Archive for November, 2010

Binational guestworker unions: moving guestworkers into the house of labor

November 29, 2010

In the mid-1990s, Francisco Hernandez Juarez, head of the Mexican telephone workers’ union, proposed the establishment of “an International Union for Migrant Workers.” (1) This idea never came to fruition, but the recent success of three unions in organizing groups of agricultural guestworkers (2) again raises the question of how unions might best represent workers who cross borders for employment.

Agricultural guestworkers are temporary employees hired in their home country who travel to the host country to work for a limited period of time. Under U.S. and Canadian immigration laws, agricultural guestworkers are intended to fill positions when a shortage of domestic workers exists. (3) Each country’s guestworker program includes provisions that make guestworkers more expensive to hire than workers already in the host country; the goal is to ensure that domestic workers and labor standards are not undermined.

Binational guestworker unions: moving guestworkers into the house of labor | Fordham Urban Law Journal | Find Articles at BNET

Migrant workers ‘left without rights’

November 24, 2010

Migrant workers ‘left without rights’ | World news | Guardian Weekly

Israeli town launches campaign against foreign workers

November 24, 2010

Israeli town launches campaign against foreign workers – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Canada may hire agricultural workers from Bangladesh

November 23, 2010

Canada may hire agricultural workers from Bangladesh | BD News Live

Students work with and for migrant workers

November 18, 2010

Students work with and for migrant workers | Kansan.com

Saudi Arabia: Death sentence for migrant worker

November 18, 2010

Death sentence for migrant worker – In Depth – Al Jazeera English

India: Migrant workers live in ‘hell’

November 18, 2010

Migrant workers live in ‘hell’ – Hindustan Times

Surge of Deportations Endangers Migrant Youth Abandoned in Mexico

November 4, 2010

“Children of the Exodus:” Surge of Deportations Endangers Migrant Youth Abandoned in Mexico