December 11, 2008 |
As it prepares to leave office, the Bush administration is moving to make it easier for U.S. farming companies to hire foreign workers, which farmworker groups say will worsen wages and working conditions. The farmworker groups said changes to the H2A visa program, used by the agriculture industry to hire temporary workers, were posted on the Labor Department's website at midnight Tuesday but later taken down.
September 7, 2008 |
The labor minister has backtracked on a much-criticized proposal to slash the number of work visas available to migrants. Celestino Corbacho had said it did not make sense to keep recruiting foreign workers when Spain has 2.5 million people unemployed. But he drew criticism from unions, immigrant groups and opposition parties for saying the visas "will get close to zero." He later said that he hadn't meant to suggest that he would severely cut back on visas to migrant workers.
June 12, 2008 |
Though government immigration initiatives are often attacked for bringing foreign employees into the U.S., rarely are the immigrant workers the main critics. On Wednesday, however, a dozen workers from India ended a four-week hunger strike that was meant to highlight their allegations that a guest worker program is abusing foreign laborers and shutting Americans out of decent jobs.
August 17, 2007 |
While Gap Inc.'s stores have been disappointing shoppers and investors, the factories making the retailer's clothes have been treating workers better, according to the company's latest assessment of its labor practices. The update released Thursday marked the third time the owner of the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains had publicly critiqued the conditions in overseas factories often derided as "sweatshops" because of abuses inflicted on employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2007 |
Nicole Oswell was a straight-A student passionately interested since first grade in following in her mother's footsteps as a registered nurse. But she had to wait two years to get into Los Angeles Trade Tech's nursing program, she said, her frustration mounting as national nursing shortages worsened. Lizbeth Gutierrez got lucky. Her wait was only six months.
May 27, 2007 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- From Ukraine to Ecuador, scores of young maids and dishwashers are having trouble getting U.S. visas this spring -- and that means trouble in Yosemite Valley. "I've been making beds and scrubbing showers," said Tracy Rogge, vice president of operations for park concessionaire Delaware North Cos. The chief operating officer "cleaned toilets and bagged groceries. Our director of finance was making burgers. This really caught us off-guard." Laura Chastain, recruiting manager for Delaware North, estimates that she is 300 employees short.