Botany Bay Construction (Worcester MA) wage theft demonstration. Metrowest Worker Center (Casa) and Carpenters Local 107 come together to support 5 construction workers who together are owed $25,200 in back wages for work they did. The men did such quality work that Botany Bay (the project general contractor) offered to hire them after the subcontractor, Fastway Builder, took off without paying the workers for work already done.
May Day parades and marches once celebrated the International Labor Day. Today it has become a stage to demand full protection of workers and immigrants, and an economy that works for everyone, not just the elite. AFSC staff around the country took part in many of this year’s events, partnering with immigrant communities and members of the Occupy movement.
For several years, AFSC Immigrant Rights Program has had a partnership with the federal agency - Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) to provide 10-hour safety and health training to day laborers in NJ. This Decemeber, twenty day laborers from La Esperanza in Elizabeth, completed the training and recieved certificates at the Consulate of El Salvador. The graduation ceremony was held the evening before International Human Rights Day.
[From Mark Cooper, President of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor]
Sisters and Brothers and Friends of workers,
The Iowa House and Gov. Branstad are fashioning a "Frankenstein" type budget bill which will include many punitive policies such as changes to collective bargaining, corporate tax cuts, mental health funding, womens' health care issues and many other items. We must work together to stop this madness. Please save the following date and pass along to others:
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