Summary Report: Asian Pacific Islander Workers Hearing
The first ever California State Assembly Hearing on Asian Pacific Islander Workers was convened by the Labor Employment Committee and the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, at the request of Assembly member Judy Chu. The Hearing brought together Asian Pacific Islander workers and advocates from all over California. Their stories are a snapshot of millions of workers. The testimonies gave a glimpse of the detrimental impact that worker exploitation has on families and communities. Most importantly, workers and advocates made concrete recommendations for state legislative and enforcement actions that could significantly improve the lives of Asian Pacific Islander workers, their families and their communities.
This summary seeks to synthesize the issues and recommendations in a useful form for workers, advocates, legislators, and communities. The quotations come from Hearing testimony, public comments, and submitted written statements. While neither the Hearing nor the Report is meant to be an exhaustive study of Asian Pacific Islander workers, they are an important and informative step toward further investigation. A complete transcript of the hearing will be available.