Number of undocumented workers by state and their workforce share

I can now provide an estimate of the number of undocumented workers in each state and their share of that state’s totwl workforce. The Pew Hispanic Center issued in March, 2005 an estimate of the size and characteristics of the undocumented population in the county as of March 2005. The Pew report says that in 2004 there were 7 million undocumented workers out of a total undocumented population of 10.3 million. This comes to a workforce – to – population percentage of 68%. This is extremely high compared to national figures of close to 60% and reflects the reality that … Continue reading Number of undocumented workers by state and their workforce share

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Demand for foreign nurses is intensifying

Foreign nurses are now filling a very high share, perhaps as much as one third, of new hospital based nursing jobs. Put this in context: One out of every five new jobs created between 2004 and 2014 will be in the healthcare sector. Three of the ten industries with the highest total job additions are in the health care area: practitioner offices, private hospitals, and home health care. Nursing jobs will grow at a relatively fast rate in the next decade. Foreigners hold currently about 300,000, or 11%, of nursing positions. Nurses from the Philippines make up one third of … Continue reading Demand for foreign nurses is intensifying

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Migrant Clinicians Network

The Migrant Clinicians Network engages in healthcare delivery and healthcare research for low income workers including but not exclusively migrant workers. Their new Saving Lives by Changing Practice project is attempting to improve the quality of service to work injured clients. Amy Liebman is coordinating the program. She provided me with this introduction to the program. For an earlier posting on community health clinic services to injured workers, go here. Amy K. Liebman, MPA Migrant Clinicians Network 410.860.9850 aliebman@migrantclincian.org There are numerous barriers to recognizing and treating environmental and occupational health (EOH) problems in the primary care setting. Some of … Continue reading Migrant Clinicians Network

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H-1B visas and the engineering workforce shortage, per Chair of Intel

Craig Barrett, Chair of Intel, recently wrote a commentary for the Financial Times (payment required) and afterwards responded to reader questions. Begun in 1998, the H-1B program has annual caps which in 2003 was 195,000. In 2004 the cap was cut to 65,000. As of 2004, close to 1,000,000 H-1B visa holders were believed to be working in the United States, up from about 360,000 in 1998. This means an annual addition of about 150,000 workers a year into the American workforce. Compare this stream to the supply of engineers coming from American higher education (many of whom are foreigners)? … Continue reading H-1B visas and the engineering workforce shortage, per Chair of Intel

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IL Governor supports Panel on Latino Work Safety

In late 2005 Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois gave his support to the findings and recommendations of a Panel on Latino Workplace Injuries and Fatalities. I will be delivering more information in the future about this panel, the first such major state panel on immigrant work safety to my knowledge. It is a model for other states to emulate. Go here for the 11/9/05 press release. According to the press release the Panel’s top five recommendations are: Creating a Worker Safety Fund to support a collaborative partnership and outreach strategy statewide between community-based organizations and government agencies to, among other … Continue reading IL Governor supports Panel on Latino Work Safety

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Brazilian Immigrant Center (Boston, MA)

The Brazilian Immigrant Center in Boston — o Centro do Imigrante Brasileiro — runs a large number of educational and community action programs on behalf of the 100,000+ Brazilian workers in and around Boston. The site offers Portuguese and English options. in English: Who Are We??? The Brazilian Immigrant Center is a community-based organization working to empower Brazilians in the Greater Boston Area around issues of access to education, workplace rights and immigration. Our work is done through advocacy, education, organizing and leadership/capacity building. What Are Our Goals??? The BIC’s mission is to unite Brazilian immigrants to organize against economic, … Continue reading Brazilian Immigrant Center (Boston, MA)

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Work injury risks in Oakland CA garment industry (2002)

This study is one of several independent studies by largely academic-based researchers on occupational risks of specific groups of workers. This one involves Asian garment workers in Oakland. It looks at injury risks and ergonomic solutions. An absorbing study, it is also exasperatingly flawed. Like the other studies (which I will introduce soon), this study reports that an extremely small portion of worker physical complaints result in workers comp claims. This is a very serious problem. But the authors fail to take into account the severity of the self-reported complaints. They appear not to have considered the very real possibility … Continue reading Work injury risks in Oakland CA garment industry (2002)

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