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Friday, October 21, 2005

New Orleans Workers Sick, Groups Protest

Many immigrant laborers have been showing signs of illness from working around the polluted reminants of Hurricane Katrina. That's just a glimpse into the serious damage that can be done by even longer term exposure. Fortunately, a number of groups are protesting that the government properly protect these workers.

The New Standard reports:

Roger Cook, executive director of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH), said workers have developed rashes and coughs from the work, but no one appears to be doing anything about it.

"Contractors are hiring immigrant workers right here in Houston and taking them to New Orleans to do cleanup," Juan Alvarez, director of the Latin American Organization for Immigrant Rights in Houston said in yesterday’s statement. "I know men who have gotten so sick with diarrhea, skin inflammations and breathing problems. They can't work, so they've come back here. The contractors just hire more."


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