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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/