Monthly Archives: February 2009

Migrant worker’s family dies in car accident

Media for Social Change – CITIZENShift » Horrible news for José Olvera

The story of José Olvera is one that we have been following for some time. (See our previous posts on Olvera’s story, including our visit to his family, and thoughts on the situation of migrant.)

Sadly, his personal drama unfolded recently in a tragic way. Today he boarded plane back to Mexico, after over 6 years in Canada, some of them as a non-status person. He has not been back to his home country in all those years. Not seen his family. He has a legal case still in waiting, but I can only presume there is little chance of him wining it now. He may never be allowed back to Canada and he will be incapable of sustaining his family in Mexico.

The horrible news is that on the night of Wednesday, seven members of José’s family were involved in a car accident. They were traveling together in a minibus, on their way home from the nearest town, Tlaxco. In a curve the bus was hit by an oncoming trailer truck. The minibus rolled over and four of the seven family members were killed, this includes his sister. Three remain in intensive care; one of them is severely injured and might not survive.

I will be posting more on his story soon along with a podcast on his entire story. One article appeared in a local newspaper.


Mexico state and Canadian union sign migrant worker protection pact

Mexico state and Canadian union sign migrant worker protection pact

MORELIA, MICHOACÁN, MEXICO–(Marketwire – Feb. 24, 2009) –

Migrant workers from the Mexico state of Michoacán will have enhanced protections when they arrive in Canada this season, thanks to a new historic agreement.

On Tuesday, February 24, Wayne Hanley, the National President of UFCW Canada, and Governor Leonel Godoy Rangel from the State of Michoacán signed a landmark co-operation agreement to ensure that the human and labour rights of agricultural workers from Michoacán, Mexico are recognized and enforced while they work in Canadian fields and greenhouses.

It is a first-of-its kind North American agreement, where a state institution has partnered with a civil society organization to extend services and assistance to its citizens working outside of Mexico. It is a unique pact developed after work and consultation between Mexico executive and parliamentary authorities, as well as state authorities – and UFCW Canada which, for more than a decade, has led the campaign for the rights of migrant workers.

Rosario de Cobarubias

Dans ce reportage enregistré sur le terrain, lors d’un road trip, nous rencontrons des femmes et des hommes qui parlent de leurs expériences de travail au Canada.

Pour écouter:
Visite à Rosario de Cobarubias | Parole Citoyenne

searching for a job? want to work on a farm?

Media for Social Change – CITIZENShift » Searching for a job? Want to work on a farm?

UFCW calls on Alberta Premier to “End the Harvest of Death”

UFCW calls on Alberta Premier to “End the Harvest of Death” | National “End the Harvest of Death” –  UFCW national president Wayne Hanley says that it is time for Alberta to join the national consensus by becoming the ninth province to respect the health and safety rights of agriculture workers.

Union of Public and General Employees

Help foreign farm workers, B.C. government urged

The B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association is looking for government help in improving conditions for foreign farm workers.

Delegates to the association’s annual convention in Penticton have
approved three resolutions regarding the seasonal agricultural workers
program, which was launched in 2004.

Help foreign farm workers, B.C. government urged