WBEZ | workers rights http://www.wbez.org/tags/workers-rights Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Will Working Families Flexibility Act hurt local employees? http://www.wbez.org/news/will-working-families-flexibility-act-hurt-local-employees-107088 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Working Families Flexibility_130508_sh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Alyssa Carabez has been working at restaurants to put herself through school. Her job regularly scheduled her to work when she was suppose to be in school, forcing her to make a difficult choice between missing class or getting fired.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1406/text">The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013</a>&nbsp;wich was&nbsp;passed in the U.S. House of Represenatives and is on it&#39;s way to the Senate, sounds like the sort of thing that would help her balance education and a job. The bill allows employers to give their workers comp time instead of overtime pay, as long as the worker agrees.</p><p dir="ltr">But many workers worry they&rsquo;ll be pressured by employers to take the comp time and sacrifice overtime pay.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know if other workers would feel comfortable given the intimidation behind it,&rdquo; said Carabez.</p><p dir="ltr">Melissa Josephs is a policy director at Chicago&rsquo;s Women Employed. She says since the employer must approve when the comp time is taken, the employees won&rsquo;t necessarily be able to use it when they need it.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;[Workers] may wind up not only not getting the money they deserve, but they might not even get the comp time,&rdquo; says Josephs.</p><p dir="ltr">Josephs also says the law would be difficult to enforce. Only about 6% of private sector employees are unionized and the Department of Labor is already strained to follow up on worker complaints.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/shannon_h">@</a><a href="http://www.twitter.com/shannon_h">shannon</a>_h</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Correction: This report previously reported that the legislation had passed the U.S. Congress; however, it has only passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Corrections have been made in the text.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/will-working-families-flexibility-act-hurt-local-employees-107088 Ground Shifters: Women and girls in Bolivia and Mexico struggle for justice and rights http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-27/ground-shifters-women-and-girls-bolivia-and-mexico-struggle-justice-and- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/jean.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, <em>Worldview</em> presents part of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/jean-friedman-rudovsky-chronicles-%E2%80%98women-warriors%E2%80%99-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-and-bol">Jean Friedman-Rudovsky’s</a> series on women and girls in Bolivia and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico called <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ground-shifters-stories-women-changing-unseen-worlds" target="_blank"><em>Ground Shifters: Stories of Women Changing Unseen Worlds</em></a>. It was part of an ongoing collaboration between WBEZ and the <a href="http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Institute_for_the_Study_of_Women_and_Gender_in_the_Arts_and_Media/">Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women &amp; Gender in the Arts &amp; Media</a> as part of the project "Gender, Human Rights, Leadership, and Media".</p><p>First, in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez, close to 1,500 women were disappeared over a decade.<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span>We'll hear <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-13/ground-shifters-%E2%80%98justice-buried%E2%80%99-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-91917" target="_blank">a profile of Marisela Ortiz</a>, an activist who’s spent years fighting for justice for families of what's known as "femicide". Then, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/ground-shifters-%E2%80%98locked-organized%E2%80%99-la-paz-bolivia-91979" target="_blank">we travel</a> to a women’s prison in La Paz, Bolivia. This prison is a miniature city—with shops, businesses, a school and even a union. We find out how its inmates exercise their rights to improve their communal home. Finally, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-16/%E2%80%98ground-shifters%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98girls-gauntlets%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-children-unionizing-bolivia-92051" target="_blank">we meet Ana, Brigida and Noemí</a>, young girls in La Paz, Bolivia who are proud to work. In fact, they've unionized, along with more than one hundred thousand child workers across Latin America.</p></p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-27/ground-shifters-women-and-girls-bolivia-and-mexico-struggle-justice-and- Worldview 12.27.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-27/girls-front-page.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, <em>Worldview</em> presents installments from <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ground-shifters-stories-women-changing-unseen-worlds" target="_blank"><em>Ground Shifters: Stories of Women Changing Unseen Worlds</em></a>, a series about women and girls in Bolivia and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/jean-friedman-rudovsky-chronicles-%E2%80%98women-warriors%E2%80%99-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-and-bol">Jean Friedman-Rudovsky</a>. It is part of an ongoing collaboration between WBEZ and the <a href="http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Institute_for_the_Study_of_Women_and_Gender_in_the_Arts_and_Media/">Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women &amp; Gender in the Arts &amp; Media</a>. Close to 1,500 women in Ciudad Juárez have been disappeared in the last decade. Friedman-Rudovsky <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-13/ground-shifters-%E2%80%98justice-buried%E2%80%99-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-91917" target="_blank">profiles Marisela Ortiz</a>, an activist who’s spent years fighting for families of what's known as "femicide." And, <em>Ground Shifters </em>examines a women’s prison in La Paz, Bolivia that functions almost like a miniature city. It has shops, businesses, a school and even a union. Finally, Friedman-Rudovsky<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/jean-friedman-rudovsky-chronicles-%E2%80%98women-warriors%E2%80%99-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-and-bol"> meets </a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-16/%E2%80%98ground-shifters%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98girls-gauntlets%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-children-unionizing-bolivia-92051" target="_blank">Ana, Brigida and Noemí</a>, young girls in La Paz, Bolivia who are among the 100,000 unionized child workers in Latin America.</p></p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122711 Analyzing the rights of migrant workers who cross the U.S. southern border http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/analyzing-rights-migrant-workers-who-cross-us-southern-border-85898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-01/57406237.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The first of this month marked "May Day". Many only know May 1st as a Soviet celebration with a procession of tanks, missiles, and soldiers. But as many Chicagoans know, the day’s historic significance has to do with labor. Most nations still use it to celebrate the rights of workers.</p><p>Today we’ll reflect on May Day issues with a conversation rooted in the rights of migrant workers who cross our southern border.</p><p>Jacob Lesniewski is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. His research focuses on improving work conditions for immigrant and other low-wage workers. He’s also an organizer for the group <a href="http://www.arisechicago.org">Arise Chicago</a>, an Interfaith group focused on worker issues. And Oscar Chacon is Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American &amp; Caribbean Communities knows as (<a href="http://www.nalacc.org/index.php?id=68&amp;L=1">NALACC</a>). Oscar’s dedicated to the pursuit of social and economic justice across borders, for migrant communities. Both participated last month in a conference at the University of Chicago titled, “<a href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/aboutssa/migrant_rights.shtml">Migrant Rights in an Era of Globalization: The Mexico-U.S. Case</a>.”</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/analyzing-rights-migrant-workers-who-cross-us-southern-border-85898