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Unions: Arizona Immigration Law Prompts Hispanics To Look To Organized Labor

May 5, 2010 by  

Arizona immigration law prompts Hispanics to look to organized labor, union representatives say  On May 1, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a major labor union, rallied against Arizona’s new immigrant law during protests held across the country.

The rallies were held from California to Chicago to Washington, D.C., and the unionists—joined by faith, business and civil rights leaders—also called for a comprehensive Federal immigration reform.

"SEIU members will be marching on Saturday to remind politicians and citizens that comprehensive immigration reform is good for our economy and good for America," the organization said in a statement issued the day before.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that union representatives have been seeing a surge in inquiries from Hispanic workers in Arizona who worry that the law will lead to more police raids in their workplaces, according to The Business Journal.

"They want some protection to be able to counteract some of this stuff," said Scott Washburn, state director of the SEIU, quoted by the news provider.

"The more downward pressure you put on workers, the more likely they are to join a union," added Rebekah Friend, state director of AFL-CIO, another labor union.

In her view, the immigration debate is encouraging more Hispanics to look at organizing and becoming more involved politically, the Journal further reported. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19755452-ADNFCR

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  • WarriorH

    Maybe congress could have ACORN and SEIU patrol the borders with instructions to sign em up. This way there wouldn’t be a single undocumented immigrant in this country.

  • Joy

    Michelle,
    I hope illegals won’t get hired. Some companies are hirihng this illegal and petition them as a training. I don’t know does this petition works. The illegals are working here california but they are the ones who are gettting the best treatment because they stay late in their workplace without companies paying them overtime. hahahhahahh…AMERICANS are fooled by the illegals. Illegals are very good in lying. Hope illegals in California will be caught. GO ARIZONA!
    ENFORCE THE IMMIGRATION LAW! LET THOSE ILLEGALS OUT A HERE! ILLEGALS ARE DISGUSTING, MEAN, RUDE, LIARS, MOLESTORS,CRIMINALS AND NO SHAME.
    I WAS WAITING FOR THIS TO HAPPEN…NOW IT HAPPEN..IAT ONLY TAKES ONE STATE TO IMPOSE IT.

  • obiwan

    Need we remind people, businesses and organizations that assisting a person in a criminal act is a crime. Accessory.
    The new laws need to get tough on offenders, including unions.

  • JuliaH

    Socialist Employees Independent of the US

  • s c

    In theory, a labor union could serve a purpose. I fact, unions tend to be over-rated, and serve very little purpose (other than putting themselves before America). A prime example of an unnecessary and nasty, festering pimple on society’s arse is the NEA.
    In this case, the SEIU has an advantage over the NEA, as it is more identified with Obummerbama. It goes looking for anti-labor bias even when there is none to be found. It seeks to make SEIU members part of a protected status group (via a steady supply of illegals), and in the process proves once again that without having continual access to the Washington hog trough of money and power (and easy votes), groups like the SEIU would fade away and disappear.

  • Michelle

    Since Arizona is a right to work state, this could backfire on them and may help the illegal immigration problem. Companies who have hired illegals (yes, also penalized by the Arizona law) would now have to consider if they really want to deal with union representation. If not, guess who won’t be hired – the illegals.

  • TIME

    Unions are so specail they are not unlike a boil on your butt, it hurts to sit down, and its a pain in the butt too.

    To all Unions – I say your time has come to be shut down and tossed by the way side.
    We really don’t need any more pains in the butt, we have a large group of them in DC we call they congress butt pain and senate butt pain and lets not forget BarryO butt pain.

    Afterall he so smart and such a great guy with a super plan, oddly one that no true American wants, but all that aside as I recall his statments about how center of the bird he is, at least center of a bird of some kind.
    Perhaps he was implying his third finger bird, as it sure looks as if thats the bird he is flipping us all now.

  • chucky

    AMERICANS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO OBJECT TO ANY ILLEGAL ALIEN REFORM PERIOD. THE REASON IS BECAUSE IT WILL BE THE LAST GASP OF BREATH FOR AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT.THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION KNOWS (WHY DO YOU THINK THEY ARE BEING PASSIVE ABOUT IT. BELIEVE ME THEY WILL CHANGE AND GET AGRESSIVE ABOUT IT) IF THEY ADD 20-30 MILLION VOTERS TO THE POLLS(LETS ADMIT IT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM WILL VOTE DEMOCRAT)PRESTO WE HAVE AN INSTANT ONE PARTY SOCIALIST COUNTRY. PLEASE ANYONE WHO REALLY LOVES THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING LESS THAN DEPORTATION FOR THESE LAWBREAKERS,JOB ROBBERS(TAKING JOBS FROM OUR CITIZENS WHEN RIGHT NOW EVERY JOB IS CRITICAL FOR OUR PEOPLE) WE THAT BELIEVE IN TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY MUST BECOME SUPERMEN AND WOMEN PROTECTING TRUTH,JUSTICE,AND THE AMERICAN WAY.IF YOU SAT BACK AND WATCHED THE HEALTHCARE UNFOLD, YOU NEED TO GET VOCAL TO YOUR REPRESENTIVES AND IF POSSIBLE ATTEND ANY RALLIES THAT ARE FORMED.MY GIRLFRIENDS AUNT AND UNCLE LIVE IN CAVE CREEK ARIZONA(28,000 DOLLARS FOR A SAFE ROOM TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND GRANDCHILDREN FROM HOME INVASIONS ON OUR U.S. SOIL IS UNBELIEVABLE TO ME) HER RECENTLY WIDOWED MOTHER LIVES IN PRESCOTT AND AT 72 YEARS OLD WHEN WE VISITED OVER CHRISTMAS,HAD ME TAKE HER TO A GUN STORE TO PURCHASE AND TRAIN HER TO USE A GUN.IF THAT IS NOT THE SADDEST DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY TO YOU, IT WAS TO OUR FAMILY. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE TO THWART THIS INVASION OF OUR ONCE GREAT NATION. GET INVOLVED THIS TIME AND YOU WILL NOT SETTLE FOR ANY PATH TO CITIZENSHIP EXCEPT GO HOME AND REGISTER. BELIEVE ME THEY ARE HERE TO TAKE FROM AMERICA MORE THAN THEY ARE HERE TO GIVE. ALLOWING THIS IS A PATHWAY TO ONE PARTY SOCIALISM THROWING THEM OUT IS NOT RACISM IT IS JUSTICE LONG OVERDUE.

  • Disgusted

    They need to fade away and disappear. This administration only wants the votes they get from these illegals. I applaud AZ and think every state should follow suit.

  • http://n/a Convet

    Samuel Gompers is turning in his grave.

  • JeffH

    Harry Bridges would be happy as a lark. The commies Che Guervas are all uniting! A good time to start checking ID’s when they start breaking the law. Send ‘em home!

  • http://espionageaction-actionadventure.blogger.com Stephen Russell

    Some same old scam & we lose IE see CA state public unions.
    Get members & give out BS is what unions do.
    Unions dont offer members:
    Health benefits
    or Voc, Tech Ed or GE for improving members living std.
    Just legalized robbery.

  • JAFO

    Remember how slaves became slaves ? They were made promises of Liberties and Protection and Food and Shelter in the Land of Milk and Honey… Does what the SEIU is doing sound Familiar ?
    The Federalists controlled the market then…(The North) When the slaves didn’t agree with their Political Purposes and the South Rebelled (The ones that controlled supply) the Black Americans were demonized as Uncle Toms by the same people who forbid them to vote because they opposed their views… History is written by those who rule.And those of us who refuse to learn from it are destined to repeat it. It is Politically convenient to use citizenship now as they did then, only now they use terms such as “Amnesty” instead of “Food” to get them to sign on… Though to the same ends,same means, merely different words and different time. Please recognize the similarities of the Federalists and Unions… Please

  • Joy

    Chucky..I am with you…we have to have this illegals go back to their country not only illegals from Mexico but illegals from other countries. Illegals (who are overstayed working without social security number)bankcrupted United States Of America. Mostly who got accepted the JOB nowadays are the ones who have no NUMBER, NO PERMANENT ADDRESS (NPA). I hope small companies will get penalized by this if this enforce in California.

  • http://www.realwallet.com Carolyn Garner

    Isn’t this law basically a copy of existing federal law? Obviously the people of Arizona are alarmed at the rate of illegal immigrants that are spilling over their border with Mexico into the state. So what are they to do? Just sit back while the whole state implodes? It is clear the feds have no intention of honoring their duty to secure the border. So Arizona has to take these measures. It is a sad situation all around.

  • http://cmcadams@insightbb.com c mcadams

    Every State in this Union needs to pass a similar law/or start using the Federal Law and enforce it!If Congress is not willing to go along,then we need to replace our congressional persons.If the President is unwilling to go with this,replace the President.Impeachment is long and not satisfactory,but they are not doing the sworn duty of protecting this Country!

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