Worker Voices


Latino Workers Share Their Stories about Declining Job Quality in America

In the wake of the recession, many Americans have found themselves in low-wage jobs with little security. They are joining millions of other workers who are all too familiar with the underbelly of the American labor market: hazardous equipment, withheld wages, sweltering conditions with no breaks, and the fear of getting blacklisted or fired for requesting overtime pay or a day off. Policies that protect access to fair wages, safe working conditions, paid leave, and more are crucial components of providing workplace security to all workers.

NCLR is releasing a series of stories about Latino workers in the low-wage job market. The series will begin on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day, a day that marks the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and commemorates the workers who were injured, fell ill, or killed on the job. Throughout the month of May, NCLR will release a new story every Thursday, concluding with the publication of a booklet of all the stories. On May 24, NCLR will host an event in Washington, DC to present the publication and hold a panel discussion on policy efforts to protect workers’ rights.

Worker Stories

Juana’s Unpaid Wages | Reynaldo’s Back Injury
Sergio’s Search for a Good Job
| Pedro's Falling Wages and Disappearing Benefits
Victoria’s Domestic Insecurity | Martin’s Vanishing Employer | Rosa’s Demand for Respect
Felix and Karina’s Success Story

1 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Revisions to the 2008 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) Counts,” (accessed April 2011).


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