Fractures in the Foundation: The Latino Worker’s Experience in an Era of Declining Job Quality

Source: Catherine Singley, National Council of La Raza , 2009

From the summary:
Major findings of this report include the following:

The experience of Latino workers sounds the alarm for what is happening to the quality of American jobs.

* Latino workers are more likely to die from an injury at work than White and Black workers. In 2007, 937 Latinos, the majority of them immigrants, were killed by an injury at work. The occupational fatality rate for Latinos has remained the highest in the nation for 15 years. The Latino death toll lays bare the state of decay in American workplace health and safety standards; in all, 5,657 workers died on the job in 2007.
* Two in five Latino workers do not earn sufficient wages to keep their families out of poverty. In 2007, 41.8% of Latino workers earned poverty-level wages, which were about $10.20 per hour, to sustain a family of four. By comparison, 21.9% of White workers and 34% of Black workers earned poverty-level wages.
* While millions of Americans worry about losing their health insurance and retirement benefits, a significant portion of working Latinos is already living those fears. In 2007, just over half (52.3%) of employed Latinos had health insurance through their employers, compared to 72.6% of White and 67.1% of Black workers. An even smaller share of Latinos (34.6%) had access to a retirement plan through their employers.

Many employers evade their legal responsibility to pay their workers and keep their work sites safe.

Ongoing divestment and government inaction undermine basic labor standards and devalues the contributions of workers.
See also:
Executive Summary
Executive Summary – Spanish

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