Unions Launch Recruiting Push for Immigrants Protected by Obama Actions

Fox News, December 25, 2014

America’s struggling labor unions got a gift this year when President Obama announced his expansive executive actions on immigration: potentially thousands, if not millions, of new members.

Labor leaders reportedly are launching a new recruiting push by reaching out to those immigrants affected by Obama’s immigration announcement last month.

The actions are expected to offer work permits to some 4 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally and, until now, were reluctant to join unions for fear of retaliation. Union leaders now say the president’s actions give them new protections–and are keen on signing them up.

“I think we’ll see very positive changes” because of the action, Tom Balanoff, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1, told The Associated Press. “One of them, I hope, is that more workers will come forward and want to organize.”

Even before the president’s announcement–which infuriated congressional Republicans–labor unions were pushing the president to use executive powers to ease immigration policy.

On the day of Obama’s decision, the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka said the move would “allow millions of people to live and work without fear, and afford them the status to assert their rights on the job.”

Indeed, the AFL-CIO now says it’s training organizers to recruit eligible workers.

The SEIU, whose more than 2 million members include janitors and maintenance workers, recently announced a website where immigrants can learn about the action. And the United Food and Commercial Workers and other unions are planning workshops and partnering with community groups and churches to reach out to immigrants.

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Labor unions have struggled over the past decade to maintain their membership and political muscle. The ranks fell by more than 1.2 million between 2003 and 2013, when there were about 14.5 million members nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The percentage of workers that were union members fell from 12.9 percent to 11.3 percent during that same period.

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  • Labor unions, established to ensure reasonably high wages and salaries for its members, is now fully on board the cheap labor express. Irony tastes worse than fruitcake.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Precisely why previous union leaders like Samuel Gompers and Cesar Chavez opposed open borders- they knew it led to declining wages for working people.

    • CircleTheWagons

      Sharp eyes QD. You would be amazed how many people don’t realize the Unions have been bought off by the Globalists. That’s why it doesn’t matter to the Global elite if the union ranks swell, heck they want them to. When the Globalists achieve critical mass they will use the union structure to control the proletariat laborers just as it was done before in the former Soviet Union.

    • LHathaway

      Labor unions were established in the USA for the same reason as everything else, to promote racial harmony, regardless.

      • TomIron361

        Sir/Madam, you are wrong there. The trades fought hard to keep the blacks out, but the judges wouldn’t listen and forced blacks down our throats.

  • exlib93

    Look at the Department of Labor lists of the many unions that will not be able to meet their pension obligations. Are these the same unions that are seeking “new blood”?

  • Luca

    Labor unions are part of the problem. They are in bed with the liberal lunatics.

  • LHathaway

    This article segues nicely into the one about putting the plutocrats out of business and ending the police state.

  • David Ashton

    AFL-CIO has been subverted, like much else.

  • mobilebay

    Wait until the illegals find out why they are wanted. The unions want them for the dues, businesses want them for cheap labor, politicians want them for votes and the wealthy want them for servants. Isn’t it wonderful to be so popular?

  • Speaking of immigration, there’s a story that broke more than a week ago that’s starting to get some national traction. It’s about a big recall of caramel apples, because of a listeriosis outbreak. The big name around here is Happy Apples, based in Washington, Missouri, and in the late summer and early fall, you’ll find their caramel apples in the stores around here.

    Why am I bringing this up in an immigration thread?

    Here are two hints:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15714412

    https://countenance.wordpress.com/2006/10/19/how-do-you-say-candy-apple-in-spanish/

  • See The Future

    And the GOP is doing what?

  • eldoradocreekskipper

    Treason is highly incentivized.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    To all you low-grade morons in the rank & file, who have routinely defended the treachery and treason of your union “leadership”:

    How you like them apples…???

  • Lkoehn

    The only thing that unions want is dues paying members so they can purchase influence from the whores in the DemoRATic party. It would take an illiterate illegal alien to consider that paying union dues is a wise investment.