Tucson Immigrant Workers' Project
El Proyecto de Trabajadores Inmigrantes de Tucson
|The Tucson Immigrant Workers' Project advocates for the rights of low-wage immigrant workers through direct service, public policy research, and community education and outreach.||El Proyecto de Trabajadores Inmigrantes de Tucson promueve los derechos de inmigrantes trabajadores de bajos ingresos a traves de servicio directo, investigaciones de politicas publicas, educacion y colaboracion comunitaria.|
|IF YOU ARE A WORKER CONCERNED ABOUT:
CALL OUR WORKER LINE: (520) 621-7331 OR EMAIL US: firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide free and confidential legal counseling with trained law students and attorneys.
SI USTED ES UN/A TRABAJADOR/A CON PREOCUPACIONES SOBRE:
LLAME A NUESTRA LINEA DE TRABAJADORES: (520) 621-7331 O MANDENOS UN EMAIL: email@example.com
Ofrecemos consultas legales gratis y confidenciales con estudiantes de derecho y abogados.
Know Your Rights!If you would like to plan a presentation on workers' rights for your community organization, please contact us to schedule one at (520) 621-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¡Conozca Sus Derechos!Si quiere planificar una presentacion sobre los derechos en el trabajo para su grupo comunitario, por favor comuniquese con nosotros al (520) 621-7331 o email@example.com.
|(Photo Above) Bacon Fellow Tomas Lopez, UA law student Timothy Bearese (2011), and UA Law alum Linda Imonode (2010) conducted a "Know Your Rights" presentation for immigrant workers in a local church in May 2011.||
(Foto encima) Becario de Bacon anterior, Tomas Lopez y graduados de la UA facultad de derecho, Timothy Bearese (2011) and Linda Imonode (2010) hizieron un taller "conozca sus derechos" para trabajadores inmigrantes en una iglesia local en mayo del 2011.
About the Project
Direct Legal Service
The Project operates an in-house employment rights clinic where workers receive confidential legal information, advice, and counseling about their rights in the workplace from trained law students and supervising attorneys. Law students conduct initial intake interviews, and then provide follow up support and advocacy for workers. In recent years, the Project has recovered thousands of dollars in unpaid wages and helped workers file complaints with a range of government agencies and courts. The Project also provides referrals to attorneys and organizations that provide legal representation or other services on a pro bono or reduced fee basis.
Community Education and Outreach
The Project designs and conducts outreach and trainings for low-wage immigrant workers on employment rights and self-advocacy. These presentations are tailored to the specific audiences, language abilities and concerns of the community organizations that host them. Presentations range from general workplace rights presentations to domestic workers' rights presentations or wage theft presentations. The project also provides trainings and technical assistance to community organizations and leaders on issues related to the exploitation of immigrant workers.
Public Policy Research
For information about the Bacon Program's policy reports, please visit: http://www.law.arizona.edu/depts/bacon_program/policy_research.cfm.
Through its advocacy on behalf of immigrant workers, the Workers’ Rights Clinic has achieved the following successes in the past few years:
- We obtained $8,000 for an employee in a cabinet-making workshop who had not been paid for several weeks of work.
- We obtained over $8,000 for a group of ten workers who were hired to renovate a residential housing complex and were not paid for multiple weeks of work.
- We obtained $750 for a housekeeper at an assisted living home who was not paid at all for two weeks and paid under the minimum wage for several months.
- After nearly six months of negotiations and litigation, we obtained $7,000 for a metal worker who was not paid overtime for several years and then faced retaliation when he attempted to claim is unpaid wages. Rather than obtain a quick individual settlement, our client chose to file a complaint with the Department of Labor so his co-workers could benefit from the investigation as well.
- We obtained $4,500 in unpaid wages for a worker who assisted his employer with several remodeling jobs and was underpaid for two years.
- We obtained $250 for a house cleaner whose employer refused to pay her and her son for yard work and house cleaning. The employer paid her the wages as soon as she learned that she had contacted the Tucson Immigrant Workers’ Project.
- We successfully negotiated with an assisted living home to change their unlawful implementation of an “English Only” language policy, after ten of their Spanish-speaking employees asked for our help.
Our "know your rights" packets provide workers with information about their rights at work in Arizona. They are available below in Spanish and English, and please let us know if you would like a packet in another language. Contact us to schedule an outreach presentation!
Questions about your rights at work? Interested in scheduling a workplace rights presentation? Contact us to schedule an appointment at 621-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow up with you within one business day.
The Project is a unique collaboration between the Immigration Law Clinic and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW), the research arm of the Women's Studies Department at the University of Arizona.
Last Updated: 08/22/2014