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August eNews 

From Michael's Desk

With the shortage of affordable housing units, we’re seeing growing advocacy around issues of affordable housing, protection from eviction, and houselessness resources.  Sadly, all too often, housing champions and worker advocates seem to pass each other by like ships in the night. Continue reading...  

Justice Rising: Immigrant Workers Sue Bakery for Grueling Work Conditions

Seven immigrant and refugee workers took a stand Monday, August 8th, against harsh working conditions at Portland Specialty Baking, LLC (PSB). The PSB production line workers filed a class action lawsuit claiming violations of overtime laws and paid sick leave, seeking to represent hundreds of current and former workers. Continue reading...

Inside NWJP: Introducing Patricia Laguna: Legal Assistant!

Patricia Laguna, our legal assistant, has been on the front lines of NWJP for seven years. As a former client, Patí is uniquely qualified to serve as the primary liaison between NWJP and current and former clients. Patí is a jack of all trades, engaging in duties ranging from conducting initial client interviews, managing communication with the vast majority of clients, and educational outreach to the community.  Continue Reading...

Breaking rocks in Idaho for just $4.50 an hour. No, really--that's how H-2B "guest" workers are treated.

NWJP just filed a lawsuit in Boise on behalf of a worker brought into the country under the H-2B temporary worker program to do isolated, grueling work breaking rock in the mountains in Idaho and Utah. Under the H-2B program, the workers were supposed to be paid a prevailing wage of $9.18 per hour. Instead, our client was paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Continue reading...

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