N.Y. Teamsters form ‘sanctuary union’ to fight ICE agents
Worried about federal immigration policies, a New York labor organization is taking steps to protect its own.
Across Long Island and throughout the city, some 120,000 Teamsters are getting prepped to become a “sanctuary union.”
In 27 shops, business agents, supervisors and front-line workers are getting schooled on their rights under U.S. law — and when and how to challenge federal immigration agents who show up to search their work sites.
The training is complex and technical — hinging on specific types of warrants and the definition of a raid.
But in fundamental labor terms, it follows one simple rule: Union solidarity first, immigration status second.
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¡Estiveo! come home.
Good for them! If we had more and stronger unions, we wouldn't be in a lot of the mess we are in today. But, of course, that's the reasons the republicans have been working to destroy unions for decades.
Undocumented workers find new ally as unions act to halt deportations ...
As the first Latina woman to head a major department at the Painters Union, Dominguez has led efforts not only to make her union more vocal and active on immigration, but to push other unions to be more proactive. Labor leaders like Dominguez say that since the majority of new members in the construction workforce are Latinos, building trades unions must do more to embrace immigrant workers if they are going to survive.
“In the building trades for too long, it’s been almost nothing but a bunch of white guys. It’s changing but not quick enough,” said Dominguez.
Under Dominguez’s leadership, the union helped to launch the Working Families United coalition, that has helped lead labor’s effort to protect workers facing threats of deportation while pushing unions to be more inclusive of immigrants.
Because of Trump administration policy shifts regarding undocumented workers, the Painters Union is one of many that has become a sanctuary union and developed programs to defend their membership against the threat of deportation.
¡Estiveo! come home.