Devoted FWN volunteer Franklin Ricarte was recently appointed to San Francisco's Immigrant Rights Commission by Mayor Ed Lee. “I’m honored that I was appointed by the mayor to serve in this commission. And my experiences as a Filipino-American and as an immigrant…will inform the kinds of things we need to discuss and work on in the commission,” quipped Franklin. News story from ABS-CBN.
"As a Filipina American, I was proud to see a tremendous 40 percent increase from 2012 in the Nevada AAPI early vote. Filipino and Asian Americans contributed to the election of the first Latina Senator, Catherine Cortez Masto and helped two new Democrats join Congress — Jacky Rosen and Ruben Kihuen, who immigrated from Mexico when he was 8 years. Their victories are a silver lining to all working families." News story from Asian Journal.
On October 7th, 2015, Julieta Yang, a Filipina migrant worker employed as a live-in domestic worker filed a complaint in the San Francisco Superior Court against her former employers, tech executives Cameron Poetzscher and Varsha Rao.
The complaint alleges that the defendants, who are executives at Uber and Airbnb, failed to pay Ms. Yang the required minimum wage and overtime for all hours worked and failed to provide the required off-duty breaks. It also alleges that they created and maintained a sexually hostile work and home environment and failed to prevent harassment in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
News story courtesy of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus, Winnie Kao, Litigation Director, Senior Staff Attorney. Workers' Rights Program.
For many women in their 60s and older, Social Security checks are the all-important means of survival. But for older female immigrants those benefits often don't exist. After spending their working lives taking care of their families or working off-the-books in low-wage jobs, they don't qualify. So what do they do? The answer, according to a recent study by a New York group, is many just keep on working.
News story courtesy of Women's eNews