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Posted: 1/22/2006 10:04:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 10:12:38 PM EDT by 89grand]
Too bad, some illegal aliens have apparently done some work and haven't got paid.

Who gives a fuck, that's what the filthy fuckers deserve.

Day-labor issue widespread in U.S.
Workers surveyed around the nation

Steven Greenhouse
New York Times
Jan. 22, 2006 12:00 AM

The first nationwide study on day laborers has found that such workers are a nationwide phenomenon, with 117,600 people gathering at more than 500 hiring sites to look for work on a typical day.

The survey found that three-fourths of day laborers were illegal immigrants and that more than half said employers had cheated them on wages in the previous two months.

The study found that 49 percent of day laborers were employed by homeowners and 43 percent by construction contractors. They were found to be employed most frequently as construction laborers, landscapers, painters, roofers and drywall installers.
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The study, based on interviews with 2,660 workers at 264 hiring sites in 20 states and the District of Columbia, found that day laborers earned a median of $10 an hour and $700 month. The study said that only a small number earned more than $15,000 a year.

The professors who conducted the study said the most surprising finding was the pervasiveness of wage violations and dangerous conditions that day laborers faced.

"We were disturbed by the incredibly high incidence of wage violations," said one of the study's authors, Nik Theodore of the University of Illinois-Chicago. "We also found a very high level of injuries."

Forty-nine percent of those interviewed said that in the previous two months an employer had not paid them for one or more days' work. Forty-four percent said some employers did not give them any breaks during the workday, while 28 percent said employers had insulted them.

Another of the study's authors, Abel Valenzuela Jr. of the University of California-Los Angeles, said: "This is a labor market that thrives on cheap wages and the fact that most of these workers are undocumented. They're in a situation where they're extremely vulnerable, and employers know that and take advantage of them."

In some communities, tensions have soared over day-labor sites, with complaints that the workers interrupt traffic, block sidewalks, trespass on store property and litter. In addition, the laborers have become the target of groups opposed to illegal immigrants.



The survey found that 59 percent of day laborers were from Mexico and 28 percent from Central America, while 7 percent were born in the United States. Sixty percent of immigrant workers said day labor was their first occupation in the United States.

The margin of error for the survey was not available.

While waiting for work Friday in the Pico Union section of Los Angeles, Cesar Ramirez, a 46-year-old from Mexico, said he had been hired only one day in the previous week.

He said he makes $15 an hour when he works on plumbing or electrical jobs, but $8 or $10 an hour when hired to do landscaping. Many weeks, he said, he does not earn enough to support his six children.



Ramirez said he had worked as a day laborer since arriving from Oaxaca, Mexico, four years ago. "I keep doing it because I can't find a permanent job."

He said a contractor had recently failed to pay more than $500 due him after he had spent five days doing electrical and plumbing work. Ramirez asked a workers' rights group to help him get paid, but he was unsuccessful because he did not have the contractor's name, telephone number or address.

Nearly three-fourths of the day laborers surveyed said they gathered at day-labor sites five or more days a week, with the average laborer finding work three to three and a half days a week. In good months, day laborers earn $1,400, the report found, and in bad months, $500.

The study said that the number of day laborers had soared because of the surge of immigrants, the boom in home building and renovation, the construction industry's growing use of temporary workers, and the volatility of the job market.



The study found that 73 percent said they were placed in hazardous working conditions, like digging ditches, working with chemicals, or on roofs or scaffolding. The report said that employers often put day laborers into dangerous jobs that regular workers were reluctant to do.

One-fifth said that in the past year they had suffered injuries requiring medical attention, and 60 percent of that group said their injuries caused them to miss more than a week of work.

"Day laborers continue to endure unsafe working conditions, mainly because they fear that if they speak up, complain, or otherwise challenge these conditions, they will either be fired or not paid for their work," the report said.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:22:05 PM EDT
You know, my give a damn just aint' kicking in on this. Can't support your 6 kids doing illegal work huh?
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:26:14 PM EDT
who the fuck cares, ban this thread
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:28:02 PM EDT


oops. more employers should take note of not paying thier slave labor.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:28:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 10:29:11 PM EDT by Airwolf]
Commit an illegal act setting foot in this country.

Commit God knows how many illegal acts in the course of living and working in this country.

Get fucked over by some asswipe that is willing to hire illegals.

Gee, one crook taking advantage of another. Cry me a fucking river.

Both your asses should be in prison.

Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:29:50 PM EDT
Who gives a shit. Slaves arent paid anyway.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:36:53 PM EDT
illegal aliens have more rights than we do, fbi will be on top of this so dont worry, they'll get there money
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:50:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 10:55:26 PM EDT by 82ndAbn]
you guys will fucking love THIS VIDEO then! edited ~ 82ndAbn
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 5:00:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 5:01:35 AM EDT by CMOS]

Forty-four percent said some employers did not give them any breaks during the workday, while 28 percent said employers had insulted them.



And um, that's a problem because? . . .

Sorry scumbag. You don't have a RIGHT to not be insulted.

CMOS
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 5:02:32 AM EDT
drip.

drip.

drip.

That was the sound of my heart bleeding...

...bile.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 5:15:37 AM EDT
Call the cops, illegals!
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:20:14 AM EDT
<bevis and butthead> he, he, he, hehehehehe, he, he, he, he he </bevis and buthead>
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