We Love You, Dad!

From the AFL-CIO

Six years ago, President Barack Obama started a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, which temporarily gave security to nearly a million immigrants brought to the United States as children. On this Father’s Day weekend, as we celebrate our families while children are torn from the arms of parents seeking asylum in the United States, it’s time for all working people to look to our core values as a labor movement and a nation of immigrants. We must do better.

The increasingly harsh treatment of immigrants and those seeking asylum in America has become a political flashpoint, because of its shocking cruelty and because it is part of the larger effort by the right wing to divide working people while rigging the economic rules to keep us all poor.

Working people are taking a stand in defense of immigrants, because policies like DACA and TPS protect a vital part of the American workforce and clear the way for ALL working people to stand together and fight to improve pay and working conditions.

America’s union movement urges us to follow a better path. Keep families together. Honor our national commitment to DACA and TPS recipients. And finally fix our broken immigration system, so more families can celebrate Father’s Day together.

For those not persuaded by humanitarian reasoning, there’s this: $3.5 billion. That’s how much more wealth America would create if participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and temporary protected status programs became citizens, making it possible for workers across the board to win higher pay and better benefits.


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Union Matters

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”


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