Migrant Workers Case Study

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Some issues facing migrant labor. Have unions addressed these issues? 5/10/09 Immigrant Workers and The American Unions In the 1930's a small group of migrant workers left their homes in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and migrated to the western United States. They were without homes, voting privileges, since the 1940's there have been thousands and thousands of immigrant workers brought from foreign countries, most of them from Mexico. Most of these workers are in agriculture and they receive very little if any legal representation. In the mid-60's Cesar Chavez organized a group of migrant that were mainly in California. In 1970 after the workers had done a nationwide boycott, had…show more content…
Another result of this rivalry was a decline in membership for the UFW, in the late 70's it had a membership of about 100,000, in 1996 its membership was about 24,000 this is a major decline for the UFW. In the state of Washington the Union Nacional de Trabajadores led an alliance of four labor groups accusing fruit growers of not paying overtime pay, not providing safe working conditions, and not allowing the workers to organize without the fear of some type of retribution. There were about 45,000 workers involved in the case. Through NAFTA the Mexican Unions now have two complaints, This case and another one that is about a the Sprint Cell Phone company improperly closing a plant in California while a unionization drive was going…show more content…
In America there are laws already in place to protect people from these conditions. The problem then lies in the fact that someone is not doing their job. The question is, why not? Does the immigrant worker not count as a human? Being? Are the people that are supposed to be enforcing these laws like OSHA prejudiced? Immigrant workers sometimes have their families with them, which include children. These innocent children have to live in these conditions also, where are the child protective services to protect these children from the people that allow these conditions to exist and the people that create
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