Press Releases - 2011


Press Releases - November 2011

LCLAA’S ANDREA DELGADO WINS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

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For Immediate Release   
November 17, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

LCLAA’S ANDREA DELGADO WINS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD, 

As the 2011 MillerCoors Líder of the Year, Andrea Delgado will receive $25,000 to implement a Latino Leadership Program with LCLAA 

WASHINGTON, DC  (November 17, 2011) – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is proud to announce that Andrea Delgado, LCLAA’s Senior Policy Analyst and Communications Manager, is the winner of the 2011 MillerCoors Líder of the Year competition. Andrea was among twelve outstanding Latino leaders from all over the nation nominated for their leadership and contributions to their communities.  

The MillerCoors Líder of the year is chosen by public vote where Andrea won 42 percent of the total votes cast.  Andrea will receive a $25,000 grant for LCLAA to implement a community education and leadership project for the benefit of the Latino community. 

Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President stated, “LCLAA, our National Executive Board, and our membership is delighted and proud that one of our own has been honored with this recognition.  Andrea is a young and talented Latina who cares deeply about the issues that affect the well-being of working families and we are fortunate that in LCLAA, she found a place where she could grow into the passionate labor and environmental activist she is today.” 

“Andrea joined the LCLAA family when she was selected as the 2007-2008 Miguel Contreras Labor Policy and Advocacy Fellow. Since then, she has thrived and demonstrated just how passionate and committed  she is about addressing a range of issues that affect families across the U.S.,  especially those related to the Latino community, achieving workplace justice and protecting the environment.  Andrea is a great example of how the younger generation is standing up to the challenges we are confronting today; working to improve our workplaces, our communities and the nation as a whole. We are fortunate to have her as part of our team,” said Hector E. Sánchez, Executive Director, LCLAA. “I am honored to have been selected as 2011 MillerCoors Líder of the Year.  

I am humbled by this recognition and immensely grateful for all the love and support that I received from LCLAA, my family, friends, allies, and loved ones throughout the U.S. and my native country of Ecuador who rallied behind me to make this possible. Your support empowers me to continue serving the Latino community,” said Andrea Delgado, LCLAA’s Senior Policy Analyst and Communications Manager.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:Diana Villa │ LCLAA │ 202-508-6989 │ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

About LCLAA: The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, LCLAA is the home of the Latino Labor Movement.  LCLAA is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino trade unionists throughout the country and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico.  LCLAA was founded in 1973 and is America’s premier national organization for Latino workers and their families.  LCLAA advocates for the rights of all workers seeking justice in the workplace and their communities.  LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino workers in both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win Federation. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org , on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

ANDREA DELGADO, ACTIVISTA DE LCLAA GANA PREMIO NACIONAL DE LIDERAZGO,
Como Líder MillerCoors del Año 2011, Andrea Delgado recibirá USD $25.000 para implementar un Programa de Liderazgo Latino con LCLAA

WASHINGTON, DC (17 de noviembre de 2011) - El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) se enorgullece en anunciar que Andrea Delgado, analista de políticas públicas y gerente de comunicaciones de LCLAA, es la ganadora del premio MillerCoors Líder del Año 2011. Andrea fue una de doce destacados líderes latinos de todo el país seleccionados por su liderazgo y contribuciones a sus comunidades.

El Líder MillerCoors del año es elegido por votación pública donde Andrea ganó el 42 por ciento de todos los votos emitidos. Andrea va a recibir un subsidio de USD $25.000 para LCLAA, con el propósito de implementar un proyecto de liderazgo y educación comunitaria para el beneficio de la comunidad latina.

Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional de LCLAA dijo, "LCLAA, nuestra Junta Directiva Nacional, y nuestra membresía a través del país se enorgullece al saber que uno de los nuestros ha sido otorgado este reconocimiento. Andrea es una talentosa joven latina plenamente comprometida con los problemas que afectan el bienestar de las familias trabajadoras.  Tenemos la suerte de que en LCLAA, ella ha encontrado un lugar donde puede progresar  y destacarse como una activista apasionada por los derechos de los trabajadores y la protección del medio ambiente."  

"Andrea se unió a la familia de LCLAA en el 2007, cuando fue seleccionada para recibir la beca de Abogacía y Politica Laboral que honra la legacía del sindicalista Miguel Contreras. Desde entonces, ha surgido profesionalmente, demostrando su pasión y compromiso para abordar los problemas que afectan a las familias trabajadoras, con enfoque en la comunidad latina y la lucha por la justicia laboral y la protección del medio ambiente. Andrea es un gran ejemplo de activismo y de una generación joven que está  de pie y dando cara a los desafíos  que actualmente enfrentamos; luchando para mejorar las condiciones de nuestros trabajos, nuestras comunidades y el país en general.  Tenemos la suerte de tenerla como parte de nuestro equipo ", dijo Héctor E. Sánchez, director ejecutivo de LCLAA.

"Me siento honrada de haber sido seleccionada como la Líder MillerCoors del Año 2011.  Humildemente acepto este reconocimiento y agradezco a todos por el amor y apoyo que he recibido de LCLAA, mi familia, amigos, aliados, seres queridos en EE.UU. y mis compatriotas Ecuatorianos que me respaldaron para hacer este triunfo posible. Su apoyo me inspira para seguir sirviendo a mi comunidad," dijo Andrea Delgado, analista de políticas públicas y gerente de comunicaciones de LCLAA.

PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN, COMUNÍQUESE CON:Diana Villa │ LCLAA │ 202-508-6989 │ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Acerca de LCLAA: El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA) es una organización nacional latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones Latino (a) los sindicalistas de los Estados Unidos y la Comunidad de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA educa y aboga por los derechos de los trabajadores latinos que luchan por la justicia sus trabajos y sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la Federación Change to Win. Visítenos en http://www.lclaa.org/

Press Releases - September 2011

MILLERCOORS Y LCLAA RECONOCE A ANDREA DELGADO, UNA ENTRE 12 LÍDERES LATINOS DE TODO EL PAIS

 

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For Immediate Release   
September 26, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

MILLERCOORS Y LCLAA RECONOCE A ANDREA DELGADO, UNA ENTRE 12 LÍDERES LATINOS DE TODO EL PAIS

LCLAA recibirá donación de US $ 25,000 si Andrea Delgado es elegida como la MillerCoors Líder del Año 2011 

 

WASHINGTON, DC - (26 de septiembre de 2011) - El Consejo Laboral para el Avance de los Latinoamericanos (LCLAA) se enorgullece en anunciar que Andrea Delgado, nuestra analista de política y gerente de comunicaciones ha sido seleccionada como una de los Líderes de MillerCoors por sus contribuciones excepcionales a la comunidad latina. El público puede visitar la páginawww.MillerCoorsLideres.com del 12 de septiembre al 31 de octubre para votar por Andrea Delgado. Si Andrea es elegida como Líder del Año, LCLAA recibirá una donación de 25.000 dólares para desarrollar e implementar un programa comunitario en asociación con MillerCoors. Esta es la primera vez que la competencia reconoce a alguien que trabaja para el movimiento sindical y apoyarla en esta campaña es una oportunidad para llamar la atención a las cuestiones laborales que afectan el bienestar de las familias latinas en los Estados Unidos.

"Me siento honrada de haber sido elegida para el programa de liderazgo de MillerCoors", dijo Andrea Delgado, analista de política y Gerente de Comunicaciones en LCLAA. "MillerCoors ha hecho un compromiso con la comunidad hispana mediante la inversión en el liderazgo de los latinos. Estoy muy agradecida con LCLAA y este programa por darme la oportunidad de concientizar a la población sobre los temas que afectan a los trabajadores y el medio ambiente. Humildemente acepto este reconocimiento y espero poder motivar a los jóvenes latinos a que utilizen sus conocimientos y entusiasmo para mejorar a sus comunidades ".

Andrea Delgado fue elegida como una de las Líderes de MillerCoors por su trabajo con la comunidad latina en el ámbito laboral y ambiental. En su trabajo comunitario, Andrea ayuda a que los latinos en EEUU ejerzan su derecho al voto e incrementen su poder en las elecciones. Andrea ha implementado programas bilingües para inscribir y educar a los votantes latinos en los estados de Virginia, Maryland, el Distrito de Columbia, Nueva Jersey, Florida y Nuevo México. Para promover estilos de vida saludables e inspirar a la próxima generación de líderes ambientales de comunidades minoritarias, Andrea participa en "Diverse Youth Outings", un programa que tráe a jóvenes latinos de las ciudades a visitar los parques nacionales, explorar la naturaleza y considerar carreras dedicadas a la conservación y administración del medio ambiente.

A nivel nacional, Andrea se enfoca en investigación y abogacía para crear conciencia nacional sobre los problemas que afectan el progreso de la comunidad latina. Andrea es coautora de "Los trabajadores Latinos en los EE.UU., 2011," un informe que documenta la realidad social y económica de millones de trabajadores latinos en EE.UU., las industrias que dependen de la fuerza laboral latina, y los retos que enfrentan en el lugar trabajo y en sus comunidades. A través de su trabajo en la Coalición Nacional Latina sobre el Cambio Climático (NLCCC), Andrea informa a organizaciones Latinas y al público en general sobre los problemas ambientales que amenazan la salud y el bienestar de nuestras familias.  En colaboración con organizaciones ambientales, recientemente publicó el reporte "Los Latinos y La Contaminación del Aire: Un Llamado a la Acción".

Si Andrea Delgado es elegida como MillerCoors Líder del Año,  LCLAA utilizará la donación de $25,000 para implementar un programa de liderazgo que proveerá a las mujeres latinas e inmigrantes con la información y los recursos que necesitan para protegerse del robo salarial, la discriminación, acoso sexual y otros abusos a los que muchas mujeres están expuestas pero tienen miedo de afrontar por barreras lingüísticas y legales.

Este año se conmemora el 5 º aniversario del programa Líderes de MillerCoors, y no podríamos estar más emocionados por tener un grupo tan increíble que verdaderamente representa el liderazgo latino. Cada uno de ellos merece ganar el 2011 MillerCoors Líder del Año - y va a ser una tremenda competencia", dice José Ruano, gerente de relaciones multiculturales de MillerCoors. "Estamos orgullosos de continuar destacando a aquellos que contribuyen a sus comunidades, son exitosos en sus carreras y sirven como ejemplos para las generaciones venideras."

Acerca de LCLAA

El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA) es una organización nacional latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones Latino (a) los sindicalistas de los Estados Unidos y la Comunidad de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA educa y aboga por los derechos de los trabajadores latinos que luchan por la justicia sus trabajos y sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la Federación Change to Win. Visítenos en http://www.lclaa.org/

 

 

MILLERCOORS SALUTES ANDREA DELGADO AS ONE OF 12 LATINO LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

 

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For Immediate Release   
September 26, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

MILLERCOORS SALUTES ANDREA DELGADO AS ONE OF 12 LATINO LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

LCLAA will receive $25,000 grant if Andrea Delgado is chosen as the MillerCoors 2011 Líder of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (September 26, 2011) – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement ( LCLAA) is proud to announce that Andrea Delgado, our Senior Policy Analyst and Communications Manager has been selected as one of the 2011 MillerCoors Líderes for her exceptional contributions to the Latino community. The public can visit  www.MillerCoorsLideres.com from September 12 through October 31 to vote for Andrea Delgado. If she is chosen as the MillerCoors 2011 Líder of the Year, LCLAA will receive a $25,000 grant to develop and implement a community leadership program in partnership with MillerCoors.  This is the first time that the competition is recognizing someone working for the labor movement and supporting her in this campaign is an opportunity for LCLAA to bring attention to labor issues affecting Latino working families across the United States.

“I am honored to be chosen for this year’s MillerCoors Líderes program,” said Andrea Delgado, LCLAA’s Senior Policy Analyst and Communications Manager. “MillerCoors has made a commitment to the Hispanic community by investing in the leadership of Latinos.  I’m grateful to LCLAA and this program for giving me the opportunity to raise awareness about critical issues affecting workers and our environment.  I am humbled by this recognition and hope to motivate young Latinos across the U.S. to use their knowledge and energy to improve their communities.”

Andrea Delgado was chosen as one of the 2011 MillerCoors Líderes because of her work in the Latino, labor and environmental community.  In her community work she helps Latinos build political power, implementing bilingual Latino voter registration and education programs in various states including Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Florida and New Mexico.  To promote healthy lifestyles and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders from communities of color, Andrea participates in Diverse Youth Outings, a program that brings Latino youth from inner cities to visit the national parks, explore nature and consider careers in environmental fields.

At the national level, Andrea conducts research and advocacy to raise national awareness about critical issues impacting the progress of the Latino community.  She has co-authored Latino Workers in the U.S., 2011,” a report which sheds light on how Latinos are faring in U.S. society, which industries rely on their labor, and the barriers they face in our workplaces and communities.  Through her work at the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change ( NLCCC) she builds knowledge about environmental issues that threaten the health and well-being of Latinos. She recently co-authored the report " U.S. Latinos and Air Pollution: A Call To Action.” 

If chosen as the MillerCoors 2011 Líder of the Year, Andrea Delgado and LCLAA will use the $25,000 grant to implement a leadership program that will empower Latina and immigrant women with the information and resources they need to protect themselves from wage-theft, discrimination, sexual harassment, and other abuses that countless women are exposed to but fail to address due to language and legal barriers.  

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the MillerCoors Líderes program, and we couldn’t be more excited about having such an incredible group representing true Latino leadership. Each one of them deserves to win the MillerCoors 2011 Líder of the Year award – it’s going to be a tough competition,” says Joedis Avila, multicultural relations manager for MillerCoors. “We are proud to continue highlighting those who contribute to their communities, while excelling in their careers and serving as role models for future generations.”

About LCLAA

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino (a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

About MillerCoors

MillerCoors brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers.  MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales.  Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment.  Miller Lite is the great-tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to Rocky Mountain cold refreshment.  MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also offers innovative products such as MGD 64, Miller Chill and Sparks.  Tenth and Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors new craft and import company, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company.  MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and two microbreweries, the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.  MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth.  MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact.  MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Karina Diehl | MillerCoors | 312.496.2973 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Kati Anderson | Comunicad | 703.807.0500 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Andrea Delgado | LCLAA | 202-637-5120 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STATEMENT BY THE LABOR COUNCIL FOR LATIN AMERICAN ADVANCEMENT (LCLAA) ON THE PRESIDENT’S JOBS SPEECH

 

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For Immediate Release   
September 9, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

STATEMENT BY THE LABOR COUNCIL FOR LATIN AMERICAN ADVANCEMENT (LCLAA) ON THE PRESIDENT’S JOBS SPEECH

 

WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama addressed the nation last night at a time when we need a new and urgent approach to address our jobs crisis.  Working families across the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are struggling to overcome widespread economic insecurity and limited prospects for employment.  There are 14 million unemployed people but these alarming statistics fail to reflect the debilitating and pervasive impact of this recession on U.S. workers and Latinos in particular, who have seen a 66 percent decline in median wealth between 2005 and 2009.

At 20 million, Latino workers are the mainstay of the U.S. economy yet in this recession our community has been disproportionately affected, experiencing double-digit unemployment rates while those that are employed are grappling with working conditions that place their health and life at risk. Latinos have the highest fatality rates (16 percent higher than all U.S. workers in 2009) and have a high concentration in low-paying and poor quality jobs.  Forty percent of Latino workers earn wages that fail to keep a family of four above the federal poverty level.

“We welcomed the President’s message on jobs and the need for both parties to come together to put people back to work. We are weary of partisan bickering when our members and countless families are in need of jobs and those that teach, nurse and protect our communities are facing attacks to their labor rights, security, and job quality.  Now we need our elected officials to show us that they have the courage to focus on what is critical at this point in time: job creation.  We are encouraged by the President’s strategy to revitalize our economy and expand the middle class by rebuilding our infrastructure, reviving American manufacturing, and rewarding job creators and working people, not those that turn their backs on our communities and outsource jobs,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President.

“We commend the President for recognizing that this economic crisis is not a race to the bottom and must not serve as a pretext to do away with fundamental rights. Collective bargaining is a tool for social mobility and a key component of a healthy middle class.” said Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director. “We will continue working to promote the creation of quality jobs that will expand access to the middle class to all working families. This is why maintaining basic social protections are a priority and LCLAA will continue fighting to preserve Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and unemployment insurance”.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino (a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

 

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LCLAA STATEMENT ON LABOR DAY AND THE STATE OF THE LATINO WORKFORCE

 

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For Immediate Release   
September 2, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

LCLAA STATEMENT ON DOJ LAWSUIT TO BLOCK AT&T/T-MOBILE MERGER

DOJ ACTION IS IMPEDIMENT TO THE CREATION OF QUALITY JOBS

 

 

LCLAA STATEMENT ON LABOR DAY AND THE STATE OF THE LATINO WORKFORCE

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of August 2011, there are 14 million unemployed people across the U.S.  The Latino community has been acutely distressed by the economic slump as they are experience some of the highest rates of unemployment, reaching 11.3 percent last month.  The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino trade unionists throughout the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. On this Labor Day, LCLAA wants to shed light on some of the challenges that are stunting the progress of Latino workers across the U.S.

“As LCLAA’s report “Latino Workers in the U.S., 2011” indicates, Latinos (US-born or immigrant) are a young and growing community facing several roadblocks to their advancement in U.S. society.  High levels of unemployment combined with low levels of educational attainment limit the competitiveness of Latinos and their prospects for higher paying jobs.  For Latinos in the labor force, making ends meet means they must endure unsafe or abusive working conditions that place their health and lives at risk,” says Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President. “For immigrant workers without legal status, their circumstances are particularly dire since they are more vulnerable to employer abuses.”

Every year, workers across the U.S. experience wage theft –the illegal underpayment or nonpayment of workers’ wages. Others are hurt on the job and even lose their lives due to job-related injuries.  Studies on wage-theft demonstrate that Latino workers suffer more minimum-wage and overtime pay violations than any other ethnic group. Additionally, BLS reports of occupational injuries and fatalities show that the fatal injury rate among Latino workers was 16 percent higher than the rate for all U.S. workers in 2009. In the same year, out of a total of 4,340 recorded fatal work injuries in the US, 15% of the fatalities involved Latino workers (668 deaths).  Immigrant workers faced an elevated risk of death on the job, constituting almost 60 percent of the Latino workplace fatalities.

“The nation is facing grave issues that Congress and the Administration must work collaboratively to address.  In these economic times, LCLAA calls on Congress to leave partisanship aside and focus on the creation of good jobs that will expand the middle class.  We must reform our labor laws to make sure employers are not pilfering the wages of our workers or putting them in harm’s way. We must reform our immigration laws so we can bring 11 million people out of the shadows and allow them to contribute to our tax-base,” added Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director.  “To stimulate our economy and promote public health, we must invest in a clean-energy economy that will generate quality jobs and safeguard our environment.  Protecting our communities from exposure to harmful pollutants in our air, land and water require the implementation of strong environmental standards.  LCLAA is hopeful that commonsense will soon overpower the politics that is keeping the progress of our communities at a standstill.”

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

 

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LCLAA STATEMENT ON DOJ LAWSUIT TO BLOCK AT&T/T-MOBILE MERGER

 

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For Immediate Release   
September 1, 2011    

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

LCLAA STATEMENT ON DOJ LAWSUIT TO BLOCK AT&T/T-MOBILE MERGER

DOJ ACTION IS IMPEDIMENT TO THE CREATION OF QUALITY JOBS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) –a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino trade unionists throughout the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico– is disappointed with the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to prevent AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile USA.    With this decision, the DOJ is obstructing the creation of 96,000 jobs and depriving 23,000 T-Mobile workers of the opportunity to join a union. This action is coming at a time when workers and the unions that protect them are under siege. When facing the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, it is central to secure quality jobs that will expand the shrinking middle class in this nation and strengthen the voice and bargaining power of all workers. 

Currently there are 13.9 million workers in the U.S. who are struggling with unemployment while countless families are trying to make ends meet.  Expanding high speed broadband access is a critical element to create jobs, promote economic growth, and improve education, health care, and public safety.  These are not just any jobs we are talking about. They will be quality jobs with benefits, good wages and working conditions. Unlike corporations that are turning their back on communities in need of jobs and outsourcing their operations, AT&T will bring back 5,000 wireless jobs to the U.S. upon completion of the merger with T-Mobile USA.

As an organization working to promote the economic advancement of the Latino community and the creation of quality jobs, LCLAA calls on the DOJ to reconsider this decision.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

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Press Releases - October 2011

LCLAA JOINS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (FTA) AND CALL ON COLOMBIA

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For Immediate Release   
October 12, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

LCLAA JOINS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (FTA) AND CALL ON COLOMBIA TO RESPECT WORKERS’ RIGHTS

 

WASHINGTON, DC — (October 12, 2011) As Congress is scheduled to vote on a pending Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) joined Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-4), Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9) to oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and denounce the country’s record on human rights and murders of labor leaders. 

This event comes after LCLAA’s release of Disposable Workers: Immigration after NAFTA and the Nation’s Addiction to Cheap Labor, a publication which highlights the role that this kind of international economic policies play in exacerbating poverty and triggering a massive displacement of workers at home and abroad. 

“Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world for workers to exercise a fundamental right, the freedom of expression and association. In 2010 alone, 51 trade unionists were assassinated for trying to organize and fight for decent wages and working conditions. Would this treaty be acceptable if 51 CEOs were killed in Colombia?” stated Hector Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director. “The FTA that Congress is considering with Colombia is part of a larger and flawed economic model that puts profits over workers.  These FTAs mirror the same type of disparate and unjust trade deals that have forced people away from their home countries, drastically increasing migration into the U.S. and led to the loss of more than 3 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S.”

Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL-4) added, “The facts are simple:  in Colombia, trade union activists are targeted for assassination.  That’s not an easy fact to accept, but it’s a fact.  Approving the free trade pact with Colombia says that the United States can live with this fact.  It brings the blood of union activist victims from Bogota to Washington.  That blood won’t easily be washed away.”

LCLAA supports the premise that any Trade Agreement must increase living standards for workers in both nations and the right to organize into a union is a human right that must be honored since it is essential to improve the conditions of workers and promote progress.  

About LCLAA

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, LCLAA is the home of the Latino Labor Movement.  LCLAA is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino trade unionists throughout the country and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico.  LCLAA was founded in 1973 and is America’s premier national organization for Latino workers and their families.  LCLAA advocates for the rights of all workers seeking justice in the workplace and their communities.  LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino workers in both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win Federation. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Addiction to Cheap Labor and Imposed Free Trade Policies that Displace Workers

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For Immediate Release   
October 11, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

IN NEW PUBLICATION, LCLAA CALLS FOR A NEW APPROACH ON IMMIGRATION

It’s Time to Stop Blaming Immigrants and Focus on the Root Causes of the Problem:

Addiction to Cheap Labor and Imposed Free Trade Policies that Displace Workers

 

Washington D.C. – (October 11, 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Latino Research Center hosted an international conference on “Food Security and International Migration” in 2010. Their journal ‘Border-Lines’ just published a special issue based on this conference, featuring a paper titled, “Disposable Workers: Immigration after NAFTA and the Nation’s Addiction to Cheap Labor,” where Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), calls attention to the root causes of immigration: first, international economic policies that triggered a massive displacement of workers; and second, the United States’ addiction to cheap labor.

The issue of immigration has been high-jacked and misconstrued by a subset in the United States to the point of hysteria, while the causes and solutions are actually easily traceable and quantifiable but have been ignored. In “Disposable Workers: Immigration after NAFTA and the Nation’s Addiction to Cheap Labor,” Hector discusses the hypocrisy in the widespread vilification of immigrants in the U.S. and the anti-immigrant policies that it has inspired while we ignore the role that U.S. policy has had on uprooting millions of Mexicans and Central Americans from their homeland, “Today it is very clear that NAFTA was a failure for working people on both sides of the border. Since its passage in 1994, the number of Mexicans migrating each year to the United States has more than doubled.” 

“Anti-immigrant policies are misleading the public. While legislatures claim to crack-down on immigrants, there is a systemic demand and addiction to cheap, exploitable and disposable immigrant workforce. Inequitable trade deals, undocumented immigration and economic insecurity in the U.S. have inflamed racial tensions, creating an environment where Latinos face bigotry, exploitation and even death due to a drastic increase in hate crimes against Latinos. This anti-immigrant backlash in the United States is happening as immigrant work­ers experience unforeseen levels of abuse and discrimination but one is asking who is benefiting from this broken system.  Too many powerful interests are benefitting from a system in which millions of workers are kept in a constant state of vulnerability and it is time to change the debate,” added Sanchez.

As the U.S. Congress is scheduled to vote on pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Panama and Colombia, LCLAA urged lawmakers to recognize the role that U.S. international economic policies play in exacerbating income inequalities and accelerating mass displacement of people south of our borders. 

In the paper Sanchez posits, “As long as the U.S. maintains its strong addiction to cheap labor and continues to promote free trade policies that displace workers, no wall will be high enough for people south of the border that have no way to feed their kids at home.  Instead of wasting money in enforcement only policies, federal resources should be used to help re-train U.S. workers displaced by the same forces of globalization that have made Mexico’s communities come unglued.  It’s time for fair trade policies that promote sustainable economic development for all partners involved and respect workers’ rights at home and abroad.” 

 

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Disposable Workers: Immigration after NAFTA and the Nation’s Addiction to Cheap Labor

on LCLAA’s website www.lclaa.org

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About LCLAA 

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, LCLAA is the home of the Latino Labor Movement.  LCLAA is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino trade unionists throughout the country and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico.  LCLAA was founded in 1973 and is America’s premier national organization for Latino workers and their families.  LCLAA advocates for the rights of all workers seeking justice in the workplace and their communities.  LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino workers in both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win Federation. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

LCLAA DISAPPOINTED WITH FEDERAL JUDGE’S RULING ON ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW

 

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For Immediate Release   
September 29, 2011     

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

LCLAA DISAPPOINTED WITH FEDERAL JUDGE’S RULING ON ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW  

WASHINGTON, DC –  (September 29, 2011) On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn blocked provisions of an Alabama immigration law that conflicted with federal statutes, including provisions that would have criminalized undocumented immigrants for soliciting work  and made it illegal for anyone to transport or harbor them.  Several key egregious elements of the state measure were upheld, including the “papers please” portion that allows police to arrest anyone it suspects of being undocumented after they have been stopped, as well as a provision requiring schools to view birth certificates to document the citizenship status of students.  The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) expressed disappointment with the judge’s ruling, denouncing the Alabama law as extremist and unsound anti-immigrant legislation. 

“In the absence of immigration reform at the federal level, the Alabama law is another example of the anti-immigrant sentiment that legislatures across the country are codifying into law.  This law will do nothing but foster a breeding ground for civil rights abuses when Latinos get caught in the middle of enforcement-only policies, regardless of their legal status,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President. 

In a statement, Deputy Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, John McMillan declares, "We have seen the enormous difficulties farmers, especially those in produce and poultry, have encountered as a result of the new immigration law. The economic hardship to farmers and agribusinesses will reverberate throughout Alabama's economy, as one-fifth of all jobs in our state come from farming.”

“This law is fiscally irresponsible, politically unsustainable and detrimental to Latino working families and local economies.   As parents are required to disclose their children’s citizenship, they may fear sending their children to school if they believe doing so would target them for deportation.   Additionally, crops are rotting across farm fields in Alabama where twenty percent of the jobs in the state are in the agriculture industry, a sector where 88 percent of our nation’s farm workers are Latino and over 50 percent are undocumented,” added Hector Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director.

Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director added, “Immigration is a contentious issue that warrants uniform and impartial policy to prevent other states from usurping the Constitution in the name of immigration enforcement.  If we want safe and prosperous communities, we need a serious evaluation of our principles if as a nation we are more concerned about the legal status of children and working people but turn a blind eye to their educational advancement and the workplace violations they are exposed to on a daily basis to serve us, build our homes and help our meals reach our tables.”

Leaders of the student movement working for passage of the DREAM Act expressed their discontent with the judge’s ruling, “Many had waited and prayed for a positive decision from the judge. Many Dreamers and their families are saddened by the judge's verdict and have chosen to leave the state.  However, the litigation team and those brave ones who are staying back will fight,” stated Julieta Garibay with United We Dream.

As is the case for Arizona, Alabama’s law will have detrimental implications for the civil rights and safety of the residents in the state.  Nonetheless, LCLAA commends the Obama Administration for filing suit to stop the implementation of the bill, to remind Alabama that regulating immigration falls under the federal government’s jurisdiction.   

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, LCLAA is the home of the Latino Labor Movement. LCLAA is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 1.7 million Latino trade unionists throughout the country and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. LCLAA was founded in 1973 and is America’s premier national organization for Latino workers and their families. LCLAA advocates for the rights of all workers seeking justice in the workplace and their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino workers in both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win Federation. Visit us at www.lclaa.org

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Press Releases - January 2011

Latino Leaders Release State of the Union Policy Priorities

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For Immediate Release

January 25, 2011


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Latino Leaders Release State of the Union Policy Priorities
Groups Urge Congress & the President to Act on Pressing Needs of the Hispanic Community


Washington, DC – On the eve of the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, representatives of three of the nation’s leading Latino organizations have issued a set of policy priorities they would like the President to address in his State of the Union speech before Congress.  These policy priorities represent key issues facing Hispanics in the areas of Education, Health Care, Immigration, Social Security, and Economic Empowerment.

The Hispanic Federation, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) are urging Congress and the President to work with Latino leaders to effectively address these concerns and to ensure that the wellbeing of the Latino community is being addressed.

Many of the priorities reflect the same concerns of communities throughout the country. However, Latino communities have been particularly hard hit by the recession and the President and Congress should commit to providing the additional resources to communities that are in most need of help. “Our Latino communities are still in a severe recession,” stated Margaret Moran, LULAC National President. “The President and Congress must target federal programs to those areas that have borne the brunt of our economic slump.”

“Strategies to build a better future for America must directly contribute to the progress and prosperity of the burgeoning Latino community. The priorities we have outlined are ultimately complementary and merit immediate attention by both Congress and the Administration,” stated Milton Rosado, National President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

“The President has moved certain federal programs and initiatives that stand to benefit the Latino community such as health care reform and certain financial consumer protections. Our community cannot afford to lose these positive gains,” stated Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, President of the Hispanic Federation. “We seek an aggressive approach by the Congress and White House to close the Latino education gap, meet the workforce development needs for the 21st Century and finally pass comprehensive immigration reform.”


The following are our recommendations:

Economic Empowerment: The recession and ongoing recovery has emaciated the economic security of the Latino community and widened economic gaps. Jobless rates increased faster for Latinos than for whites, while homeownership decreased faster. Between 2009 and 2012, 1.3 million Latino families are expected to lose their homes to foreclosure. Two years ago today, Latino unemployment reached 9.2 percent and since then, joblessness among Latinos has escalated to 13.0 percent, 3.6 points above the national average (9.4%). Latinos hold lower-quality jobs and earn less money per week relative to white and Asian-American workers and 25.3 percent of our community lives below the poverty line.  To improve the economic wellbeing of the Latino community, alleviate poverty and reduce unemployment, Congress and the President must commit to target socially and economically disadvantaged communities in any plan for job creation. Training investments to help dislocated workers gain the skills and credentials needed to acquire quality jobs and careers with family sustaining wages and opportunities for advancement should be the Nation’s top priority.  In states and localities with limited English proficient populations, programs must integrate job training with language and skills training.  To protect the Latino workforce, it is critical that the Administration ensures adequate enforcement of workplace laws to reduce workplace safety, health and wage violations that disproportionately affect the welfare and economic advancement of Latino and immigrant workers.

Health Care: Historically, Latinos have had disproportionately low rates of health insurance. Socioeconomic status, educational attainment, cultural and linguistic differences, and racial and ethnic barriers have prevented Latinos from obtaining life-saving services through the public health system.  With the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act, all Americans will have a greater opportunity to obtain health coverage and access quality health care. Latinos in particular will benefit from increased preventative care and expanded access to the public health system, as nine million Latinos will be eligible to receive health coverage and exercise greater control over their own health care. Currently, one in three Latinos have no access to health care or experience poor quality of care when they access the health care system; thus, the President should urge Congress to fully fund and implement the Affordable Care Act.  The elimination of health disparities is a priority for all communities of color and the Latino community encourages the President to call for the expansion of health initiatives that increase the racial and ethnic diversity of health care professionals as well as cultural competency training for health care providers.

Education: Data show that Hispanic students tend to underperform in reading and math when compared to their non-Hispanic peers. Amplifying the concern is the alarmingly high dropout rate of Latino youth. Only 53% of Hispanic students graduate in four years. To help bridge this gap and reduce the dropout rate, the Administration must provide significant additional resources to schools, support high expectations for Latino, migrant, and ELL student through a complete and thorough reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this year.  In addition,  187 TRIO programs, funded through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, will be eliminated if $57 million is not included in the FY 11 TRIO appropriation base, without this funding, 12,000 current Upward Bound students will lose their services before the next competition. The President must urge Congress to fund federal education programs at sufficient levels, and encourage the development of open educational courses which will help ensure equal access to high quality resources. Funding education programs will raise school quality and close the achievement gap in educational outcomes between Latino students and others.

Immigration: A large majority of Americans recognize that our current immigration system is broken. The failure of the 111th Congress to pass meaningful reform that will provide a clear process for legal migration, mitigate the inequities and failures of our current immigration laws, and create a coherent strategy for addressing the labor and economic needs of our country while embracing our ‘nation of immigrants’ welcoming societal ethic leaves little legislative options that Congress will likely approve. The President should announce a new approach to retooling our immigration administrative infrastructure in a manner that will reduce the backlog of current applicants for legal permanent residency (LPR) status, provide relief for those currently in the country without documentation until our immigration laws can be brought to conformity with the country’s current economic needs and values of family reunification, fairness, justice & equality for all, and continue to pursue those bad actor employers who exploit undocumented immigrants and perpetuate an underground economy of indentured workers. This limited package of immigration reforms should include the DREAM Act and AgJobs legislation that has received strong bipartisan support as part of previous immigration proposals.

Social Security: Social Security is central to the economic security of all Latinos, young and old alike. For 75 years it has played a vital role in providing a safety net for the protection millions of retirees, disabled workers and aged widowers.  As the youngest and fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, Latinos stand to lose if Social Security benefits are cut.  By 2050 Latinos will comprise 17.5% of the U.S. elderly population and on average, Latinos earn less than the average U.S. worker (median earnings of $30,000 compared to $40,000) limiting the benefits available to them during retirement and savings they can accrue.  Without Social Security, the poverty rate among Latino elderly would triple. Latinos are less likely to have an employment-based pension since 6 out of 10 whites over 65 have some type of retirement account while only 1 out of 10 Latinos over 65 have any type of retirement account at all.  To prevent an exacerbation of financial hardship in the Latino community, Congress and the President must protect Social Security and oppose privatization, benefit cuts and a raise in the retirement age.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Press Releases - August 2011

LCLAA WELCOMES NEEDED SHIFT IN WHITE HOUSE POLICY ON IMMIGRATION

 

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For Immediate Release   
August 19, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

 

LCLAA WELCOMES NEEDED SHIFT IN WHITE HOUSE POLICY ON IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

ENACTMENT OF THIS POLICY IS URGENT

WASHINGTON, DC – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), a national organization representing the interests of over two million Latinos through our 52 chapters nationwide, reacted to the White House’s announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will suspend the deportation of immigrant youth and other low-priority immigration offenders.  LCLAA welcomes this shift away from immigration enforcement programs that target immigrants who pose no threat to public safety or national security for deportation.

“For the past two years, our members have been calling on the Obama administration to honor his commitment to immigration reform and provide relief to numerous immigrant children, youth and families that are suffering the aftermath of senseless and inhumane enforcement only policies,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President. “At a time when the administration has achieved record-high deportation levels, increased border enforcement, and promoted flawed policies like Secure Communities, this policy shift is long overdue and must be enacted immediately.”

It is disappointing that one million people had to be deported before the administration could take action to prevent further removals.  This action is welcomed and reflects a commonsense approach to immigration policy. We hope this is merely the beginning of more strategic, just and humane immigration enforcement,” added Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director and Co-Chair of the Immigration Committee of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the 30 leading Latino organizations in the United States.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

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LCLAA CONVOCA A CENTENAS DE LIDERES LATINOS Y SINDALISTAS EN SU CONFERENCIA EDUCATIVA "WE ARE ONE/ SOMOS UNO" EN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

 

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LCLAA CONVOCA A CENTENAS DE LIDERES LATINOS Y SINDALISTAS  EN SU CONFERENCIA EDUCATIVA "WE ARE ONE/ SOMOS UNO" EN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO 

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - A la luz de una creciente ola de ataques contra los trabajadores, el Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) llevará a cabo una conferencia educativa titulada "We Are One / Somos Uno", del 4 al 6 de agosto en el hotel Caribe Hilton de San Juan, Puerto Rico. Con el lema "Somos Uno", multitudes a través del país están protestando a favor de los maestros, bomberos, las enfermeras,  los trabajadores de la construcción y muchos otros que están siendo perjudicados por los gobernadores y legisladores estatales. LCLAA se une a ellos en solidaridad para luchar al lado de los trabajadores en Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana y otros estados. 

Centenas de líderes latinos y sindicalistas a nivel local, estatal y nacional se reunirán en el Caribe Hilton en San Juan, Puerto Rico para discutir temas importantes para la comunidad latina: la representación latina en el movimiento sindical, la educación, los ataques a nivel estatal en contra de los inmigrantes y trabajadores, los empleos verdes, la salud pública, la red de seguridad social, acceso a la banda ancha, la juventud en el movimiento sindical, la solidaridad entre los afro-americanos y latinos, los desafíos que enfrentan las mujeres trabajadoras, y la supresión del voto. La conferencia facilitará una conversación entre los participantes y ponentes para compartir las mejores prácticas para abordar los problemas que afectan a los latinos en los EE.UU. y la comunidad de Puerto Rico. 

"Reunirnos en Puerto Rico es significativo y oportuno. Los trabajadores públicos de la isla sufrieron un golpe tremendo a sus derechos laborales y su seguridad económica cuando el gobernador Fortuño suspendió los derechos de negociación colectiva y despidió a miles con la aprobación de la Ley Pública 7 en el 2009. En mayo, después de una intensa presión y movilizaciones masivas, el gobernador Fortuño restituyó los derechos laborales a los empleados públicos al firmar la Ley Pública 73," dijo Milton Rosado, el Presidente Nacional de LCLAA. 

Nos sentimos afortunados de reunirnos aquí para celebrar la victoria de los sindicalistas Puertorriqueños. Los trabajadores del sector público recuperaron algunos de los mecanismos necesarios para salvaguardar sus derechos y beneficios en el trabajo. El resto del país puede aprender mucho de esta victoria, sin embargo, estaremos alertas porque nuestra lucha para asegurar empleos que garanticen salarios justos, respeto y dignidad, tienen adversarios numerosos y poderosos ", agregó Héctor E. Sánchez, el director ejecutivo de LCLAA. 

La conferencia, "We Are One / Somos Uno", incluye varias sesiones generales de conferencias, talleres educativos y una cena de gala con los líderes de la comunidad latina, sindical y de derechos civiles. El 4 de agosto, LCLAA auspiciará una "Noche de Blanco", una recepción para celebrar la fortaleza y los esfuerzos que lograron restablecer los derechos a la negociación colectiva para miles de trabajadores en Puerto Rico. 

El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latino Americano (LCLAA) es una organización nacional Latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones de latinos (as) sindicalistas en los Estados Unidos y el Commonwealth de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA ha organizado y ha abogado por los derechos de los trabajadores que buscan justicia en el lugar de trabajo y en sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la federación Change to Win Federation. Visítenos enhttp://www.lclaa.org/

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Press Releases - July 2011

LCLAA STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FARMWORKER UNION LEADER RICHARD CHAVEZ

 

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For Immediate Release   
July 28, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-637-5120

 

LCLAA STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FARMWORKER UNION LEADER RICHARD CHAVEZ

WASHINGTON, DC— The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) mourns the passing of Richard Chavez, brother to Cesar E. Chavez and long-time partner to Dolores Huerta; renowned labor leaders and co-founders of the United Farmworkers of America (UFW).

Richard devoted three decades of his life to the farmworker movement, fighting alongside Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta to organize farmworkers in the 1960s.  Richard was one of the organizers of the legendary Delano Grape Strike in 1965, a five-year strike that brought Filipino and Latino farmworkers together in a common cause; a union contract that would secure respect for workers, better wages and safe working conditions in an industry known as the most dangerous in the U.S.

The black eagle that has served as the UFW’s characteristic emblem for years was designed by Richard Chavez, a symbol of struggle and courage that is immortalized by countless workers and sympathizers who persist in the ongoing fight to improve working and living conditions, and achieve equal protection of labor laws for the workers that provide our nation with its produce.

Richard will be missed but his legacy will remain alive in the 10 children he leaves behind and the myriad of workers that have been able to secure a better future for themselves and their children through his efforts.  

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

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LCLAA CONVENES HUNDREDS OF LATINO AND UNION LEADERS AT “WE ARE ONE/SOMOS UNO” EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

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For Immediate Release   
August 3, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-637-5120

LCLAA CONVENES HUNDREDS OF LATINO AND UNION LEADERS AT “WE ARE ONE/SOMOS UNO” EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

San Juan, Puerto Rico — In light of a rising tide of attacks on workers, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will hold an educational conference entitled “We Are One/ Somos Uno,” from August 4-6 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Under the “We Are One” banner, people across America are rising up to support teachers, fire fighters, nurses, construction workers and many others who are under attack by governors and state legislators. LCLAA joins them in solidarity by fighting alongside workers in Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states.

Latino and labor leaders at the local, state, and national level will convene at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico to discuss issues vital to the Latino community: Latino representation in the labor movement, education, state-level attacks on immigrants and workers, green jobs, public health, the social safety net, broadband access, youth in the labor movement, black/brown solidarity, challenges facing Latina workers, and voter suppression. The conference will provide a platform for participants and speakers to engage in conversation and share best practices to address complex problems affecting Latinos across the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

“Convening in Puerto Rico is meaningful and timely because the island’s workers endured a tremendous blow to their labor rights and economic security when Governor Fortuño suspended collective bargaining rights for public employees and laid-off thousands with the passage of Public Law 7 in 2009. After intense pressure and mass mobilizations from labor unions, students, workers, and the broader Puerto Rican community, this past May, Gov. Fortuño reinstated the labor rights of public employees by signing Public Law 73,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President.

We are fortunate to gather here today to celebrate the victory of the people of Puerto Rico. Public sector workers regained some of the mechanisms necessary to safeguard their rights and benefits on the job.  This is a victory that the mainland can learn from but we will remain vigilant because our fight for quality jobs that guarantee respect, dignity, and living wages is ongoing and has numerous and powerful adversaries,” added Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director.

The “We Are One/ Somos Uno” conference entails general sessions, educational workshops and an awards dinner featuring renowned leaders from the labor, Latino and civil rights community.  On August 4th, LCLAA will also host a “Noche de Blanco,” a reception to celebrate the fortitude and extensive organizing and mobilization efforts to reinstate collective bargaining rights for thousands of workers in Puerto Rico.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

 

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LCLAA REJECTS REPORTED PLAN TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

 

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For Immediate Release   
July 7, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-637-5120

LCLAA REJECTS REPORTED PLAN TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE,
REDUCTIONS WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY


WASHINGTON, DC—New developments suggest that President Obama will recommend slashing Social Security and Medicare benefits to negotiate a deficit-reduction strategy with congressional leaders. In light of these reports, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) —co-founder of Latinos for a Secure Retirement— rebukes this proposal and underscores the importance of strengthening these programs rather than exacerbating hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in our nation.

Latinos rely on Social Security for a larger share of their income and will need it for a longer period of time due to extended life expectancy.  Latinos earn less than the average U.S. worker and are more likely to earn poverty-level wages. Lower earnings among Latinos limit the Social Security benefits they can accrue throughout their lifetime (The average Social Security benefits for Latino seniors is $12,213 for men, and $9,536 for Latinas).  Furthermore, a recent poll commissioned by the Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University shows that 67 percent of Latinos report lacking an I.R.A., 401K or any other type of retirement account.

“For years, we have been fighting to strengthen Social Security and prevent reductions in benefits and other modifications that would be detrimental to the economic security of Latinos and low-income communities. If President Obama and members of Congress are considering cuts to Social Security and Medicare, we must remind them just how crucial these entitlement programs are for Americans, particularly for Latinos.  Latino retirees rely on Social Security as a principal source of income and those still in the workforce lack employment-based pensions or other financial recourse to prepare them for retirement.  Cuts to Social Security would be devastating for our community,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President.

“Social Security and Medicare help meet the basic needs of a vulnerable segment of our society and we will not support placing these programs on the chopping block.  Gutting the nation’s safety net to convince politicians to raise revenue from the wealthiest Americans and corporations does not yield a fair tradeoff.  Increasing hardship in our community is not a bargaining chip,” added Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

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Para publicación inmediata  
7 de julio del 2011 

 Contact: Contacto: Andrea Delgado
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LCLAA RECHAZA PROPUESTA PARA RECORTAR BENEFICIOS DEL SEGURO SOCIAL Y MEDICARE,
SERIA DEVASTADOR PARA LA COMUNIDAD LATINA


WASHINGTON, DC—Desarrollos recientes sugieren que el presidente Obama propondrá recortar los programas de beneficio social, incluso la Seguridad Social y los beneficios de Medicare, con el fin de negociar una estrategia para reducir el déficit con los líderes del Congreso. A la luz de estos informes, el Consejo Sindical para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés), rechaza esta propuesta y subraya la importancia de fortalecer estos programas en lugar de recortarlos y a la vez agravar las dificultades de algunas de las personas más vulnerables en nuestra nación.  LCLAA es co-fundador de Latinos for a Secure Retirement, una coalición de organizaciones nacionales latinas, dedicadas a proteger la Seguridad Social.

Los latinos dependen del Seguro Social ya que les provee la mayor parte de sus ingresos. Asimismo, lo necesitarán por un período más largo que los demás porque son más longevos. Los latinos ganan menos que el trabajador estadounidense típico y son más propensos a ganar salarios de nivel de pobreza. Los bajos ingresos de los latinos limitan los beneficios que pueden acumular a lo largo de la vida y a través del Seguro Social (el promedio de beneficios de Seguro Social para los latinos jubilados es $12,213 para los hombres, y $9,536 para las mujeres). Además, una reciente encuesta comisionada por el Washington Post, la Fundación Kaiser Family y la Universidad de Harvard muestra que el 67 por ciento de los latinos carecen de un plan de pensiones de IRA, 401K, o cualquier otro tipo de cuenta de jubilación.

"Por años, hemos luchado para fortalecer el Seguro Social, evitar la reducción de sus beneficios, y otras modificaciones que serían perjudiciales para la seguridad económica de los latinos y las comunidades de bajos ingresos. Si el presidente Obama y los miembros del Congreso están considerando recortes de los programas de Seguridad Social y Medicare, hay que recordarles cuán importantes son estos programas de ayuda para los estadounidenses, en particular para los latinos. Latinos jubilados dependen del Seguro Social como una fuente principal de ingresos y los que todavía trabajan no tienen plan de pensiones provisto por sus empleadores y carecen de otros recursos financieros que los preparen para la jubilación. Recortes a la Seguridad Social sería devastador para nuestra comunidad ", dijo Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional de LCLAA

"El Seguro Social y los beneficios de Medicare ayudan a satisfacer las necesidades básicas de un segmento vulnerable de nuestra sociedad y no vamos a apoyar este recorte.  Sacrificar la red de protección social para lograr que el Congreso requiera una mayor contribución de los individuos y corporaciones más ricas no es un intercambio justo. El bienestar de nuestra comunidad no es una moneda de cambio", agregó Héctor E. Sánchez, Director Ejecutivo de LCLAA.

El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latino Americano (LCLAA) es una organización nacional Latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones de latinos (as) sindicalistas en los Estados Unidos y el Commonwealth de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA ha organizado y ha abogado por los derechos de los trabajadores que buscan justicia en el lugar de trabajo y en sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la federación Change to Win Federation. Visítenos en
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Press Releases - June 2011

First Senate Hearing on the DREAM Act, Passing the DREAM Act Can Help Us “Win the Future”


 

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For Immediate Release   
June 28, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
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Statement by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) on the 
First Senate Hearing on the DREAM Act, Passing the DREAM Act Can Help Us “Win the Future”

WASHINGTON, DC— Ten years after the introduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), its original sponsor and senior Senator from Illinois presided over the first-ever U.S. Senate hearing on the bill. The DREAM Act has received bipartisan support in the Senate, gaining the majority of votes but failing to meet the 60 vote threshold to surpass a filibuster. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) applauds Senator Durbin for his decade-long dedication to give a voice to promising youth that aspire to become full participants in the society they have known as their home.

Cabinet heads of the Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) presented testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, underscoring the social and economic value of granting a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants. DREAM Act eligible youth are individuals that entered the U.S. as children and must meet strict requirements in order to obtain conditional permanent residency. The conditional status would be removed after completion of two years in either honorable service in the U.S. armed forces or in a bachelor’s program or higher degree.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicates that enacting this bill would reduce deficits by about $1.4 billion between 2011 and 2020. “This is a budget-neutral bill and as Secretary Duncan and Secretary Napolitano asserted, passage of the DREAM Act will yield benefits to our economy, public safety and national security,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President. “The hopes and aspirations of hardworking immigrant communities rest on the shoulders of this promising youth. We are currently doing a disservice to this country by denying opportunities to people that want to boost our economy and increase the competitiveness of our workforce. They are passionate about educational attainment and willing to risk their lives to fight for a country that refuses them equal rights and protections under the law.”

We welcome this hearing as an opportunity to present the merits of the DREAM Act before Congress and the nation. But we would be remiss to ignore the fact that President Obama has the authority to provide administrative relief that would prevent DREAM Act eligible youth from being caught in the middle of immigration enforcement efforts targeting those who are a threat to public safety and national security,” added Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director. “Hundreds of thousands of DREAMers are among us, legally in the shadows but ever-present in various sectors of our society, fearing deportation and hoping that America will one day embrace them and recognize that they can help us win the future.”

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/

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Declaración del Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA) sobre la primera audiencia en el Senado sobre el proyecto de ley DREAM, Aprobar el Proyecto de ley DREAM nos Puede Ayudar a "Ganar el Futuro"

WASHINGTON, DC— Diez años después de que el senador Dick Durbin (D-IL) presentó por el proyecto de ley DREAM en el Congreso, el senador presidió la primera audiencia sobre la propuesta en la historia del Senado estadounidense.  El proyecto de ley ha recibido apoyo bipartidista, ganando la mayoría de votos pero sin poder alcanzar los 60 necesarios para superar una medida obstruccionista. El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) aplaude al senador Durbin por su dedicación a dar voz a los jóvenes que aspiran a convertirse en participantes plenos en EE.UU., país que reconocen como su propia patria.

Los dirigentes del Departamento de Educación y el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional presentaron sus testimonios ante el Subcomité del Senado sobre Inmigración, Refugiados y Seguridad Fronteriza, recalcando el beneficio social y económico de proveer legalización para inmigrantes indocumentados. Los jóvenes elegibles para el DREAM son individuos que entraron a los EE.UU. cuando eran niños y deben cumplir con rigurosos requisitos para obtener la residencia permanente condicional. El estatus condicional se retira después de completar dos años de servicio honorable en las fuerzas armadas de los EE.UU. o en un programa de licenciatura o título superior.

La Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso (CBO por sus siglas en inglés) revela que la promulgación de este proyecto de ley reduciría el déficit por aproximadamente $ 1,4 millones de dólares durante el período 2011 a 2020. "Este es un proyecto de ley con efecto neutral sobre el presupuesto nacional.  El Secretario Arne Duncan y la Secretaria Janet Napolitano afirmaron que la aprobación de la Ley DREAM favorecería a nuestra economía, a la seguridad pública y la seguridad nacional", dijo Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional de LCLAA.  "La esperanza y aspiraciones de las comunidades inmigrantes y minoritarias descansan sobre los hombros de estos jóvenes promisorios. Negar oportunidades a personas que quieren impulsar nuestra economía y aumentar la competitividad de nuestra fuerza laboral es una perdida para este país. Estos jóvenes están dispuestos a crecer académicamente y hasta arriesgar sus vidas para luchar por un país que les niega la igualdad de derechos y protecciones bajo la ley.”

"Esta audiencia es oportuna y necesaria para presentar los méritos del DREAM Act ante el Congreso y el país.  Pero no podemos ignorar el hecho que el presidente Obama tiene la autoridad administrativa para prevenir que jóvenes elegibles para el DREAM Act queden atrapados en medio de medidas policiales que implementan la ley migratoria en busca de aquellos que amenazan la seguridad pública y nacional", señaló Héctor E. Sánchez, director ejecutivo de LCLAA. "Cientos de miles de soñadores están entre nosotros.  Legalmente están en las sombras pero siempre presentes en diversos sectores de nuestra sociedad. Aunque temen ser deportados, no pierden la esperanza de que algún día cercano, los Estados Unidos los acepte y reconozca que pueden ayudarnos a construir un futuro mejor".

El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latino Americano (LCLAA) es una organización nacional Latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones de latinos (as) sindicalistas en los Estados Unidos y el Commonwealth de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA ha organizado y ha abogado por los derechos de los trabajadores que buscan justicia en el lugar de trabajo y en sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la federación Change to Win Federation. Visítenos en http://www.lclaa.org/

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LCLAA DISAPPOINTED BY U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION IN DUKES v. WALMART CASECOURT

 

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June 21, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
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LCLAA DISAPPOINTED BY U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION IN DUKES v. WALMART CASECOURT RULING FAVORS BIG CORPORATIONS IN MASSIVE GENDER DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a 5-4 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Walmart, blocking a nationwide class action suit where 1.6 million female workers were challenging sex discrimination in pay and promotions.   The high court’s ruling reversed 40 years of legal precedent, declaring that Walmart’s anti-discrimination policy guards the company from liability against female employees uniting to deal with allegations of widespread gender discrimination. The ruling does not invalidate discrimination claims that individual employees can bring against the nation’s largest private employer.   

This is an unfortunate ruling that undercuts the ability of women to fight against discrimination in the workplace.  Almost 50 years after the Equal Pay Act passed with the intent to eradicate wage disparities based on gender, women nationwide make 80 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.  The gap is wider among women of color. African American women make 69 cents for every dollar earned by a White male worker while Latina women only make 60 cents.  The decision could have set a legislative precedent to serve as a deterrent to discrimination against women for large employers. In a nod to corporate power, the ruling has established that the size of the company undermines the magnitude of claims that can be brought against it,” stated Maria Portalatin, LCLAA’s National Secretary-Treasurer and former Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

"By blocking the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit, this decision is dealing a blow to millions of working women that merit fairness on the job.  Sex-discrimination at Walmart is real and working women deserve better.  However, legal means are not the only way working people find justice in their jobs. The UFCW's Making Change at Walmart campaign has been working to achieve respect on the job and a voice at work for Walmart associates.  The UFCW is extremely disappointed with the Supreme Court's ruling but we are not disheartened. We will continue to work collaboratively with Walmart's associates to improve their working conditions and prevent discrimination against any worker," stated Esther Lopez, LCLAA National Executive Board member and Director of Civil Rights and Community Action at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 1.7 million Latino trade unionists throughout the country and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico.  LCLAA was founded in 1973 and is America’s premier national organization for Latino workers and their families.  LCLAA advocates for the rights of all workers seeking justice in the workplace and their communities.  LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino workers in both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win Federation. Visit us at WWW.LCLAA.ORG

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VEREDICTO DEL TRIBUNAL SUPREMO DE EE.UU. EN EL CASO DUKES Vs. WALMART PROTEGE A GRANDES CORPORACIONES DE DEMANDAS EN MATERIA DE  DISCRIMINACIÓN DE GÉNERO

WASHINGTON, D.C.— En una opinión de 5 a 4, la Corte Suprema decidió a favor de Walmart, bloqueando una demanda colectiva donde 1,6 millones de trabajadoras buscaban justicia por discriminación de género en los salarios y promociones. La decisión de la corte revocó 40 años de precedentes legales al declarar que la política de Walmart en contra de la discriminación libera a la compañía de responsabilidad si trabajadoras se unen para demandar colectivamente en contra de la discriminación de género. La decisión no invalida las demandas por discriminación que cada trabajadora puede entablar en contra el empleador privado más grande del país. 

"Esta es una decisión desafortunada que debilita la capacidad de las mujeres para luchar contra la discriminación en el lugar de trabajo. A pesar que son casi 50 años desde que la Ley de Igualdad Salarial fue aprobada, las inequidades salariales basadas en el género persisten.  A través del país, las mujeres ganan 80 centavos por cada dólar ganado por los hombres.  Incluso, entre las mujeres de color la brecha salarial es aún peor. Por cada dólar ganado por un hombre blanco las mujeres afroamericanas ganan 69 centavos, mientras que las mujeres latinas ganan sólo 60 centavos. La decisión podría haber establecido un precedente legislativo que evitaría que las grandes empresas consideren discriminar  contra las mujeres en salarios y promociones. Adicionalmente, el decreto favoreció a las empresas al decretar que el tamaño de una compañía disminuye la magnitud de las quejas que pueden ser formuladas en su contra", declaró María Portalatín, Secretaria-Tesorera Nacional de LCLAA y ex vicepresidenta de la Federación Americana de Maestros (AFT). 

"Al bloquear la denuncia más extensa contra la discriminación sexual, esta decisión es un golpe duro a millones de mujeres trabajadoras que merecen justicia en su trabajo. La discriminación sexual en Walmart es real y las mujeres que laboran en esta compañía se merecen algo mejor. Sin embargo, los medios legales no son el único recurso que los trabajadores tienen para garantizar justicia en sus lugares de trabajo. La campaña de UFCW, Haciendo Cambios en Walmart (conocida como Making Change at Walmart) ha estado trabajando para lograr que todos los asociados de Walmart tengan respeto y una voz en el trabajo. El sindicato UFCW está muy decepcionado con el veredicto de la Corte Suprema pero no estamos desalentados. Seguiremos trabajando en colaboración con los asociados de Walmart para mejorar sus condiciones laborales y prevenir la discriminación contra cualquier trabajador ", afirmó Esther López, Miembro de la Junta Directiva Nacional de LCLAA y Directora de Derechos Civiles y Acción Comunitaria la Unión Internacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de Alimentos y de Establecimientos Comerciales (UFCW, por sus siglas en inglés). 

El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latino Americano (LCLAA) es una organización nacional Latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones de latinos (as) sindicalistas en los Estados Unidos y el Commonwealth de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA ha organizado y ha abogado por los derechos de los trabajadores que buscan justicia en el lugar de trabajo y en sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la federación Change to Win Federation. Visítenos en http://www.lclaa.org

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LCLAA OPPOSES NATIONALIZATION OF E-VERIFY

 

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For Immediate Release   
June 14, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
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LCLAA OPPOSES NATIONALIZATION OF E-VERIFYEMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM WILL HURT WORKERS AND THE ECONOMY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee introduced a bill that proposes to nationalize E-Verify, the Homeland Security Department’s voluntary program.   If enacted, the law would require employers nationwide to enroll in the program and check the legal status of their workers against erroneous federal databases.  A recent Supreme Court ruling declared that an Arizona measure to mandate the use of E-Verify in the state was constitutional, paving the way for legislators considering similar measures.  A national expansion of E-Verify will hurt U.S. workers, the economy and may lead to discrimination against workers that appear to be foreign-born.  

E-Verify is an employment verification program managed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in collaboration with the Social Security Administration (SSA).  Employers that enroll in E-Verify would access federal databases to check if their employees are authorized to work in the U.S. and if their Social Security numbers are authentic.  Studies conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicate that E-Verify will lead to job loss for an estimated 800,000 authorized workers due to database mistakes while an additional 3.6 million American workers would have to correct their information, and lose pay in the process.  Misspellings in federal databases will automatically result in Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs). According to the GAO, TNCs drive employers to refuse employment or terminate those who are authorized to work.

“LCLAA opposes the nationalization of E-Verify.  Expanding an ineffective program is by no means a way to deal with the problem of undocumented immigration.  In an attempt to target the undocumented, E-Verify will directly affect U.S. citizens and foreign-born authorized workers.  Foreign-born workers are more likely to receive a TNC which may discourage employers from employing workers that appear foreign. This is a misguided measure that will overburden working families in a struggling economy, placing people’s jobs and their ability to provide for their families at the mercy of error-ridden SSA records,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that if E-Verify is nationalized without providing an alternative for undocumented workers to become authorized to work, the U.S. would reduce federal tax revenues by $17.3 billion over ten years.

“The Supreme Court may have declared the implementation of E-Verify to be constitutional but it is a flawed immigration and economic policy.   We can learn from Arizona’s mistakes so we do not replicate them at the national level.  Within the first year of mandating the use of E-Verify in the state, income tax revenues declined by 13 percent although the cash economy grew. At the national level, this would result in billions of dollars in lost tax revenue,” stated Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director.  “What E-Verify did was encourage employers to move their undocumented workforce into the underground economy, where labor law violations can thrive outside of the scope of federal oversight and enforcement.  The ramifications of nationalizing this flawed program will drive millions of undocumented workers further into the shadows, aggravating their vulnerability to exploitation.”

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, LCLAA is the home of the Latino Labor Movement.  LCLAA is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 1.7 million Latino trade unionists throughout the country and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico.  LCLAA was founded in 1973 and is America’s premier national organization for Latino workers and their families.  LCLAA advocates for the rights of all workers seeking justice in the workplace and their communities.  LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino workers in both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win Federation. Visit us at  WWW.LCLAA.ORG

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LCLAA SE OPONE A LA EXPANSIÓN DEL PROGRAMA E-VERIFY A NIVEL NACIONALE-VERIFY ES UN PROGRAMA FALLIDO QUE PERJUDICARÁ A LOS TRABAJADORES Y A LA ECONOMÍA

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Hoy día, el Congresista Lamar Smith (R-TX), Presidente del Comité Judicial de la Cámara Baja del Congreso de EE.UU presentó una propuesta de ley que obligaría a todo negocio en el país a inscribirse en el programa E-Verify, un sistema para verificar si un empleado tiene permiso para trabajar en EE.UU. Recientemente, la Corte Suprema declaró que una ley que imponía el uso de E-Verify en el estado de Arizona es constitucional, un decreto que pavimenta el camino a los legisladores con la intención de presentar proyectos de ley similares.  Una expansión nacional de E-Verify perjudicará a los trabajadores, a la economía y hasta podría resultar en la discriminación en contra de trabajadores que aparentan ser extranjeros.  

E-Verify es un programa de verificación de empleo administrado por el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS por sus siglas en inglés) en colaboración con la Administración del Seguro Social (SSA por sus siglas en inglés).  Negocios que se inscriban en E-Verify tendrían acceso a bases de datos federales para verificar si un empleado posee autorización para trabajar en EE.UU. y si su número de Seguro Social es legítimo.  Un análisis hecho por la Oficina de Responsabilidad Gubernamental (GAO por sus siglas en inglés) demuestra que a causa de las discrepancias en las bases de datos que E-Verify utiliza, 800.000 trabajadores autorizados perderían sus trabajos mientras que 3,6 millones de trabajadores estadounidenses tendrían que corregir su información y perder ingresos en el proceso.  Errores ortográficos en las bases de datos automáticamente producen cartas de “aviso a los empleados de no-confirmación provisional” (conocido en inglés como Notice to Employee of Tentative Non-Confirmation), cartas que según la GAO, ocasionan que se niegue empleo o se despida a trabajadores aunque tengan la autorización para trabajar.

“LCLAA se opone a una expansión nacional de E-Verify.  Expandir un programa ineficiente no resolverá el problema de la inmigración indocumentada.  Aunque el blanco sea los indocumentados en la fuerza laboral, E-Verify afectará a ciudadanos estadounidenses y a extranjeros con permiso de trabajo.  Los trabajadores extranjeros son más propensos a recibir un aviso de no-confirmación provisional, una realidad que puede afectar la voluntad de un negocio a emplear a alguien que parezca ser extranjero.  Este es un programa fallido. Es absurdo que la seguridad laboral y la capacidad de proveer para nuestras familias dependa de records erróneos de la Administración del Seguro Social,” señaló Milton Rosado, presidente nacional de LCLAA.

La Oficina Presupuestaria del Congreso (CBO por sus siglas en inglés) calcula que si se requiere el uso de E-Verify a nivel nacional sin brindar una alternativa de autorización de trabajo a los trabajadores indocumentados, reduciría la cantidad de los ingresos federales de impuestos de EE.UU. por 17,3 mil millones de dólares en un periodo de diez años.

"Aunque la Corte Suprema haya declarado que la aplicación de E-Verify es constitucional, sigue siendo un política migratoria e económica errónea. Podemos aprender de los errores de Arizona al no replicarlos a nivel nacional. En el primer año de obligar el uso de E-Verify en el estado, los ingresos de impuestos disminuyeron por un 13 por ciento, aunque la economía de efectivo creció", declaró Héctor E. Sánchez, Director Ejecutivo de LCLAA. "Lo que hizo E-Verify fue alentar a los empleadores a llevar a sus trabajadores indocumentados a la economía sumergida, donde violaciones laborales pueden desarrollarse fuera del ámbito de supervisión federal y la aplicación de la ley. Las ramificaciones de la nacionalización de este programa defectuoso llevarían a millones de trabajadores indocumentados aún más en las sombras, lo que agrava su vulnerabilidad a la explotación."

El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latino Americano (LCLAA) es una organización nacional Latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones de latinos (as) sindicalistas en los Estados Unidos y el Commonwealth de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA ha organizado y ha abogado por los derechos de los trabajadores que buscan justicia en el lugar de trabajo y en sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la federación Change to Win Federation. Visítenos en  HYPERLINK "http://www.lclaa.org/" http://www.lclaa.org/

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LCLAA APOYA LA PROPUESTA DE ADQUISICIÓN DE T-MOBILE USA POR AT&T

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LCLAA APOYA LA PROPUESTA DE ADQUISICIÓN DE T-MOBILE USA POR AT&T,

ESTA CONSOLIDACIÓN PROVEERÁ EMPLEOS MEJOR REMUNERADOS PARA LOS TRABAJADORES

WASHINGTON, D.C.— El Consejo Sindical para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) es una organización nacional Latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones de sindicalistas latinos a través de los Estados Unidos y del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico. LCLAA se une a la Federación Americana del Trabajo-Congreso de Organizaciones Industriales (AFL-CIO por sus siglas en inglés), al sindicato de los Trabajadores de Comunicaciones de América (CWA por sus siglas en inglés) y a la Unión de los Teamsters en apoyo a la propuesta de adquisición de T-Mobile USA por AT&T.

Después de un delicado análisis de las prácticas empresariales de AT&T y las implicaciones de la adquisición para la fuerza laboral de telecomunicaciones y la comunidad latina en general, LCLAA ha decidido respaldar la consolidación. Entendemos las preocupaciones de una fusión de esta magnitud, sin embargo, tanto el compromiso de AT&T a los derechos laborales como sus alianzas con organizaciones comunitarias ilustran un modelo de negocio que avanza la responsabilidad corporativa.

AT&T respeta el derecho básico de los trabajadores a organizarse y es la compañía de celulares con el nivel de sindicalización más alto en el país.  Cerca de 43,000 empleados de AT&T están representados por un sindicato. A través de esta consolidación, los trabajadores no sindicalizados como los de T-Mobile USA disfrutarían de un mejor estándar laboral ya que tendrían el derecho a la negociación colectiva para obtener seguridad laboral, mejores salarios, prestaciones, condiciones de trabajo y oportunidades de desarrollo profesional. Esta es una oportunidad única para extender los beneficios de la sindicalización a miles de trabajadores. Los trabajadores latinos se benefician de manera importante con la sindicalización, ya que ganan más de un 51 por ciento que sus homólogos no sindicalizados.

Se anticipa que la unión de las dos compañías promoverá el crecimiento económico y creará empleos de calidad con mejor remuneración. AT&T se ha comprometido a invertir 8 mil millones de dólares a una ampliación de banda ancha inalámbrica, lo cual creará hasta 96.000 puestos de trabajo. Al ampliar el acceso de 4G LTE inalámbrico al 97 por ciento de la población estadounidense, también se verán más oportunidades de empleo para los latinos, los cuales representan el 16 por ciento de los trabajadores de servicios de oficina y atención al cliente, y el 11 por ciento de los técnicos en el sector inalámbrico. Además, una investigación hecha por el Pew Hispanic Center muestra que aunque los latinos y los afroamericanos siguen rezagados en cuanto al uso de tecnología y acceso al Internet, son los que más utilizan su teléfono celular para acceder al Internet. Para superar la brecha digital en nuestro país, promover la expansión de banda ancha de alta velocidad es fundamental para comunidades latinas y de bajos ingresos las cuales dependen cada vez más en las tecnologías móviles para acceder al Internet.

Esta fusión beneficiará a los trabajadores en EE.UU., pero el Congreso al igual que el Departamento de Justicia y la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC por sus siglas en inglés) tendrán que certificar que dicha propuesta cumplirá con nuestras leyes. Después de la consolidación, LCLAA se mantendrá vigilante para asegurarse que AT&T mantenga las prácticas empresariales que nos llevaron a apoyar esta adquisición, tales como el tratamiento ético de sus trabajadores, el aumento de la representación de los latinos a través de su cadena de suministro y la ampliación de acceso y asequibilidad de sus servicios para personas de bajos ingresos y comunidades minoritarias.


El Consejo Sindical para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) es una organización nacional Latina que representa los intereses de más de 2 millones de latinos(as) sindicalistas a través de los Estados Unidos y el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico. Desde su creación en 1973, LCLAA educa, aboga y moviliza a sus miembros por los derechos de los trabajadores que buscan justicia en el lugar de trabajo y en sus comunidades. LCLAA es un grupo que representa a los activistas latinos y miembros de sindicatos pertenecientes a la AFL-CIO y la federación Change to Win Federation. Visítenos en  HYPERLINK "http://www.lclaa.org/" http://www.lclaa.org/

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LCLAA SUPPORTS AT&T’s PLANNED ACQUISITION OF T-MOBILE USA

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For Immediate Release   
June 1, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

LCLAA SUPPORTS AT&T’s PLANNED ACQUISITION OF T-MOBILE USA
MERGER WILL PROVIDE BETTER JOBS FOR U.S. WORKERS

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), a national Latino advocacy organization that represents the interests of over 2 million Latino trade unionists throughout the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, joins the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Teamsters Union in support of AT&T’s planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

After a careful examination of AT&T’s business practices and the implications of its acquisition of T-Mobile USA for the telecommunications workforce and the broader Latino community, LCLAA endorses the merger. While we understand the concerns that are raised with any merger of this magnitude, both AT&T’s commitment to workers’ rights and its partnerships with community-serving organizations illustrate a good business model of consistent corporate responsibility. 

AT&T respects a worker’s basic right to organize and is the most unionized wireless company in the nation. About 43,000 AT&T employees are represented by a labor union. This merger will raise the standards for non-unionized, T-Mobile USA workers who stand to gain the right to bargain collectively for job security, better wages, benefits, working conditions and professional development opportunities.  This is a unique opportunity to bring the union advantage to tens of thousands of workers.  Latino workers in particular benefit tremendously from unionization, earning 51 percent more than their non-unionized counterparts.

This merger is expected to promote economic growth and create quality jobs with family supporting wages. AT&T has committed $8 billion dollars to a wireless broadband buildout, an investment that is expected to create up to 96,000 jobs.  As AT&T works to expand 4G LTE wireless access to 97 percent of the American population, this will increase job opportunities for Latinos who comprise 16 percent of clerical and customer service workers, and 11 percent of technicians in the wireless sector. Additionally, research by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that although Latinos and African Americans lag behind in technology use and internet access, they are more likely to utilize their cell phone to access the internet. To overcome the digital divide in our nation, promoting the expansion of high speed broadband is critical for Latino and low-income communities who increasingly rely on mobile technologies to access the internet.

The merger will be beneficial to U.S. workers but it is up to the U.S. Congress, the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to certify that the proposal will also abide by our laws.  Post-merger, LCLAA will remain watchful to ensure that AT&T continues to honor the business practices that led us to support this acquisition, including the ethical treatment of its workers; increasing the representation of Latinos throughout its supply-chain; and magnifying access and affordability of its services for low-income and minority communities.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at http://www.lclaa.org/


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Press Releases - May 2011

COURT RULING THAT VOIDS WISCONSIN’S LAW TO STRIP COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS FROM PUBLIC WORKERS

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For Immediate Release   
May 26, 2011   

 Contact:  Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

STATEMENT FROM LCLAA NATIONAL PRESIDENT MILTON ROSADO ON COURT RULING THAT VOIDS WISCONSIN’S LAW TO STRIP COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS FROM PUBLIC WORKERS 

Legislatures across the United States are placing workers under siege, advancing measures to attack collective bargaining, a critical mechanism that empowers workers to secure agreements that will benefit and protect them on the job.   What is happening in Wisconsin and in a growing number of states are political attacks on working families and the unions that uphold their rights and interests.  

We welcome Judge Maryann Sumi’s ruling which temporarily halts Governor Walker’s anti-worker agenda.  The Dane County Circuit judge has ruled that in passing a law to strip public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights, Wisconsin’s legislature violated an open meeting law in the state, declaring the law null.  The ruling should send a clear message to Governor Walker that while he may ignore the public outcry and mass mobilizations to repudiate his attack on workers, democracy is on our side and his misguided law is not immune from the U.S. Court System.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Para difusión inmediata       
26 de mayo de 2011   

 Contact:  Contacto: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

JUEZA EN WISCONSIN ANULA LEY QUE BUSCA ELIMINAR LA NEGOCIACION COLECTIVA PARA SERVIDORES PUBLICOS EN WISCONSIN
DECLARACION DE MILTON ROSADO, PRESIDENTE NACIONAL DE LCLAA SOBRE LA DECISION  DE LA CORTE


A través del país, legislaturas en un creciente número de estados están sitiando a los trabajadores, impulsado medidas que buscan eliminar el derecho a  la negociación colectiva, un mecanismo que le otorga a los trabajadores el poder de negociar y asegurar acuerdos laborales que los beneficie y proteja en el lugar de trabajo.  Lo que está pasando en Wisconsin y en numerosos estados son vendettas políticas en contra de las familias trabajadoras y los sindicatos que protegen sus derechos e intereses.   

La decisión de la jueza Maryann Sumi nos complace ya que da un alto temporal al asalto contra los derechos de los trabajadores por parte del gobernador Walker.   Al anular la ley, la jueza del Juzgado del Condado Dane declaró que la medida cuyo propósito es eliminar el derecho a la negociación colectiva, infringió una ley de reuniones abiertas en el estado en el proceso de aprobación.  Esta decisión le debe mandar un mensaje claro al gobernador Walker. Aunque el prefiera ignorar las movilizaciones y la protesta popular que rechaza su agresión en contra de los trabajadores, la democracia está de nuestro lado y su ley fallida no está exenta al Sistema Judicial de EE.UU.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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LCLAA CELEBRA GRAN VICTORIA PARA LOS TRABAJADORES EN PUERTO RICO

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Para publicación inmediata  
23 de mayo de 2011 

Contact: Contacto: Andrea Delgado
202-637-5120

LCLAA CELEBRA GRAN VICTORIA PARA LOS TRABAJADORES EN PUERTO RICO, NUEVA LEY RESTITUYE LA NEGOCIACIÓN COLECTIVA PARA SERVIDORES PÚBLICOS 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — El 17 de mayo, después de una intensa presión del movimiento obrero, los trabajadores y la comunidad en Puerto Rico, el gobernador Luis Fortuño promulgó la Ley Pública 73, una ley que restablece los derechos a la negociación colectiva para los empleados públicos, extiende los contratos de trabajo por dos años y provee un mecanismo para que los sindicatos puedan abordar negociaciones sobre los aspectos económicos de estos mismos contratos.  En marzo del 2009, el Estado Libre y Asociado de Puerto Rico aprobó la Ley Pública 7. Esta ley de emergencia fiscal que tuvo por objeto abordar el déficit presupuestario a costa de los trabajadores. La ley resulto en despidos de miles de trabajadores e impuso un congelamiento de dos años sobre las cláusulas económicas de todos los acuerdos de negociación colectiva, lo que provocó movilizaciones masivas en todo Puerto Rico para protestar por su aplicación. El Consejo laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) aplaude la legislatura de Puerto Rico para defender a los trabajadores y restablecer los derechos a la negociación colectiva. 

"No hace mucho tiempo, la legislatura de Puerto Rico estableció un antecedente que amenazaba la seguridad en el empleo de miles de trabajadores ya que muchos fueron despedidos y los que se quedaron tuvieron sus derechos de negociación colectiva suspendidos. En solidaridad con los trabajadores de Puerto Rico, LCLAA realizó manifestaciones en los EE.UU. y nuestros líderes han estado trabajando arduamente en la isla para poner fin a esta ley tan severa. Es a través de los esfuerzos colectivos del movimiento obrero con la comunidad Puertorriqueña  que los trabajadores están ahora en condiciones de reclamar su derecho a la negociación colectiva en el lugar de trabajo", declaró Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional de LCLAA. 

Nuestros miembros en Puerto Rico sufrieron mucho a causa de la implementación de la Ley Pública #7 en el 2009.  Esta ley causó miles de despidos de servidores públicos y destruyó todos los logros económicos que nuestros miembros habían asegurado a través de los acuerdos de negociación colectiva.  Regresaremos a la mesa de negociación en pocas semanas para abordar las dificultades económicas que nuestros miembros están enfrentando.  La voluntad para negociar que el Gobernador ha demostrado es el producto de las acciones, debate y movilizaciones de estos últimos años. Estamos ansiosos de nuevamente poder luchar por los beneficios económicos que se merecen nuestros miembros, ya que ellos son la gente que sirve a la gente de Puerto Rico,” así lo dijo Julie Kushner, directora de la región 9A del sindicato de trabajadores de la Industria Automotriz  (UAW)  que abarca el este de Nueva York, la región de Nueva Inglaterra y Puerto Rico.

"Antes de Wisconsin e Indiana, cientos de miles de trabajadores, estudiantes, sindicatos y toda la comunidad de Puerto Rico protestaron en contra de las políticas de gobierno que les robaron sus puestos de trabajo y los beneficios económicos que habían logrado en sus acuerdos de negociación colectiva. Incluso ni la fuerza excesiva de la policía fue capaz de reprimir la protesta pública en nombre de los derechos de los trabajadores y como era de esperarse, triunfamos", declaró José Rodríguez Báez, presidente de la Federación Americana de Trabajo de Puerto Rico (AFL-CIO). 

"Esta es una gran victoria para los trabajadores de Puerto Rico. La medida fue aprobada por unanimidad en la legislatura; al firmar la ley, Fortuño ha demostrado que está dispuesto a tratar con los trabajadores y el movimiento laboral de manera justa y al hacerlo, poner fin a más de dos años de discordia.   Damos la bienvenida a este cambio de dirección en el que se reinstituye lo que la Ley Pública 7 había suspendido: los derechos que los sindicatos laborales habían asegurado para los trabajadores a través de la negociación colectiva, así como la facultad de negociar porciones económicas de dichos acuerdos," declaró Edgar De Jesús, miembro de la junta directiva de LCLAA, Director  Ejecutivo/ Director Organizador de Área para el sindicato Servidores Públicos Unidos de Puerto Rico, Consejo 95 de la Federación Americana de Empleados Estatales, de Condados, y Municipales, (AFSCME, AFL-CIO). 

Los presidentes de la Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) y el Sindicato Puertorriqueño de Trabajadores (SPT), afiliados al Sindicato Internacional de Empleados de Servicio (SEIU, por sus siglas en inglés), declararon que se sienten “complacidos” con la firma de la ley que restituye derechos a los trabajadores del sector público. “Con la firma de esta ley por parte del gobernador Fortuño, se comienza a restituir derechos que ya figuraban en los convenios colectivos como los mecanismos de querellas, arbitraje, reconocimiento de los delegados, licencias sindicales y otras cláusulas no económicas que benefician y protegen a los trabajadores”, afirmó Manuel Perfecto, Presidente de la UGT-SEIU

Roberto Pagán, presidente de la SPT-SEIU añadió, “Esto es positivo y lo celebramos, pero no hemos olvidado a los miles de compañeros y compañeras que fueron despedidos y seguiremos exigiendo su restitución desde la calle y en la mesa de negociación.”  

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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RE-INTRODUCCION DEL ACTA DREAM

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Para publicación inmediata  
11 de mayo de 2011 

Contact: Contacto: Andrea Delgado
202-637-5120

DECLARACION DEL CONSEJO LABORAL PARA EL AVANCE DEL TRABAJADOR LATINOAMERICANO (LCLAA) SOBRE LA RE-INTRODUCCION DEL ACTA DREAM

WASHINGTON, D.C.— El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) aplaude a los senadores Durbin, Menendez y Reid entre los 32 senadores que presentaron la iniciativa de ley DREAM el día de hoy, asi como a los Congresistas Berman and Ros-Lehtinen que también presentaran una legislación paralela en la Cámara Baja. 

Cada año, más de 2 millones de jóvenes se gradúan de la escuela secundaria y de la universidad sin opciones para arreglar su estatus migratorio y ejercer su profesión. A pesar de que están en riesgo de deportación y no pueden trabajar legalmente, sobresalen en sus estudios y aspiran a convertirse en los futuros  maestros, ingenieros y enfermeras de nuestra nación, entre otros profesionistas.  Estos jóvenes talentosos se criaron como estadounidenses y el proyecto de ley DREAM les daría la oportunidad de seguir contribuyendo a sus comunidades y a la economía del país con mayor capacidad.

La mayoría de los estadounidenses, incluyendo líderes laborales, en  educación, empresariales, religiosos, militares y comunitarios  apoyan el proyecto de ley DREAM. Los jóvenes que se beneficiarían de este proyecto de ley quieren sacar provecho de los diplomas que ya han obtenido por sus esfuerzos y así contribuir con impuestos, fortalecer la fuerza laboral y mejorar la competitividad de los EEUU en la economía global.  Ellos quieren proteger y defender a nuestro país en las fuerzas armadas sin tener que preocuparse de que sus familias pueden ser deportadas por el mismo país al que defienden,” señaló Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional de LCLAA.

"Entre los votantes latinos, el tema de la inmigración es uno de los más importantes, por lo que la Ley DREAM es un tema trascendental para la comunidad latina. Nuestra  comunidad observó los votos tanto de la Cámara como del Senado el pasado Diciembre y esta vez haremos responsables a los líderes del Capitolio de hacer lo que es correcto para los jóvenes de nuestras comunidades.", agregó Héctor E. Sánchez, Director Ejecutivo de LCLAA. "Felicitamos al Presidente por el apoyo a una solución legislativa para estos jóvenes valientes y a la vez lo llamamos a  actuar de inmediato para evitar que los mismos sigan siendo arrestados, encarcelados y amenazados con la deportación bajo su gobierno. Le pedimos que utilice  su capacidad de otorgar acción diferida y otras medidas para que ellos sigan contribuyendo al país."

A pesar del fracaso del Congreso para aprobar el proyecto de ley DREAM, el año pasado, los  "DREAMers”  todavía se sentían victoriosos. En las semanas anteriores a la votación, propusieron estrategias, se organizaron, y presionaron en el Capitolio. Movilizaron a sus comunidades locales mostrando el coraje y el liderazgo que a muchos legisladores les falta. Lucharon para construir un futuro para sí mismos como estadounidenses," dijo Rosa G. Saavedra Vanacore, una de las líderes del movimiento DREAM Act. 

LCLAA apoya fuertemente la aprobación de la Ley DREAM  y exhorta a todos los dirigentes electos para proteger los intereses de la juventud de nuestra nación.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Re-Introduction of the DREAM Act


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For immediate release 
May 11, 2011 

Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-637-5120

Statement by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) on the 
Re-Introduction of the DREAM Act

WASHINGTON, DC—The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) applauds Senator Durbin, Menendez, and Reid among the thirty-two Senators who introduced the federal DREAM Act today. We would also like to commend Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen, for their complimentary introduction of a bill in the House later this week.

Over 2 million eager young people around the country graduate from high school and college each year without a way to fix their immigration status. Although they run the risk of deportation and cannot legally work, they excel in their studies and aspire to serve as our nation’s future nurses, teachers, and engineers. These are hard-working and talented youth who grew up as Americans and this piece of legislation would provide them with the recourse to expand their potential and continue to contribute to their communities and our nation’s economy. 

A majority of Americans, including labor, education, business, religious, military, and community leaders, champion the DREAM Act. We urge Republicans in Congress to deliver to the American people and stand up for these young Americans by calling for passage of the DREAM Act. “DREAMers want to use their college degrees to contribute to our tax base, strengthen our workforce and boost U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.  They want to protect and defend our nation in the armed forces without having to worry about their family being deported by the country they serve,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s national president. 

Immigration ranks as a top issue among Latino voters, making the DREAM Act a crucial issue for the Latino community. Our community watched the House and Senate votes last December and this time they will hold the leadership in Washington accountable for their commitment to do what is right for the youth of our communities,” declared Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director. “While we commend the President for supporting a legislative solution for DREAM Act eligible-youth, he can act now to provide relief to these brave young men and women who continue to be arrested, jailed and threatened with deportation under his watch. We strongly encourage the President to use his ability to grant deferred action and other measures to DREAMers so that they can continue to give back to this country.” 

After the failure of Senate to pass the DREAM Act last year, “DREAMers still felt victorious. In the weeks before the vote, they strategized, organized, and lobbied on the Hill. They mobilized their local communities showing the courage and leadership that many legislators lack. They acted to fortify a future for themselves as Americans,” stated Rosa G. Saavedra-Vanacore, leading DREAM Act activist.  LCLAA strongly supports the passage of the DREAM Act and urges all elected leaders to protect the interests of our nation’s youth.The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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LCLAA CELEBRATES VICTORY FOR WORKERS IN PUERTO RICO

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For immediate release 
May 23, 2011 

Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

LCLAA CELEBRATES VICTORY FOR WORKERS IN PUERTO RICO, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS ARE RESTORED FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

WASHINGTON, DC — On May 17, after intense pressure from the labor movement, students, workers and the community in Puerto Rico, Governor Luis Fortuño signed Public Law 73, a law that restores collective bargaining rights for public employees, extends contracts for two years and provides a mechanism for labor unions to open up negotiations on economic aspects of these collective bargaining agreements. In March 2009, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico enacted Public Law 7, a fiscal emergency law intended to address the budget deficit at the expense of workers. The law called for layoffs of thousands of workers and imposed a two-year freeze on the economic clauses of all collective bargaining agreements, provoking mass mobilizations across Puerto Rico to protest its implementation. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) applauds Puerto Rico’s legislature for standing up for workers and restoring collective bargaining rights.  

“Not too long ago, Puerto Rico’s legislature set a menacing precedent, threatening the job security of thousands of workers as many were laid off and those that remained had their collective bargaining rights suspended. In solidarity with Puerto Rico’s workers, LCLAA held solidarity rallies across the U.S. and our leaders have been working arduously in the island to put an end to this draconian law. It is through the collective efforts of the labor movement with the broader community in Puerto Rico that workers are now able to reclaim their right to bargain collectively in the workplace,” stated Milton Rosado, National President of LCLAA.

“Our members in Puerto Rico suffered greatly as result of Law 7 in 2009. Law 7 forced thousands of terminations of public workers. Furthermore, it stripped away all economic gains our members had achieved through collective bargaining. Today, under the new Law 73, we have had our rights restored. We will be back at the bargaining table in a matter of weeks. Now, we can address the economic hardship our members have faced. Governor Fortuño signaled a new beginning by coming back to the table through Law 73. We believe his willingness to bargain now, is a direct result of the mobilization, actions and debate and discussion of the last several years. We are anxious to get started.  We intend to work our hardest to make the economic gains so rightly deserved by our members, the people who serve the people” stated Julie Kushner, Director of the United Auto Workers Region 9A which covers eastern New York, the New England region and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

“Before Wisconsin and Indiana, hundreds of thousands of workers, students, labor unions and the broader Puerto Rican community protested in defiance of government policies that robbed them of their jobs and the hard-fought economic gains they had achieved in their collective bargaining agreements.  Even excessive force by the police was unable to suppress the public outcry in the name of workers’ rights and as we had hoped, we stand triumphant,” declared José Rodríguez Báez, president of the Puerto Rico American Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO).

“This is a great victory for workers in Puerto Rico. The bill passed unanimously in the legislature and by signing it into law, Fortuño has shown he is willing to deal with workers and the labor movement fairly and in doing so, putting an end to over two years of animosity. We welcome this shift in direction that reinstates what Public Law 7 suspended: the rights labor unions had secured for workers through collective bargaining agreements as well as the power to negotiate economic portions of the agreements,” stated LCLAA Executive Board Member Edgar De Jesus who serves as Executive Director/Area Organizing Director for Servidores Públicos Unidos de Puerto Rico, Council 95, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.

The presidents of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 and Local 1996 in Puerto Rico declared that they feel “pleased” with the enactment of the law. “By signing this bill into law, Governor Fortuño has restored the rights we had previously acquired through collective bargaining agreements such as the mechanisms for disputes, arbitration, recognition of delegates, union licenses and other non-economic clauses that benefit and protect workers,” added Manuel Perfecto, President of SEIU local 1199/UGT, Puerto Rico. 

“This is the right move and we celebrate it although we have not forgotten the thousands of workers that were laid off under Public Law 7. We will continue to urge their restitution, from the streets to the bargaining table,” stated Roberto Pagán, President of SEIU Local 1996/SPT, Puerto Rico. 

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Press Releases - March 2011

LÍDERES LATINOS LLAMAN A LA UNIDAD CONTRA ATAQUES A LOS TRABAJADORES

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ANUNCIO DE PRENSA

Para publicación inmediata
25 de Marzo de 2011

Contacto: Andrea Delgado
202-664-2480

LÍDERES LATINOS LLAMAN A LA UNIDAD CONTRA ATAQUES A LOS TRABAJADORES

AUSTIN, TX- A la luz de una creciente ola de ataques estatales que amenazan a los trabajadores y a los sindicatos que protegen sus derechos en el lugar de trabajo, este domingo, el Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA) y el Sindicato de Trabajadores de Alimentos y del Comercio (UFCW) ofrecerán un desayuno en el Congreso Nacional Latino.  LCLAA y UFCW están reuniendo a líderes latinos y gremiales para abordar temas como: empleos de mala calidad,  acceso limitado a la cobertura médica, pensiones,  así como altas tasas de robo salarial, lesiones y muertes en el lugar de trabajo y otros temas graves que afectan desproporcionadamente a los latinos y a los trabajadores inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos.   Dichos ataques y condiciones laborales afectan la calidad del empleo y la seguridad económica de las familias trabajadoras.  El evento “Somos Uno,” dará la oportunidad de discutir estas problemáticas y planteará una colaboración entre la comunidad latina y el movimiento laboral para lograr soluciones constructivas. 

QUE:"SOMOS UNO," DESAYUNO DE LIDERES LATINOS Y GREMIALESWE ARE ONE LABOR BREAKFAST

CUANDO: Domingo 27 de marzo

QUIEN:  

  • Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional del Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador  Latinoamericano (LCLAA)
  • Héctor E. Sánchez, Director Ejecutivo del Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA)
  • Esther López, Directora de Derechos Civiles y Acción Comunitaria del Sindicato de trabajadores de alimentos y del Comercio (UFCW)
  • Becky Moeller, presidenta de la Federación Americana del Trabajo de Texas-Congreso de Organizaciones Industriales (TX-AFL-CIO)
  • Lillian Rodríguez-López, Presidenta de la Federación HispanaOscar Chacón, Director Ejecutivo de la Alianza Nacional de Comunidades Latinoamericanas y del Caribe (NALACC)

DÓNDE:
CONGRESO NACIONAL LATINO 
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL AUSTIN 
6121 NORTE IH 35 
AUSTIN, TX 78752
ESTADOS UNIDOS 
SALONES: A-E

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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LATINO LEADERS CALL FOR UNITY AGAINST ATTACKS ON WORKERS

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MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
March 25, 2011

Contact: Andrea Delgado
202-664-2480

LATINO LEADERS CALL FOR UNITY AGAINST ATTACKS ON WORKERS 

AUSTIN, TX- In light of a rising wave of state-led attacks that are threatening workers and unions that protect their rights on the job, this Sunday, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) will be hosting a labor breakfast at the National Latino Congreso.  LCLAA and UFCW are bringing together Latino and labor leaders to discuss poor quality jobs, limited access to health care, pensions combined with high rates of wage violations, injuries and fatalities in the workplace and other grave issues that disproportionately affect Latino and immigrant workers in the US.  These attacks and labor conditions affect the job quality and economic security of working families.  The Labor Breakfast “We Are One” will provide a platform to discuss these problems, and offer opportunities for Latinos to work collaboratively with the labor movement to advance constructive solutions.


WHAT:  “WE ARE ONE” LABOR BREAKFAST 

WHEN:SUNDAY MARCH 27TH

WHO:

  • Milton Rosado, National President, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) 
  • Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
  • Esther Lopez, Director of Civil Rights and Community Action at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
  • Becky Moeller, President of the Texas American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (TX-AFL-CIO)
  • Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, President, Hispanic Federation
  • Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC) 


WHERE:NATIONAL LATINO CONGRESO 

CROWNE PLAZA AUSTIN HOTEL
6121 NORTH IH 35 
AUSTIN, TX 78752
UNITED STATES ROOM: A-E

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Press Releases - February 2011

VEINTE ORGANIZACIONES NACIONALES LATINAS SE UNEN EN OPOSICION A ATAQUES A LOS DERECHOS DE LOS TRABAJADORES

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Para difusión inmediata
25 de febrero de 2011

 Contactar: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

VEINTE ORGANIZACIONES NACIONALES LATINAS SE UNEN EN OPOSICION A CRECIENTES ATAQUES A LOS DERECHOS DE LOS TRABAJADORES

WASHINGTON, DC-  Mientras que millones de familias por todo el país intentan superar la recesión económica, una ola de ataques a nivel estatal amenaza a los trabajadores y a las instituciones claves que defienden sus derechos  en el lugar de trabajo.  Medidas para destruir el derecho a la negociación colectiva disminuyen la calidad de los trabajos y la seguridad económica de las familias trabajadoras, en particular segmentos vulnerables de nuestra población como los Latinos y las familias de bajos ingresos.  Trabajos de mala calidad, acceso limitado a la cobertura médica y a pensiones al igual que altas tasas de robo salarial, lesiones y muertes en los centros de trabajo crean una grave realidad para la comunidad latina.   Sin la presencia de los sindicatos, las violaciones a los derechos laborales se volverían comunes en el lugar de trabajo, lo cual empeorará la fuerza laboral en general.

En los estados de Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan y Florida cientos de miles de empleados estatales, del condado y municipales luchan contra múltiples proyectos de ley que buscan: revocar las leyes del salario prevaleciente, restringir o destruir los derechos de negociaciones colectivas, anular los contratos negociados por los sindicatos; eliminar el arbitraje obligatorio y prohibir a los sindicatos cobrar cuotas a sus miembros.  Teniendo en cuenta estos ataques a los trabajadores y a los sindicatos que los protegen, los líderes de VEINTE organizaciones nacionales latinas se unieron para hacer un llamado a los legisladores a rechazar medidas que limiten el poder de los trabajadores a negociar por buenos empleos, sueldos, seguridad laboral, beneficios, y un ambiente laboral seguro y saludable:

En toda la nación, decenas de miles de trabajadores y sus partidarios se han unido para oponerse a estos proyectos de ley que atacan a los derechos y los bolsillos de servidores públicos con el pretexto de remediar déficits presupuestarios.

En los estados de Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan y Florida cientos de miles de empleados estatales, del condado y municipales luchan contra múltiples proyectos de ley que buscan: revocar las leyes del salario prevaleciente, restringir o destruir los derechos de negociaciones colectivas, anular los contratos negociados por los sindicatos; eliminar el arbitraje obligatorio y prohibir a los sindicatos cobrar cuotas a sus miembros.

En la historia de la nación, los sindicatos han sido los defensores de los trabajadores, y la disminución de la presencia sindical en nuestros centros de trabajo afecta la calidad de trabajo de los Latinos y de todos los trabajadores en varios sectores industriales. A través de las negociaciones colectivas, los trabajadores pueden conseguir salarios más altos. Aquellos que ganan más por pertenecer a un sindicato son los trabajadores minoritarios y las mujeres. Los Latinos sindicalizados ganan 51 por ciento más que sus homólogos no sindicalizados y las mujeres que participan en sindicatos ganan alrededor de 34 por ciento más que las mujeres no sindicalizadas. Los sindicatos contribuyen a la protección y la seguridad económica de los trabajadores en todo el país y juegan un papel clave para que los trabajadores y empresarios compitan en igualdad de condiciones.

VEINTE destacadas organizaciones nacionales latinas se oponen fuertemente a cualquier intento de perjudicar a los trabajadores y a los sindicatos que defienden sus derechos en los centros de trabajo y contribuyen a su avance económico.  La lista de organizaciones latinas en contra de ataques a la negociación colectiva incluye:

Cuban American National Council (CNC)
Hermandad Mexicana Latino Americana
Hispanic Federation
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Mexican American Political Association (MAPA)
National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL)
National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC)
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA)
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP)
National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc. (NPRC)
National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC)
Ser Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI)

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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TWENTY LEADING NATIONAL LATINO ORGANIZATIONS UNITE TO OPPOSE GROWING ATTACKS AGAINST WORKERS’ RIGHTS

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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2011

Contact: Andrea Delgado
202-230-6592

TWENTY LEADING NATIONAL LATINO ORGANIZATIONS UNITE TO OPPOSE GROWING ATTACKS AGAINST WORKERS’ RIGHTS

WASHINGTON, DC-  As working families struggle to stay afloat in this economic downturn, a wave of state-led attacks are threatening workers and the basic structure that protects their rights on the job. Attempts to destroy the right of workers to bargain collectively raise grave concerns about job quality and economic security for working families and vulnerable segments of our populations including Latinos and low-income families. Poor quality jobs, limited access to health care, pensions combined with high rates of wage violations, injuries and fatalities in the workplace are grave issues that disproportionately affect the Latino community.  In the absence of unions, attacks on workers’ rights and declining job quality will go unabated for all workers; exacerbating these risks among vulnerable populations.

Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa and Florida are among a growing number of states with legislatures proposing bills to destroy workers’ right to bargain collectively in the workplace.  In light of these attacks on workers and labor unions, twenty leading national Latino organizations united to call on lawmakers to oppose legislation that limits the power of workers to negotiate for quality jobs, good wages, benefits, safe working conditions and job security.

Across the country, tens of thousands of workers and their supporters are gathering to oppose legislative measures targeting the rights and pockets of public sector workers as the means to address budget shortfalls.  

Hundreds of thousands of state, county and local employees are battling proposals in Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida that seek to: revoke "prevailing wage" laws; restrict or destroy collective bargaining rights; terminate union negotiated contracts; remove required binding arbitration; and prevent unions from collecting dues from their members.

In the history of our nation, labor unions have served as workers’ watchdogs and the decline in union presence in our workplaces is a major issue affecting the job quality of Latinos and all workers across industry sectors. By bargaining collectively through their union, workers are able to negotiate higher wages.  The union wage benefit is greatest for workers of color and women. Unionized Latinos earn approximately 51 percent more than their nonunion counterparts while union women earn almost 34 percent more than nonunion women.  Unions are making a critical contribution to the protection and economic security of workers nationwide and play a key role in leveling the playing field between workers and employers.  

Twenty prominent national Latino organization oppose any attacks on working people and the unions that defend their rights in the workplace and contribute to their economic advancement.  The growing list of organizations opposing attacks to collective bargaining includes:

Cuban American National Council (CNC)
Hermandad Mexicana Latino Americana
Hispanic Federation
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Mexican American Political Association (MAPA)
National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
;National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL)
National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC)
;National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA)
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP)
National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc. (NPRC)
National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC)
Ser Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI)

 

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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LOS TRABAJADORES DE WISCONSIN ESTAN SIENDO PERJUDICADOS Y MUCHOS MAS PODRIAN ENFRENTAR LA MISMA SITUACION


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Para difusión inmediata
22 de febrero de 2011
Contactar: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

LCLAA DENUNCIA ATAQUE  A LOS TRABAJADORES Y A LAS INSTITUCIONES CENTRALES QUE LOS PROTEGEN
LOS TRABAJADORES DE WISCONSIN ESTAN SIENDO PERJUDICADOS Y MUCHOS MAS PODRIAN ENFRENTAR LA MISMA SITUACION

WASHINGTON, DC
- Decenas de miles de personas se reunieron en Madison, Wisconsin para denunciar una iniciativa de ley que revertiría los alcances que los sindicatos consiguieron para los trabajadores durante las últimas décadas. El proyecto de ley propuesto por el gobernador Scott Walker busca equilibrar un déficit presupuestario de 137 millones de dólares al requerir a funcionarios estatales un aumento en sus contribuciones a sus seguros de salud y pensiones. Esto perjudicaría al movimiento laboral estatal y a su vez limitaría permanentemente el derecho a toda contratación colectiva de los trabajadores. El Consejo Laboral para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés) respondió al ataque estatal en contra de los trabajadores y las instituciones que apoyan y defienden los derechos fundamentales de los trabajadores con la siguiente declaración:

Los trabajadores aceptaron pagar cuotas más altas para sus fondos de pensiones y sus seguros médicos, sin embargo, el gobernador quiere que los trabajadores cedan también en sus derechos. Este proyecto de ley quiere restringir el poder de los sindicatos de negociar los salarios de los trabajadores, requerir votos anuales para que los sindicatos permanezcan vigentes y prohibir a los mismos cobrar cuotas.

“Bajo el pretexto de equilibrar el presupuesto, esta iniciativa ataca también la contratación colectiva y amenaza en despedir a trabajadores, eliminar los derechos laborales y debilitar las instituciones que negocian para mejorar nuestra calidad de vida.  Los trabajadores de Wisconsin y Ohio son los primeros en ser fuertemente atacados lo cual podría llevar a una ola de legislaciones anti-trabajadores y anti-sindicatos en todo el país.  Los trabajadores han hecho sacrificios en su economía, pero les están también pidiendo ceder sus derechos en sus centros de trabajo. Permitir que todo esto suceda sienta un precedente peligroso para todos los trabajadores de nuestra nación. Los miembros de LCLAA van a reunirse en manifestaciones de solidaridad en todo Estados Unidos para apoyar a los trabajadores de Wisconsin y oponerse a los ataques de nuestros derechos laborales,” declaró Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional de LCLAA.

“Las  familias trabajadoras han sufrido lo peor de la recesión económica y se les ha dado a los trabajadores de Wisconsin una opción entre conservar sus empleos o pagar más y renunciar a sus derechos. Recortar los trabajos del sector público afecta la repartición de servicios importantes en nuestros hogares, escuelas, hospitales y comunidad en general. Los ataques al derecho de los trabajadores a negociar colectivamente para asegurar salarios dignos, beneficios y condiciones laborales saludables y seguras bajan el nivel de calidad del trabajo para todos los trabajadores. Si los trabajadores no pueden actuar juntos a través de sus sindicatos, los ataques a sus derechos aumentarán,” anunció Héctor E. Sánchez, Director Ejecutivo de LCLAA. “En un tiempo en que Estado Unidos se sostiene como la nación con la más grande desproporción de ingresos entre los países industrializados del occidente, los sindicatos pueden ayudar a restablecer el equilibrio en nuestra economía y fortalecer nuestra comunidades  al expandir la clase social media.”

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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WISCONSIN WORKERS ARE UNDER SIEGE AND MANY MORE COULD FOLLOW

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For Immediate Release
February 22, 2011 
Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
202-230-6592

LCLAA DENOUNCES ATTACK ON WORKERS AND THE CENTRAL INSTITUTIONS THAT PROTECT THEM
WISCONSIN WORKERS ARE UNDER SIEGE AND MANY MORE COULD FOLLOW

WASHINGTON, DC- Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to denounce a bill that would reverse gains unions have achieved for workers over decades.  The bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker seeks to address a 137 million budget shortfall by requiring state workers to increase their contributions to their pensions and healthcare.  Dealing a blow to the labor movement in the state, the proposal would also permanently limit the power of unions to bargain collectively on workers’ behalves.  The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) released the following statement in response to state attacks on workers and the institutions that uphold and defend fundamental workers’ rights:

Workers have made concessions, agreeing to make higher contributions to their pension and health care but the Governor also wants workers to compromise on their rights.  The bill wants to restrict unions’ negotiating power to wages, requires for annual votes to be held for unions to continue to exist and bans them from requiring workers to pay union dues.

This isn’t just about money, threatening to layoff workers, strip basic labor rights, and weaken the institutions that bargain to improve our quality of life is an attack on collective bargaining under the pretext of budget balancing.  Wisconsin and Ohio workers are on the frontlines of fierce attacks that could unleash a wave of anti-worker and anti-union legislation throughout the country.  Workers have agreed to make financial sacrifices but they are also being asked to hand over their rights in the workplace.  Allowing this to happen sets a dangerous precedent for workers in our nation.  LCLAA members will be joining in solidarity rallies throughout the U.S to support Wisconsin workers and oppose attacks on our labor rights,” stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President.

“Working families have borne the brunt of the economic downturn and workers in Wisconsin have been given a false choice between keeping their jobs or paying up and giving up their rights.   Cutting public sector jobs affects the delivery of critical services in our homes, schools, hospitals and the broader community.  Attacks on workers’ right to bargain collectively to secure decent wages, benefits and healthy and safe working conditions lowers the standard for all workers.  If workers cannot act together through their unions, attacks on workers’ rights will go unabated,” stated Hector E. Sanchez, LCLAA’s Executive Director.  “At a time when the U.S. ranks as the nation with the greatest income disparity among Western industrialized countries,   labor unions can help restore the balance in our economy and strengthen our communities by expanding the middle class.”

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.   LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership.Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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