California is facing record low unemployment alongside a record high number of open jobs, over half of which require less than a bachelor’s degree. Yet employers continue to extend bachelor’s degree requirements to more jobs, shutting people out of current and future opportunities. Additionally, predictions about increased automation forecast that approximately 15 percent of the global workforce could be displaced by 2030, with low wage jobs being hit the hardest. Without effective organizing and progressive policy change, low-wage workers, including immigrants, will continue to bear the impact of economic inequality.
Meanwhile, as federal attacks increase and critical programs like DACA and TPS are under threat, independent contracting and entrepreneurship are some of the only opportunities that immigrants have left to work and achieve economic mobility. While self-employment and independent contracting offer certain advantages, such as flexibility, these workers are blocked from accessing basic labor protections and employee or tax benefits, even though they work and pay taxes.
CIPC believes that all immigrants should have the opportunity to work and that all workers work with dignity, safety and are able to access opportunity and economic mobility. With our partners, we are committed to developing a campaign and policy agenda that ensures the future of work benefits all.