Labor Day 2013 could hardly be more significant. Coverage of the 50th anniversary of The 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" has reminded the nation of the role that some labor groups had it its organization. This week fast food workers nationwide are demonstrating for higher wages and the right to organize.
In metro Denver, Centro Humanitario
has several long-term campaigns to advocate workers rights. KUVO interviewed one domestic worker, Araceli Diaz, who tells her own story of wage theft and abuse. (Translating is Nancy Rosas, director of the Women's Program at Centro Humanitario.) The National Domestic Workers Alliance published the first national study of domestic work and workers in the U.S.: "Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work."
(music on this feature by Smithsonian Folkways' Music of New Mexico - Hispanic Traditions "Valse," "Mananitas tapatias" and Southwest Musicians, Westminster, Colo. 2001, "Baile de la Escoba")