One hundred immigrant women are walking 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement will join them. On Saturday, Sept. 19, Neidi Dominguez, director of Worker Centers and assistant director for Community Change at the AFL-CIO, and María Elena Durazo, vice president of Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity at UNITE HERE, will join these courageous women to speak out against immigrant families being separated as a result of the broken immigration system in the United States. The labor movement is proud to join the women in their fight against wage theft, gender discrimination and sexual harassment on the job. As we await the historic arrival of Pope Francis, we join activists from across the country to give him a warm welcome and uplift the voices of the immigrant women who help make this country better every day.
Leaving today from the York County Detention Center in Pennsylvania, 100 women are starting on a 100-mile pilgrimage to share their stories of migration. The women were inspired by Pope Francis' call for dignity for migrants and urge for parishes and countries to open their doors to refugees. The women will walk about 15 miles a day and will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22, the same day the pope arrives for a U.S. visit.
As the 2016 presidential election approaches, Republican candidates and corporate CEOs are seeking to undermine the unity of working people by employing the politics of fear and division. Time and again, they have tried ugly and manipulative ways to pit us against each other, but working people know that these tired attempts to divide us are simply a distraction from the important issues we face in our lives.
Our country is addicted to cheap labor, and our broken immigration system helps to feed the addiction. Immigrant workers themselves are not to blame for stagnant wages in our country. The problem is caused by employers who put profits ahead of people, and trample rights and drive down standards in the process.
This week marks the three-year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an important time to mark the contributions of DACAmented workers to our communities and our economy. DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of aspiring Americans and union members to live and work without fear in the United States.In the face of a highly political legal injunction of the new deferred action program for parents and the expansion of DACA, the labor movement reiterates unwavering support for the expansion of these much-needed deferred action programs and calls upon the administration to further exercise its discretion by providing relief and work authorization to undocumented workers brave enough to raise concerns about unsafe conditions, unpaid wages and abusive treatment.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Justice Department's appeal of a federal district judge's February decision that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's November executive action on immigration. The court’s ruling threatens immigration relief for as many as 4 million people. Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement (read after the jump).
This week marks the five-year anniversary of Arizona's notorious S.B. 1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents, or "attrition through enforcement," in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates racial profiling by requiring law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of community members who they "suspect may be undocumented."
The state’s second labor-supported immigrant advocacy center opened Tuesday, April 21, at the Jersey Gardens Mall, as the result of a unique partnership between Union County and We Are One New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more than 400,000 legal immigrants living and working in New Jersey become U.S. citizens.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has called on the federal government to investigate abuses in the H-1B visa program, including allegations that some U.S. firms have not only laid off American high-tech workers and replaced them with lower-paid foreign workers, but forced the American employees to train their replacements.