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The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

Too many Latino workers face disease, major injury and death while laboring in dangerous jobs with inadequate safeguards. In 2014, 804 Latino workers died on the job, with 64% of these fatalities being Latino workers born outside of the United States. Latino worker deaths recently have decreased even though more Latinos are working in the construction industry than ever before: Nearly 70% of new construction jobs between 2012 and 2015 were filled by Latino workers. The job fatality rate among Latino workers has declined by 38% since 2001, when the rate of Latino worker fatalities reached its highest (6.0 per 100,000 workers). But Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of death on the job, with a fatality rate that is 9% higher than for workers overall.

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Education, Not Deportation! North Carolina State AFL-CIO Calls on DHS to Protect Immigrant Students

Education, Not Deportation! North Carolina State AFL-CIO Calls on DHS to Protect Immigrant Students

In a letter sent last week, the North Carolina State AFL-CIO demanded that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson end the ongoing practice of immigration raids that are terrorizing our communities and requested protection for the Central American teenagers who are enrolled in the state’s public schools.

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Supreme Court Should Approve Policies that Will Provide Much-needed Relief to Immigrant Working Families

Supreme Court Should Approve Policies that Will Provide Much-needed Relief to Immigrant Working Families

We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the DAPA and expanded DACA case, which will have profound consequences for our immigrant brothers and sisters who live and work every day under a cloud of fear, as well as for the state of racial and economic justice in our country. We are confident that the Court will reverse the Fifth Circuit and allow the DAPA and expanded DACA policies to go into effect, affording millions of people the opportunity to apply for work authorization and temporary protection from deportation. We encourage the Department of Homeland Security to take all steps necessary to ensure these much-needed policies can be implemented as soon as possible after the Court issues its decision this summer.

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International Food Workers Show Solidarity with Chicago Nabisco Workers

Photo courtesy Eric Allix Rogers on Flickr

The International Union of Food Workers (IUF) and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) have affirmed their solidarity with employees of Mondelēz International, the maker of Nabisco products, around the world. The state of Illinois has given Nabisco/Mondelēz millions of dollars in public assistance and tax breaks. BCTGM represents some 4,000 Mondelēz workers. The company has asked for massive concessions from employees that BCTGM says would amount to lost wages and benefits of $22–$29 per hour, per employee, and would lead to hundreds of lost jobs. In July, the company moved hundreds of jobs from Chicago to Mexico, jobs that were mostly held by African American and Latino workers before the move. They are represented by BCTGM Local 300 in Chicago. Most of them are also over the age of 40, a surprisingly disproportionate targeting of experienced and valuable employees.

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Obama Administration’s Crackdown on Immigrants Ignores Due Process and Creates Communities Filled with Fear

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s large-scale deportations.

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Fed Up: Stop Breaking Up Families to Undermine Worker Organizing

In 2014, President Barack Obama said that U.S. immigration enforcement policies should focus on actual threats to our security and not interfere with workers' rights. Yet some employers have used immigration law as a way to bust union organizing and collective bargaining efforts. UNITE HERE represents workers at the Ruprecht Co., based in Mundelein, Ill. Watch the video to see what's been happening to working people at the company.

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We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

A year ago the president announced a series of executive actions on immigration. Today is a fitting time to honor those who compelled him to act.

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Trumka: Despite Legal Setback on Immigration Relief, Working People Keep Up Fight for Stronger Protections

Trumka: Despite Legal Setback on Immigration Relief, Working People Keep Up Fight for Stronger Protections

In response to the decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas v. U.S., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement.

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LCLAA Launches Latino Voter Education Project

LCLAA Launches Latino Voter Education Project

This week, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) launched a national campaign aimed at educating Latinos on the importance of voting a year before the presidential election. Latinos are the fastest-growing voter block and frequently play a decisive role in not only national elections, but in state and local elections in many parts of the country. The campaign will launch in the key states of Colorado, Florida and Texas and expand to other states.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Julie Gonzales

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Julie Gonzales

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of Hispanics, Latinos and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Julie Gonzales.

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