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21 Jun A broken immigration system

The Labor Wire June 21, 2018  After a week of family separation, workplace raids and even more bad legislation, it is clearer than ever that we must fix our broken immigration system. “The Trump administration is using enforcement overreach to terrify immigrant workers and is directly threatening our freedom to stand together and fight in unions for fair pay and treatment,” said AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka.   Trumka added: “Nothing embodies our broken immigration system more than the unnecessary pain and suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters as families are torn apart at the border.” -- Message of the Day --A Broken Immigration System  America’s broken immigration system and threats of detention and deportation have been used as leverage to lower pay, worsen benefits and make workplaces less safe for decades. The brutal policy of ripping children from the arms of parents at America’s borders adds a new low to this legacy. A first priority of any nation must be to safeguard families and our most vulnerable people, especially those who come here seeking safety and refuge. Necessary, too, are good jobs and the freedom to stand together in unity to raise pay and lift up our communities. Working people want real solutions, not the two bad bills put forward by Congress, because both choke off legal immigration, expand abusive temporary work visa programs, and fail to protect families and children. The AFL‑CIO demands comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship and an end to a system that hurts working people. Kitchen Table Economics  69%: That’s how many participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, got a higher-paying job because of work authorization, said a survey from the Center for American Progress. The results illustrate the way good immigration policy can raise pay.  Take Action Protect Dreamers!              Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   June 21, 2018   ...

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31 May Jobs, jobs, jobs

The Labor Wire May 31, 2018 Washington often misses the big picture by focusing on narrow details, like the monthly jobs report due out tomorrow from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This month’s numbers will likely continue a trend of modest job growth dating back to the administration of President Barack Obama, which pundits say is a success. Not so fast. We demand a robust program to create millions of jobs coupled with a $15 minimum wage, so regular working people can work hard to get ahead for a change. Message of the Day - Jobs, Jobs, Jobs The monthly jobs reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have put the unemployment rate in the 4% range for months, which might sound rosy to some people. Yet more than 1.3 million unemployed workers in America have been looking fruitlessly for work for more than six months, and 5 million workers are stuck in part-time jobs while looking for full-time work. Wages for too many of us have remained stubbornly low. America’s working people demand better. We want federal and state legislation to lift the minimum wage to $15 an hour and index it to the median wage. We want new appointments to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to be committed to full employment, which has been a sidelined priority of the Federal Reserve for far too long, and we want full employment to be measured by the growth of real wages in line with productivity. We want budget and tax policies that prioritize full employment and good-paying jobs, including massive and sustained investments in America’s infrastructure. The AFL‑CIO is committed to building power for a new set of economic rules so working people can earn rising pay and good benefits.   Kitchen Table Economics 20%: That’s how much less millennial workers earn when compared to the wages brought home by baby boomers at the same age.   Take Action Join a union! ...

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30 Apr Demand Protection for ALL Workers – OCLF May Day March & Rally

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2018 ORANGE COUNTY, CA -  Every year, the Orange County Labor Federation organizes the May Day March and rally in commemoration of International Workers Day.  With a broad coalition of labor unions and community groups, together we will march in solidarity to send a clear message that attacks on ALL workers will not be tolerated in Orange County. We stand together as ONE to defend, protect and respect workers’ rights.  We will not be divided! We will fight as one against all attacks on working families. “The Orange County Labor Federation along with more than 90 local unions from every sector of the labor movement will stand with ALL workers in the community.  It is important now more than ever that we speak out against unjust treatment of workers whether it is from public or private sectors.  We refuse to be silent!  On May Day, we will honor the contributions and sacrifices of all working families in Orange County,” said Gloria Alvarado, Interim Executive Director. The march will commence in the parking area of St. Boniface Church located at 120 N. Janss St. Anaheim, CA 92805 preceded by a rally.  A short rally at Pearson Park marks the conclusion of the march. Event Details: OCLF May Day March & Rally Date:  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Time:  8:30 AM Location: St. Boniface Church – 120 N. Janss St. Anaheim, CA 92805 ### If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathia Canlas at 714.385.1534 or email at kathia@oclabor.org....

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