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New Workers’ Center targets labor abuses

The Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues is opening two Workers’ Center locations where immigrants can learn their rights and gain religious, union, community and legal support in fighting for their rights and organizing at their work places. Join them at a kick-off event!

New Workers’ Center targets labor abuses against Chicago’s most exploited workforce!

When: Friday, February 22, 2002 at 10 a.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2649 North Francisco Avenue (off of Diversey)

What: The Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues is opening two Workers’ Center locations where immigrants can learn their rights and gain religious, union, community and legal support in fighting for their rights and organizing at their work places. Staff, volunteers and attorneys will educate workers and link workers interested in organizing with labor unions, assist with filing cases with various government agencies and if necessary, file lawsuits.

Who: Ricardo Veisaga, an undocumented worker who was trafficked within the U.S., will be joined at this press conference by 26th Ward Alderman Billy Ocasio and Workers Center advocates.

Ricardo quotes (translated from Spanish to English): "I left my home country, I was very aware of what it meant to be an immigrant. I fell victim to an organized mafia dedicated to exploiting human beings. I was made to work 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week. I slept on a floor with no blankets and was locked in my room throughout the night. After escaping, I connected with Jose from the Chicago Interfaith Committee. Jose helped me file a claim for back wages and connected me with legal services. The Committee’s work is so important. So many people in this country have no clue as to the abuses immigrant workers face. The Interfaith Committee brings these abuses to light."

Why: The Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues recently completed an in-depth survey of community, religious, immigration and labor organizations. All of these organizations cited that the majority of Chicago area workers, especially undocumented, suffer unsafe and unhealthy working conditions while earning extremely low wages and receiving no benefits.

What’s Next? On March 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. the public is invited to the grand opening of the Workers’ Center at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square. The celebration will feature live entertainment, food and fun!

The Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues strives to educate and mobilize the religious community on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for Chicago area workers and support the role of collective bargaining in a democratic society.

For more info, contact: Jose Oliva 773-728-8400
www.nicwj.org
 
 

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