Hispanic Workers Face Risky Work Conditions, New Study Shows

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: September 23, 2015
News Source: Latin Times

According to a new study by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Hispanic workers face risky work conditions, aside from various forms of wage theft, the Latin Times reported.

The report said that the LCLAA study observed that Latinos are dying more in the workplace, despite declines in deaths of workers in other groups.

As more Latinos work in dangerous industries such as construction, agriculture and transportation, the death toll is higher among them . In its report, the LCLAA says “797 Latinos died at the workplace [in 2013], constituting the highest death toll for Latinos since 2008 and higher than any other working minority. Of those 797 Latinos, 527 were immigrants,” which are also the findings of 2015 U.S Department of Labor study.

The study also found that although cases of injury and illness are low among Latino workers, as with other workers, their work conditions are improving at a slower rate.

Another significant finding of the study is that many Latino workers are still uninsured despite the benefits shown by the Obamacare. One factor that makes it hard for Latino workers to secure jobs with health benefits is their low educational attainment.

Other sufferings many Hispanic face in the workplace are low wages and sexual assault and harassment.

Another article also reports on the same study and cites the conclusion the study has made, and which should indeed be heeded: Hispanic workers in labor unions make more money and have better health and retirement benefits than those who aren’t members, according to a new report. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) report released Monday concludes that organized labor must invest in expanding its outreach to Hispanics to help grow union membership and provide more leverage to strengthen collective bargaining laws. - <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/finance/254390-report-unionized-latinos-fare-better-in-workforce">click here</a>

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