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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.

Stolen Chances: Low-Wage Work and Wage Theft in Iowa

Despite three years of heightened attention — from our work, from media reports, and from some policymakers — wage theft remains persistent in Iowa,” said Colin Gordon, author of a new report for the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project.

The report collected new data on wage complaints, based in part on a survey of low-wage workers conducted by the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, and it places Iowa’s wage theft crisis against a broad backdrop of low-wage and precarious employment.

This report shows we still need better laws, better enforcement, and greater awareness on the part of employees, employers and all policy makers.