We need volunteers with transportation 9am-12pm to help day laborers distribute flyers to help promote the Worker Center. Participants will meet at the MLK Worker Center at 240 MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland at 9am.
Flyering will be ongoing starting April 10th and will be done every other Wednesday.
Click this link if you are interested.
Contact Francisco our Worker Center Coordinator if you have more questions: 503-234-2043 or his email: email@example.com
This is a brief update on the hearing in the House Business and Labor Committee on our package of the Wage Theft bills (HB 2976, HB 2977, and HB 3142) March 13th, 2013. The hearing room was so packed (with supporters and opposition, mainly from temp agencies) that the majority of us were in an overflow room. Because of the sheer volume of community members signed up, testimonies were cut off before everyone had a chance to speak. A number of workers did a wonderful job testifying about their experiences around wage theft. Romeo Sosa, Executive Director of Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project and Ignacio Paramo, Director of the MLK Jr. Worker Center, testified at the hearing along with allies and partner organizations in the Oregon Coalition to End Wage Theft. These folks included Lee Mercer (Main Street Alliance), Karen Nettler (Oregon Center for Christian Voices), Janet Bauer (Oregon Center for Public Policy), Michael Dale (Northwest Workers’ Justice Project), and Ramon Ramirez (PCUN).
This is the first step in winning institutional change to better protect workers and their rights. The hearing was successful in establishing that wage theft is a serious problem that significantly affects our families on a daily basis. We need a solution. The temp agencies were well prepared and expressed their opinion on how the legislation would hurt good employers. Our allies from NWWJP and the Coalition plan write to the committee to address misunderstandings of the bills’ language and propose solutions.
Thank you to all the workers, community members, and people who turned out to testify and who showed the strength of the working class.
Seven day laborer leaders joined Voz staff for our annual leadership retreat March 1st- 3rd in Colton, Oregon. Three of the seven day laborer leaders are newly elected members of our Day Laborer Committee, half of our Board of Directors.
The retreat was designed to share an intensive leadership training so that our day laborer leaders are as knowledgeable and helpful to their fellow day laborers as they can be. The first of many workshops presented focused on organizing, education and mobilization. A second workshop covered our work on comprehensive immigration reform. Another looked at ways to better market the day laborer center. Lauren Norris, member of our Executive Committee along with Aurelia Sanchez López facilitated a workshop on Gender and Sexuality that prompted the idea of an annual International Women’s Day event at Voz. Over the course of the retreat day laborers took turn fixing meals, which everyone felt was a pleasant addition.