Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2006
The South steps of the Sacramento State Capitol will be the site this Friday, April 28th, at 11:00 am of a mass rally uniting middle-class handicapped and disabled injured workers with Latino undocumented workers.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder, this is our Alamo, we will not give in to vile, conniving and despicable attorneys who want to strip away workers compensation benefits from undocumented workers,” cited Barbara Clark, a registered nurse with a long history of caring for indigent workers.
“The Latino community should support and endorse the Worker Empowerment Act ballot initiative that would give undocumented workers the right to sue employers with unsafe working conditions,” she continued. If successful the ballot initiative would place the Worker Empowerment Act on the California November statewide ballot. The biggest opponent of the initiative is the California Chamber of Commerce.
“The Chamber falsely believes that undocumented workers can be harmed, maimed and even killed by employers with unsafe working environments, and then escape all responsibility,” Clark said, referring to the Chamber’s “California Job Killer Initiative” public relations campaign.
“Hispanic injured workers don’t know how corrupt the system is. When they are injured they are lied to by employers, threatened with arrest, etc. Very few know that the California Constitution gives them the right to workers compensation benefits if they are injured on the job,” she said.
According to Clark the corruption and mismanagement in the California’s workers’ compensation system requires a constitutional amendment to give injured workers the right to sue their employer. “Enforcement and regulatory compliance is almost non-existent in California. We must now rely on jury verdicts against employers,” she said.
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