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    :: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 ::

    Gulf Coast Cleanup Workers Must Be Protected from Serious Health Hazards - Medical News Today (press release), UK
    'We're seeing who gets hurt when you ignore safety and health protections,' said Juan Alvarez, Director, Latin American Organization for Immigrant Rights in Houston. 'Contractors are hiring immigrant workers right here in Houston and taking them to New Orleans to do cleanup. 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. Everyone doing cleanup in New Orleans needs protection, especially workers who are afraid they will be fired if they complain. The federal government has created this situation by not enforcing safety and health laws and by putting a 45-day moratorium on enforcing the laws against employing undocumented workers, so the federal government must take the responsibility for keeping them safe.'
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