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. Over the 2012-2013 school year we provided individual legal assistance and advice to approximately 50 immigrant workers. Recent clients have included domestic workers, child and elder care providers, delivery truck drivers, restaurant workers, hotel workers, landscape and construction workers and many more.
Trained law students and supervising attorneys provide follow up support and advocacy for workers interested in pursuing negotiations with their employer or filing charges with administrative agencies for unpaid wages, unemployment benefits, sexual harassment, discrimination, or other concerns. In recent years, the Project has recovered thousands of dollars in unpaid wages and helped workers file complaints with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, the Arizona Labor Department, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor. Similarly, the Project provides referrals to attorneys and organizations that can provide legal representation or other needed services on a pro bono or reduced fee basis.
Community Education and Outreach
The Project conducts outreach and trainings for low-wage workers on employment rights and self-advocacy. Our presentations are tailored to the language abilities and concerns of the community organizations that host them.
We work closely with many community organizations and government agencies including the Mexican Consulate, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, the Southside Worker Center, Refugee Horizons and Pima County Community College. Over the 2012-2013 academic year the Project conducted workplace rights presentations and "train the trainers" workshops throughout Tucson reaching well over 200 immigrant workers.
We are always looking for ways to expand our ties to the community and are eager to collaborate with local groups and advocates working on behalf of immigrant workers. Please contact us at any time if your organization could benefit from a workersâ€™ rights training or any of our workplace rights resources.
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 Project has achieved the following recent successes:
- The Project assisted food preparation and restaurant workers who were underpaid for the hours they worked and denied overtime, recovering sums of between $5,000 and $8,000 in unpaid wages.
- The Project negotiated settlements with residential care facilities, resulting in the recovery of $17,000 in unpaid overtime and minimum wages for a health aide.
- The Project received over $5,000 for an undocumented woman worker in a seafood processing plant who was denied overtime pay and underpaid for hours worked. The Project filed a lawsuit in state court and eventually negotiated a settlement.
- After filing a charge with the National Labor Relations Board, the Project negotiated a $6,000 settlement for a worker who was terminated in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
- The Project negotiated a $7,000 settlement for an undocumented tortilla factory worker who was denied overtime pay.
- The Project negotiated on behalf of a Muslim refugee who was forced to resign when his supervisor gave him the choice between cutting pork - which his supervisor knew was against his religious beliefs - and losing his job. The Project successfully recovered back wages and reinstatement for the worker.
- The Project has helped workers report concerns of elder abuse in an elder care home and child neglect by a child care facility.
- The Project has given dozens of referrals to workers' compensation attorneys, domestic violence resources, private employment attorneys, and other community resources.
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: 01/07/2014