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Trumka: President's Immigration Executive Action 'Moves Us Forward'

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's announced executive action on immigration reform.

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Trumka Calls on Obama to Take Executive Action on Immigration

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Wasting no time after the midterm elections, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka immediately stepped back into the policy arena, calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action on immigration. Executive action is particularly important now that a historically obstructionist Congress is likely to be followed by one that takes even less action on issues important to working families.

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined community leaders and immigrant voters in Denver on Wednesday to remind workers of the importance of voting in this year's elections. Gebre, the labor federation's first immigrant executive officer, visited Colorado as part of an action to encourage immigrant voters and workers to support working family candidates.

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10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers' Rights Now

10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers' Rights Now

Emilio Garcia began working for U.S. Fibers in South Carolina in April 2010 as a maintenance worker. He worked 12-hour shifts with only a 30-minute lunch break because his wife and children depend on him. Garcia said that from the very beginning he and other workers were humiliated by management. Conditions were so bad that he and other workers decided to organize themselves with the assistance of the United Steelworkers (USW). But management wasn't happy with Garcia's organizing efforts, and they slowly began cutting his hours before firing him in July of last year. Garcia told his story to an audience today at a panel discussion hosted by the AFL-CIO. 

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Trumka: Humanitarian Crisis Has Brought Out the Best and Worst in Us

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In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America and coming into the United States and surrendering to Border Patrol agents, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement saying that the crisis has brought about the best and worst amongst us.

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The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

When AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka thinks about immigration, he thinks about boats. "I think about boats coming to America long ago, filled with hopeful workers in search of a better life," wrote Trumka in a message to working families supporters. 

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Working Families Call for House Republicans to Act on One-Year Anniversary of Stalling on Immigration

Working Families Call for House Republicans to Act on One-Year Anniversary of Stalling on Immigration

A year ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill that would address many of the flaws with the country's broken immigration system, but House Republican leaders have done just about everything in their power to stall the bill, and it hasn't even come to a vote. Today, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) hosted an event to highlight the tragic impact the ongoing deportation crisis has had on workers and families.

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Failed Immigration Policy Leaves Women and Children Hungry and Dehydrated at Arizona Bus Stations, Union Members Step in to Help

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Since Memorial Day, border advocates and social service providers in Arizona have been responding to a sudden and substantial rise in the number of women and children arriving after having fled violence and severe conditions in Guatemala and Honduras. Service providers became overwhelmed as the numbers of people arriving at the Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Ariz., grew to 100 per day. They needed help in providing these migrant women and children with food, water and health and legal services, and the local labor movement quickly stepped in.

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The #Not1More Hunger Strikers Meet with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Urgency to Stop Deportations Heightens Before May Day

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last week met with hunger strikers from the #Not1More campaign who are protesting the more than 2 million deportations that are tearing families apart from each other and hurting communities. At the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., Trumka addressed the three dozen hunger strikers, hailing from New Orleans and Springfield, Mass., and expressed his appreciation for “calling attention to this untenable, unacceptable situation.”

If you want to send a message of solidarity and encouragement to the hunger strikers, text HUNGER to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Working Families Send Messages of Solidarity to Immigrant Workers on Hunger Strike

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Last week AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the Metropolitan Washington Labor Council met with hunger strikers who are protesting deportations that rip families apart from each other. These hunger strikers are camped out in front of the White House in Lafayette Park. 

If you want to send your own message to the hunger strikers, text HUNGER to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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