June 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Anita Herrera spent years cleaning offices in San Diego, but her boss never gave her a legally required lunch and rest break during a seven-hour shift. When she eventually asked for a breather, her employer cut her hours. So, in 2009, Herrera filed a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner's Office. Investigators corroborated the allegation and got a court order requiring her former employer to pay her $20,000 in penalties for the wage-and-hour law violations.
May 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The state Assembly passed and sent the Senate a bill aimed at protecting immigrant workers, who complain about pay and working conditions. The measure, AB 263 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, passed on a 52-22 vote on Thursday. 'Better burger' chains beef up Hernandez said the legislation is needed to prevent bosses from threatening or actually calling federal agents after a worker, who entered the country illegally, has filed a complaint. "Those that are greatly affected come from the most vulnerable sectors, such as in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and service industries," he said.
May 14, 2013 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee amended the sweeping immigration bill Tuesday to tighten student visa rules in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. The committee, which is trying to get through the 844-page bill by the end of the week, also fended off changes that threatened to derail the delicate compromise reached by a bipartisan group of eight senators who drafted the legislation. The lengthy meeting of the committee unfolded as a core group of House Republicans turned up the volume against the immigration overhaul.
May 1, 2013 |
Poets have been called the "unacknowledged legislators of the world. " (A poet, naturally, coined the phrase.) On Wednesday, a cross-section of L.A. musical street poets and activists -- including members of the bands Ozomatli, Quetzal, La Santa Cecilia, Las Cafeteras and La Chamba -- will be taking part in the May Day International Workers Day and Immigration Reform March in downtown Los Angeles. As they explained at a Tuesday morning press conference, they're urging others to march with them, and they hope to inspire legislators in Washington, D.C., to get busy enacting comprehensive immigration reform and extending human rights protections to migrant workers.
March 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Key senators trying to negotiate an agreement on immigration reform were divided Sunday on how close they are to reaching a consensus on the legislation. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), touting a compromise on work visas brokered Friday by union officials and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, predicted that a bipartisan plan could be announced as soon as next week, when the Senate returns from a two-week recess. But Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
March 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Labor and business leaders have agreed to a plan for setting wages for low-skilled immigrant workers, possibly ending a scuffle that delayed negotiations in the Senate over a sweeping plan to overhaul the country's immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, officials involved in the talks said. Senators drafting the bill are reviewing the compromise, worked out Friday by representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, and have not yet decided to include it in their bill, the officials said.