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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:35 AM
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In Wake of Arizona Law, Labor Unites Behind Immigration Reform
Source: The Washington Independent


In Wake of Arizona Law, Labor Unites Behind Immigration Reform
Unions Stand to Gain Strength From Legalization Efforts

By Sahil Kapur 6/28/10 6:00 AM

For most of their history, labor unions opposed attempts at loosening immigration laws and often threw their weight behind restrictionist measures. During the most recent overhaul effort in 2007, a schism among unions cracked an otherwise willing liberal coalition and helped defeat the reform bill. But now, in the wake of Arizonas strict and highly controversial new immigration law, labor has united to support immigration reform with unprecedented vigor.

Richard Trumka, president of the 11.5-million-member AFL-CIO, gave a pivotal speech on June 18 at the City Club of Cleveland that crystallized labors shift in outlook. Trumka, the nations most powerful labor voice, made a moral and economic case for reform and pledged to face head-on our own contradictions, hypocrisy and history on immigration. AFL-CIO has joined forces with the 2.2-million-strong Service Employees International Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union to pour resources into the fight, and the three have written a joint letter to Congress detailing labors unified position and unfailing commitment to sweeping reform.

Labor leaders have come to view an immigration overhaul as an opportunity rather than a threat to their interests. A large population of unlawful immigrants undercuts both the working class and the influence of unions, while legalized immigrants could be tapped to expand union membership. Likewise, joining forces with the pro-reform and growing Hispanic community can help secure the movements future.
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Right now, the big fire thats pushing the labor movement is whats happening in Arizona, said Bronfenbrenner. Its hurting workers all over the country. Trumka forcefully criticized the law in his Cleveland speech as part of a hate campaign against working people, one thats designed to make anyone who might look like an immigrant live in fear of the police.


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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:26 AM
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1. This is huge. Aggressive labor support (and funding) is a SIGNIFICANT shift
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