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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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UFCW United Latinos Empower Workers in Puerto Rico

United Latinos of the UFCW held their executive board meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on August 8 to 11 to help members of UFCW Local 481 and their families recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Members of United Latinos also attended the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) 2018 Convention, which was held in San Juan at the same time.

During the convention and meetings, United Latinos were able to pass a resolution on solidarity with UFCW workers in Puerto Rico, participate in day of service events and hold solidarity actions against the privatization of public education.  The day of service was geared towards rebuilding and repainting a shelter for young, disabled women and a nonprofit center aimed at assisting women who are escaping domestic violence.

“The LCLAA convention in which we participated as part of UFCW / United Latinos was a great opportunity to strengthen ties of solidarity and to say thank you for all the support we have received in Puerto Rico from our UFCW matrix, an action that we will always carry in our hearts,” said Andrés Lloret Gutiérez, president of UFCW Local 481. “We were able to strengthen alliances to face the great challenges that lie ahead, not only of workers’ rights, but also in defense of civil rights. We thank United Latinos and its executives for an enriching experience. Count on us in Puerto Rico to fight together for the good of the workers.”

“I am excited for the possibilities that can and will arise from the collaborative endeavors of Latinos and the greater communities in politics, organizing and civic engagement,” said UFCW Local 770 Organizing Director Rigo Valdez, who was elected as a LCLAA board member at the convention. “Together we can strengthen the labor movement and promote and empower Latinos across the country. I am proud of the work the United Latinos and UFCW Local 481 have done and I am proud of our collaborative plan to move on the solidarity resolution.”

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.

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.

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.