Workers Defense Project

In the news in 2011…

The New York Times (Newspaper)
October 31, 2011
Enforcement Is Next Task for Law on Wage Thef

The Texas Tribune (Website)
October 31, 2011
Texas Cities Step Up Prosecutions of Wage Theft

Austin Business Journal (Website)
September 15, 2011
Probe reveals violations on Austin construction sites

YNN Austin (Television)
September 15, 2011
New Survey Details Workplace Safety Violations

KXAN (Television)
September 15, 2011
City talks construction worker safety

Work in Progress—the Official Blog of the U.S. Dept. of Labor
August 30, 2011
OSHA GOES LOCAL: Austin-based non-profit educates hard-to-reach construction workers
Workers Defense Project, an Austin-based non-profit organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment and safe working conditions, has developed a new worker health and safety program with assistance from a 2010 Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood grant.

Left Labor Reporter (Website)
August 5th, 2011
Workers hold holiday inn responsible for wage theft
Local unions supported the wage theft victims by attending the picket line and rally.

Univision (Television)
4 de Agosto, 2011
Protestan salarios frente a Holiday Inn Austin
Más de 100 personas protestaron para exigir el pago de 10 mil dólares.

Ahora Sí (Newspaper)
August 4, 2011
Protesta contra Holiday Inn por sueldos impagados
Holiday Inn aprovecha, trabajadores siguen sin pago

Univision (Television)
July 13, 2011
Constructores tienen derecho a descansar más
Por cada 4 horas de trabajo tienen derecho a descansar 10 minutos.

Austin Energy (Website)
June 14, 2011
Austin Energy Green Building creates incentive for just treatment of construction workers
Once again leading the nation, Austin Energy Green Building has incorporated an incentive for the just treatment of construction workers in its highly successful voluntary Green Building Rating System.

Univision (Television)
June 9, 2011
Defensa laboral de Texas celebra protección a trabajadores
Muchos trabajaban sin descansar, otros se desmayaban por el calor en el trabajo y no le pagaban tiempo extra.

YNN Austin (Television)
June 9, 2011
21 Rio developer partners with worker safety program
YNN News story on Maxum Development, WDP’s Premier Community Builder Agreement

KXAN Austin (Television)
June 9, 2011
Partnership to Protect Workers
KXAN News story on Maxum Development, WDP’s Premier Community Builder Agreement

KXAN Austin (Television)
June 8, 2011
Council Will Update ‘Rest Break’ Law
Worker who almost died didn’t get break

KUT 90.5 FM (Radio)
June 3, 2011
Legislators Aim to Curb Wage Theft
Legislators are trying to curb wage theft in Texas.

Daily Texan (Newspaper)
April 29, 2011
Workers, allies call for safety measures
Every two-and-a-half days a construction worker dies on the job in the United States, said a Workers Defense Project policy analyst at a rally Thursday at the Capitol.

YNN (Television)
April 28, 2011
Records of Workplace Death Disappear from OSHA Office
“He was asking me why he (Angel) was working on Sunday, [and] why he wasn’t given any harness or any kind of protection,” Christian said. Those questions were never seen through, because after that day, Angel Hurtado disappeared from OSHA’s records.

Univision (Video)
April 28, 2011
Piden mejor trato laboral en Texas
Grupos cívicos, sindicatos y algunos legisladores exigieron media docena de proyectos de ley para proteger a los trabajadores en la Legislatura de Texas

Semana News (Newspaper)
April 15, 2011
El derrumbe de una vida
Santiago Arias vivió para contarlo y aunque el accidente que sufrió el 18 de octubre del 2006 fue bastante grave, hoy da testimonio de cómo muchos trabajadores de la construcción laboran diariamente en condiciones inseguras y sin una compensación por lesiones.

YNN (Video)
March 24, 2011
Companies fined for 21 Rio deaths escape with lowered penalties
Almost two years have passed since the scaffolding at the 21 Rio condo project in Austin’s West Campus neighborhood collapsed.

Multimedia News (Website)
March 22, 2011
Building a safer state: Texas construction workers face most unsafe conditions in the nation
Uncompensated worker recounts horrors of injury

La Prensa (Newspaper)
March 6, 2011
March highlights Texas’ problem with construction site deaths
Every 2.5 days a construction worker is killed on the job in Texas, making the state the most dangerous to work in the country

Rio Grande Guardian (Newspaper)
March 3, 2011
Protests over large number of construction workers killed in Texas
Protesting a tragedy that state Sen. Eddie Lucio says often hits Hispanics hardest, construction workers and workplace safety advocates marched on the capitol carrying 138 coffins, one for each construction site death in Texas in 2009.

La Voz (Newspaper)
March Issue
Day of the Fallen
The Day of the Fallen was a great success bringing together members of the community and beyond for a powerful display of unity at the steps of the State Capitol

KEYE (Website)
March 2, 2011
Hundreds of coffins at Capitol highlight construction worker safety
The group wanting to bring awareness to the dangers of the construction industry brought more than 100 coffins to the State Capitol Wednesday.

KVUE (Website)
March 2, 2011
Texas Construction workers march for better wages, safer working conditions
Hundreds of constructions workers and their supporters marched to the State Capitol Wednesday demanding better wages and safer working conditions.

El Diario de El Paso (Website)
March 2, 2011
Cada 2.5 días muere un empleado de la construcción en territorio texano
Un trabajador de la industria de la construcción –en su mayoría inmigrantes– muere cada 2.5 días en Texas, lo que hace de la entidad la primera con este tipo de muertes en Estados Unidos, revelan informes.

Texas Student TV (Website)
March 2, 2011
Day of the Fallen rally at the Capitol
Hundreds gathered at the capitol to bring attention to the large number of construction worker deaths and injuries in the state of Texas

Austin American-Statesmen (Website)
March 2, 2011
Day of the Fallen
Construction workers and supporters placed 138 coffins on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

Daily Texan (Newspaper)
March 3, 2011
Rally at Capitol venerates lives of fallen construction workers
Coffins lined Congress Avenue until all 138 of them filled the lawn of the Texas Capitol on Wednesday afternoon

The Daily Texan (Website)
February 13, 2011
Ceremony recognizes fallen workers
Workers Defense Project student initiative held a remembrance ceremony Friday for three workers that fell from the 11th floor of the 21 Rio luxury apartments during the 2009 construction.

Kut News (Website)
January 28, 2011
Construction Worker Who Died In South Austin Was On “Makeshift” Scaffolding
A 35-year-old man who died this week on a construction site in South Austin was working on a “makeshift” scaffolding, according to the Austin Police Department.

KEYE News (Website)
January 27, 2011
1 dead after fall from South Austin construction site
One man died and another was injured after they fell from scaffolding at a South Austin construction site.

Houston Chronicle (Newspaper)
January 19, 2011
Working – A Plea For Fair Play
It’s been going on for years. But the slumping economy has given more companies a motive to misclassify employees as independent contractors to save money…

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