Workers rights and immigrant rights are inextricably linked, especially in California where immigrants comprise over a third of the workforce. Our state benefits deeply from the economic contributions of our diverse immigrant workforce, including those who are undocumented, who make up about one in ten workers in California. And yet, despite California’s leadership with some of the most progressive worker protection laws in the country, immigrant and refugee workers still face harassment, retaliation, and discrimination in the workplace because of their status.
In light of increasing federal attacks, California must uphold labor and employment standards and protect all workers’ labor and civil rights, regardless of immigration status. CIPC supports local campaigns and worker-led organizations and works to advance policies that protect immigrants in the workplace.