Wages

Immigration

Immigrants are Vital to Our Communities

A few months back workers were let go from their jobs at a local processing plant in Iowa due to discrepancies with their immigration status. I started to get calls on a cold Monday in January. Workers were in a … Continued

Politics

Food workers struggle for justice with tomato pickers in Immokalee

Earlier this month, I along with a few workers from the Midwest joined hundreds of protesters and Immokalee workers in Tampa, Florida.  This effort to bring more attention to the plight of food workers started in the northeast and made … Continued

Immigration

I-9 Verification, riddled with errors, continues to hurt American workers

In 2005, the US initiated the I-9 verification program for employers. The I-9 Form is used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to verify an employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. Mandatory verification is not good … Continued

Food Justice

Temp agencies make job security tough for meatpacking workers

Temporary work agencies have been popping up all over the country. I did a Google search for agencies in Iowa alone and came back with 53,000 results.  As I talk to workers, many of them say they are finding work, … Continued

Immigration

Chinese Labor and American Immigration

Rumor has it the end of cheap labor is coming to China. I really doubt that is true, but at least it is looking better for some Chinese workers in terms of receiving something similar to fair wages. We know … Continued

Economy

It’s Morning in America Again

I love those mornings! You know the type of morning I’m talking about. The kind of morning when you wake up early and you have the whole day ahead of you. The sun is slowly rising in the east and … Continued

Isolation Bad, Globalization Good

I don’t think isolationism should influence American foreign policy and here’s why: The rise of isolationist foreign policies is in response to globalization. And Why? When our American economy competes globally, so does our individual income. In result, how much … Continued