Nith Lewis, who came to the U.S. in 1981 as a refugee from Lao explained what a good job looks like and jobs created under EB-5 are not.(Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Hotel workers union denounces “$500,000 Green Card”

Critics of the EB-5 immigrant investor program say the program benefits wealthy investors, without delivering on well-paying U.S. jobs with benefits.
Aug 27, 2015
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Cesar Chavez biopic brings farm worker struggle to the screen

Expectations are both high and low for tonight’s release of “Cesar Chavez.” Some are thrilled to see the story finally told on the screen. But others are worried that the film is just the latest example of Hollywood pandering to a fast-growing population of Latino moviegoers.
Mar 27, 2014
Sumi Abedin, right, and Kalpona Akter lead local demonstrators in protests at The Gap and Walmart on behalf of workers rights for Bangladeshi garment workers. Akter is the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, and Abedin is a survivor from the fatal factory fire in Dhaka in 2012 that killed more than 100 workers. (Photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Bangladesh garment workers demand US retailers “End Death Traps”

Fires at garment factories in Bangladesh have killed more than 600 workers since 2006. This week a survivor visited Seattle to confront consumers with the human cost of cheap apparel. 
Apr 26, 2013
Ghost Chile chocolates on display in the retail store at Theo Chocolates in Fremont. (Photo by Steve Ringman for The Seattle Times)

Can the fair trade movement deliver guilt-free chocoholism?

When you’re selling a global product sourced in poor countries, there’s no simple path to a clear conscience. 
Mar 1, 2013
Frustrated with the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs, Ryan Clark and Tim Andis founded Liberty Bottleworks. The company makes recycled aluminum bottles locally using mostly US machinery, materials and labor. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US, one water bottle at a time

It was the middle of that dark week before the New Year. Christmas cookies were growing stale in tins on the counter and emails had begun to pile up again. But the news of a plea for help from a forced labor camp in China cut through my holiday hangover. The Oregonian reported that a Portland […]
Jan 4, 2013

Video: Seattle’s hidden history of Filipino struggle

On Saturday, the Filipino activist group AnakBayan Seattle will celebrate its tenth anniversary as the first overseas chapter of the democratic youth organization, which is based in the Philippines. But the history of Filipinos fighting for dignity and respect in Seattle reaches back further to over a century ago. This history isn’t taught in schools, […]
Nov 29, 2012