FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15th, 2021
Joyce Lam, Chinese Progressive Association
CPA Community Leaders Share Worker Rights Information to over 400 Residents and Workers in San Francisco Chinatown
(San Francisco, CA) – On Thursday, July 15th 2021, twelve Chinatown residents and leaders spoke with workers at the Return 2 Work outreach blitz hosted by the Chinese Progressive Association. Over 400 “Know Your Rights” flyers with a checklist of workplace rights including minimum wage, mandatory breaks, paid sick leave, and COVID-19 health and safety guidelines were distributed to immigrant workers in Chinatown. This blitz is part of CPA’s work with the California COVID-19 Workplace Outreach Project in partnership with the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA).
As our country moves toward resuming “normalcy”, it is now more important than ever that workers need safe jobs that provide living wages, paid sick leave, and child/family care options in case of school closures. This is a moment for us to define “normal” and lead in recovery efforts that center the needs of our immigrant workers and families.
“We participated in the worker rights blitz today because we want to share workers’ rights information with workers. As we know, many regulations have changed after the reopening, such as the requirement of wearing masks, minimum wage increases, and employees may potentially be fired for refusing to be vaccinated. We hope that through this campaign, workers can understand they have the right to have a minimum wage, rest break, paid sick leave, overtime, and other rights, regardless of their immigration status, job type, payment type, or whether they’re paid monthly or hourly,” shares Cammi Huang, LWDA Team Lead at CPA.
About Chinese Progressive Association
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association is a nonprofit that educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.