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Federal government to day laborers: We're here to help
Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/1/10 | Matt O'Brien

Posted on 04/01/2010 6:02:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

CONCORD — A crew of federal officials wandering into a day labor hiring zone used to mean one thing: time to leave.

Not the case Thursday morning on Monument Boulevard. Armed with coffee, not handcuffs, investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor chatted warmly with Latino immigrant workers about how to find jobs without being exploited.

"We're the feds, but the good ones," said Paul Ramirez, speaking in Spanish inside the Michael Chavez Center, a gathering spot for day laborers. "We're here to help workers."

The unprecedented visit was part of a campaign to bring long-established workplace protections to the nation's most vulnerable and underpaid workers, including those who have no legal right to be living in the United States.

"Documented or not, the law is: If you work certain hours, you are owed certain money," Ramirez told the small crowd. Met at first with apprehension, the Brentwood native captivated his audience of men from Mexico and Central America as he told of tending tomatoes, onions, asparagus and cucumbers as a young California field hand. Now an enforcer of workplace rules, he advised what to do when contractors skirt the law.

"We already knew some of these things, but now we feel more comfortable, more support," said laborer Gilberto Villanueva, who came to the East Bay eight years ago from southern Mexico. "It's good that they came."

There was nothing new about the standards Ramirez mentioned: minimum wage, overtime, sick leave. But none of the workers had heard this before from a federal agent. "We've always been very active in the community, but now we're becoming more vocal, more transparent," said Susana Rincon, Bay Area director of the labor agency's wage and hour division. "Other than that, the message is the same."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; daylaborers; federalgovernment; fubo; hispandering; illegalimmigration; squattersupportsquad; traitors
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To: Kimberly GG

Yes I did - and forwarded it - thanks


21 posted on 04/01/2010 7:48:25 PM PDT by Ladycalif ("If you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." Jesus)
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To: NormsRevenge
I think of two words for people that aid and abet invaders.
They are Quisling and Vichy !

More?

22 posted on 04/01/2010 7:50:37 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: NormsRevenge

We are borrowing money from foreigners to fund this Democrat voter outreach program.


23 posted on 04/01/2010 8:22:10 PM PDT by qwertypie
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


24 posted on 04/01/2010 10:29:09 PM PDT by HiJinx (Angels are found where you least expect them; let them comfort you.)
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To: Kimberly GG

“The unprecedented visit was part of a campaign to bring long-established workplace protections to the nation’s most vulnerable and underpaid workers, including those who have no legal right to be living in the United States.”

So the bottom line is that our government is spending more tax dollars to coddle law breakers?? Is that about it???

We are in deeeeeep doo doo.


25 posted on 04/02/2010 8:13:25 AM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Kimberly GG; AuntB; Tennessee Nana; stephenjohnbanker; ZULU; indylindy
The awareness campaign, called "We Can Help," is being led by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, a former Southern California congresswoman who joined the Obama administration early last year. She said she has added more than 250 field investigators, bringing the total to nearly 1,000 nationwide, about the same as at the beginning of the Bush administration.

And their job is to help the illegals. Another Obama appointee who hates America.

26 posted on 04/02/2010 2:50:38 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Too angry to post.


27 posted on 04/02/2010 3:12:12 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Let’s channel our anger to vote these traitors out in November!


28 posted on 04/02/2010 3:49:37 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; All

Yes indeed! And sign up to “monitor” the polling places!


29 posted on 04/02/2010 3:54:39 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Documented or not, the law is:
________________________________________

called RICO

called Immigration..


30 posted on 04/02/2010 4:16:03 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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