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On Thanksgiving We Give Thanks to Working Families, to Immigrant Working Families

On Thanksgiving We Give Thanks to Working Families, to Immigrant Working Families

By on Nov 27, 2014 in News |

    The end of November is here once again, in what has become a tradition throughout the United States to gather with family and friends and enjoy pleasant moments, food, smiles and conversations.  Many homes will engage in reflection, some deeper than others, on why they are thankful and warrants their family’s gratitude. Health, family, a roof over one’s head, jobs; these are just some of the most common things people include of their list of blessings.  Rarely does society focus on the contribution of different sectors in the population to our wellbeing as something for which to give thanks.  We hope to highlight the contribution of working families, especially immigrant working families as a reason warranting our gratitude. Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center gives thanks to working families on this special day and beyond this holiday by consistently supporting the transformation of our society to achieve more just and equitable communities.  We urge families to reflect on this. The “Texas Miracle”, a phenomenon many of our politicians are quick to make reference to when speaking of Texas, is in large due to the construction industry with record amounts of projects in every major urban area of the state.   There are close to one million construction workers who build our state.  They labor in the most dangerous state to work in construction, with the most deaths on the job than any other field in any other state. Construction companies, contractors, subcontractors and society have another reason to be grateful this November. It is thanks to the construction workers the construction industry has managed to grow at the pace it has, making an estimated $54 billion a year.  Without Texan construction workers our state would not flourish as it has.   We should give thanks to the men and women who labor every day to build our state, from roads to schools, government buildings, private businesses and homes.  In giving thanks to Texan construction workers we should acknowledge that about half of them labor in our state without documents. In other words, without immigrant workers our state would be unable to build itself. Beyond Thanksgiving we should demonstrate our gratitude by supporting and prioritizing the transformation of the construction industry...

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Picket Line Against Wage Theft at D Wilson Construction Company

Picket Line Against Wage Theft at D Wilson Construction Company

By on Sep 17, 2014 in News |

The Cement Workers’ Committee of Fuerza del Valle will be protesting at D. Wilson Construction Company on Thursday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m. Wage theft has plagued various construction sites under D Wilson Construction Company’s management. Dozens of workers have yet to be paid for the construction work completed at our schools in Pharr-SanJuan-Alamo, Sharyland, Los Fresnos, Harlingen and for constructing the Clark Knapp Honda car dealership in Pharr, Texas. We demand an end to the practice of wage theft and for the workers to be paid their wages. If you work, you should get a decent wage, no question asked. Stand with the Cement Workers’ Committee and the Workers’ Center on September 25th as we let D Wilson Construction Company and McAllen know that we will fight wage theft and demand human rights for working...

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This Labor Day, let us reflect on unpaid labor in the Rio Grande Valley

This Labor Day, let us reflect on unpaid labor in the Rio Grande Valley

By on Sep 1, 2014 in News |

As people enjoy time at the beach or barbequing for Labor Day, Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center urges society to reflect on the most vulnerable sectors of the modern day workforce, those who do not get paid for their work. We urge residents in the Rio Grande Valley to consider and partake in action to curb such labor abuse. Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center, a low wage worker organization dedicated to educating, advocating, and organizing with working families to transform exploitative relationships in the workforce, has been responding to the need of many unprotected workers when it comes to labor abuse. Fuerza del Valle provides the tools necessary for workers to fight back unpaid labor and other abuses through weekly “Know Your Rights Clinics” and vigorous outreach. These “clinics” consist of brief wage theft orientations, basic labor law and tools to solve wage claims. They are kept alive with Fuerza del Valle members, volunteers and ally organization such as La Union del Pueblo Entero, South Texas Civil Rights Project, Mano A Mano promotoras amongst others. Through these orientations the Workers’ Center has managed to capture a glimpse of poverty in the Rio Grande Valley reflecting the reality the economist Paul Osterman highlights when he states the RGV is home to the lowest-paid workers in the country. A quarter of workers in the Rio Grande Valley is not even paid the minimum wage (a poverty wage), taking only an average of $6.19 or less an hour home (a sub-poverty wage). The average wage for adults is $8.14 an hour. No wonder cities in the Valley routinely make annual lists for Nation’s Poorest year after year. While the Valley’s economy has continued to be praised and lauded for its ability to thrive as the rest of the country took a downturn in the economic recession, the reality is businesses may be faring well but working families are actually only scraping by. More needs to be done by legislators at all levels of government in order to fight poverty and transform our current state. The Workers’ Center has documented hundreds of incidents involving wage theft (over 150 this year so alone) and helped file suit in many situations involving subminimum wages. There...

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Brownsville Humanitarian Vigil: In Solidarity With Refugees and Immigrants

Brownsville Humanitarian Vigil: In Solidarity With Refugees and Immigrants

By on Aug 5, 2014 in News |

Join the struggle for immigration rights and demand that all families live safely and securely without fear of separation. Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center is a proud and active participant of the Human Rights Coalition of South Texas which, through their initiative, the Humanity is Borderless Campaign, are organizing the National Humanitarian Vigil on August 9th in Mission, TX. The Vigil will be in solidarity with immigrants in our nation and refugees fleeing violence from their home countries. Let our government know that they have an obligation to this country. We demand humane immigration policies for those fleeing from violence from Central America and regions of Mexico, and extend Deferred Action to longtime, hardworking settled families who are under fear of deportation. This is a human rights issue and it is our human and moral responsibility to stand with our brothers and sisters. The Brownsville Vigil will begin at 8:00 pm at2505 International Blvd, Brownsville TX 78521. To participate in this nationwide movement and for more information, please visit humanityisborderless.org/join/. Use the tag #iamborderless to join the...

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National Humanitarian Vigil In Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants

National Humanitarian Vigil In Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants

By on Aug 4, 2014 in News |

Join the struggle for immigration rights and  demand that all families  live safely and securely without fear of separation.  Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center is a proud and active participant of the Human Rights Coalition of South Texas which, through their initiative, the Humanity is Borderless Campaign, are organizing the National Humanitarian Vigil on August 9th in Mission, TX. The Vigil will be in solidarity with  immigrants in our nation and refugees fleeing violence from their home countries. Let our government know that they have an obligation to this country. We demand humane immigration policies for those fleeing from violence from Central America and regions of Mexico, and extend Deferred Action to longtime, hardworking settled families who are under fear of deportation. This is a human rights issue and it is our human and moral responsibility to stand with our brothers and sisters. We will be gathering at 8:00 pm at 117 E Tom Landry St. in Mission, TX.  Please wear white. To participate in this nationwide movement and for more information, please visit humanityisborderless.org/join/. Use the tag #iamborderless to join the...

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Stop Unpaid Labor: Picket Line at Clark Knapp Honda in Pharr

Stop Unpaid Labor: Picket Line at Clark Knapp Honda in Pharr

By on Jul 14, 2014 in News |

Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Clark Knapp Honda in Pharr  900 N Sugar Road, Pharr, TX 78577 The Cement Workers’ Committee of Fuerza del Valle is calling on allies and supporters to come out and demand that businesses that benefit from unpaid labor be held accountable. Over sixty cement workers have not been paid from work completed at various construction sites in the Valley including Clark Knapp Honda in Pharr.  Since they have benefited from the work completed by the cement workers, we will take the fight to them again for  the second time and demand that local businesses be free of unpaid labor when creating their wealth.  Workers labored for weeks and received no pay. Clark Knapp Honda along with PSJA ISD, Los Fresnos ISD, Sharyland ISD and the construction company in charge of this project, D Wilson Construction, have all benefited from the work completed by the cement workers. We demand full pay for all work performed. We demand that workers in the Rio Grande Valley who are building our schools and businesses be treated with the respect they...

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