ERIC Number: ED464224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
"Can't Afford To Lose a Bad Job": Latino Workers in Dane County.
Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
A study explored the quality of life of Latinos living in Dane County, Wisconsin. Data collection included door-to-door surveys, in-depth interviews, and analysis of government reports. Findings indicated Latinos often work in bad jobs, characterized by poverty-level wages, rare and inconsistent overtime pay, erratic and inflexible schedules, few health benefits, and dangerous working conditions. Because of the very real threat of losing their jobs, many Latino workers were not able to challenge exploitative working conditions and were afraid to take time off even in medical emergencies. Suspicion and discrimination affected every aspect. Whether it was the threat of being unjustly fired without warning, being treated differently than co-workers, or being stopped by the police, discrimination took its toll as jobs were lost, financial difficulties arose or worsened, safety and health were compromised, and quality of life deteriorated. "Going without" (whether referring to adequate money, housing, child care, government services, health care, or simply time to rest) was the reality for many Latinos. Issues could be grouped into these four general categories: immigration status and documentation; discrimination and racism; lack of knowledge of protective labor laws, legal processes, and enforcement agencies; and limited English ability and cultural misunderstanding. (Contains 28 data sources.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Culture Conflict, Dismissal (Personnel), Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Ethnic Discrimination, Hispanic Americans, Labor Conditions, Labor Relations, Limited English Speaking, Poverty, Quality of Life, Wages, Work Environment
Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice, P.O. Box 1104, Madison, WI 53701-1104. Tel: 608-246-4355; Web site: http://www.workerjustice.org. For full text: http://www.cows.org/pdf/research/jobs/lwp/rp-lwp.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin