Labor

Exploited Domestic Worker May Sue Consular Employer

Mike Liu

A federal court has ruled that a domestic worker employed by a South Korean consular official and his wife may sue her employers. Ms. Tae Sook Park sued her employer last year for failing to pay her the minimum wage and overtime. She was forced to work under slave-like conditions. Her case was complicated by the fact that her employer was a Deputy Consul General of Korea and he claimed diplomatic immunity. When the case first went to court, the court ruled that Ms. Park could not sue for her wages or overtime, but that decision has just been overturned.

Wins Garment Workers Achieve Justice

After 15 months, the Wins workers won their battle with their garment shop owners-thieves (see previous articles Justice for Wins Workers and One Year is Long Enough). The California State Department of Labor handed over $800,000 to Wins workers on Oct. 9 to compensate them for unpaid back wages. Two hundred and forty workers received checks ranging from several hundred dollars to one of more than $10,000. The average check amounted to about $3,000.

Wins Garment Workers Want Action and Wages from Chao

by Michael Liu

About 100 immigrant garment workers and supporters rallied outside the elegant Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco Sept. 17. A continuation of their struggle to retrieve $1 million in back wages, they were there to press Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, who had promised to support them a year ago. Chao, who was scheduled to speak to the Commonwealth Club, canceled out of her Fairmont Hotel engagement, citing "personal reasons."

Power-One Update

taken from Chinese Progressive Association newsletter

In mid-May, several Power-One workers came up to Chinese Progressive Association to ask for help. Power-One is a manufacturing plant located in Allston, MA. They are the sixth largest power conversion equipment manufacturer in the world with factories in Europe, Asia and North America.

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