K Martinez

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


Women marching against Trump:

Sisters and Brothers

Below is a brief translation of the Article that came out in the New York times (Spanish) after the march and below that is a link showing pictures of marchers that were featured in the Article and you might recognize one of our own Esther Lopez. I thought you might be interested. They all should be commended for participation.

 

Pete Maturino
President United Latinos
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Women marching against Trump: “Everything that I believe in is being attacked”

Washington- They started the march early Saturday until the evening hours. Hundreds of thousands of different ages, genders and creeds The women and the men that demonstrated here and other cities the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump for different motives but they were all united against in what to them represented the new president; the intolerance, the misogyny, the lack of appreciation of migrants and Muslims, the arrogance and intimidation.

The march of Women in Washington DC brought together different sectors that repudiated Trump – that responded accusing the media for ignoring his followers – but for many an opportunity to strengthen ties; to pay homage to their mothers, daughters and sisters; to affirm their identity and their values together with others. It was both a political manifestation and a way to ward off collective fear.

The amount of people that gathered was such that it was hard to march from one side to the other. Washington was converted in a city taken by dozens of marches, in an opportunity for the meeting. It was calculated that half a million people were out in the streets on Saturday in the capitol of the United States, a multitude three times as large then  the one that attended the take over of Trump on Friday.

 

The New York Times photographed and talked with different women throughout the day. Read some of their testimonies and their stories by click here on this link.

 

What’s up next for the Americas?

Join us for a dynamic and interactive discussion taking place just two days after the U.S. presidential election.

 

Advocates, experts and activists from across the U.S., Mexico and Central America will join Alianza leaders to debate the question:

What do U.S. elections mean for the Americas?

An exciting line-up of speakers will bring perspectives from Latino communities, youth, black immigrants, Arab and Muslim communities, and advocates for vulnerable migrants in countries of origin and transit.

Speakers include:

  • Rashida Tlaib National Network of Arab American Communities (former Michigan State legislator)
  • Esther Lopez International Secretary-Treasurer, United Food & Commercial Workers International (UFCW)
  • Marybeth Onyeukwu Member, Black Immigration Network Greisa Martinez Advocacy Director, United We Dream (UWD)
  • Maureen Meyer Senior Associate for Mexico and Migrant Rights, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

 

Register Now

 

Click here for more information.

Your Vote. Your Voice.

This election will determine who will be our President for the next four years – but there’s so much more on the line. From local, statewide and national elections, the Latino vote can determine our country’s future.   Latinos taking action at the polls can influence outcomes. The candidates we elect, will affect our communities – we need to make sure our voices are heard!

The Latino population has grown into the largest minority group in the United States, a transformation that makes this voting block increasingly influential in this November’s presidential election.

Register to vote November 8th.  Don’t miss out!  Make your voice heard.  Remember your vote is your voice.  Click here to register to vote online.

Find out when your voter registration deadline is: Get Your Election Info

Free Citizenship Workshops: UFCW Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN)

In the face of inaction on comprehensive immigration reform by Congress, the UFCW launched the UCAN program to be a resource for workers looking to apply for citizenship. UCAN helps provide the proper documents, legal counsel, and other assistance necessary to get the process started. The program also positions the UFCW to be able to help many more workers once comprehensive immigration reform becomes law.

Many UFCW members are eligible to become U.S. citizens or qualify for deferred action. Through the UFCW Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN), the UFCW will be with you from start to finish throughout the entire application process for citizenship or deferred action.

Many UFCW Locals and United Latino members have helped coordinate workshops across the country. On Saturday, May 14th, UFCW 770 held a workshop for UFCW members focused on on legal services, the process to become a citizen, and other immigration and citizenship issues.  Dozens of members attended the workshop and received assistance filling out their naturalization applications. This will start them on the path to becoming U.S. citizens.  Additional workshops are scheduled for June 9 & 14.

Click here for more information.

http://www.ufcw770.org/immigration-assistance

One Thousand March in Support of El Super Workers

One Thousand March Through South LA in Support of Respect and a Fair Union Contract for El Super Grocery Workers

—March coincides with El Super’s parent company -Grupo Comercial Chedraui- Board of Directors meeting in Mexico—

 

Los Angeles— On Monday, April 4, El Super grocery workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union marched together with more than 1,000 supporters -through the streets of South Los Angeles- to demand Respect and a Fair Contract. The march coincided with El Super’s parent company – Grupo Comercial Chedraui’s – Annual Meeting of its Board of Directors in Xalapa, Mexico.

 

“We need a fair contract so we can take care of our selves and our families,” said Lydia Flores, an El Super cashier. “Sometimes, my coworkers have to work two jobs to get by. I have a son who is ill. I can’t do that because I have to take care of him as well. We need fair pay and enough paid sick days so we can take care of our families,” Flores said.

 

El Super union members have been fighting to win a fair contract since September 2013. El Super/ dba Bodega Latina is a Latino-focused grocery chain with 54 stores in the U.S. It is a subsidiary of Chedraui – Mexico’s third largest retailer.

 

“El Super needs to respect the will of its workers and negotiate a fair agreement that rewards our members for their hard work,” said Ricardo F. Icaza, President of UFCW Local 770.

 

In December of 2014 the unions commenced a national consumer boycott in protest of the Company’s unfair labor practices and treatment of its workers. The boycott has had a significant impact. It has reached over 2 million shoppers and contributed to negative same store sales at El Super markets during 2015 – its first annual negative same store sales since it began reporting financial results in 2010.

 

Huntington Park Mayor Graciela Ortiz voiced her support for El Super workers at a rally held outside an El Super store in Huntington Park. “Our community supported El Super workers when they called for a consumer boycott. Last April, the City of Huntington Park passed a resolution endorsing the El Super boycott. As residents and leaders in our community we will continue to hold companies responsible in providing adequate living wages to the workers that serve our community,” Mayor Graciela added.

 

El Super workers are asking to share in the company’s prosperity, which they helped create. Indeed, although Chedraui reported $4.5 billion in net sales in 2015, much of drawn from US sales, it does not pay its workers a fair wage, offer affordable health insurance or provide sufficient hours to support a family.  The El Super workers and their union the UFCW are seeking just that – fair pay, adequate paid sick days, stronger seniority protections, and a 40-hour guarantee for full-time workers.

 

The UFCW is connecting with all workers

During Wednesday night’s Democratic debate on Univision, UFCW launched 2 Spanish-language ads featuring UFCW members.  The ads focus on immigration, encouragement for naturalized members to become U.S. Citizens, registering to vote and turning out to vote in elections.

The two ads are part of a larger campaign effort, both through social media and on the ground, to reach immigrant workers. Approximately, 8.8 million legal permanent residents, currently in the U.S., can become U.S. citizens, and UFCW aims to connect with them. The UFCW has had an initiative program titled the “Union Citizenship Action Network” (UCAN) that has provided immigrant members with resources for the naturalization and citizenship process.

“Our union is positioned to transform the lives of our members and all workers that deserve to be our members. Because if you live and work in America, if you’re contributing to the prosperity of this nation, you should have the opportunity to become an American that’s a fundamental principle of our participatory democracy,” said UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Esther López.

UFCW Names Esther López New International Secretary-Treasurer


PHOENIX, AZ — Today, the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Executive Board elected Esther López as the new International Secretary-Treasurer. The historic announcement reflects the commitment by the UFCW, as the largest private sector union with 1.3 million members, to building a diverse and strong union family.

Esther López is a leading champion of hard-working men and women, and has worked tirelessly for decades on behalf of immigrants and all families seeking a better life. López has helped lead the UFCW’s groundbreaking outreach effort to the Latino and immigrant communities, and is recognized as a national leader in the areas of immigration reform, as well as civil, human, and labor rights.

“To become a better and stronger union family, I have been absolutely committed to building a diverse and inclusive union. It is why I’m so proud to announce that the UFCW International Executive Board elected Esther López as our union family’s new International Secretary-Treasurer. Esther is a tireless advocate for the rights of all hard-working men and women. Esther believes, as I do, that our nation’s diversity is our strength, that we must grow our union family, and that by working together we will provide a better life to all our incredible members,” said Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union.

In accepting her position, López said:

“I am truly honored to be elected as the International Secretary-Treasurer. This union and our members are my family. Doing everything I can to improve the lives of hard-working families, and provide them with the better life they’ve earned, has been my life’s mission. It is why the UFCW’s commitment to building a stronger and more diverse union family is so important. It inspires me to never stop fighting to better the lives of our members, and those who deserve to be our members. Under Marc’s leadership, and as part of this incredible UFCW team, I’m more optimistic than ever about the future of our great union family.”

Throughout her career, López has been a champion of the rights of all workers – regardless of where they come from or where they were born. To help provide hope to immigrant workers, López launched a groundbreaking program to ensure eligible UFCW members were first in line to apply for citizenship. Prior to that, she spearheaded the Union Citizenship Action Network, also known as UCAN, to help UFCW members become naturalized and get on the path to citizenship. López was the lead staff person on the UFCW Commission on ICE Enforcement that highlighted civil rights abuses in the 2006 Swift raids. All along, López has never lost focus on the broader goal of giving aspiring Americans the chance to become citizens and ensuring all workers and their families are protected from exploitation.

López began with the UFCW in November 2006 when she was hired as Director of the Civil Rights and Community Action Department.  In that role, she has helped put the UFCW on the front lines of the most crucial civil rights battles of our time—fighting back against voter suppression, working to end exploitation of refugees from countries like Burma, Sudan and Somalia, creating more opportunities for women, and expanding LGBT equality.

Prior to her career at the UFCW, López played an active role in improving labor conditions within the state of Illinois, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Labor, as well as in the governor’s cabinet as Director of the Illinois Department of Labor.