Changes in the H-2B (Foreign Temporary Worker) visa program are moving forward at a dizzying pace. Recent court rulings included a big victory for workers on prevailing wages, and an injunction on the rules governing the program that led the Department of Labor to halt the program altogether. The Northwest Forest Worker Center, along with other worker advocacy groups, is urging the departments of Homeland Security and Labor to jointly issue a new rule that retains the protections for workers that were in a rule DOL published in 2012.
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Northwest Forest Worker Center
Empowering workers for ethical stewardship of the land
Northwest Forest Worker Center is a nonprofit organization that empowers forest workers and harvesters of non-timber forest products (mushrooms, berries, floral greens, etc.) in northern California, Oregon and Washington to improve their lives and livelihoods.
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NFWC welcomes Laura Lindley-Gutierrez as Program Coordinator in our new Medford office! Laura is a bilingual (English and Spanish) attorney with 10 years of experience working with low-income, immigrant workers helping them to resolve their legal, workplace and other problems.
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What happens when a worker is injured on the job? NFWC starts new research to find out.
Forest restoration contractors in southern Oregon may not comply with labor laws, and fear of retaliation keeps workers from blowing the whistle. That is the conclusion of an article published in the current online issue of the Journal of Forestry presenting the results of research NFWC and the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at UC Berkeley conducted among forest workers in southern Oregon in 2011. This research raised interesting new questions, and NFWC has initiated new research to try to answer them. With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), NFWC is collaborating with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) at the University of Washington and LOHP to examine how injuries occur among workers in the forestry services industry, how workers are treated when they are injured, and the circumstances under which workers report their injuries to their supervisors or take steps to improve safety and health at work.
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