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In 2021, Amazon reportedly spent more than $4.3 million on anti-union consultants.

Tech workers, warehouse employees and baristas have notched victories at major U.S. companies including Apple, Amazon and Starbucks - recent union wins that recall another pivotal period in the U.S. labor movement, led by migrants from Central America. Read more»

Eloy was once dubbed as cotton city, and Frontier Street used to be the busiest street in town. Since the introduction of Interstate-10 that runs parallel, the traffic slowed and the town’s main hub of attraction wilted.

Home to just under 16,000 residents and mostly known for world-class skydiving and copious amounts of dust, Eloy sits along Interstate 10 midway between Phoenix and Tucson - but a rich history can be found deeper in the city off Exit 208. Read more»

As the rate of tick-borne diseases rises, vaccines that stop ticks in their tracks could be an essential preventive tool.

A new laboratory-stage mRNA vaccine that teaches the immune system to recognize the saliva from tick bites could prevent these bugs from feeding on and transmitting tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease and other pathogens, to people. Read more»

A group of members with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition holds a banner that says, 'Stop Deportations. Immigration Reform Now' in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.

While a pathway to citizenship was nixed in the most recent version of the Build Back Better Act, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and immigration advocates still welcome the protections from deportation expected to impact about 6.5 million undocumented immigrants. Read more»

Farmworkers pick strawberries at Lewis Taylor Farms in Fort Valley, Georgia.

President Joe Biden announced this week that his administration’s efforts to address extreme heat will include new rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers from dangerous conditions. Read more»

The poll found over 60% of Arizona voters say immigrant laws and regulations are not working.

Arizona voters overwhelmingly support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who meet the conditions for “earned citizenship” - undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, farmworkers, essential workers and those with Temporary Protected Status. Read more»

A farmworker near McFarland, California, wheels his supplies to the truck at the end of his shift.

Among the nation’s 50 million immigrants from more than 150 countries, most are more likely to be service, construction and transportation employees - the people who work in fields, cook and package takeout orders in restaurants, and are the foundation of farm to table. Read more»

Field workers cut Swiss chard, bringing the produce to workers who sort good plants from bad. Good plants are boxed and sent to market, while the bad are used to fertilize the field.

Of the more than half a million agricultural workers that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. as of March 10, it estimated that just under 7,200 of those cases were in Arizona and about 1,000 of which were in Yuma County, where farming brings an estimated $2.5 billion a year into the local economy. Read more»

New citizens are sworn in during a ceremony at the Grand Canyon in this 2017 file photo. Two bills approved by the House would make it easier for undocumented residents to get citizenship and for undocumented farm workers to get permanent legal status.

The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farm workers, potentially affecting millions in the U.S. and tens of thousands in Arizona. Read more»

The challenges of inoculating millions of residents against Covid-19 are particularly acute in the South, where large populations of immigrants living there illegally help maintain the region's thriving agricultural and food-processing industries and face a fear of deportation.

Even as Republican leaders, emboldened by the Trump administration’s four years of anti-immigrant vitriol, denounce unauthorized residents as criminals and call for more limited paths to citizenship, clinic directors in many Southern states say rolling out vaccination plans in immigrant communities is a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Read more»

Farmworkers pick lettuce in Yuma in this 2013 file photo. The Yuma area is routinely among the top regions in the U.S. for the number of H-2A visas issued for temporary immigrant workers.

The nation’s largest agricultural union is suing the Department of Labor for imposing a two-year wage freeze on farm laborers, who are already among the lowest paid workers in the United States. Read more»

Migrant workers harvest cauliflower in Washington. The House is considering a bipartisan bill that would increase the number of H-2A visas for farm workers while setting pay rates and making it easier for them to get permanent legal resident status in the U.S.

A House committee gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would add 20,000 farmworker visas and let some workers apply for permanent legal residency, despite Republican concerns that it could open the door to more illegal immigration. Read more»

In at least seven cases where workers accused his clients of mistreatment, attorney Anthony Raimondo asked immigration authorities if they would like to arrest the complainants. Read more» 1

Farming groups are worried that there may not be enough workers like this one, shown harvesting bell peppers, to bring in the winter vegetables after the government shutdown delayed the processing of visas for farm workers.

This month’s federal government shutdown caused a backup in seasonal farmworkers’ visa applications that some groups say could lead to a labor shortage during the coming winter vegetable harvest. Read more»

Dolores Huerta

Civil rights activist and United Farm Workers of America co-founder Dolores Huerta will receive the nation's highest civilian honor when she is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this spring. Read more» 1

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