Updated: Dec 22, 2022
Voting in Rhode Island Election Stories
Labor Rights in the Hispanic and Latino Communities
Data states that Central Falls has one of the largest latino populations in Rhode Island. Community Coordinator for Fuereza-Laboral, David Molina-Hernandez, said that labor exploitation and wage theft are the most prominent issues. Undocumented immigrants tend to be the most vulnerable to wage theft and exploitation because they don't feel they have a full scope of rights in the U.S. An example of this large issue would be working over 80 hours and being paid for 40.
At DHL, a union member named Rasche A. Brown is fighting for higher wages and healthcare to be provided for these workers. There are people who cannot afford surgeries they need with what they are being paid at the moment, including Brown themself, who needs open heart surgery but cannot afford it.
These problems have arisen because of corporate greed, which is why Governor Dan McKee is fighting for income equality. Brown notes that all they want is for people to step in and help out.
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