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Casa Latina Makes History, Becomes First Worker Center to Join Executive Board of State AFL-CIO Body

Casa Latina Makes History, Becomes First Worker Center to Join Executive Board of State AFL-CIO Body

In Washington State, Casa Latina made history in becoming the first worker center to join the executive board of the state AFL-CIO body. Cariño Barragan Talancon, a Casa Latina staff member, was appointed to the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Executive Board as the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement representative. In May, she was sworn in and attended her first meeting. Casa Latina is a worker center and Seattle-based nonprofit that works to educate, assist and empower Latino and immigrant workers. The WSLC affiliated Casa Latina in 2009 and have worked closely in partnership for several years. Earlier this year, Casa Latina also joined forces with the Martin Luther King County Labor Council in Seattle.

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Argentina Becomes 15th Country to Ratify ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Work

In another major step forward for the global movement to expand domestic workers' rights, Argentina last month ratified International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189 on domestic work, which extends fundamental labor rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide. 

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This Thanksgiving, Thank a Food Worker

With Thanksgiving around the corner, working people across the country are counting down the days to their Thanksgiving meals. While many families aspire to make healthy, sustainable choices about the food they eat, little attention is paid to the millions of food workers struggling to make a living. In the United States alone, 20 million food workers grow, prepare, serve and cook the food we consume each day.  

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THIS Is What Happens When Unions Collaborate with Worker Centers

Photo by Vermont Workers' Center - People's Media Project.

In a historic victory for working people, earlier this month more than 7,000 Vermont home care workers voted to join Vermont Home Care United, part of AFSCME. This is both the largest union organizing victory in Vermont history and the largest national organizing win in 2013. These workers won bargaining rights with the state government through an innovative community-labor campaign and can now negotiate to improve their working conditions, pay, hours and benefits. Their victory is a powerful reminder of how worker centers and unions can work together to empower marginalized workers not covered by the National Labor Relations Act and without traditional collective bargaining rights.

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California Worker Center, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Joins Forces with San Francisco Labor Council

 California Worker Center, Mujers Unidas y Activas, Joins Forces with San Francisco Labor Council

This week, a California worker center that organizes domestic workers and immigrant women, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, affiliated with the San Francisco Labor Council as part of a growing partnership effort by the labor movement and the larger worker rights’ movement to strengthen advocacy and mobilization efforts for day laborers, domestic workers and all working people.

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Waiting in Line for 30 Years

Jennifer Angarita, national worker center coordinator at the AFL-CIO, sent the following message to working family activists:

I’m going to tell you something very personal: My father finally became a citizen of the United States after almost 30 years of waiting. 

My parents brought me to the United States when I was 13 months old to escape economic hardship and war in Colombia. I grew up in Dallas and my favorite foods were pizza, chocolate chip cookies and empanadas. My parents worked hard to put me through school, and I was proud to be the first person in my family to graduate from college.

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Groundbreaking Study on Domestic Workers Finds Widespread Mistreatment and Systemic Low Pay

Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

Domestic workers, such as caregivers and nannies, make all forms of other work possible and play an increasingly significant role in the U.S. economy. However, a new national study found, on average, domestic workers earn little more than minimum wage and few receive benefits like Social Security, health insurance or paid sick days.

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Major Global Breakthrough for Domestic Workers

In a key victory for working people around the world, on Monday the Philippines became the second country to ratify the International Labor Organization (ILO) convention on domestic work. An ILO “convention,” which sets international labor standards, must be ratified by a nation-state’s government for it to become the law in that nation. The Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention (ILO Convention No. 189)—which addresses issues such as wages, working conditions, benefits, labor brokers and child labor—goes into effect one year after two countries approve it. Uruguay ratified C. 189 in April of this year.

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America’s Unions Stand Together with DREAM Activists

At conventions and rallies, teach-ins and town halls, working people across the country are showing an outpouring of support for immigrant youth and their struggle for justice. DREAMers—or young immigrant activists—are undocumented young people who were brought to the United States at an early age and represent the best of what this country has to offer.

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What’s Really Happening Behind the Kitchen Door?

Jennifer Angarita, AFL-CIO National Worker Center coordinator, sends us this.

From locally grown, organic greens to grass-fed beef, we care about the food that comes out of the kitchen—but what about the workers who chop, grill, sauté and serve our food? Today, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. Despite its size and growth, the industry suffers from pervasively low wages, wage theft, non-existent benefits, rampant discrimination and often dangerous or unhealthy working conditions.

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