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Milk Cows Not Workers!

New York’s dairy production and processing industry generates $14 billion a year and is the star sector of the state’s agricultural economy.

Unfortunately, the immigrant workers who provide milking labor on which the industry heavily depends are themselves being “milked.”

The study, Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, is based upon a face-to-face survey with 88 workers across 53 different farms located in the Central, Northern, and Western regions of New York State.

Nine out of ten workers surveyed believe that their employers care more about the cows than about workers’ well-being.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Extreme Inequality and Opportunity in Houston’s Vibrant Restaurant Economy

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Houston’s latest report is the most comprehensive examination to date of the Houston-area restaurant industry.

Behind the Kitchen Door offers a vivid picture of the state of the industry and makes recommendations to improve Houston’s economic development, public health and workplace conditions for the city’s restaurant workers.

Houston is America’s fastest-growing city and its vibrant restaurant industry has been called the “most dynamic and diverse food and drink scene in the nation.” However, research indicates that the restaurant workers whose labor makes Houston’s growth possible are being left behind. The majority of restaurant jobs in Houston remain low-road jobs defined by low wages, few benefits, and poor working conditions.

A Social Profile of Brazilian Housecleaners in Massachusetts

The Brazilian Workers Center in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Boston investigated the working and living conditions of Brazilian housecleaners in the major Brazilian communities of Massachusetts.

The report,  A Social Profile of Brazilian Housecleaners in Massachusetts,  informed the successful campaign for a Massachusetts Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, and efforts to improve safety and health training for domestic workers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.