events

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

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

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


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.

 

El Super Workers Escalate Protests

The grocery chain was recently ordered to pay over $180,000 for wage theft violations by the California Labor Commissioner.

 

PARAMOUNT, CA—Workers of the El Super chain of grocery stores descended on their corporate headquarters in Paramount today, demanding that the company return to the bargaining table and put an end to its unfair labor practices. Protestors rallied just one week after Bodega Latina Corporation, El Super’s parent company, was cited for multiple wage theft violations. The Division of Labor Enforcement Standards has issued citations levying a total of $180,668 in penalties for a variety of illegal, off-the-clock work.

 

Early in the morning, El Super workers and their allies rallied in front of a store in the San Fernando Valley community of Arleta, delivering a letter addressed to El Super President and CEO, Carlos A. Smith. The demand was clear – that the company resume contract negotiations with UFCW and address workers’ concerns.

 

After that, the workers went to the El Super market in Panorama City, followed by stores in North Hollywood, East Los Angeles, and 11 other locations. The protestors, who were transported in five buses, converged around 4:00 pm at El Super store in Paramount, in southeast Los Angeles County. These actions were replicated in 40 out of 49 stores throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.

 

“These stores are all understaffed, and supervisors would assign us more work than we could cover during our regular shifts. El Super didn’t give me enough hours, and I would feel pressure to work off-the-clock to finish all I was told to do,” said Antonio Jimenez, who worked for nearly two years as a baker at the El Super store in Highland Park.

 

The protestors were joined by faith-based and elected leaders from across the state of California, along with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770, which represents a portion of El Super’s workforce. “Workers shouldn’t have to fight to receive what they have rightfully earned, and these citations should ensure that El Super finally honors this basic legal, moral obligation to its own employees,” said Rick Icaza, President of UFCW Local 770. “It’s time for El Super to do the right thing, and end its irresponsible, unlawful behavior.”

 

UFCW local unions represent 600 El Super employees, who have been without a union contract since September 2013. In addition, the U.S. Government has filed suit against El Super in federal court in both California and Arizona to seek injunctive relief against it for violating federal labor law.

UCB Labor Center Invitation: Latino Leadership Institute Study

The UC Berkeley Labor Center is excited to announce the return of the Latino Leadership School. In the past, the Latino Leadership School was a yearly tradition for labor and community organizations in the Central Valley to fill a leadership-training gap and deepen relationships in the Central Valley.

Now, the goal of the UC Berkeley Labor Center is to create an ongoing Latino Leadership Institute in California’s Central Coast & Valley that not only provides leadership development trainings but also creates opportunities for leaders to take a step back from the daily activities of activism and action, share experiences, learn from each other, and emerge with plans to affect change in California.

To see this goal through the UC Berkeley Labor Center has partnered with Cesar Lara, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Labor Council and other collaborating unions and organizations.

Guadalupe Palma, former Director of the LA Fight for $15 Campaign has come on board to lead the program. Latinos in California became the largest ethnic group in 2014 making up 39% of the state’s population.

In counties throughout the Central Valley and the Coast, Latinos make up over 50% of the population (Merced 56.8%, Monterey 56.8%, Fresno 51.6%, Kern 50.9%).  Although Latinos’ strength has grown in numbers, it has not translated to economic prosperity and political strength.  Latino workers are still overrepresented in low wage jobs, the immigration system remains broken and Latino youth remain overrepresented in prisons.  Yet, despite the challenges, Latinos are pivotal to create positive change throughout the state. Given the critical moment for Latinos in California, now is the time to further develop emerging leaders through the Latino Leadership institute.

The Institute is hosting a three-day intensive program that recognizes labor and community partnerships as a key building block to effectuate change throughout California’s Central Coast and Valley.  Leading community, labor and political organizers will facilitate trainings that provide first-hand experience on such issues as immigrants’ rights, civic participation, health and safety and environmental justice.

The workshops will be bilingual and in Spanish (possibly in indigenous languages or translation). We hope you support the return of the Latino Leadership Institute by sending members, leaders and staff.  The cost for this educational program is $480, which includes food and lodging for all the days of the Institute. Please complete the linked application before the deadline of August 14, 2015.

Participants will be informed by August 31, 2015 if you are accepted to attend the Institute. The Institute will take place on September 22 – 25, 2015 in San Juan Bautista in Monterey County at the St. Francis Retreat Center.  Participants should arrive in the afternoon on September 22 for registration and welcome. Space for this program is limited.

We gladly to extend the opportunity to register participants before we publish the registration and scholarship application on our website, please review links provided here: Workshop Selections Registration Application

A limited number of scholarships will be available for community-based organizations. Participants are required to complete the scholarship application before August 14. Scholarship Application

For more information visit the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s website in the coming weeks at: www.laborcenter.berkeley.edu.

In Solidarity, Guadalupe Palma Program Lead 213-448-7139 guadalupe.palma8@gmail.com

And Clementina Jara Program Coordinador 510-643-7048 zenaida@berkeley.edu

Gang of Eight announces plan for Immigration Reform

 

The Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight formally announced their plan for immigration reform in a press conference on Thursday. 04/18/2013