Labor organizations join to press for workers’ rights
Wednesday, August 9, 2006
The agreement between the AFL CIO and the National Day Laborer Organizing Center provides immigrant workers a strong ally to lobby for immigration reform.
The AFL CIO represents Nine-million members nationwide and has a large stable of lobbyists and lawyers.
The groups say they'll immediately begin pushing for an immigration bill that provides a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
AFL CIO President John Sweeney says they'll also work to combat exploitation immigrant laborers face. He says that will benefit his union's members.
Sweeney: "When standards are dragged down for some workers, they are dragged down for all workers."
The agreement doesn't make workers at day labor centers union members. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.
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