by landscaping giant TruGreen on H-2B visas have reached a settlement with the company. The plaintiffs complained that failing to reimburse travel and immigration-related expenses violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the agreement, the national provider of landscape services will reimburse the […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Immigration, Latinos, Línea Abierta, Mexico |

Worker Protections from Retaliation.

California is implementing new, groundbreaking laws to stop unscrupulous employers from retaliating against immigrant workers who report abuses such as wage theft or unsafe working conditions. These laws may bring some relief to vulnerable employees working in low-wage industries. Advocates give details of the state laws, federal laws and discuss specific cases of retaliation. Guests: […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Latinos, Línea Abierta |

Net Neutrality Rules.

After a court struck down the FCC Net Neutrality Rules, the FCC proposed a new set of rules for net neutrality or Open Internet, a principle that forbids telecom giants from blocking or gives special priority to certain websites and states that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Consumer rights groups say the new […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Education, Línea Abierta, Política, Politics & Elections |

Minimum Wage Raise.

U.S. Congress and several states are considering legislation to raise the minimum wage. The small business community is divided. Some leaders think hiking minimum wage kills jobs and hits economic output, while others say more money for workers means less poverty and more sales. In this edition, a business woman shares her successful experience raising […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Latinos, Línea Abierta, Política, Politics & Elections |

Financial Literacy.

A leading expert in finances talks about how to earn, save, spend, and invest the money. He shares basic financial principles to create wealth and live a better life and cultural barriers that prevent us from making better financial choice. The guest gives advice on retirement plans, what to do with credit card debt and […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Línea Abierta |

Farm Drought.

California, the leading agricultural producer, is experiencing one of the driest years on record and water shortages are harming farms and small towns. The farm drought has hit the San Joaquin Valley the hardest. Half a million acres are being fallowed, drinking water imperiled, and thousands of jobs are at risk. President Obama and Gov. […]

Posted in Economy & Labor, Línea Abierta, Environment |

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