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Book Reading and Conversation with Saru Jayaraman: Behind the Kitchen Door

Behind the Kitchen DoorHow do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions—discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens— affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Saru Jayaraman, who launched the national restaurant workers’ organization, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer these […]

Rocio Rosales: "Stagnant Immigrant Social Networks and Cycles of Exploitation"

Rachel Carson College, Room 301 Rachel Carson College 1156 High Stree, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Based on over four years of ethnographic research among street vendors in Los Angeles and on interviews with family members of vendors and former vendors living in Mexico, Rocio Rosales examines the influence of a sending community and its social networks on migrant outcomes in the US. These social networks affect migration patterns, ease entry […]

Saru Jayaraman: "Behind the Kitchen Door in Santa Cruz and Across America"

Oakes Learning Center, UCSC

More Americans are choosing to dine healthy and ethically at restaurants offering organic and fair-trade ingredients. Yet few diners are aware of the working conditions at the restaurants themselves. How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions—discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens—affect the […]

Jane McAlevey: "Beating Attack on Workers by Building High Participation Unions"

College 8, Room 301 College Eight 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Jane McAlevey's first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the "most valuable book of 2012" by The Nation Magazine. She has served as Executive Director and Chief Negotiator for SEIU Nevada, as National Deputy Director for Strategic Campaigns of the Healthcare Division for SEIU, and she was the Campaign Director of the one of […]

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Rick Baldoz: "The Strange Career of the Filipino 'National': Race, Immigration, and the Bordering of U.S. Empire"

College 8, Room 301 College Eight 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

This talk will explore the incorporation of Filipino immigrants in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century, focusing on the interplay of colonialism, racial boundaries and citizenship policy. The influx of Filipinos to the United States that followed the annexation of the Philippines confounded American authorities tasked with enforcing traditional racial […]

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Lora Bartlett: "Migrant Teachers: How American Schools Import Labor"

College 8, Room 301 College Eight 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Migrant Teachers investigates an overlooked trend in U.S. public schools today: the growing dependence on overseas trained teachers, as federal mandates require K-12 schools to employ qualified teachers or risk funding cuts. A narrowly technocratic view of teachers as subject specialists has led districts to look abroad, Lora Bartlett argues, resulting in transient teaching professionals […]

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Sanchita Saxena: "Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries"

College 8, Room 201

Join Sanchita Saxena as she discusses her new book, Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries, which earned rave reviews from leading experts. It is essential reading for students and researchers in policy studies, labor studies, South and Southeast Asian studies, international trade, and political science, […]

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Working for Dignity: The Santa Cruz County Low-Wage Worker Study, Photo Exhibit, and Community Dialog

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Thursday, May 7, 2015 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Free Public Event   This campus-community event will showcase the findings of a year-long research and multi-media project on workers and working conditions in low-wage jobs in Santa Cruz County. We will unveil a new public […]

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Wage Justice: Fighting Wage Theft in Our Community

Civic Plaza Community Room

This community event will launch the public art and findings of a year-long research project - Working for Dignity: Low-Wage Worker Study of Santa Cruz County produced by the UCSC Center for Labor Studies. The event will showcase the project's website and feature workers, researchers and students sharing their stories about low pay and wage […]

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Working for Dignity: A Community Discussion on Raising the Minimum Wage

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

This event launches the final report from the Working for Dignity: Low-Wage Worker Study of Santa Cruz County, produced by UCSC Center for Labor Studies, and a community conversation on economic justice. The event will include a panel discussion on the state-wide campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, featuring local workers […]

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