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Transcript of PWC PROJECT
Pilipino Workers Center
What is labor?
Immigrants and Labor
Low wage work
Labor: human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy
Shift in the economy
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Who is Larry Itliong?
Workers, Caregivers, and nannies are currently fighting for their voices to be heard.
Justice for Janitors
What was going on during the 1970's-1980's?
Factories were closing down and what was left of the motor industry, tire industry, and other high paying jobs were being sent overseas.
We went from a manufacturing based economy to one that is service based
This was due to globalization, deregulation, and a change in what types of jobs were needed in the economy.
Shift in the Economy
what is the Federal Minimum wage?
What is the State Minimum wage?
We are not just low wage earners fighting for our paychecks....
WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR:
The significance of the fire today :
We each have a different story as individual workers, but together we are fighting for better working conditions, fair pay, and a safer working environment.
Looking at our
the issues and events that have
Can help us identify solutions...
A fire occurred on March 25, 1911. This was the deadliest workplace accident in the history in the city of New York prior to 9/11.
146 people died, mainly young women and teens.
Women in their teens, girls as young as 10 were working in the factory. They belonged to immigrant families who arrived from Italy, Russia, and Poland by natural disaster, persecution, and for a chance for a better life.
Families had chosen America for its promise of a better future, similar to the immigrants of today.
Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time--in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
Did you know?...
New workplace regulations were implemented
EXIT doors opened "out" instead of "in"
Sprinklers were now installed
Metal fire escapes were created to withstand heat
It shaped how we deal with worker safety today
Lets us know that the issues of worker safety are not forgotten
What is organized labor?
BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS
A SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT
RECOGNITION AS PEOPLE AND NOT AS ROBOTS
A VOICE TO HELP END WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, GENDER, RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND IMMIGRATION STATUS
Organized labor happens when workers come together that may be from the same industry, share similar skills, and above all, share the same struggle for the fight for
Examples of organized labor:
WORKER CENTERS, like the one you are all apart of: PWC
The Rise of Immigration
The story of the immigrant experience...
Immigrants have brought cultural, social, and economic growth to America.
Immigrants helped shape the foundations of our labor history.
There is a backlash against immigration despite all of this.
There are restrictive Immigration laws.
And because immigrants are excluded from labor laws, it makes it harder to protect them from exploitation .
Organized labor, through strikes, marches, rallies, pickets, and using personal stories of worker's own injustices, have all given light to the issues in the workplace.
Without organized labor, we would not have been able to get :
The FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT in 1938 (which is one of the biggest accomplishments for labor)
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) established:
The 8 hour work day
Minimum wage and overtime laws
Child labor laws
Ellis Island was an entryway into America for Immigrants
Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island (1892-1954)
Immigrants also helped shape one of the largest and most successful labor movements ever:
The United Farm Workers Movement
In 1965 there was the first wave of Filipinos to the United States, known as manongs — who under Larry Itliong and 1,000 other field laborers began the grape strike that set the stage for the boycott that would lead Cesar Chavez and thousands of farmworker families to create the nation’s pioneering agricultural labor union, the United Farm Workers.
The UFW has had a positive effect on the entire American labor movement. Their example in winning rights for the poorest and least-protected workers has inspired other unions to return to the task of continuing to organize
ALL WORK IS VALUABLE
We must not stop fighting to end this war on low wage work.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
For two decades, SEIU's Justice for Janitors (J4J) movement has helped low-wage workers and immigrant workers who clean buildings in major cities and suburbs achieve social and economic justice and earn broad-based support from the public as well as religious, political and community leaders.
With "One Industry, One Union, One Contract" serving as both a campaign slogan and an organizing strategy, the Justice for Janitors campaign coordinated efforts nationally and internationally to raise wages and increase basic benefits and job security for janitors.
Justice for Janitors
Although there are wage and hour laws that pertain to employees, there is a struggle to enforce these laws within the immigrant community.
Immigrants are constantly exploited and taken advantage of and are excluded from policies that would grant them greater protection.
EXCLUDED FROM FSLA
Agricultural workers and Domestic Workers