Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Labor Takes On Korean Shopkeepers</B>

StoryNovember 13, 1998
Watch iconWatch Full Show

Charging that thousands of Asian and Latino immigrant workers are routinely exploited in more than 200 Korean-owned Los Angeles restaurants, the Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA) has been at the forefront of a battle to organize these workers and improve what they say are deplorable working conditions. Low wages, abusive treatment and dangerous working conditions are just some of the charges leveled against the restaurant owners, represented by the Korean Restaurant Association. A recent Labor Department probe of Koreatown restaurants in LA uncovered rampant violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. The federal investigation was initiated after workers complained that their employers were making them sign agreements saying that they were independent contractors, and therefore exempt from state and federal labor laws.

Guest:

  • Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center and founding President of the Asian Pacific Labor Alliance, established in 1992.
  • Paul Lee, organizer for the Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA).

Related link:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation