LCLAA supports unionizing efforts across the country and denounces any actions taken by employers to intimidate, threaten, and harass workers who try to form unions. LCLAA educates elected and community leaders regarding the important role collective bargaining plays in strengthening communities. We ask our allies to stand openly with workers trying to exercise their right to form a union.
LCLAA works with international unions to reach out to Latino working families. LCLAA supports the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) which will allow employees to seek mediation and arbitration in securing a first contract and increase penalties against employers who violate the law.
Latinos have the highest fatality rate in the workplace than any other minority groups. In 2007, the AFL-CIO reported that Latinos accounted for 16 percent of all workplace fatalities. We at LCLAA want this to change.
LCLAA strongly supports legislation that will strengthen safety and health standards in the workplace in order to prevent fatalities and reduce the number of Latinos and immigrant workers injured, and exposed to heal hazards. LCLAA supports policies that will promote awareness and education about workplace safety for all workers.
LCLAA advocates for the rights of Latino working families, the equal protection of laws, and political inclusiveness of all. We demand the protection of our voting rights and support the continuation of affirmative action to ensure diversified workplaces and institutions of higher learning.
LCLAA opposes racial profiling and condemns hate crimes. For this reason, LCLAA supports legislation that will provide federal assistance to states, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes.
LCLAA opposes legislation that violates individuals' civil rights. LCLAA firmly opposes any legislative initiatives seeking to allow state and local police agencies to enforce immigration law because of the impact they will have on ethnic and racially diverse communities and the adverse effect it will have on local economies.
LCLAA and Global Exchange Concerned with Growing Anti-Immigrant/Latino Attacks
At approximately 45 million, Latinos are the largest minority in the United States. The political inclusion of Latino working families in federal, state and local elections is essential to their empowerment through political, social and economic advancement. LCLAA organizes and advocates to ensure that Latinos are not denied their constitutional 15th amendment right to vote.
LCLAA demands the protection of our voting rights and firmly opposes any legislation that is detrimental to the registration and turnout of Latino and minority voters.
LCLAA organizes voter registration drives and educational campaigns to educate voters about their rights. LCLAA promotes political inclusiveness of all individuals at all levels of our government.
Read article "The Latino Vote" by Dr. Lemus
LCLAA recognizes that affordable housing is essential to the stability, empowerment and economic advancement of Latino working families. LCLAA supports the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibits discrimination on the base of race, religion, and national origin in the sale or rental of housing.
LCLAA opposes predatory practices in the prime and sub-prime mortgage lending market. These unscrupulous lending practices induced the housing crisis the country is currently facing, resulting in home foreclosures throughout the country. LCLAA supports legislation that will regulate lending practices and will strictly enforce penalties on those who victimize homebuyers.
LCLAA supports legislation that provides funding for programs that educate consumers about homeownership and ways to protect themselves from predatory lenders.
LCLAA supports global trade but not at the expense of the American worker. Over the last three years 2.7 million manufacturing jobs and 1.8 million private sector jobs have been lost due to outsourcing. LCLAA understands that trade is vital for our industries and our livelihood. However outsourcing is not the answer. LCLAA supports legislation that pursues trade in a way that considers the rights of workers and the health of our communities while enforcing environmental protection laws.
Nearly 47 million Americans lack healthcare, 15 million are Hispanic, and 9 million children uninsured in the United States. This is an unacceptable measure by all standards!
LCLAA advocates for affordable, quality health care for all. Access to quality healthcare by Latino working families is being limited by increasing health insurance costs. Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance in the United State have been rising five times faster on average than workers' salaries. Latino families are having an increasingly harder time making ends meet, and, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 37 million live at or below poverty level.
Working families are faced with the decision to have low-quality/low-coverage health care to none at all. LCLAA supports legislation that will increase universal and affordable access to preventive, chronic, mental, dental, vision and long-term coverage for all Americans.
LCLAA supports any legislation that will drive Medicare costs down. LCLAA opposes any legislation that denies individuals the right to seek medical attention regardless of their place of origin or legal status.
Read the following article on LCLAA's position on health care:
Latino Labor Group Endorsed HR 676
Latino communities are disproportionately affected by pollution. In 2002, 71 percent of Latinos lived in counties that violated federal air pollution standards for one or more pollutants. With more than 20 percent of Latinos living in poverty, and many Latinos uninsured, the Latino population is more vulnerable to environmentally-caused health problems.
LCLAA supports any legislation driven to keep our communities safe from hazardous waste. Our communities should not serve as dumping grounds. LCLAA supports efforts to force corporations to comply with U.S. environmental standards abroad and at home.
Environmental discrimination is an appalling reality and LCLAA is firmly opposed to any actions taken to increase the exposure to, and confinement of, environmental burdens such as pollution, toxic and radioactive waste in communities of color.
As the aftermath of Katrina demonstrated, low-income and communities of color were disproportionately affected by insufficient and unsustainable recovery efforts. Although Katrina brought national salience to the issue of environmental justice, the reality extends beyond hurricane disasters to health conditions. Environmental discrimination can be seen in the prevalence of asthma among Latinos due to exposure to poor air quality since Latino children are 2.5 times more likely to develop asthma than their White counterparts.
Because Latinos are significantly impacted by pollution, LCLAA keeps environmental issues at the forefront of our advocacy work.
Along with NPRC and NHEC, LCLAA spearheads the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC).
LCLAA is the most progressive national Latino organization in the nation. As such, LCLAA seeks to engage and educate our communities by being at the forefront of educating ourselves, our families and our workplace about how to leave a smaller carbon footprint, while promoting a new and environmentally sustainable economy.
LCLAA calls for action:
An Economic Stimulus Package with a Side of Green
LCLAA on CAFE Standards:
LCLAA Applauds Senators for Bipartisan Alternative to Improve Fuel Economy
LCLAA strongly supports comprehensive immigration reform that takes into consideration demographic changes, national security, family reunification as well as the impact of trade agreements on immigration to the U.S. (see Platform on Trade). LCLAA believes that immigration policies need to protect the civil and human rights of all immigrants.
LCLAA also advocates for humane immigration enforcement that respects the human rights of undocumented immigrants and takes into account the needs of U.S. citizens. LCLAA is opposed to home and workplace raids that tear families apart. Over 3 million U.S. citizen children have at least one parent that is undocumented. The future of U.S. citizens cannot be jeopardized due to the inability of the U.S. Congress to achieve a comprehensive solution to the current immigration problem.
LCLAA supports legislation such as AgJobs which allows guest workers to meet U.S. labor shortages, and encourages undocumented workers to report their presence and enter the legalization process without denying them the protection of their labor rights.
LCLAA opposes any legislation that tries to establish guest worker programs that promote the violation of undocumented workers' rights.
LCLAA opposes the DHS initiative to have the Social Security Administration send "No-Match" letters to employers because they have been used as a way to intimidate unionized and non-unionized workers who try to assert their rights in the workplace.
LCLAA strongly supports the AFL-CIO's lawsuit against the DHS "Safe Harbor Procedures for Employees Who Receive a No-Match Letter".
See LCLAA Press Releases on Immigration:
Relevant Sites on Immigration:
Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Cities and Immigration: Local Policies for Immigrant-Friendly Cities
LCLAA is a pioneer in advocating for equal pay. In 2007, women were paid 77 cents for every dollar men received while Latina women earned 52 cents for every dollar.
LCLAA believes that workers should enjoy the fruits of their labor, and that no one should face wage discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, country of origin or legal status. Wages for Latinos have declined over the last two years, more so than for any other ethnic group in the country (Pew Hispanic Center, 2004).
LCLAA supports legislation that creates wage policies that are fair to all workers. LCLAA strongly supports the Fair Pay Restoration Act which would overhaul the Ledbetter Supreme Court decision and protect working families nationwide from discriminatory pay practices on the part of their employer.
LCLAA opposes any efforts by the administration to deny workers overtime. Denying workers the fruits of their labor encourages unscrupulous employers to take advantage of their workforce.
LCLAA encourages Congress to invest in human capital, and to invest in education and training programs that increase the capabilities of the U.S. workforce.
LCLAA supports pay equity for all regardless of gender. Women have the right to live and work in a safe environment, devoid of sexual harassment and abuse.
Latina women are disproportionately prone to a variety of health problems due to lack of access to information and adequate health care to prevent them. LCLAA strongly supports any legislation that will increase awareness and education about health issues that impact Latina women, as well as provide the means to address them.
LCLAA supports the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women (CEDAW) along with legislation that will promote the social, political and economic empowerment of women domestically and worldwide.
LCLAA supports paid sick and safe days for workers so that working men and women can seek the care that they need and as well as tend to their loved ones when they are sick without the fear of employer retributions or financial instability.
LCLAA opposes any efforts made to privatize social security. Social Security was created to serve as a long term safety net for working families. It is the foundation for retirement security and not an investment program that Wall Street can use to profit billions of dollars from. Privatization will cut benefits forcing many of our elderly, survivors and people with disability into poverty. Retirees need the financial means to live their last years with dignity and independence. Reforming social security the way the administration intends will cost more than two trillion dollars, not to mention cutting guaranteed benefits by 30 to 40 percent.
LCLAA will continue to advocate to ensure that social security continues to provide a benefit people can count on, protects disabled and low income Americans. There is too much at stake for the Latino community to allow the administration to dissolve Social Security. It is our responsibility to ensure that its protections are there for today's retirees, workers and generations to come.