Millions more workers will be eligible for overtime under new federal rule

Today the Obama administration and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez unveil a new rule that expands eligibility for overtime pay. The new regulations increase the income threshold below which salaried workers must be paid time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 per week.

President Obama and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announce new overtime regulations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2016/05/17/millions-more-workers-would-be-eligible-for-overtime-pay-under-new-federal-rule/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_overtime-825pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

 

 

Helping New Orleans’ Workers Recover Stolen Wages

TakePart’s profile of the workers who came to help rebuild New Orleans 10 years ago and who remain, despite wage theft and discrimination. Their story is very much the heart of the Workplace Justice Project and the Wage Claim Clinic and is still an essential element of the landscape for low-wage workers in New Orleans.

Hector Carnero Mendoza in May 2015, inside a house he was helping to renovate. He says a previous employer owes him $2,000. (Photo Ben Depp)

http://www.takepart.com/feature/2015/08/17/new-orleans-wage-theft-katrina-reconstrutction

Chavez: ‘Migrant workers in the US deserve new laws’

“The newly-released film “Cesar Chavez” depicts the battles the civil rights leader fought while trying to start a union for migrant farm laborers in California in the early 1960s. The organization, now called United Farm Workers of America (UFW), continues to work across the country. Cesar Chavez died in 1993 at the age of 66.”

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Read more about the man and the film here

 

Mexico, U.S. Sign Agreement Aimed At Educating Migrant Workers About Labor Rights

“The labor secretaries for Mexico and the United States signed a joint declaration Thursday aimed at better informing Mexican workers about their protections under U.S. laws. The agreement arose from longstanding concerns Mexican officials had about its citizens who work in the United States, on employment visas, in the areas of agriculture, forestry, food packing, fairs and carnivals. The agreement calls for conducting educational and outreach efforts targeting the workers about their rights as well as the responsibilities of employers.”

A migrant farm worker from Mexico harvests organic zucchini while working at the Grant Family Farms on September 3, 2010 in Wellington, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A migrant farm worker from Mexico harvests organic zucchini while working at the Grant Family Farms on September 3, 2010 in Wellington, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Read more about the joint agreement as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor and Fox News Latino.

Cesar Chavez resolution waylaid

“What could have been a simple move in the Senate to honor the late labor activist Cesar Chavez got tangled up in a partisan dispute — over immigration. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) tried Monday evening to get unanimous consent for a resolution honoring the co-founder of what is now the United Farm Workers labor union. But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) promptly blocked the request.

Conservatives have noted that Chavez favored a tougher stance on immigration. | AP Photo

Conservatives have noted that Chavez favored a tougher stance on immigration. | AP Photo

“The influential farmworkers union [UFW] says it has been a consistent proponent of immigration reform — for instance, Huerta helped write the amnesty provisions of the 1986 immigration law under President Ronald Reagan that helped legalize 1 million farmworkers.

“Monday would have been Chavez’s 87th birthday, and President Barack Obama has designated the day as “Cesar Chavez Day” to be honored with service, community and education programs. Chavez died in 1993 at age 66.”

Read more here.