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United Latinos of the UFCW Statement on ICE Raids in Mississippi

August 8, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA – The United Latinos of The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union released the following statement in response to the raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Mississippi of a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton and a Peco Foods Inc. plant in Canton. Both plants are represented by the UFCW.

On August 7, 2019, U.S. Immigration officials raided seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers. This is the largest workplace raid in at least a decade and the largest single-state raid in U.S. history. Two of the plants raided, Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton and Pico Foods Inc. plant in Canton are both represented by UFCW Local 1529. 

The grotesque actions of the Trump Administration remain ruthless and heartless. Yesterday’s massive raid has torn apart hardworking families who toil in our food service plants to nurture our nation through the food they produce. Those workers, our members, merit the utmost respect. The workers in these food processing plants deserve the right to due process and to be treaded with dignity and justice. 


“We must stand with the families in Mississippi and our UFCW family to demand and end to family separation, enough is enough.Trump’s administration blatantly continues to  dehumanize our communities and belittle the labor of immigrants. In these times we can either idly stand by or do what the Labor Movement does best — organize. We must organize to mobilize, educate, and empower our members, and their families, and their communities.”  – Rigoberto Valdez Jr., President of the United Latinos of the UFCW 

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To directly support those on the ground please donate to UFCW Local 1529’s Strike and Emergency Fund. Address the check to UFCW Local 1529 Strike and Emergency Fund and mail in your check

UFCW Local 1529

8205 Macon Road 

Cordova, TN 38018 

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We must remain vigilant and prepared. The best way to be a resource to our members is by empowering them with their rights. It is more important than ever for workers and community members to know their rights. We urge you to continue to share widely the United Latinos list of Raid Preparedness and Immigration resources

For your convenience and easy access all our Raid Preparedness and Immigration resources are available through our United Latinos app. Download for free through the APPSTORE and PLAY STORE

In Solidarity, 

The United Latinos of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 

Expansion of Expedited Deportations

The United Latinos of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) condemns the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Expedited Deportations The Trump Administration announced on July 22, 2019 that it would be publishing a new rule on July 23, 2019 to take effect that same day that expands expedited removal (or deportations).

 Under this new rule, immigration officers have the sole discretion to deport non-citizens without due process or a hearing before a judge.  Any non-citizen found anywhere in the United States can be subjected to this fast-tracked deportation without ever seeing a judge or having a fair day in court.  This rule will take effect immediately. This is a continued attack of our community by this Administration. 

The United Latinos will not stand for this Administration’s continued racist policies.  This rule will have a negative and dangerous impact on communities of color, resulting in racial profiling  and the unlawful detention and deportation of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents.  Workers of color anywhere in the United States can be subject to an immigration officer’s racial profiling and be unlawfully deported under the expedited removal rule without the opportunity to see a judge.  Nobody in America should live in fear of being separated from their family or being deported without their day in court. 

 More information about the expansion of the expedited removal rule can be found here: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/aila-practice-pointers-and-alerts/trump-administration-expands-expedited-removal?utm_source=AILA%20Email&utm_medium=COAL 

It is more important than ever for workers and community members to know their rights. Please continue to share the United Latinos list of resources: Raid Preparedness & Immigration Resources

United Latinos Statement on Border Crisis

The United Latinos of the UFCW condemns the Trump Administration’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the Border, Resulting in Tragic Deaths, Separation of Families, and Inhumane and Abusive Detention Conditions of Migrants and Children 

A father, Oscar Alberto, and his two-year old daughter, Valeria, tragically drowned crossing the Rio Grande attempting to come to the United States to seek refuge and asylum – fleeing the violence from their native El Salvador.  In recent months, thousands of migrants fleeing violence in Central America have traveled to the Southern border seeking asylum. The United States government, however, has refused to allow people to present at the border and apply for asylum, has separated families –  ripping children – including infants and toddlers – from their families, and subjected these individuals to inhumane treatment and deplorable detention conditions.  


The United Latinos of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union condemns the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of migrants at the border.  This current administration’s border policy is inconsistent with the principles and values upon which this country was founded. It is reported that 24 immigrants have died in ICE custody under the Trump Administration.  Children are dying in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody at the border and the recent reports of “sickness, filth and overcrowding” of young people and children in a Texas CBP detention facility demonstrate that crisis exists at the border.  These policies will not deter our members and workers in this country from continuing to go to work to improve their workplaces and lives.       


“Our union members and their families include immigrants who have contributed to our communities and workplaces in the UnitedStates.  Many of our parents and grandparents were once migrants seeking entry at our borders. We cannot allow the human rights violations to continue to take place at our borders.  We demand a stop to these practices and demand family unification now. Additionally, we will continue to fight to improve the lives of our members, their families, and all workers in the United States.”  – Rigo Valdez, President of United Latinos.


The United Latinos of the UFCW call on Congress to support legislation that ends child detention and supports family unification.  Resources with ideas on how individuals can help immigrants at the border, in detention or otherwise, can be found in the following link. 

This administration’s anti-immigrant and anti-worker policies are not limited to the current crisis at the border.  Our communities and workers are under attack. We encourage all workers, members, and their families to know their rights.  We will continue to organize, mobilize and educate our members.  

In Solidarity,

The United Latinos of the UFCW 

The United Latinos of the UFCW Denounces the Trump Administration’s Threat to Deploy I.C.E. agents for Massive Deportation Waves

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On Monday June 17, 2019 – President Trump tweeted  that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests across major U.S. cities. Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted the cancellation of the planned raids in order to allow the Democrats to negotiate over the country’s asylum laws.  This is a threat to many immigrant families across the country and it is a direct threat to our members and their families – many of whom are of mixed status. When our members are under attack, what do we do? Fight back! As such, the United Latinos of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union reiterates their commitment to stand in solidarity with immigrants and continue to fight for workers threatened by Trump’s actions. 

“We have to be the change we want to see, it is up to us.  When we committed to the labor movement we did so with the intention of achieving justice, union familia, there is nothing just about our members and their families living in fear. No one should be afraid to go to work fearing that it might be the last time they see their families because their workplace can be raided by I.C.E. We can not idly stand by as this happens to our members, our familia, our communities” – Rigo Valdez, President of United Latinos 

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a month meant to empower, uplift, and celebrate our immigrant stories. As the United Latinos of the UFCW we made a commitment to fight for immigrant rights. Our organization transcends borders and refuses to operate within a system powered by bigotry and racism. As the United Latinos, we emphasize the value that immigrant workers bring to our communities and movements. It is shameful that the Trump administration continues their anti-immigrant and anti-worker agenda. As an organization we refuse to acquiesce to how working class families and immigrant workers are being treated.  As an organization we must organize, mobilize and educate our members and communities.

As the United Latinos  we stand with our core values of PROUDLY choosing love over hate, we will stand in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee members and fight for immigrant working communities always.

**Download our United Latinos App, available in App Store and Play Store, for more Immigration Resources available on the go through your SmartPhone**

In Solidarity,

The United Latinos of the UFCW

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United Latinos Winter Newsletter

 

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UFCW Condemns White House Decision to End DACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is cold-hearted, cruel, and a betrayal of what America stands for. 

“Hundreds of thousands of young, hard-working men and women who love America will now be needlessly punished for childhood circumstances. These young people have grown up in this country, passed background checks, pay taxes, go to school, and have worked hard to build a better America. They have earned and deserve fair treatment, but instead their lives are being thrown into chaos with this announcement. 

“President Trump’s decision will not make America great again; rather, it will tear families apart, damage communities, and further fuel a terrible divide that is already hurting the nation we all love. 

“On behalf of the 1.3 million members of our union family, we urge all Members of Congress to immediately do what is right and protect these Dreamers.” 

Background:
  • Terminating DACA needlessly removes 800,000 hard-working men and women from our workforce.
  • It will cost $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade.
  • It will cost employers $3.4 billion in unnecessary turnover costs.
  • Contributions to Medicare and Social Security will be cut by $24.6 billion over a decade.
  • Some 6% of DACA recipients have launched businesses that employ American citizens.
  • Almost 55% of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten have purchased their first home.
  • Source: ILRC, The Economic Cost of Ending DACA

UFCW Leaders Receive National Recognition from LCLAA

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement announced that UFCW President Marc Perrone and Secretary-Treasurer Esther Lopez were named honorees at their 21st Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Esther Lopez honored with the Women’s National Leadership Award and Marc Perrone with the Solidaridad Award.

For decades, Esther Lopez has worked tirelessly to bring social and economic justice to every corner of the United States and beyond. Esther is best known for her leadership on comprehensive immigration reform, recognizing the issue as central to civil, human and labor rights.
Marc has committed his lifelong career in the service of hard-working families. Now at the helm of one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic labor unions, Marc’s bold leadership and vision is defining a new direction for the UFCW that remains committed to the values the UFCW will always stand for.

The United Latinos of UFCW is proud of all the work that Marc and Esther continue to do, not only for Latino workers but all workers.

18 Senate and Governor races Latinos could influence in 2014

Be sure to GOTV!  Latinos have a large influence on the outcome of many local, statewide and national races.  Latinos voter turnout has been increasing and doesn’t show signs of slowing down.  The rise in turnout is greatly attributed to the efforts of student, community and Latinos groups.  Check out this great article on Latinos electorate vote.   18 Senate and Governor Races Latinos Could Influence in 2014 

The 2014 election is now just 8 days away and almost all the attention on the Latino vote is in Colorado’s Senate race.  While other states with large Latino populations may not have competitive Senate races in 2014, the Latino population is not just a phenomenon in the Southwest. 14 years ago, the 2000 Census revealed quite clearly that the Latino population is spreading rapidly across the Southeast and Midwest.  Including Colorado, there are six states in which the Latino share of the eligible electorate is larger than the current polling margin between the two candidates.  Six States: Colorado, Kansas, Alaska, Georgia, North Carolina and Iowa. What’s more, many of these states are undergoing rapid population changes with Latino registered voters growing by 438% in Georgia and 575% in Kansas from the 2000 to 2012 presidential election, according to Census statistics. So these are states where we should continue to paying attention to the Latino vote in future statewide contests. We are not saying that Latinos will singly decide the 2014 Senate election across all six of these states, but rather that these states should be on your radar screen on November 4th. 2014influence_1 However voters are heading to the polls to elect more than U.S. Senators in 2014.  There is a long list of competitive gubernatorial elections that will decide control of the Governor’s mansion in about a dozen states and the Latino population is large and growing across these states as well.  Looking at competitive elections for Governor, there are 12 states where the share of Latino eligible voters is larger than the current polling margin between the two candidates.  Some of these competitive states like Arizona and Rhode Island are now moving more towards the “leaning” column, but still have very large Latino electorates.  But other states like Florida, Colorado, Connecticut and Illinois all have margins of 1% or less and Latino voting populations of 10% or more.  Other states like Georgia and Kansas which small but growing Latino populations have competitive races for both Senate and Governor that could all be decided by less than 1%.  Even the state of Wisconsin which is currently rated as a tie in the polls has a 3.3% Latino eligible electorate and has had 124% growth in Latino registered voters from 2000 to 2012. 2014influence_2       Read complete article: http://www.latinodecisions.com/blog/2014/10/27/18-senate-and-governor-races-latinos-could-influence-in-2014/