Clawson: Unions Fight to Protect Immigrant Workers

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Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on September 23, 2017.

“Unions are stepping up dramatically in the fight against Donald Trump’s bigoted, brutal immigration policies,” writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. “Unite Here, the hotel workers’ union, is training workers to face down immigration raids and using contract negotiations to protect workers from ICE:

“‘Hotel workers in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York have been gathering for training sessions recently on how to handle visits from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The sessions, organized by the labor union Unite Here!, teach workers how to effectively stonewall ICE agents, emphasizing employees’ right to refuse to answer questions or show identification. […]

”’Unions also are trying to use collective bargaining to tie companies’ hands. Unite Here says curbing collaboration with ICE will be a priority in bargaining for the 270,000 hotel, casino, and food-service workers it represents, almost half of whose contracts expire within the next year. …

Daily Kos 9/23

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