Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Workers rights violated in Bay Area.
I read with interest an article in the Chronicle about the Woodfin Suites Hotel in Emeryville. Who is served by labor dispute? / Workers fight for economic equity It is a clear case where an employer will hire illegals to do work knowing they have improper documentation, but get the benefit of a worker basically in wage bondage. And if that worker tries to better themselves with union representation, hide behind the law by having the workers present proper documentation for citizenship. Shame on companies and corporations for exploiting workers! I experienced this first hand in an organizational drive in Moreno Valley at an RV manufacturing plant. Thor Industries Inc During a union card authorization drive, Thor coincidentally decided to have a green card check, and the plant of 500 was primarily Latino workers. (As are many manufacturing outfits in SoCal) I could find no one who wanted to step forward so I could file NLRB charges against Thor, so we had to drop the campaign.