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PARCC Labor Studies Group Panel discussion

060 Eggers Hall

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"Taken for a Ride: Guestworkers in the U.S." Recruited to the United States on H-2 visas, guestworkers are subjected to extreme labor exploitation. Bound to a single employer by the terms of their visas and embroiled in complex and costly recruitment and subcontracting arrangements, guestworkers lack the ability to organize, collectively bargain and otherwise challenge their working and living conditions. This event takes advantage of Syracuse's distinction as host to the Great New York State Fair, an event during which, in 2010, the conditions faced by guestworkers were brought to light after a food contractor was found guilty of wage theft and human trafficking of at least nineteen Mexican guestworkers. The speakers at this event will discuss the political-economy of U.S. guestworker programs, describe the conditions faced by guestworkers in the seafood processing and fair/carnival industries and highlight innovative local and transnational forms of organizing and advocacy aimed at improving the working conditions faced by these "excluded workers."

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.