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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.

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

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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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.

 

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.

United Latinos Continue Success of New American Fund

The New American Citizenship Fund is made possible by UFCW Local Union support to the United Latinos of UFCW.  The scholarships are for members who have applied for U.S. citizenship and have demonstrated a strong commitment to building a stronger voice for workers in their Union and in their community through active engagement in advancing social and economic justice.
There have been many UFCW members across the country that have taken advantage of this scholarship and are now proud U.S. citizens. If you are interested in applying, download the application for additional information, scholarship qualifications and selection process.
For more information, contact your UFCW Local president or contact the United Latinos