Migrant Workers
Crossing over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
Crossing over
A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
Paperback      ISBN: 0312421230

The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world, breached daily by Mexicans in search of work. Thousands die crossing the line and those who reach "the other side" are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected. "Crossing Over" puts a human face on the phenomenon, following the exodus of the Chavez clan, an extended Mexican family who lost three sons in a tragic border accident. Martinez follows the migrants' progress from their small southern Mexican town of Cheran to California, Wisconsin, and Missouri where far from joining the melting pot, Martinez argues, the seven million migrants in the U.S. are creating a new culture that will alter both Mexico and the United States as the two countries come increasingly to resemble each other."

Bracero Railroaders: The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West
Bracero Railroaders
The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West
Hardcover      ISBN: 0295998326

Desperate for laborers to keep the trains moving during World War II, the U.S. and Mexican governments created a now mostly forgotten bracero railroad program that sent a hundred thousand Mexican workers across the border to build and maintain railroad lines throughout the United States, particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions, most bracero railroaders lived in squalor, worked dangerous jobs, and were subject to harsh racial discrimination.

Making matters worse, the governments held a percentage of the workers' earnings in a savings and retirement program that supposedly would await the men on their return to Mexico. However, rampant corruption within both the railroad companies and the Mexican banks meant that most workers were unable to collect what was rightfully theirs.

Historian Erasmo Gamboa recounts the difficult conditions, systemic racism, and decades-long quest for justice these men faced. The result is a pathbreaking examination that deepens our understanding of Mexican American, immigration, and labor histories in the twentieth-century U.S. West.

Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture
Chasing the Harvest
Migrant Workers in California Agriculture
Paperback      ISBN: 1786632217
Lives from an invisible community--the migrant farmworkers of the United States

The Grapes of Wrath brought national attention to the condition of California's migrant farmworkers in the 1930s. Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' grape and lettuce boycotts captured the imagination of the United States in the 1960s and '70s. Yet today, the stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California's fields--one third of the nation's agricultural work force--are rarely heard, despite the persistence of wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and uncertain futures. This book of oral histories makes the reality of farm work visible in accounts of hardship, bravery, solidarity, and creativity in California's fields, as real people struggle to win new opportunities for future generations.

Among the narrators:

Maricruz, a single mother fired from a packing plant after filing a sexual assault complaint against her supervisor.

Roberto, a vineyard laborer in the scorching Coachella Valley who became an advocate for more humane working conditions after his teenage son almost died of heatstroke.

Oscar, an elementary school teacher in Salinas who wants to free his students from a life in the fields, the fate that once awaited him as a child.
Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America's Mexican Migrants
Coyotes
A Journey Across Borders with America's Mexican Migrants
Paperback      ISBN: 0394755189

To discover what becomes of Mexicans who come illegally to the United States, Conover disguised himself as an illegal alien, traveling and working across America for more than a year. This is the chronicle of his journey.

"Ted Conover lived the bizarre life of the Mexican illegals. Theirs is a sub-terrestrial world of high-wire tensions, of brutal police, of sinister smugglers . . . A devastating document, this one must be read."--Leon Uris
Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
Crossing Over
A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1250026725

Beautifully written and important...Martinez shows us how 'America' is being reimagined by its uninvited, its disrespected, its invisible, and he shows us that they will change us, whether we like it or not.--Los Angeles Times

In the decade since Crossing Over first appeared, immigration from Mexico has only become more fraught and more lethal, the rallying cry of nativist politics and a pawn in the war on terror. Yet the U.S.-Mexican border remains one of the most permeable boundaries in the world, breached daily by Mexicans in search of work. Thousands die crossing the line, and those who reach the other side are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected.

Following the emigration of the Ch vez clan, an extended Mexican family who lost three sons in a tragic border accident, Rub n Mart nez traces the migrants' progress from their small southern Mexican town of Cher n to California, Wisconsin, and Missouri. Far from joining the melting pot, Mart nez argues, the seven million migrants who are now here are creating a new Hispanic-influenced culture that is dramatically altering both Mexico and the United States.

Hailed as valuable, passionate, and terrific, Crossing Over puts a human face on the phenomenon of Mexican immigration and the vibrant Latino culture it introduces to the U.S., and remains a beautifully written classic of our time.

Dark Sweat, White Gold: California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal
Dark Sweat, White Gold
California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal
Paperback      ISBN: 0520207106

In her incisive analysis of the shaping of California's agricultural work force, Devra Weber shows how the cultural background of Mexican and, later, Anglo-American workers, combined with the structure of capitalist cotton production and New Deal politics, forging a new form of labor relations. She pays particular attention to Mexican field workers and their organized struggles, including the famous strikes of 1933.

Weber's perceptive examination of the relationships between economic structure, human agency, and the state, as well as her discussions of the crucial role of women in both Mexican and Anglo working-class life, make her book a valuable contribution to labor, agriculture, Chicano, Mexican, and California history.

Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom
Defiant Braceros
How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1469629763

In this book, Mireya Loza sheds new light on the private lives of migrant men who participated in the Bracero Program (1942-1964), a binational agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers to enter this country on temporary work permits. While this program and the issue of temporary workers has long been politicized on both sides of the border, Loza argues that the prevailing romanticized image of braceros as a family-oriented, productive, legal workforce has obscured the real, diverse experiences of the workers themselves. Focusing on underexplored aspects of workers' lives--such as their transnational union-organizing efforts, the sexual economies of both hetero and queer workers, and the ethno-racial boundaries among Mexican indigenous braceros--Loza reveals how these men defied perceived political, sexual, and racial norms.

Basing her work on an archive of more than 800 oral histories from the United States and Mexico, Loza is the first scholar to carefully differentiate between the experiences of mestizo guest workers and the many Mixtec, Zapotec, Purhepecha, and Mayan laborers. In doing so, she captures the myriad ways these defiant workers responded to the intense discrimination and exploitation of an unjust system that still persists today.

Disrupting Deportability: Transnational Workers Organize
Disrupting Deportability
Transnational Workers Organize
Paperback      ISBN: 1501742140

In an original and striking study of migration management in operation, Disrupting Deportability highlights obstacles confronting temporary migrant workers in Canada seeking to exercise their labor rights. Leah F. Vosko explores the effects of deportability on Mexican nationals participating in Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP).

Vosko follows the decade-long legal and political struggle of a group of Mexican SAWP migrants in British Columbia to establish and maintain meaningful collective representation. Her case study reveals how modalities of deportability--such as termination without cause, blacklisting, and attrition--destabilize legally authorized temporary migrant agricultural workers. Through this detailed expos , Disrupting Deportability concludes that despite the formal commitments to human, social, and civil rights to which migration management ostensibly aspires, the design and administration of this model temporary migrant work program produces conditions of deportability, making the threat possibility of removal ever-present.

Disrupting Deportability: Transnational Workers Organize
Disrupting Deportability
Transnational Workers Organize
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501742132

In an original and striking study of migration management in operation, Disrupting Deportability highlights obstacles confronting temporary migrant workers in Canada seeking to exercise their labor rights. Leah F. Vosko explores the effects of deportability on Mexican nationals participating in Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP).

Vosko follows the decade-long legal and political struggle of a group of Mexican SAWP migrants in British Columbia to establish and maintain meaningful collective representation. Her case study reveals how modalities of deportability--such as termination without cause, blacklisting, and attrition--destabilize legally authorized temporary migrant agricultural workers. Through this detailed expos , Disrupting Deportability concludes that despite the formal commitments to human, social, and civil rights to which migration management ostensibly aspires, the design and administration of this "model" temporary migrant work program produces conditions of deportability, making the threat possibility of removal ever-present.

Dust and Dignity: Domestic Employment in Contemporary Ecuador
Dust and Dignity
Domestic Employment in Contemporary Ecuador
Hardcover      ISBN: 150173945x

What makes domestic work a bad job, even after efforts to formalize and improve working conditions? Erynn Masi de Casanova's case study, based partly on collaborative research conducted with Ecuador's pioneer domestic workers' organization, examines three reasons for persistent exploitation. First, the tasks of social reproduction are devalued. Second, informal work arrangements escape regulation. And third, unequal class relations are built into this type of employment. Accessible to advocates and policymakers as well as academics, this book provides both theoretical discussions about domestic work and concrete ideas for improving women's lives.

Drawing on workers' stories of lucha, trabajo, and sacrificio--struggle, work, and sacrifice--Dust and Dignity offers a new take on an old occupation. From the intimate experience of being a body out of place in an employer's home, to the common work histories of Ecuadorian women in different cities, to the possibilities for radical collective action at the national level, Casanova shows how and why women do this stigmatized and precarious work and how they resist exploitation in the search for dignified employment. From these searing stories of workers' lives, Dust and Dignity identifies patterns in domestic workers' experiences that will be helpful in understanding the situation of workers elsewhere and offers possible solutions for promoting and ensuring workers' rights that have relevance far beyond Ecuador.