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The United Latinos of the UFCW Condemns the Trump Administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy that Rips Apart Families

June 20, 2018

Los Angeles, CA – The Trump administration has separated over two thousand families at the US/Mexico border. By now, we have witnessed and heard heartbreaking stories caused by the administration’s new family separation policy. This cruel policy was enacted six weeks ago, since then thousands of children have been torn apart from their parents without a clear plan for family reunification. Worst of all is that this behavior is being carried out in the name of our Democracy. Children are being held captive in government funded cages with the intention of protecting our American values and constitution; however, this policy corrodes the essence of our country. Enough is enough! Such atrocities will not be made in our name. We will not stand idle. This is not our America.

“This is not rule of law, it is not deterrence — it  is inhumane and un-American” said Rigoberto Valdez, President of the United Latinos of the UFCW.

The United Latinos of the UFCW will not remain silent in times of injustice. We stand in solidarity with immigrant families. Today, we join the outcry of human and immigrant rights organizations across the country to express our outrage over this ‘zero tolerance’ policy that separates children from parents at the border. This policy is leaving children with a lifetime of trauma. This grotesque administration is inflicting violence on our communities by terrorizing, dehumanizing and criminalizing immigrants who are fleeing violence.

We are too well acquainted with the harsh conditions that drives immigrants out of their countries. We are too well acquainted with the suffering and terror immigrants face during their journey across borders. We are too well acquainted with the dehumanization of immigrant bodies in this country and the terror that this nation has historically inflicted upon our communities. The cruelty we are witnessing today is perhaps the most visceral embodiment of The Trump Administration Agenda. We cannot afford to be passive in the face of this abomination.

We are union, community, civil and human rights activists and leaders, it is our responsibility and our duty to stop this human rights atrocity. The United Latinos of the UFCW will organize, mobilize and stand with the best of America to stop the heinous incarceration of infants, toddlers, children and their parents as they seek political asylum. Together, we will demand an end to these inhumane immigration policies that criminalize our communities and tear families apart through incarceration and deportation.

We ask you to take action:

  1. Call your senators now and demand they force an end to family separation and other policies that tear families apart. Make your voice heard, let’s flood their phone lines. Let us send a powerful message to our representatives. We demand the resignation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We demand an end to family separations, defund agencies implementing the conviction of immigrants and detention of children. We demand that our representatives take a clear stance against the white supremacist immigration policies promoted by Trump’s Administration.
  1. Join the #FamiliesBelongTogether mobilization in your area. On June 30, 2018 the nation is rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents. Click here to find a rally near you!

As the United Latinos of the UFCW we have a duty to fight for immigrant rights. Our organization transcends borders and refuses to operate within a system powered by bigotry and racism. Immigrants and refugees make our movement stronger.

Let’s restore our faith in each other, in our American values; where empathy and compassion are not lost but revitalized by the acts of love and action. Let us come together and in unity lead to bring back hope and empathy to make change for those that have been victimized and abused.  We hope you will join us.

The United Latinos of the UFCW is a constituency group dedicated to empowering community, union members and immigrants.  United Latinos of UFCW works to bring Latino issues to the union and worker issues to the Latino community.  The United Latinos of the UFCW stands with allies that seek to address the issues affecting immigrants, union members and community members.  UFCW is a union committed to advocate for equality, dignity and respect for all workers and their families.  Together we fight to achieve equity for all Latinos workers.


Latinos Unidos de UFCW Condena la Política de “Cero Tolerancia” de la Administración Trump que Separa a las Familias en la Frontera y se Une a las Organizaciones de Derechos de los Inmigrantes que Hacen un Llamado al Jefe del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions, que Renuncie a su Cargo por Implementar esta Política

Junio 20, 2018

Los Angeles, CA– La administración del presidente Donald Trump ha separado a más de dos mil familias en la frontera Estados Unidos-México. Por ahora, hemos sido testigos y hemos escuchado casos dolorosos como resultado de la nueva política de separación de familias de la administración Trump. Esta política cruel fue implementada hace seis semanas, desde entonces, miles de niños han sido separados de sus padres sin un plan claro para una reunificación familiar. Lo peor de todo es que este comportamiento está siendo llevado a cabo en nombre de la Democracia. Los niños han sido mantenidos cautivos en jaulas financiadas por el gobierno con la intención de proteger nuestros valores Americanos y nuestra constitución. Sin embargo, esta política corroe la esencia de nuestro país. ¡Ya basta! Este tipo de atrocidades no se harán en nuestro nombre. Nosotros no nos quedaremos con los brazos cruzados. Esta no es nuestra América.

“Esto no es la regla de la ley, esto no es disuasión— esto es inhumano y es anti-Americano”, dijo Rigoberto Valdez, Presidente de Latinos Unidos de UFCW.

Latinos Unidos de UFCW no permanecerán en silencio en tiempos de injusticia.

Nosotros estamos en solidaridad con las familias migrantes. El día de hoy, nosotros nos sumamos a las protestas de las organizaciones en defensa de los derechos humanos y de los inmigrantes en todo el país para expresar nuestra indignación en contra de esta política de ‘cero tolerancia’ que separa a los niños de sus padres en la frontera.

Esta política está dejando a los niños con un trauma de por vida. Esta grotesca administración está causando violencia en nuestras comunidades aterrorizando, deshumanizando y criminalizando a los inmigrantes que están huyendo de la violencia.

Nosotros conocemos muy bien las duras condiciones que empujan a los inmigrantes a salir de sus países. Nosotros conocemos muy bien el sufrimiento y el terror que enfrentan los inmigrantes durante su travesía por las fronteras. Nosotros conocemos muy bien la deshumanización de los cuerpos de inmigrantes en este país y el terror que esta nación ha causado históricamente en nuestras comunidades. La crueldad que estamos presenciando hoy es quizá la personificación más visceral de la agenda de la Administración Trump. Nosotros no podemos darnos el lujo de mantenernos pasivos frente a esta atrocidad.

Como líderes y activistas sindicales, de la comunidad, civiles y de derechos humanos, es nuestra responsabilidad y nuestra tarea parar esta atrocidad de derechos humanos. Latinos Unidos organizará, mobilizará y luchará con lo mejor de América para detener este atroz encarcelamiento de bebés, niños y menores y sus padres, mientras ellos buscan conseguir asilo político. Juntos, nosotros exigiremos un alto a estas políticas migratorias inhumanas que criminalizan nuestras comunidades y separan a las familias por medio del encarcelamiento y la deportación.

Te pedimos que actúes ahora:

Llama a tus senadores ahora y exige que ellos obliguen un alto a la separación de las familias y pongan fin a políticas que separan a las familias. Haz que tu voz sea escuchada, inundemos sus líneas telefónicas. Mandemos un poderoso mensaje a nuestros representantes. Nosotros exigimos la renuncia del Jefe del Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions. Nosotros exigimos un fin a la separación de las familias, retirar fondos de las agencias que están implementando la condena de los inmigrantes y la detención de los niños. Exigimos que nuestros representantes tomen una posición clara en contra de las políticas migratorias de supremacía blanca promovidas por la Administración Trump.

Únete a la movilización de #FamiliesBelongTogetheren tu area. El 30 de Junio, la nación se estará movilizando en Washington, D.C., y en todo el país para decirle a Donald Trump y a su administración que pare de separar a los niños de sus padres. ¡Pulsa aquí para ver lugares de protesta cerca de tu área! Como Latinos Unidos de UFCW tenemos la responsabilidad de luchar por los derechos de los inmigrantes. Nuestra organización trasciende fronteras y se niega a operar dentro de un sistema movido por la intolerancia y el racismo. Los inmigrantes y los refugiados hacen nuestro movimiento más fuerte.

Restauremos nuestra fe en cada uno de nosotros, en nuestros valores Americanos: en los que la empatía y la compasión no están perdidos sino que son revitalizados por actos de amor y acción. Vamos a juntarnos y en unidad encabecemos la lucha por regresar la esperanza y la empatía para hacer un cambio para quienes han sido victimizados y han sufrido abusos. Nosotros esperamos que tú te unas a esta lucha.

 

Latinos Unidos de UFCW es un grupo de membresía dedicado a empoderar a la comunidad, a los miembros de la unión y a los inmigrantes. Latinos Unidos de UFCW trabaja para traer temas Latinos a la Unión y llevar asuntos de los trabajadores a la comunidad Latina. Latinos Unidos de UFCW lucha con aliados que buscan abordar los asuntos que afectan a los inmigrantes, a los miembros de la Unión y a los miembros de la comunidad. UFCW es un sindicato comprometido a abogar por igualdad, dignidad y respeto para todos los trabajadores y sus familias. Juntos luchamos para lograr igualdad para todos los trabajadores Latinos.

UFCW Convention Agenda

Click Here to see Schedule of Events

 

United Latinos Against Cancer

2018 Partnership Resource Guide UFCW

Greeting Members!

We’re the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – a union family that helps feed, serve, and provide for America’s hard-working families. For more than 35 years we have been part of another family – a proud family of dedicated volunteers of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Locals across the US and Canada have raised more than $85 Million dollars for blood cancer cures since our partnership began.

Our 1.3 million members are your friends and neighbors, and we’re there to help your family achieve a better life and so is LLS. As the world’s largest voluntary health organization, LLS is dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. Since 1949, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in research projects, supporting some of the world’s best and brightest blood cancer researchers. Currently, LLS has 227 active research projects in 8 countries.

LLS funded research has advanced treatments such as chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation and smart drugs which have become the standard for many other cancers. Thanks to your steadfast commitment and participation, the UFCW has played a very important role in the LLS advancements.

When a friend, neighbor or family member hears the words, “you have cancer” this can be among their darkest of days. Patients and their families need hope, cures and support. LLS is here! Enclosed in this booklet is a complete resource guide of ways LLS provides dedicated support to those in need as they work to improve the lives of patients and families they serve.

Together, we make cures happen, not someday – today! Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Sincerely,

Marc Perrone – International President, UFCW                                  

Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D – President and CEO, LLS

 

Click Here for the 2018 Partnership Resource Guide UFCW and En Español

 

What Unions Need to Know of TPS

As you may have heard, the Department of Homeland Security has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status for numerous countries. Hundreds of thousands of people receive their work authorization through TPS, so these terminations will have a serious impact on workers, including many union members.

This packet includes essential information to help unions and their members prepare. Here’s what you need to know:

Terminations are not immediate.

Although the Trump administration has announced terminations for many TPS countries, the status will not end for many months. Workers with TPS can and should apply to renew their status, and employers should not take any adverse action against these workers.

Deadlines are approaching quickly.

There are important deadlines approaching that members need to be aware of so that they can successfully reapply for TPS status and work permits. Although they may have filed TPS renewals many times in the past, this likely will be the final opportunity to apply, so they should prepare thoroughly and submit their applications as soon as possible. A schedule of upcoming deadlines is included in the timeline and will be updated as TPS announcements are made for other countries.

Unions have a key role to play.

Working people with TPS need to know that the union has their back during this extremely difficult time. Unions should be informed about the issue, provide information and support to their members, and engage in the fight for legislative solutions.

Workers need to take steps now.

Before the deadlines, TPS holders will need to file the relevant application forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and pay the $495 fee to renew their work authorization. This packet includes helpful materials to share with workers explaining how and when to renew TPS status.

TPS holders should face no immediate impact at work.

Employment authorization documents (EADs), or work permits, for TPS holders are automatically extended beyond the printed expiration date to allow time for processing renewal applications. Those extension dates also are included on the timeline.

Employers should not and need not reverify work authorization documents of individuals in TPS status simply based on these announcements regarding the future termination of TPS. Employers are, however, required to reverify work authorization documents upon their expiration. At such time, workers should simply present copies of the Federal Register notices to show the automatic extension of their work permits. Federal guidance on TPS re-registration and EAD renewal, including Federal Register notices, can be found at uscis.gov/tps.

Should an employer refuse to allow a TPS holder to work despite having timely re-registered, the worker should contact the union. Individuals in TPS status also should investigate whether they may be eligible for any other type of immigration relief, and the union can refer them to appropriate counsel.

Materials included in this packet:

• Timeline of upcoming deadlines related to TPS terminations

• Specific alerts for TPS workers from Haiti and El Salvador

• Instruction on how to re-register for TPS

• A sample letter for a TPS worker to take to their employer or human resources representative about their work authorization

• A sample letter urging Congress to enact a path to citizenship for TPS holders

• A fact sheet on the TPS program

For campaign materials and more information about ways to get involved in the fight for a permanent fix for deserving TPS workers, go to go.aflcio.org/immigrationresources.

If you have questions or need additional support, please contact Shannon Lederer at slederer@aflcio.org or 202-637-5308.

DEC. 6 NOON

Join us for a day of action as we demand that Congress take
action on a clean DREAM Act and permanent status for TPS

holders. Our communities cannot wait!
December 6, 2017

@Noon

U.S. Capitol Washington D.C.

For More information please contact:
ELIZABETH ALEX, CASA ealex@WEARECASA.ORG

Let’s work together to make a better life for Latina women working in the US.

UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Esther López explains more about today and how we can work together to make a better life for Latina women working in the US:
“There exists a sure-fire way for Latina women to earn the better wages they deserve: joining a union in their industry. Latina women who have joined a union earn more than their non-union counterparts. For decades, the labor movement, constituency groups, women’s organizations and other allies have been fighting for just and safe working conditions for hard-working families. Many of these folks are Latina women who are constantly finding new and innovative ways to bring people together and drive them to action.”

Latina Equal Pay Day Is Nov. 2

Although Latinas make substantial contributions to the U.S. economy, they have the largest wage gap, typically earning only 54 cents for every dollar earned by White, non-Hispanic men. You can help us fight unfair and unequal wages by supporting hard-working Latinas on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Latinas must work more than 22 months to earn what White men earn in 12 months. This disparity in pay hurts not only Latinas, but also has a significant impact on the families and communities they support.

Please get involved and help us draw attention to this economic disparity by joining the Twitter storm (#LatinaEqualPay and #Trabajadoras) on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional information about Latina Equal Pay Day is available here.

Holding the Line on Workplace Rights

Immigration

July 27, 2017

The labor movement strives to make every job in our country a good job. To do that, we must and we will stand with every worker in the fight for basic rights and dignity on the job. We will not allow union members or any workers to lose their rights and status. We will fight for and with them just as they have fought for and with all of us.

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2017 United Latinos Educational Conference

Be Bold, Speak Out, Fight Back! 

Agenda Overview

 

Thursday

Registration 12 noon

Welcome Reception 6 pm

 

Friday

Conference Kick off 8:30 am

Workshops 2pm – 4pm

 

Saturday

Conference Starts 9 am

Workshops 2pm – 4pm

Reception 6pm

Awards Gala 7 pm

This Year’s Honorees include;

Joe Barragan Award: UFCW Canada

John Rene Rodriguez Award: RWDSU

Building Community/Building Union Community Allies Award –

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights 

Champions for Justice Award:

UFCW Local 1776 and UFCW Local 1149

Sunday

Breakfast 8am

Screening of “The Long Ride”  9 am

Immigration Update 10:45 – 12pm

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

In the United States, every person—whether documented or undocumented—has the constitutional right to remain silent and to refuse to answer questions of the police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), whether on the street, in a car, or at home.

Under the law, the ICE must have proof you are not from the United States to deport you. They can use the following information against you:

• If you run and the ICE catches you.

• If you tell the ICE where you were born or that you don’t have papers.

• If you carry false documents.

• If you carry papers from your country. If you are questioned by the ICE, you are NOT required to reveal any information, such as your name, address, or home country. If you are questioned or detained, however, it usually is a good idea to give your name so that friends, family, or your attorney can locate you.

Below are links to resources that will help you understand your rights in the United States.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CARD

FAMILY PREPAREDNESS PLAN

KNOW HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY


¡CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS!

En los Estados Unidos, toda persona—documentada o no documentada—tiene el derecho a callar y a rehusarse a contestar preguntas de la policía, la Agencia Federal de Investigaciones (FBI), o de la migra, ya sea en la calle, en un carro, o en su casa.

Bajo la ley, la migra necesita tener pruebas de que usted no es de este país para deportarlo. Ellos pueden usar la siguiente información en su contra:

• Si usted corre y la migra lo agarra.

• Si usted le dice a la migra donde nació y que no tiene papeles.

• Si usted usa documentos falsos.

• Si usted usa documentos de su país. Si es interrogado por la migra, usted NO está obligado a revelar ninguna información, como su nombre, dirección o el país de origen. Sin embargo, si es interrogado es buena idea dar su nombre para que su familia, amigos o abogado puedan localizarlo.

A continuación encontrará enlaces a recursos que le ayudarán a entender sus derechos en los Estados Unidos.

CONOZCA SU TARJETA DE DERECHOS

PLAN DE PREPARACIÓN PARA LA FAMILIA