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Pineros: Latino Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest

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The exploitation of Latino workers in many industries, from

agriculture and meat packing to textile manufacturing and janitorial

services, is well known. By contrast, pineros — itinerant workers who

form the backbone of the forest management labour force on federal land

-- toil in obscurity.

Drawing on government papers, media accounts, and interviews with

federal employees and Latino forest workers in Oregon's Rogue

Valley, Brinda Sarathy investigates how the federal government came to

be one of the single largest employers of Latino labour in the Pacific

Northwest. She documents pinero wages, working conditions, and benefits

in comparison to those of white loggers and tree planters,

exposing exploitation that, she argues, is the product of an ongoing

history of institutionalized racism, fragmented policy, and

intra-ethnic exploitation in the West. To overcome this legacy, Sarathy

offers a number of proposals to improve the visibility and working

conditions of pineros and to provide them with a stronger voice in

immigration and forestry policy-making.

This vividly drawn account fills many gaps in our understanding of

forest management in the Pacific Northwest, making clear that true

environmental justice must take into account not only stewardship of

forests, but also the treatment of the people who work in them.

Brinda Sarathy is an assistant professor of

environmental analysis at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

Synopsis:

Although the exploitation of Latino workers in many industries is

well known, pineros — Latino forest workers — toil largely in

obscurity. Brinda Sarathy investigates how the US federal government

came to be one of the country's largest employers of Latino

labour, and documents pinero wages and working conditions in comparison

to those of white forest labourers. Pinero exploitation, Sarathy

argues, is the product of an ongoing history of institutionalized

racism in the West. Overcoming this legacy depends on improving the

visibility and working conditions of pineros and providing them with a

stronger voice in immigration and forestry policy-making.

Table of Contents

1 Invisible Workers

2 Cutting and Planting

3 From Pears to Pines

4 The Marginality of Forest Workers

5 A Tale of Two Valleys

6 Conclusions

Appendix; Bibliography; Notes; Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780774821148
Author:
Sarathay, Brinda
Publisher:
UBC Press
Author:
Sarathy, Brinda
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Environmental Engineering-Forestry
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Related Subjects

Business » Human Resource Management
Business » Management
Engineering » Environmental Engineering » Forestry
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Hispanic American Studies
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Latin American
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Forests
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Management

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Product details 208 pages UBC Press - English 9780774821148 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Although the exploitation of Latino workers in many industries is

well known, pineros — Latino forest workers — toil largely in

obscurity. Brinda Sarathy investigates how the US federal government

came to be one of the country's largest employers of Latino

labour, and documents pinero wages and working conditions in comparison

to those of white forest labourers. Pinero exploitation, Sarathy

argues, is the product of an ongoing history of institutionalized

racism in the West. Overcoming this legacy depends on improving the

visibility and working conditions of pineros and providing them with a

stronger voice in immigration and forestry policy-making.

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