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Farm Workers Fired For Fleeing California Wildfire Get Jobs Back

Farm Workers Fired For Fleeing California Wildfire Get Jobs Back

By ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER, ThinkProgress— Fifteen farm workers have won back their right to work after being fired last week for fleeing wildfire smoke. The workers, who pick strawberries for Crisalida Farms in Oxnard, California, were warned by their foreman that they’d lose their jobs if they left. But the raining ash and blowing smoke caused by the fast-burning wildfires proved […]

How Temp Agencies And Raiteros Rip Off Chicago’s Immigrants

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How Temp Agencies And Raiteros Rip Off Chicago’s Immigrants

By MICHAEL GRABELL, ProPublica— Ty Inc. became one of the world’s largest manufacturers of stuffed animals thanks to the Beanie Babies craze in the 1990s. But it has stayed on top partly by using an underworld of labor brokers known as raiteros, who pick up workers from Chicago’s street corners and shuttle them to Ty’s […]

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Analysis Finds No Real Shortage Of U.S. STEM Workers

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Analysis Finds No Real Shortage Of U.S. STEM Workers

The so-called shortage of U.S. workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields may be creation of multi-national companies that want to keep wages low. Contrary to many industry claims, the study finds that U.S. colleges and universities provide an ample supply of highly qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates. In new […]

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Immigration Bill Would Give Half Of New U.S. IT Jobs To Guest Workers

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Immigration Bill Would Give Half Of New U.S. IT Jobs To Guest Workers

Never mind is the issue of asylum for workers who are in the U.S. illegally. What the proposed immigration reform bill also does is allow outsourcers and large corporations to bring thousands more low-paid but highly skilled technical workers to the U.S. The so-called Senate “Gang of Eight”, S. 744, introduced the proposed comprehensive immigration […]

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U.S. Guest Worker Programs “Close to Slavery,” Says Report

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U.S. Guest Worker Programs “Close to Slavery,” Says Report

The Southern Poverty Law Center is out with sixth edition of its report Close to Slavery: Guest Worker Programs in the United States. Immigration law reform is once again entering the national conversation in the United States. Businesses are calling for new program allowing workers from other nations to work. These workers and the jobs […]

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Startup Act 3.0 Aims To Attract Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Students

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Startup Act 3.0 Aims To Attract Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Students

Aiming to attract immigrant entrepreneurs and science and technology students, a group of lawmakers has reintroduced, Startup Act 3.0, a new high-skilled visa scheme. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Feb. 13, 2013, introduced the Startup Act 3.0, a bill giving as many as 75,000 immigration visas each year to immigrant startup entrepreneurs and 50,000 […]

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Unprecedented Immigration Reform Joint Statement From Business And Labor

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Unprecedented Immigration Reform Joint Statement From Business And Labor

On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, one of the nation’s largest business organizations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and largest labor union, the AFL-CIO, have issued an unprecedented joint statement of principles on immigration. The statement called for progress on immigration reform that both supports business and protects American workers. The shared principles call for a […]

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An Invisible Maid Army, 52 Million Domestic Workers Toil Worldwide

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An Invisible Maid Army, 52  Million Domestic Workers Toil Worldwide

ILO News– At least 52 million people around the world – mainly women – are employed as domestic workers, according to the first research of its kind conducted by the International Labor Organization. They account for 7.5% of women’s wage employment worldwide and a far greater share in some regions, particularly Asia and the Pacific […]

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Domestic Workers No Longer A Domestic Issue In Philippines

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Domestic Workers No Longer A Domestic Issue In Philippines

ILO News– Dumaguete City is one of the Philippines’ top destinations for divers and nature lovers. For Aileen Capacite Bulfa, however, it was not the perfect summer getaway. The daughter of a poor farmer, she moved to Dumaguete to become a domestic worker when she was 13. She tried to attend the first year of […]

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Large India Outsourcing Firms Accused Of U.S. H-1B Visa Fraud

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Large India Outsourcing Firms Accused Of U.S. H-1B Visa Fraud

Trouble is brewing over allegations that large information technology outsourcing firms from India have attempted subvert U.S. immigrations laws. Indian software giant Infosys Technologies has been sued by a human resources manager who says he refused to help the outsourcer get temporary U.S. B-1 visas for some workers under false pretenses. A former human resources […]

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