Bay Area Filipinos commemorate International Worker's Day

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 2, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – Filipinos in the Bay Area joined others across the country in yesterday’s commemoration of International Worker’s Day.

Filipino organizations in Oakland, Cali. took to the streets to protest the unfair treatment of workers.

“It’s such a big sacrifice to leave your family in the Philippines to come here to give yourself a good future,” said Roger Adino the president of Migrante Northern California.

Even young Pinoys say they experience the hardships their parents face every day.

“Now they have no days off because they need to keep working in order to make ends meet and we keep getting hit with audits so it’s been hard,” said ALAY member Claire Warren.

Meantime in Daly City, Calif. Filipino high school teachers gathered members of the community into the Westmoor high school library to hear from actual victims of wage theft.

Ofelia Prettyman of San Francisco, Calif. is a caregiver who only wanted to make sure her family in the Philippines was receiving her hard-earned money.

As one of the many victims of wage theft, she is speaking out about its injustice.

“I wasn’t getting paid right. I was getting paid way below the minimum wage which the law allows to pay workers. I didn’t realize that. What’s in my head is as long as I have work, as long I make money that I can send to the Philippines then it’s ok not realizing there is more than just working,” said Prettyman.

NAFCON National Treasurer Aurora Victoria David sums up the importance of how Filipinos from all over the country can gather to voice the same issue.

“A worker’s issue in Daly City is a worker’s issue in New York. It’s a worker’s issue in LA. It’s a worker’s issue in the Philippines. Worker’s rights in human rights! It shows our consecutiveness. It shows with collective action we can change things,” said David.

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  • JRB
    2 May 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe what I’m reading about worker’s rights from the people from philippines ? Let me ask you all that is crying about human rights, why you have a mouth and labor laws in America. What going on with you all from the Philippines wake up open your mouth and turn in your boss to the labor department and see what happens to your boss, he or she might go to jail or pay a big fine. Call the labor department right away bring out names !