Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fighting for the Sanctuary Workplace: Unions Mobilize to Protect Undocumented **UPDATED**

This important new article from David Bacon describes ways unions can move to protect workers from ICE raids—and “silent raids”—at the workplace.

By David Bacon, Truthout
June 24, 2017

Sanctuary workplaces?

Albeit far from its intentions, the Trump administration has put the idea of sanctuaries on steroids -- spaces free from the threat of raids and deportations. As immigrant workers, unions and their allies look for creative ways to counter anti-immigrant onslaughts, they're adopting the sanctuary framework to deal with the dangers faced on the job.

This is not just a recent response to administration threats of increased enforcement. Immigrant workers have been battling jobsite raids and firings for many years, seeking ways to prevent la migra (immigration agents) from using their employment to sweep them into the enforcement net.[…]

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Update, June 29, 2017: International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 810 in New York City has now declared itself a "sanctuary union," becoming the first Teamsters local to do so. Read the article at

Local 2850 members and organizers in anti-Trump march. Photo: Truthout/David Bacon

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