Union Targets Prison Labor

The United Farm Workers (UFW) union is targeting prison labor, but not for the purpose of organizing.

They are calling for action against a plan that would put Colorado inmates to work in farming fields with the purpose of mending an immigrant-worker shortage brought on by tougher immigration laws.  “Slavery is illegal in the United States…or that’s what we believe,” reads a communiqu

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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