Wednesday, June 23, 2010

AFL-CIO President Urges Immigration Reform to Stimulate Economy

"Too many U.S. employers actually like the current state of the immigration system-a system where immigrants are both plentiful and undocumented-afraid and available. Too many employers like a system where our borders are closed and open at the same time-closed enough to turn immigrants into second-class citizens, open enough to ensure an endless supply of socially and legally powerless cheap labor."

Remarks by Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
at City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
June 18, 2010

Thank you, President Roller [City Club Board President Jan Roller].

Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here with you in the great city of Cleveland. I want to talk to you about the grave economic challenges we face today - and the labor movement’s vision for where we need to go. [...]

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Who Are You Calling Names?
By Richard Trumka, Huffington Post
June 22, 2010

"Wop." "Hunkie." "Polack." "Kike."

When I was a kid growing up in Nemacolin, Pa., those are some of the slurs people used for us.

Why? Because our parents or grandparents came to this country from somewhere else, fleeing poverty and war, seeking opportunity and hope. As a kid, every person I knew who was older than 50 spoke broken English. [...]

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