The Filipino Migrant Center provides free programs and service to Filipino workers, including educational workshops, leadership trainings, info sessions, and legal & health clinics. Topics include Know Your Rights in the Workplace, Community Organizing 101, How to File a Wage Claim. FMC’s worker members meet monthly for trainings and social activities. For more info contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org | (562) 438-9515.
We Stand for All Workers…
- To have the right to secure full employment with a decent wage.
- To have the right to access quality and affordable housing, food, healthcare,education and other basic necessities for their families.
- To have the right to a safe, healthy and humane working environment.
- To be paid on time for all the hours worked, including overtime pay.
- To be treated with equality, fairness, and respect, regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and/or immigration status – must not be subjected to any forms of discrimination including emotional, physical, or sexual harassment.
- To receive paid sick days to care for their own health and their families.
- To have the right to uninterrupted meal and rest breaks.
- To receive basic education on their rights in the workplace and be provided with resources to properly address their concerns.
- To have the right to collectively organize to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions without facing harassment, intimidation or retaliation.
A common issue Filipinos face in the U.S. is economic injustice. With the worsening economic crisis in the U.S., our kababayan surely will face more difficulties.
According to the Philippine Department of Labor, over 6,092 Filipinos leave the Philippines everyday in search of work in over 200 countries (2015).
With over 4 million Filipinos in the U.S., the largest concentration of Filipinos abroad can be found in California, specifically Southern California. Filipinos continue to contribute to their families, the local economy, and even the Philippine economy by sending $24 billion (2014).
Roughly 1 in 4 Filipinos in the U.S. are undocumented and continue to face difficult challenges.
- Lack of meaningful work with decent pay at a living wage
- Lack of comprehensive personal and family benefits
- Lack of dignity, respect, and fair treatment at work
- Low-income and semi-skilled U.S. Filipinos often lack housing
- Roughly 34% of U.S. Filipinos rent
- Racism, bogus assimilation and an unjust U.S. legal system
- Family separation and an unjust U.S. immigration policy
- A coercive Philippine labor export policy
Source – Ang Ating Kalagayan: The Social and Economic Profile of US Filipinos, a book authored by Dr. Peter Chua