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. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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