Two Major Labor Unions Join Forces in Support of Immigration Reform

Two Major Labor Unions Join Forces in Support of Immigration Reform

The New York Times reported yesterday that the nation’s two major labor federations, the  A.F.L.-C.I.O., and the Change to Win Federation have agreed to join forces to support an overhaul of the immigration laws.

John Sweeney, President of the A.F.L.-C.I.O, and Joe T. Hansen, a leader of the Change to Win Federation, presented their now common position in Washington. In 2007, when Congress last debated on comprehensive immigration reform, the two groups couldn’t agree on a common approach. Ultimately, legislation to pass immigration reform failed.

The common position between these labor unions is to form a national commission to determine how many permanent and temporary foreign workers should be admitted each year based on demand in American labor markets.

The A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s President Sweeney stated,

“The labor movement will work together to make sure that the White House as well as Congress understand that we speak about immigration reform with one voice.”

Immigration reform is gaining momentum once again.  Now that these major labor unions have put their differences aside, they are working together for what many call a long overdue fix to the nation’s immigration laws.

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