On this May Day LCLAA Honors Latino and Immigrant Workers - LCLAA

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As We Continue to Advocate for Social Justice for Working Families Across Our Nation

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March 5, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                             Contact: Andrea Arenas: aarenas@lclaa.org

 

WashingtonD.C.- May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day is a date aimed at commemorating and paying tribute to all workers in all occupations, and across the world. Furthermore it represents a turning point in workers’ rights, dating back to the 1880’s when organized labor in the United States was able to win a battle declaring the 8-hour workday.

For over a decade now, this date has turned into an opportunity for the immigrant community in our nation to organize and mobilize in pursuit of higher salaries, better working conditions, minimum wage and for an end to discriminatory practices against immigrants and minorities. 

Despite all the accomplishments, Latino and immigrant workers still face many challenges: this minority is overrepresented in industries that typically pay less than the average wage. Furthermore, Latino and immigrant workers continue to be at increased risk of dying on the job, with a fatality rate that remains higher than the national average for all workers. LCLAA is committed to continue working towards improving working conditions for our sisters and brothers. 

“Today we remember our sisters and brothers who have bravely fought to bring about social and labor justice. We thank them for their dedication and loyalty to our community, and commend those young workers who are still in la lucha every single day,” said Yanira Merino, LCLAA National President.But Despite all our efforts, we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we must ensure that Latino and immigrant workers have access to information regarding their safety at work, as well as their rights to a fair salary. These are just a few simple steps we need to take to guarantee justice and equality for Latino and immigrant workers.”

“In 2017, 903 of our sisters and brothers died on the job. Latino and immigrant workers are often victims of workplace accidents that are completely avoidable like falls or contact with dangerous equipment, said Hector Sanchez Barba, LCLAA Executive Director. “We must address these issues, and the best way to do so is by advocating and educating our community about their rights and holding employers responsible for workers’ safety.”

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