We All Do Better with an Immigration System that Works for All Working People

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By Kenneth Quinnell

We all do better

We All Do Better with an Immigration System that Works for All Working People

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Yesterday, the AFL-CIO hosted the “We All Do Better” conference, which focused on an important discussion on advancing an immigration agenda for all working people. Attacks against working people come in many forms, but we must stand against the idea that some of us are more worthy of freedom and worker protections than others.

At the opening of the conference, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) said:

We need workers to understand America’s broken immigration system puts downward pressure on pay and benefits for all of us. Our answer is to stand united, as a politically independent movement of working people, for an immigration agenda that lifts us up. That starts with a path to citizenship for the millions and millions of people who live and work here and are American in every way but on paper.

But it doesn’t stop there. It’s time to reform captive work visa programs so they are based on actual industry needs and include full labor rights and fair wages for every single worker. We must end the enforcement overreach and provide explicit protections to workers who want to organize a union or have the courage to speak up about unsafe conditions. We must keep families together, offer safe harbor to refugees and open our doors to working people from all over the world who want nothing more than a better life, just like my family did.

If we do it right, immigration reform will make jobs better for everyone, improve the health of our democracy and empower us to organize millions of workers into unions.

Here are some of the key tweets sent from the event:

.@jboland President of @IUBAC opens the #WeAllDoBetter Conference at @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/n1G8enpgeO

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 21, 2018

We must emphasize an immigration agenda for ALL workers. @TexasAFLCIO @AFLCIO @AFLCIOLatino pic.twitter.com/t0KReAJIZ8

— Montserrat Garibay (@MontseTXAFLCIO) May 21, 2018

“I am the product of chain immigration… We were maimed, crippled, and killed on the job, and we stood strong in solidarity despite our differences.” @RichardTrumka pic.twitter.com/M20czcMpHG

— AFL-CIO Latino (@AFLCIOLatino) May 21, 2018

“If we do it right, immigration reform will make good jobs for everyone, improve the health of our democracy and empower us to organize millions of workers in union.” @RichardTrumka #WeAllDoBetter

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 21, 2018

“The only card we care about is the union card” – Eric Dean, President @TheIronworkers #WeAllDoBetter

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 21, 2018

The enemy of workers is not other workers. It is managers who want to profit not with us, but at our expense. #InThisTogether #Union #WeAllDoBetter pic.twitter.com/wDDd34Iki7

— Celeste Drake (@CDrakeFairTrade) May 21, 2018

Immigrants are core constituencies of our unions and we need to speak up for them says Eric Dean of @TheIronworkers #WeAllDoBetter pic.twitter.com/o0urQBrckV

— AFL-CIO Latino (@AFLCIOLatino) May 21, 2018

Immigration is NOT the cause of stagnant wages @hshierholz @EconomicPolicy #WeAllDoBetter pic.twitter.com/KAEgAHMxIb

— AFL-CIO Latino (@AFLCIOLatino) May 21, 2018

Ramped Up Immigration Enforcement + Weakened Labor Laws and Enforcement = Cheap and Exploitable Labor. #WeAllDoBetter

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 21, 2018

“This administration wants to replace TPS and DACA recipients with guest workers who are more vulnerable and exploitable.” @oachacon61 from @ALIANZAAMERICAS #wealldobetter @AFLCIO

— APALA (@APALAnational) May 21, 2018

“We have to go back to the basics of organizing, the same people that are against Labor, women’s rights, workers rights are attacking us every single day, we need to go back and talk to those people who may have voted for the 45th President” – @MontseTXAFLCIO #WeAllDoBetter

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 21, 2018

Kicking off the 2nd Immigration panel at the @AFLCIO with Esther Lopez Sec-Treas @UFCW, Rachel Micah-Jones @CDMigrante, VP Fred Redmond @steelworkers, Melissa Maria @CWAUnion and John Carr Georgetown University. #WeAllDoBetter pic.twitter.com/WiuNCO8ADb

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) May 21, 2018

@AFLCIO We need to have strong narratives, comprehensive strategy and have courageous conversations-Esther Lopez @UFCW @TexasAFLCIO @AFLCIO @RickTxAFLCIO #WeAllDoBetter pic.twitter.com/4MXzoSU2VV

— Montserrat Garibay (@MontseTXAFLCIO) May 21, 2018

#wealldobetter We need to do a better work and not work in silos.Our values are under assault. @lizshuler @AFLCIOLatino @AFLCIO @TexasAFLCIO pic.twitter.com/gG7dxpGpoD

— Montserrat Garibay (@MontseTXAFLCIO) May 21, 2018

If our economy is approaching that of a dystopian novel, it is up to us to stop bemoaning it & work to change it. Divided we beg, united we negotiate for better. @lizshuler at @AFLCIO #WeAllDoBetter conference #AllWorkHasDignity #1u #CIR #GoodJobs

— Celeste Drake (@CDrakeFairTrade) May 21, 2018

Kenneth Quinnell
Tue, 05/22/2018 – 11:23

Source: AFL-CIO

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