The unions “are shameless crooks that live on the backs of our work”
Immigrant workers in Los Angeles speak on war and social conditions
16 September 2016
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There are over 42 million immigrants in the United States, and more than 3.5 million immigrants live in the City of Los Angeles alone.
This section of the working class comprises nearly half of the labor force in the region and performs some of the most physically demanding and dangerous jobs in the areas of construction, agriculture, fishing and production. In many cases, these workers have few rights, if any, and often fear speaking out in opposition to their employers for fear of losing their jobs or being deported.
The WSWS recently spoke to two janitorial workers, María and Jaime, about their experience with the Service Employees International Union and their working and living conditions.