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California Senate Moves to Protect Foreign Workers

Photo courtesy America 2050

In a major step toward protecting migrant workers recruited through foreign labor contractors, the California Senate on Thursday voted 34-0 to  approve a bill  that would put limits on the worst forms of coercion associated with international labor recruitment. Regardless of visa status, migrant workers face  disturbingly common patterns of abuse in the recruitment process .

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On International Migrants Day, We Share Our Stories

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

Dec. 18 is International Day of Solidarity with Migrants and marks the date the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. To commemorate this day, we have compiled personal stories of the immigrant experience at the AFL-CIO. As you’ll see, our colleagues’ collective experiences are a tapestry of the immigrant experience. 

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Immigrant, Latino Construction Workers at Bigger Risk of Death from Falls

Photo  by Ron Cogswell, Flickr/Creative Commons

A disproportionate number of Latinos and immigrants are disproportionately killed in fall accidents in New York, according to a new study by the  Center for Popular Democracy , because they work in construction in relatively high numbers; are concentrated in smaller, nonunion firms; and are over-represented in the contingent labor pool.

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Austin Passes Some Pretty Cool Laws for Construction Workers

Workers Defense Project

Several hundred construction workers in Austin, Texas—mostly immigrants—and their supporters from faith, union and community groups saw their months-long fight for respect and fair wages come to a successful conclusion when the Austin City Council last week passed an ordinance requiring employers on construction projects that receive city economic incentives pay prevailing wages, provide safety training and other worker protections.

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National Day of Action for Immigration Reform, Road Map to Citizenship Set for Oct. 5

Take the pledge to hit the streets Oct. 5:

This Saturday, Oct. 5, a broad and diverse coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, civil rights and family groups will march and rally in  more than 80 actions  across the nation and call on Congress to pass immigration reform with a road map to citizenship that promotes family unity and protects workers’ rights.

Take the pledge to hit the streets Oct. 5

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Workers Defense Project Is Making a Huge Difference in the Lives of Texas Construction Workers

Photo by the Workers Defense Project

Immigrant construction workers in Austin, Texas, have a fierce advocate fighting for back pay, safety on the job and basic workplace rights. 

The  Workers Defense Project , profiled by Steven Greenhouse in this weekend's New York Times Business section, is an example of a worker center that is highly successful in its campaigns. 

Read the rest of  The Workers Defense Project, a Union in Spirit

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Why Citizenship Matters: Getting to the Bottom Line

This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to participate in a half-day workshop on immigration reform , sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the Economic Policy Institute . Held at the AFL-CIO's headquarters in Washington, D.C., the focus of the session was on why a road map to citizenship for America's undocumented residents is an essential component of reform, a topic that is increasingly relevant as certain House Republicans argue for creating a legalization process that would exclude citizenship as the ultimate endpoint.

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THIS Is What Happens When Immigrant Bakery Workers Organize and Form a Union

Photo from The Hands That Feed

Mahoma Lopez and his mostly immigrant co-workers at the Hot & Crusty Bakery on 63rd St. and Second Ave. in Manhattan have a collective bargaining agreement that includes wage standards, vacations, sick  days and more. But organizing their independent union and winning that contract was a struggle as a new  “Op-Doc” video on The New York Times website shows .

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An Even Sunnier Day at Bronx Carwash

(l to r back row) New York Communities for Change organizer Chio Valerio, RWDSU attorneys Liz Vladek and Larry Cary and RWDSU Assistant to the President David Mertz look on as Sunny Day worker Juan Campis signs new RWDSU contract.

Workers at Sunny Day Car Wash in the Bronx, N.Y., who joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) last year, ratified a three-year contract this week. The pact mirrors the contract the workers made with another carwash in Queens less than two weeks ago.

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Immigration Reform Would Unlock Temporary Foreign Workers from ‘Debt Bondage’ to Recruiters

Temporary foreign workers, from teachers to agriculture workers to au pairs, typically pay recruiting fees to individuals or agencies retained by U.S. employers seeking foreign labor. These fees can range from $500 to well over $10,000, even for temporary jobs that pay little. That means these workers arrive in the United States deeply in debt because they must borrow money, often at high interest rates.

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