Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Workers' Rights Board: Exploitation of Immigrant Carpenters---A Portland Jobs With Justice Event

Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Charles Church Portland
5310 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon

Immigrant wood framers have been victims of rampant wage theft and exploitation in the midst of Portland’s construction boom. Over the past five years BOLI has received 148 prevailing-wage complaints and claims worth $1.12 million in Multnomah County alone. But workers are fighting back. They are organizing and demanding a raise to $27/hr on the principle that everyone deserves equal pay for equal work.

At the hearing we will hear testimony from:

-Local construction workers about why they organizing, current treatment and exploitation by contractors, and why they believe equity policies within the construction industry are so important,

-Wage theft experts who can place the rampant exploitation in the Portland-area within a broader context, and

-Immigrant rights advocates on the importance of protect immigrant workers.

At Portland Jobs with Justice, we truly believe that an injury to one is an injury to all, and that showing up in solidarity and supporting each other’s struggles is vital to building a successful labor movement. In that spirit, we hope that you will be able to attend this important hearing!

Free food, Spanish interpretation, and childcare will be available at the hearing. Email if you will need translation or childcare.

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