2010

Workers Defense Project

In the news in 2010…

Univision National (television)
December, 2010
Wage Theft Of Immigrant Workers
Workers Defense Project is one organization that works to get back stolen wages for workers in Austin, Texas.

We Are Austin (website)
December 22, 2010
Electrician Dies In Northeast Austin
An electrician died after possibly being electrocuted Wednesday morning in Northeast Austin.  Victor Pizana, 52, was working on a remodel project at the building occupied by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at 1200 E. Anderson Lane.

Austin Chronicle (Newspaper)
December 17, 2010
White Egret Farm:  Waiting on a Thanksgiving Turkey
White Egret Farm, on Webberville Road just outside city limits, is best known for its organic food products, especially goat’s milk cheese…

Catholic Spirit (Newspaper)
September, 2010
Local Organization Fights For Workers’ Rights
An honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work –– most people assume this is a basic right.

The Daily Texan (Newspaper)
November 19, 2010
Organization seeks to help immigrants earn fair pay
Felix Jimenez, an immigrant from Veracruz, Mexico, worked for an Austin roofing company for one year without receiving pay.

Foxs New 8 (News Channel)
November 19, 2010
Wage theft targets undocumented immigrants
When you work, you expect to get paid, but expectations don’t always hold true when you’re the smallest fish in the big pond of the constuction industry.

KUT 90.5 fm (Radio)
November 18, 2010
Advocates Say Wage Theft A Growing Problem
This week, lawyers filed lawsuits in Austin on behalf of 20 workers who claim they were either unpaid or underpaid for their work with a contractor and a painting company.

Ahora Si! (Newspaper)
November 17, 2010
Conmemoran Día de Salarios Perdidos el Jueves

El jueves 18 de noviembrek, mas de 30 ciudades participaran en el Dia Nacional contra el Robo de Salarios para llamar la atencion de un problema que afecta a miles de familias.

Construction Citizen (Blog)
October 25, 2010
Wage Theft in Austin
Construction Citizen attended a press conference at the Gables Park Plaza in Austin, Texas last week.

The Daily Texan (Newspaper)
October 20, 2010
Construction workers file for wages
Three Austin construction workers who helped build 21 Rio in West Campus filed a lawsuit Tuesday.

KVUE (TV)
October 19, 2010
Austin construction workers file suit
A group of Austin construction workers are filing suit.

KEYE (TV)
October 19, 2010
Austin construction workers suing for $120,000 in back wages
Three construction workers are suing for back wages saying they were never paid for working overtime or their final weeks of work.

KUT (Radio)
October 18, 2010
Construction Workers Tell Companies to Pay Up
Workers are suing two construction companies for back pay.

Chron (Newspaper)
August 18, 2010
Working: Earning back those wages
Sometimes a company just ignores cutting a final paycheck.

LABORnotes (Blog)
August 13, 2010
Construction Workers Quenching a Thirst for Justice in Austin, Texas

In oppressive heat, Austin construction workers labor without breaks–some without even water.

FOX 7 (TV)
July 29, 2010
City Council Approves Breaks for Construction Workers
Austin City Council members approved a resolution Thursday to give construction workers a 10 minute rest break for every four hours of work.

News 8 (TV)
July 20, 2010
Officials push to construct safer work environment
The Construction Advisory Committee along with the Workers Defense Project endorsed the idea of allowing breaks for construction workers.

Austin American-Statesman (Newspaper)
July 15, 2010
Group to team up with U.S. agency for worker safety
Workers Defense Project leaders hope collaboration will aid safety investigation

KUT (Radio)
July 15, 2010
Worker Group Forms Alliance with Feds
The U.S. Department of Labor is teaming up with the Workers’ Defense Project to improve wage and safety enforcement at work sites in Austin.

Austin American-Statesman (Newspaper)
July 15, 2010
Feds, groups say alliance will protect low-wage workers

United States Dept. of Labor
July 15, 2010
OSHA, Workers Defense Project, and Construction Safety and Health form an alliance
Enhanced workplace safety for Spanish speaking workers in the construction industry is the goal of an alliance signed today

KEYE- Telemundo (TV)
July 15, 2010
OSHA Alliance: about 1/2 way into video

FOX 7 (TV)
July 15, 2010
I live here, I Give Here: Workers Defense Fund
Armida Valles explains why giving to Workers Defense Project can help Ausitn be a better, safer place for all.

For Construction Pros (News)
July 15, 2010
Workplace Safety Alliance Designed for Spanish Speaking Workers

I Live Here, I Give Here (Video)
July 9, 2010
Legal Services and Equity: Workers Defense Project
Please join I Live Here, I Give Here and Cristiana Tzintzun, Director of the Workers Defense Project, at this month’s Community Spotlight to learn how, for as little as $25 a month, you can make a huge difference in a person’s life.

KVUE (TV)
June 25, 2010
Council Takes Steps to Protect Construction Workers
Unanimous Vote Next Step Towards Ordinance

UWire (Website)
June 25, 2010
Workers Demand On-Site Relief
Employers to provide water, breaks if ordinance passes

KEYE (TV)
June 24, 2010
Austin Council Votes to Give Workers Breaks and Water
A big win for construction workers at Austin City Council Thursday.

KEYE- Telemundo (TV)
June 24, 2010
Council Resolution: about 1/3 of way into video

Austin American-Statesman (Newspaper)
June 23, 2010
Austin Seeks to Require Rest Breaks, Water for construction workers

KXAN (TV)
June 24, 2010
Jam-packed council agenda before break
Workers rights… move forward

ZGraphix (Online Video)
June 18, 2010
Eliza Gilkyson plays at Vigil: Protest footage

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

KXAN (TV)
June 18, 2010
Workers Rally for Water Breaks
Group wants city to mandate breaks for workers

News 8 (TV)
June 17, 2010
Group Protests lack of Water Breaks for construction crews
The Workers Defense Project staged a thirst strike Thursday at Austin City Hall to demand the time for their fellow workers to quench their thirst.

FOX 7 (TV)
June 17, 2010
Construction Workers Hold Hunger Strike
Construction workers went on a hunger and thirst strike on Thursday in front of Austin City Hall.

KLBJ (Radio)
June 17, 2010
Construction Workers Protest in front of City Hall
Construction workers in Austin are tired of being treated like animals

KEYE-Telemundo (TV)
June 17, 2010
Thirst Strike Coverage: 1/2 into the video
Trabajadores de construccion toman accion en frente del concilio

Austin Chronicle (Newspaper)
April 30, 2010
21 Rio Workers Seek Back Pay
Construction workers affiliated with the Workers Defense Proj­ect were planning an evening protest at the Gables Park Plaza…

Daily Texan (Newspaper)
April 29, 2010
Workers protest unpaid wages in West Campus
Construction worker Gumercindo Rodriguez can still recall the events of June 10, when the scaffolding underneath his feet gave way

The Rag Blog (Online)
April 29, 2010
Austin Construction Workers : ‘No los Vamos a Olvidar’
Luxury condos were the backdrop for two protests yesterday, April 28, in Austin

Austin American-Statesman (Newspaper)
April 28, 2010
Construction Workers Protest

Ahora Si (Newspaper)
April 28, 2010
Exigen $120,000 en sueldos no pagados

News 8 (TV)
April 28, 2010
Construction workers demand fair pay and safe conditions
Dozens of workers and their supporters rallied outside two luxury condos, demanding fair pay and safe conditions.

KEYE (TV)
April 28, 2010
Workers demand pay after deadly scaffolding accident
Protestors marched the streets of Austin, Wednesday, demanding fair pay and safe working conditions.

KVUE (TV)
April 28, 2010
Workers protest at site of fatal accident
They lost three co-workers in a deadly collapse in West Campus. Tonight, dozens of constructions workers say they’re victims, too.