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Latino Coalition for Workers Rights

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It is not at an overstatement to say that the ongoing recession has had a devastating impact on the U.S. economy. Yet, even prior to the recession despite growing rates of productivity working class people were not being adequately rewarded for the work they do and the contributions that they make. Wages were being frozen; health care costs were skyrocketing while access to health care benefits was being reduced; and all kinds of workplace violations were going unchecked a particularly troublesome trend for the Latino community because of where its workforce is concentrated, especially its immigrant workforce.

Latinos are more likely to be injured on the job or actually risk the loss of life. In the case of some industries, like the U.S. meatpacking and poultry, reports indicate an actual human rights crisis. Latinos are also suffering disproportionately from other related critical economic developments that include loss of employment, food insecurity, loss of health insurance and foreclosure of their homes.

The state of the economy is complex and cannot be blamed on any one factor, but on a combination of factors including an over-valued U.S. dollar, a dysfunctional health care system and the high cost of the top 10 percent of wage earners that make about 77 times that of the bottom 90 percent. Latino wages are even more dismal in comparison.

Unions bring benefits to Latino workers in terms of:

Better wages
Access to Health Benefits and Retirement Pensions
Input in the workplace
Access to legal counsel
Improved working conditions
Access to education and training

The Goals of the Latino Coalition for Workers Rights (LCWR) are simple:


To educate the Latino community around the issue of their right to organize; what the “Employee Free Choice Actwould do to facilitate that process and why it is deemed necessary so as to gain their support.
To develop leadership within the Latino community to ensure that Latino workers understand their rights and can defend themselves in the workplace.
To develop leadership within the Latino rank and file who belong to a union so as to increase their advocacy role and visibility within the unions.

For more information about this important coalition, please contact:

Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

815 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-508-6919 (phone)
202-508-6922 (fax)
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