Protestors explain significance of May Day

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 1, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – Today is “May Day” – International Workers’ Day.

It is a movement that has now grown into annual human rights protests held all over the world.

Joining us via cell phone in Los Angeles to explain May Day are members of the Pilipino Workers Center: Executive Director Aqui Versoza and Filipino caregiver Kathleen Garcia.

In the U.S. it has become a day when Kababayans take to the streets to shed light on issues that impact the community such as the immigration reform and better wages and benefits.

When it comes to immigration reform the bill which was passed in the Senate in 2013 has stalled in the House of Representatives.

Immigrants and their advocates are calling on President Obama to halt all deportations for the time being.

Meantime President Obama has been lobbying congress to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

But a bill to raise the minimum wage stalled in the senate Wednesday, when it did not get enough votes to proceed.

Supporters needed 60 votes to open debate in the Democratic led chamber.

They got only 54.

Republicans voted against the bill, saying it will put a burden on small businesses and will lead to layoffs.

President Obama criticized GOP lawmakers for not supporting the increase.

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  • Mario
    1 May 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Increase on minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, is good for the workers, bad for the employers.. Illegals are willing to accept for $5.00/hr.Yaan ang magiging problema ninyo.. lahat ang bilihin ay tataas din .Employers will reduced the time of work from 40hrs to 30 hrs, part time nalang, para, hindi magbayad nang Obamacare. Employers, prefer to get illegal workers, they are willing to accept”under the table money”.Several factories like Toyota are moving-out to a Republican control state, Texas, lower business tax, mas-yadong mataas and cost of living to all Democrat controlled state like California.New York,Hawaii etc.. .Filipinos are concentrated mostly in Houston, Texas dahil maraming trabaho doon , at may reward money from the State for turnin-in an illegals. Try to apply for a job in the internet baka sakali.

  • JRB
    1 May 2014 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Soon or later this had to happen increase the minimum wage ? Look the poor people need the increase, and the rich people don’t need it. Employers is already reduced the work from full time to part time. So employers get use to the increase of the minimum wage it’s about time. Obama Thank You ! You finally did something “RIGHT” ……..

  • Kikay Pang0
    2 May 2014 at 5:00 am - Reply

    If min. wage Increase happen … big and small business owners will be force to close or move somewhere else and this is another favorable opportunity for China … who are the losers ? Americans and illegals.