A Wage Theft Rally in San Jose – August 2015

On August 22, 2015, I attended a rally in San Jose to protest the practice of wage theft by the Bay View Care Home. The Bay View Care Home has been found guilty of $83,846 in unpaid wages to its caregivers. Among the groups that particpated were the Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants, Anakbayan Silicon Valley, SEIU, the Silicon Valley Workers Project, the National Alliance for FIlipino Concerns, Migrante NorCal, the Santa Clara Valley Wage Theft Coalition, and the Democratic Club of Sunnyvale.

I took photos and talked to the various individuals who particpated in the rally. I learned a lot about the various activities going on in the valley concerning wage theft issues. Caregivers are especially vulnerable to wage theft, and this is of special concern to Filipino American worker groups, since Filipino Americans make up such a large percentage of caregivers in the valley. Over 60% of caregivers do not receive overtime pay for overtime work. Caregivers average around $1088 of wages unpaid per worker per month.

Here is a youtube video I made with photos of the rally.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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