Press Releases - 2012


Press Releases - October 2012

LCLAA Launches New Interactive Website for 40th Anniversary

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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2013

The House of Latino Labor is proud to announce the official launch of its 40th Anniversary Website! We welcome you to visit us at http://lclaa.org/ . In this important occasion, LCLAA is announcing the debut of our brand new bilingual website which contains a blog with the latest labor updates, a vast array of social networking tools and media, and independent sites for LCLAA's campaigns. In a time when Latinos are, on average, ten years younger than the rest of the population, and where a large portion of political advocacy takes place online, an effective and streamlined website that communicates with key constituencies is essential to aggressively protecting Latino worker's rights. The bilingual website will allow individuals to quickly access videos of LCLAA's latest actions, photo albums of advocacy events, learn more about LCLAA's campaigns and efforts to improve conditions for Latino workers, and share this content with their friends using unique social media and educational tools.

The website contains a wide variety of interactive features, the premiere of new campaigns, direct integration with LCLAA's social media tools, and a blog that will contain the latest news and policy updates regarding Latino labor and the Latino community. The LCLAA website will be a central hub for all updates and developments related to Latino labor and will provide the tools and resources for individuals and unions to better effectuate change for working families. The LCLAA website will function as a one-stop-shop for all the resources needed to become a top-tier Latino and labor activist.


The Blog. LCLAA is proud to announce the unveiling of its new national blog which will cover timely issues related to the Latino labor movement. Regularly updated, the blog will cover developments on key topics for Latino working families, including social security, the environment and green jobs, health care, young workers, labor issues, and immigration. The blog will be an interactive portal for readers to access videos, feature guest blogs from allied organizations, photos, and the latest updates from the National LCLAA Office, our 55 chapters, and membership. The blog will also be a great resource that will regularly provide links to reports, studies, and other resources that promote the protection of labor, human, and civil rights of Latino workers. Blog posts can be easily shared through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Additionally, readers will be able to comment on blog posts and even subscribe in order to keep up to date with postings.

Social Media.
The new website will heavily emphasize social media and leverage tools like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in order to share breaking developments and stories that affect Latino working families. The website will allow individuals to follow the latest developments on key legal decisions, legislation, election results, and central issues for the labor movement and Latino working families. Using Twitpic, LCLAA's Twitter will regularly share photos and videos of LCLAA events from across the nation along with information regarding our national campaigns. Our Twitter account will also retweet your tweets and regularly use @LCLAA in order to maximize social network visibility and mobilization.

Follow us at Twitter here: https://twitter.com/LCLAA and at @Hesanche.

You can visit our Facebook page here: http://goo.gl/NZ4jD

You can visit our YouTube page here: http://www.youtube.com/user/LCLAAvideos

En Español. En LCLAA hemos sido muy agresivos produciendo contenido en español. Creemos firmemente en que si los trabajadores latinos están mejor informados tienen más posibilidades de defender sus derechos y así poder mejorar sus comunidades. Con este nuevo Website tendremos una sección donde usted podrá encontrar todo el contenido y recursos en español con los que contamos como entrevistas, videos, artículos informativos y noticias. Todas nuestras campañas están igualmente en español. También contamos con un nuevo blog que será un espacio abierto de opinión pero también de contenidos actuales económicos y sociales que sabemos pueden interesarle a usted trabajador latino. Al mismo tiempo contaremos con reportes de nuestras actividades de los capítulos de LCLAA por todo el país.

Campaigns. The website features independent sites for key LCLAA national and union campaigns, including the Immigration, Environmental, Young Workers, Trabajadoras, and Social Security campaigns.

Immigration. The immigration campaign spotlights the intersection between working families and immigrants. Too often, Latino workers have their immigration status used against them when they are fighting for equal rights, equal pay, and fair treatment at the work place. Our immigration system is broken and as a result, working families get the short end of the stick. To build a solid foundation for tomorrow's middle class, it is critical that the labor and immigration movements be intertwined.

Environmental. LCLAA's Environmental campaign addresses the twin issues of climate change and green jobs. Working families are often disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change. Latino communities suffer from higher than average rates of asthma and other pollution-related illnesses, due to living in areas with high pollution levels. Additionally, LCLAA, in partnership with labor organizations, is strongly emphasizing the need for green jobs in order to form a foundation for an economic recovery. The Environmental campaign heavily focuses on the need to train Latino workers so they will be qualified in the emerging green economy.

Young Workers. The Young Workers campaign places a heavy emphasis on the education and recruitment of the youth of today for the labor leaders of tomorrow. Demographically, the Latino community is one of the youngest in the United States and LCLAA recognizes that it is critical to educate that community on the benefits of unions and how working families are essential to the economic foundation of this country. The campaign is geared toward showing how unions positively affect wages, workplace safety, and worker representation.

Trabajadoras. The Trabajadoras campaign focuses on one of the most vulnerable groups in the nation, Latina workers. Often the heads of working families, Latinas fall last in nearly every conceivable metric, including wages, workplace protection, health, and safety. It is the goal of the Trabajadoras campaign to raise awareness for the issues that these women face and ensure Latinas enjoy the same wages, protections, and respect as everyone else. Additionally, the Trabajadoras campaign also focuses on issues related to child labor.

Social Security. Social Security is a critical safety net, especially for Latino working families. Never before has Social Security endured such repeated attacks and LCLAA has been at the front lines making sure that Social Security remains strong for the workers of tomorrow. It is LCLAA's goal to protect Social Security against misguided proposals to cut benefits and privatize the system. Indeed, without Social Security, the poverty rate among Latino elderly would triple.

At 40, LCLAA is at the forefront embracing technology and recognizing that it is essential in bringing about positive social change. In combination with our mobilization on the ground, 55 chapters in 23 states, LCLAA's website will ensure that advocates have the best tools to continue fighting for Latino working families. LCLAA's new interactive website is yet another milestone in ensuring that LCLAA is on the front lines, representing and defending the interests of Latino working families.

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 2012

Leading Latino Organizations Announce New Initiative to Register Minority Voters in Northern Virginia



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For Immediate Release   
August 21, 2012     

 Contact: Ian Fetterolf
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Leading Latino Organizations Announce New Initiative to Register Minority Voters in Northern Virginia

 Growing minority vote will be decisive in critical battleground state 

 

(Alexandria, VA) – Today, LCLAA (the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement), the LIUNA (Laborers’ International Union of North America) Latino Caucus and Virginia New Majority Education Fund hosted a press conference on their new initiative to register voters of color in the critical battleground state of Virginia.

“Latinos are a rapidly growing constituency in Northern Virginia, a key battleground area within the state, and we want to ensure our brothers and sisters voices are represented in our political system,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA and Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.

“This collaborative effort is a campaign that aims to engage communities of color through participation in the political process. It is imperative that our voices are heard on Election Day to ensure that issues facing working families are placed at the forefront of our nation’s policy agenda,” stated Edison Severino, President of Laborers’ International Union of North America Latino Caucus.

Virginia is a state that boasts a large colored population. Nearly three in every ten (28.7%) people in Virginia represent a minority of color. The outreach efforts will focus on working communities in Northern Virginia. In particular, one-third (32%) of Latino(a) eligible voters in Virginia fall between the ages of 18 to 29, which highlights the importance that registering them and becoming active civic participants will have for elections in the years to come. There are more than 60,000 Latino(a)s in Virginia who are eligible to vote, but are currently unregistered. This action will seek to register all working men and women of color, who are less likely than whites to ensure that their voices are heard and show up at the polls on Election Day.

“In light of the attack on voting rights launched by some of our state legislators, our state government needs to work to fulfill the promise of democracy by encouraging people to participate in decisions that shape their lives. We're doing our part by registering Virginia's newest citizens, and we hope our legislators will do their part, too.” said Noah Feldman, Northern Virginia Organizer for Virginia New Majority.

“Voting is the key to being heard by our political leaders. It is more important than ever that the diverse communities of Virginia register and show up at the polls on Election Day. We are talking to people in minority communities to ensure they know how critical it is to participate in our democracy,” said Orlando Bonilla, President of Baltimore/ Washington District Council of Laborers.

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 - June 2012

NHLA Commends Supreme Court’s Decision Finding Affordable Care Act Constitutional

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012

NHLA Commends Supreme Court’s Decision Finding Affordable Care Act Constitutional
Individual mandate is a valid exercise of Congressional power

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held the Affordable Care Act constitutional. The Court concluded that the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance, was a valid and constitutional exercise of congressional power. The NHLA commends the Supreme Court for upholding the Affordable Care Act.

Hector E. Sanchez, Chair of the NHLA, stated – “Today’s Supreme Court decision is monumental in scope and historic in nature. No longer will working families wonder if they’ll lose their health insurance if they get sick, or be denied life-saving care because of a pre-existing condition. At a time when Latinos disproportionately feel the inefficiencies and shortcomings of a broken health care system, the Affordable Care Act provides the critical tools needed to ensure that families are not bankrupted by unexpected medical bills, have access to key preventative services, and are able to obtain essential life-saving care. The Court recognized that the Act was not only constitutional, but a sorely needed comprehensive solution to address the nation’s health care crisis. Now that the Court has spoken clearly, states must uphold their responsibilities and implement the Affordable Care Act quickly and efficiently."

Dr. Elena V. Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, stated – “Hispanics face the highest uninsured rates in the nation at thirty-three percent, and will gain the most from today's news. Today’s historic decision upholding the Affordable Care Act should be a cause for celebration within the Hispanic community. All Americans will live healthier lives because of the increased availability of affordable health insurance, expanded healthcare, more readily available preventative services, and easier access to women's, oral and behavioral healthcare services. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court reinforces the notion that health is not and should not be a partisan issue. The Court’s ruling is not only a victory for the Hispanic community, but for the thirty million additional Americans that will now be insured under the ACA.”

Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, stated – “The ability to access quality, affordable health care is paramount to all Americans. Therefore, we applaud the recent decision of the Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Our country boasts a strong tradition of caring for its own, particularly our older adults starting with the enactment of Social Security, and subsequently, Medicare and Medicaid. While not a clean-cut solution to the problems of our health care system, the ACA makes great strides to ensure that all Americans, especially older adults and families, can age with dignity and in the best possible health. Now that the law has survived judicial scrutiny, we are eager for all aspects of the law to be put into effect.”

Established in 1991, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit www.nationalhispanicleadership.org.

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| CONTACT: | Jose Magaña | LCLAA | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 637-5120 | Chris Espinosa | HF | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 641-7186 |

LCLAA Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision Holding the ACA Constitutional

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For Immediate Release
June 28th, 2012

LCLAA Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision Holding the ACA Constitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, in a monumental decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate, was constitutional. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) expresses its support for the Court’s decision and the positive implications it will have on the Latino community and working families.

Milton Rosado, President of LCLAA, stated “Before the Affordable Care Act, we lived in a world where a two- income family with both parents working forty hours a week could still be bankrupted by an unexpected medical emergency, and where insurance companies could rescind insurance policies based on minor and insignificant omissions. The Affordable Care Act was a small, but key step to address these and other issues which formed a stranglehold around our nation’s ability to deliver critical health and medical services to vulnerable populations. Today’s decision is a resounding endorsement that Congress has the ability to enact national solutions to national problems. The full implementation of the ACA will be a positive effect not only for Latinos, but for Americans as whole.”

“Today’s decision yields significant benefits for the Latino community,” stated Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA. “Over thirty three percent of Latinos are uninsured, one of the highest rates in our nation. The Affordable Care Act has already prohibited coverage based on pre-existing conditions, provided coverage for preventative services for over 6.1 million Latinos, eliminated lifetime limits on coverage for over 11.8 million Latinos, and allowed close to one million young Latinos to obtain coverage through their parents. The Supreme Court’s decision reinforces these and other protections and benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, today’s decision demonstrates that health is not and should not be a partisan issue. The Court had an opportunity to act as an impartial referee and fully embraced that opportunity, choosing people over politics.”

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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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jose Magaña | LCLAA | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 637-5120

NHLA COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT FOR INVALIDATING MAJORITY OF SB 1070

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NHLA COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT FOR INVALIDATING MAJORITY OF SB 1070
Court leaves the “show me your papers” provision of the law

WASHINGTON, DC –The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the 30 leading Hispanic organizations in the United States, commends the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate three of the four sections of SB 1070. Today, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in Arizona v. United States, which involved the constitutionality of SB 1070, Arizona’s immigration law. The Court invalidated the majority of the law but left place the “show me your papers” provision.

Hector Sanchez, Chair of the NHLA stated – “The Supreme Court’s decision is a resounding cry that States are not free to undermine federal law in their quest to target, arrest and harass immigrants. The decision reinforced the notion that it is the federal government’s responsibility to promulgate immigration laws, and that a patchwork of state laws is not a constitutional or effective strategy to address pertinent national issues like immigration. The NHLA, however, disagrees with the Court’s failure to invalidate the “show me your papers” provision of SB 1070, which will lead to racial profiling and an erosion of trust between the Latino community and law enforcement officials.”

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF stated – “Today's majority decision should bring to a grinding halt the engine of intolerance and racism that has promoted these anti-immigrant laws across the country. The Court resoundingly affirmed longstanding precedent recognizing the breadth of the federal government's exclusive authority in the area of immigration regulation. Unfortunately, while recognizing the extraordinary ambiguity in the poorly-written Section 2(B), the majority failed to appreciate the harms from allowing any implementation of the provision. Fortunately, there can be no implementation of that section of the law until the district court has a chance to consider other legal claims and to seek an authoritative interpretation of the section.”

Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR stated – “We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down most of the elements of this offensive law and reaffirm that the federal government has primary responsibility on immigration. We remain deeply troubled, though, that the Supreme Court allowed the heart of the problem in SB 1070—legitimizing racial profiling—to stand, and failed to decisively remove the bull’s eye from the backs of Arizona’s Latinos, leaving it to future lawsuits to address. We fear this part of the decision will open the floodgates to the harassment, abuse, and intimidation of our community in what is already the most hostile place for Hispanics in the country.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jose Magaña | LCLAA | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 637-5120 | Chris Espinosa | HF | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 641-7186

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Established in 1991, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit www.nationalhispanicleadership.org.

LCLAA Applauds the Supreme Court’s Decision to Invalidate Major Parts of Arizona’s S.B. 1070

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For Immediate Release
June 25th, 2012

LCLAA Applauds the Supreme Court’s Decision to Invalidate Major Parts of Arizona’s S.B. 1070, but Most Controversial Section Remains

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited decision in Arizona v. United States, which examined the constitutionality of S.B. 1070, Arizona’s “show me your papers” law. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) commends the Supreme Court for invalidating the majority of S.B. 1070, holding that Federal Law preempted most of its provisions. The Court, however, left in place the most controversial provision of the law which allows police officers to check the immigration status of individuals stopped or otherwise lawfully detained.

Milton Rosado, President of LCLAA, stated “There is no doubt that our nation’s immigration laws are broken and in desperate need of reform. Today’s decision, however, reinforces the notion that the path to immigration reform does not go through State legislatures, but rather through a unified system of reform enacted at the Federal level. The Court recognized that state-based immigration laws would wreak havoc on this nation’s immigration system; these laws, whether they are in Arizona, Utah, Alabama, or Georgia, are ineffective state-based solutions to an issue that is national in scope.”

“The Supreme Court’s decision today indicates that states cannot enact laws which abridge the protections enshrined in our constitution,” stated Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA. “The invalidated portions of S.B. 1070 would have stripped away the trust between the Latino community and law enforcement officials, while at the same time, giving the state unfettered power to arrest individuals without due process. We are particularly encouraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the provision of S.B. 1070 which would make it a state crime for undocumented immigrants to seek or obtain employment in Arizona.”

Sanchez continued, “This particular provision would devastate working families, cripple businesses and stretch already strained social services to the point of collapse. While the Court did not strike down the most controversial portion of S.B. 1070, we are heartened that the Court explicitly noted that that provision is still subject to constitutional reform in the future.”

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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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jose Magaña | LCLAA | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (202) 637-5120

 

LCLAA Aplaude la decisión de la Corte Suprema de Justicia

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25 de Junio de 2012

LCLAA Aplaude la decisión de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de invalidar las partes mayores de la ley de Arizona S.B. 1070, manteniendo la sección más polémica.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hoy, la Corte Suprema de Justicia los Estados Unidos emitió un fallo sobre la muy esperada decisión en el caso de Arizona v. Estados Unidos, la cual examina la constitucionalidad de la S.B. 1070, la ley de Arizona de “enséñame tus papeles.” El Consejo Sindical para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA) elogia a la Corte Suprema de Justicia por invalidar la mayoría de las clausulas de la S.B. 1070, sosteniendo que la Ley Federal adelantó la mayoría de sus disposiciones. Sin embargo, La Corte no afectó la clausula más polémica la cual les da autorización a los agentes policiales de exigir el estado migratorio de individuos que han sido detenidos o han sido legalmente arrestados.

El Presidente de LCLAA, Milton Rosado, ha dicho, “No hay duda que las leyes migratorias de nuestra nación están fracturadas y desesperadamente necesitan un reforma. Sin embargo, la decisión de ahora refuerza la noción que el camino para una reforma migratoria no es a través de legislaturas estatales, pero a través de un sistema unificado de reformas promulgado al nivel federal. La Corte reconoció que leyes migratorias estatales podrían causar estragos en el sistema migratorio de la nación; estas leyes, sean en Arizona, Utah, Alabama o Georgia, son soluciones ineficaces creadas al nivel estatal a un tema que es de alcance nacional.”

De acuerdo al Director Ejecutivo de LCLAA, Héctor Sánchez, “La decisión de la Corte Suprema de Justicia indica que los estados no pueden pasar leyes que limiten las protecciones consagradas en nuestra Constitución. Las porciones invalidadas de la S.B. 1070 podrían haber desgarrado la confianza entre la comunidad Latina y los funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley. Mientras que al mismo tiempo, dar poder al Estado sin ningunas restricciones para detener a personas sin el debido proceso legal. Nos sentimos particularmente alentados por la decisión de la Corte Suprema de invalidar la clausula de la S.B. 1070 la cual convertiría en un crimen estatal buscar u obtener un empleo en Arizona siendo un inmigrante indocumentado.

Sánchez continuó, “Esta clausula en particular, sería devastadora para las familias trabajadoras, las empresas se podrían paralizar y se produciría mas tensión en los hoy en día tensos servicios sociales hasta colapsar. Si bien la Corte no obstruyó la parte más polémica de la SB 1070, nos alienta que la Corte expresamente señaló que esta clausula está aún sujeta a una futura reforma constitucional.”

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 MAS INFORMACIÓN, CONTACTAR: José G. Magaña | LCLAA | 202-508-6919

LCLAA Felicita A Héctor E. Sánchez Por Su Elección Como Presidente De La Agenda Nacional De Liderazgo Hispano (NHLA)

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LCLAA Felicita A Héctor E. Sánchez Por Su Elección Como Presidente De La Agenda Nacional De Liderazgo Hispano (NHLA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- El Consejo Sindical para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA) felicita a su Director Ejecutivo, Héctor E. Sánchez, por su elección como Presidente de la Agenda Nacional de Liderazgo Hispano (NHLA). En este rol, Sánchez estará a cargo de dirigir la coalición de NHLA formada por 30 organizaciones nacionales Latinas así como también formular y aplicar su agenda política por los próximos dos años.

Fundada en 1991 como una asociación no partidista de las mayores organizaciones nacionales Latinas y distinguidos líderes hispanos, NHLA es una coalición que promueve la comunicación, la cooperación, y campañas entre las mayores organizaciones Latinas. NHLA busca unidad entre los Latinos en el país para darle a la comunidad más visibilidad e influencia más clara en los asuntos nacionales. NHLA reúne líderes Latinos para establecer prioridades políticas y crear conciencia pública de los problemas centrales que afectan a la comunidad Latina y a la nación en general.

Milton Rosado, Presidente de LCLAA, afirmó “Héctor siempre ha reconocido que las dos cualidades más importantes para crear cambio son la cooperación y la comunicación. Él tiene la habilidad de reunir individuos con intereses diferentes y organizarlos para lograr un progreso común. No tengo ninguna duda que Héctor continuará ejemplificando la dedicación y el compromiso que él ha demostrado en LCLAA y será un increíble y eficaz presidente de NHLA.”

“Es un honor haber sido electo como el nuevo Presidente de NHLA y lo acepto con humildad y un compromiso muy serio. NHLA se fundó con la idea de ser un espacio de unión y debate estratégico para que organizaciones y líderes Latinos pudiéramos cooperar y unidos superar ser más efectivos abogando por nuestra comunidad,” afirmó Héctor E. Sánchez, “en una época en la que los latinos enfrentamos muchos obstáculos y ataques, NHLA representa un espacio único de unidad con un espíritu claro de cooperación para avanzar una agenda que pueda tener un impacto nacional y a largo plazo en la comunidad Latina.”

Sánchez ha sido una voz incansable peleando en contra de las injusticias sistemáticas que enfrentan los Latinos. Durante su carrera en LCLAA, Sánchez ha liderado muchas campañas nacionales de inmigración, protección de la seguridad social, mejorar las condiciones laborales de los trabajadores Latinos, la innovadora campaña de Trabajadoras, la campaña de trabajadores jóvenes y actualmente Sánchez está organizando la campaña nacional para incrementar la participación cívica Latina en colaboración con otras organizaciones nacionales.

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 Congratulates Hector E. Sanchez for his Election as Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)

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LCLAA Congratulates Hector E. Sanchez for his Election as Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is proud to congratulate LCLAA’s Executive Director, Hector E. Sanchez, on his election to Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA). In this role Sanchez will be in charge of leading the NHLA coalition of 30 national Latino organizations for the next two years as it formulates and advocates its policy agenda.

Established in 1991 as a nonpartisan association of major Latino national organizations and distinguished Hispanic leaders, the NHLA is an umbrella organization that promotes communication, cooperation and inter-organizational campaigns between major Latino organizations. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA establishes policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole.

LCLAA’s President Milton Rosado stated, “Hector has always recognized that the two most important qualities in bringing about change are cooperation and communication. He has an ability to bring together stakeholders with disparate backgrounds and organize them to achieve progress. I have no doubt that Hector will continue to exemplify the dedication and commitment he has exhibited at LCLAA and be an incredibly effective NHLA chairman.”

“I am honored and humbled for being elected the new chair of NHLA. The NHLA was established on an idea that Latinos could come together and overcome the challenges that individually were insurmountable,” stated Hector E. Sanchez. “At a time when our community is facing so many challenges and attacks NHLA represents a unique space of unity in the spirit of cooperation to advance an agenda that would have a long-lasting and national impact on the Latino community.”

Sanchez has been an indefatigable voice highlighting systematic injustices against Latinos. During his tenure at LCLAA, Sanchez has presided over national campaigns involving immigration, the protection of social security, environment and green jobs, young workers campaign and improving conditions of Latino workers. Sanchez also launched LCLAA’s groundbreaking Trabajadoras campaign and is currently organizing LCLAA’s national civic engagement campaign, which will partner with other advocacy organizations to increase Latino voter registration and participation in the 2012 presidential election and beyond.

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 - May 2012

LCLAA Congratulates Dolores Huerta for Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) congratulates renowned civil rights activist Dolores Huerta for her receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. Today, in a ceremony at The White House, President Obama awarded Dolores Huerta and twelve other individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor acknowledging their extraordinary contributions to promoting world peace, protecting national interests and security as well as spearheading other meritorious cultural endeavors.

LCLAA National President, Milton Rosado, stated, “Dolores Huerta’s advocacy began under the blistering sun of Stockton, California as she and her fellow farm workers toiled in vast fields for long hours and little pay. Over the years, that advocacy flourished, grew and forged a path for countless farm workers and their children to transition from arduously working long days in the fields to attending some of the most prestigious universities in the country and becoming exemplary social, economic and labor leaders within the fastest growing community in the United States.”

“Dolores Huerta is a paradigm for the tireless and lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those who face enormous and seemingly insurmountable social and economic obstacles;” said Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA, “organizations like LCLAA represent the ideals that she embodies and seek to continue to carry the torch for civil rights that Huerta initially lit through her passion, dedication, and perseverance.”

Dolores Huerta is a historic immigration labor and women’s activist. During her lifelong commitment to community organizing, Huerta helped establish the Stockton division of the Community Service Organization, the Agricultural Workers Association, and, along with immigrant rights activist César E. Chávez, the organization that would later become the United Farm Workers (UFW).

Huerta was also instrumental in the passage of the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which established collective bargaining rights for farm workers. Huerta is the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides training, resources and direction for individuals engaged in grassroots level activism and community organizing efforts.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award presented by the President of the United States and is the highest and most prestigious honor awarded to civilians. LCLAA congratulates Huerta on the receipt of her award and commends her for joining a distinguished group of previous recipients including César E. Chávez, Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, Harvey Milk and Rosa Parks.

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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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jose G. Magaña | LCLAA | 202-508-6919

Press Releases - February 2012

THE COUNTRY’S PREMIERE LATINO ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH LATINOS FOR DEMOCRACY:MOVIMIENTO HISPANO



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For Immediate Release   
February 23, 2012     

 Contact: Andrea L. Delgado
(202) 637-5120
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Washington, D.C. – Today, The Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin America Advancement (LCLAA), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced their partnership in an unprecedented non-partisan effort to increase voter registration and mobilize the Latino vote. The campaign’s goal is to register 200,000 voters and mobilize at least 100,000 Latinos to polls in the November 2012 elections. The combined group effort will be known as Latinos for Democracy which is part of Movimiento Hispano that also includes curtailing voter suppression, educating voters about key Latino issues and facilitating Latino immigrants to become citizens.

The effort will call upon the extensive resources and contacts of these three leading organizations including: LCLAA’s network of 2.1 million Latino Trade union members organized into 51 chapters in 23 states; LULAC’s network of approximately 135,000 grassroots volunteer members organized into 900 councils, 55 community technology centers and 14 LULAC National Educational Service Centers in 37 states; and finally, the Hispanic Federation’s brick and mortar presence of 100 community-based organizations. Their ability to work closely with community leaders provides these organizations with the strategic advantage of understanding the needs and concerns of the Latino community.

The initiative will be focused on targeted counties within key election states and prioritized according to Latino demographic growth and the number of Latino citizens of voting age. The voter registration and mobilization effort will also focus on counties where the Latino vote can make a difference and areas where there is a significant density of union activity. The states where the effort will be ongoing include:

Hispanic Federation - CT, FL, NJ, NY, PA

LCLAA - AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, MI, NJ, NM, NY, PA, TX, VA

LULAC - AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WI

The strategies that make Latinos for Democracy: Movimiento Hispano a unique endeavor between the nation’s leading civil rights and labor groups include the following:

Digital Voter Registration Website – In order to guide citizens on how to engage online, the website contains numerous links to voter and civic information. Most importantly, Movimiento Hispano’s Election Impact Tool allows visitors to register online 24 hours per day/7 days a week using any of the 50-state voter registration forms. www.Movimientohispano.org

Motivational Public Education Campaign – There will be a multi-media bi-lingual communication component consisting of a public education campaign on television, radio and print focused on encouraging Latinos and others to register and vote.

“On the Ground” VR and GOTV Training - The campaign will develop local, state and regional training programs to give organizers and volunteers specialized training in voter registration and GOTV techniques, volunteer recruitment and media management.

Latino GOTV - There will be voter education training sessions targeting Latino eligible voters who are either registered or non-registered in order to educate community members about the electoral process and the various ways they can engage in civic activities.

Voter Registration – LFD voter registration efforts will recruit volunteers to register people to vote at key sites, and operate a bilingual Registration and Information Hotline to allow callers to ask questions concerning voting, voting rights and obtain voter registration forms.

Issue-Based Forums On a local and national level, issues based forums will incorporate the importance of voting with extremely important policy issues affecting Latinos, such as education, immigration, health, civil rights, economic stimulus and labor rights.

Voter Protection Monitoring/Voter Suppression Advocacy – During GOTV and the education efforts, LFD will work to reduce barriers for Latino voters, enforce voter protection laws and fight against voter suppression and voter ID issues affecting Latinos. LFD will also train volunteers to provide voter protection monitoring at the polls. LFD’s voter protection campaign will ensure that all votes are counted.

“The thrust of Movimiento Hispano is to do just what its name indicates: create a movement of Latinos that are connected, engaged and voting on the issues that are important to them, their families and their community,” stated Jose Calderon, Interim President of the Hispanic Federation.

“Whether it’s political empowerment, educational attainment, unemployment, health care coverage or environmental quality, Latinos are facing challenges on every front. But every election cycle is an opportunity for Latinos to make their voices heard and demand that our community’s needs are met. From the door step to the ballot box, LCLAA will be on the ground, protecting, promoting and expanding the participation of Latinos in the electoral process,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

“Our shared vision of ensuring that all Latinos maximize their role in representative government combined with our established records of representing Latino interests made this partnership a seamless collaboration,” said Brent Wilkes LULAC National Executive Director. “In order to increase Latino civic engagement and have a successful voter registration initiative we also recognize the unique needs of our community with a focus on working families.”

Movimiento Hispano (Hispanic Movement) is a project of Latinos for Democracy (LFD) aimed at increasing Latino civic engagement and voter turnout. LFD is a coalition comprised of the Hispanic Federation (HF), The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

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 LANZA LA CAMPAÑA DE "Trabajadoras" PARA EL AVANCE DE LA MUJER LATINA

 

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LCLAA LANZA  LA CAMPAÑA DE "Trabajadoras" PARA EL AVANCE DE LA MUJER LATINA Y LA PROTECCION DE SUS DERECHOS LABORALES

 

WASHINGTON, DC- (18 de enero del 2012) El Consejo Sindical para el Avance del Trabajador Latinoamericano (LCLAA por sus siglas en inglés), se enorgullece en lanzar la campaña "Trabajadoras", un proyecto basado en la investigación, un esfuerzo educativo y el enlace comunitario para proteger a las trabajadoras latinas afectadas por abusos de sus derechos en el trabajo.  Nuestra misión es resaltar los problemas que afectan la calidad del empleo y el bienestar de las trabajadoras latinas en los EE.UU. y a la misma vez, informarles sobre sus derechos y protecciones legales. Este esfuerzo comprensivo incluye la creación y presentación de nuestra PÁGINA WEB para la campaña, y la ejecución de foros abiertos para educar al público sobre las conclusiones del reporte "Trabajadoras", el cual se publicará este Marzo.  Con más de 50 capítulos a lo largo de los EE.UU., LCLAA es la sede del trabajador latino, una organización nacional sin fines de lucro dedicada a educar, fortalecer y aumentar las oportunidades para los trabajadores latinos y sus familias.

Con más de 8 millones de personas en el 2010, las latinas representaron el 5,8 por ciento del total dentro de la fuerza laboral Estadunidense, y el 12,8 por ciento de todas las mujeres que trabajan en los EE.UU. Aunque las latinas son un segmento demográfico importante y creciente dentro de varios sectores ocupacionales e industrias, son más propensas a laborar en trabajos riesgosos y con salarios bajos en comparación a las trabajadoras asiáticas, anglosajonas, y afro-americanas. Además, este grupo de la fuerza laboral estadunidense es cada vez más vulnerable al robo de sueldos, la discriminación laboral, el acoso sexual y a ambientes de trabajo que ponen su salud y seguridad en riesgo.

"La Campaña de Trabajadoras marca el comienzo de un compromiso a largo plazo y de un esfuerzo específico centrado en las Trabajadoras, quienes nosotros definimos como latinas que trabajan y luchan a diario con las injusticias en el ámbito laboral. Si quieren organizarse en sindicatos o reportar y establecer una demanda por discriminación laboral en contra de sus empleadores, las trabajadoras latinas necesitan saber que su estatus migratorio o el miedo a perder su empleo no permite que sus empleadores las amenacen y reprendan por participar en la defensa de sus derechos, ya que es ilegal bajo la ley laboral", dijo Milton Rosado, el presidente Nacional de LCLAA.

“El entablar relaciones con la comunidad latina e informarles de sus derechos laborales es fundamental ya que creemos firmemente que la educación fomentará los conocimientos y el liderazgo necesario para nuestras Latinas, las cuales son es el vehículo perfecto para ayudar a familias y a comunidades enteras", afirmó la líder sindical Aída García, quien es la Presidenta del Comité de Mujeres en LCLAA y Vicepresidenta Ejecutiva del SEIU Local 1199, United Healthcare Workers East, una organización gremial que con más de 1,8 millones de miembros, es el sindicato más grande en los EE.UU.

"Para romper el ciclo de opresión y explotación, los trabajadores deben sentirse libres de plantear los problemas y ponerse de pie en contra de los abusos en el lugar de trabajo. Los derechos y protecciones laborales son obsoletos si los trabajadores desconocen su existencia y si hay barreras de idioma, existe intimidación, y si su estatus migratorio crea un ambiente donde los trabajadores tienen que elegir entre el abuso o su sueldo para mantener a sus familias. LCLAA se posiciona de manera firme al lado de todas las latinas en los Estados Unidos para asegurar que sus derechos laborales, humanos y civiles sean plenamente respetados ", agregó Héctor E. Sánchez, Director Ejecutivo de LCLAA.

PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN VISITE LA PAGINA WEB Trabajadoras:
http://www.lclaa.org/index.php/campaigns/trabajadoras 

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.

 

 

Press Releases - January 2012

LCLAA LAUNCHES "TRABAJADORAS" CAMPAIGN TO EMPOWER LATINAS AND PROTECT THEM IN THE WORKPLACE

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LCLAA LAUNCHES "TRABAJADORAS" CAMPAIGN TO EMPOWER LATINAS AND PROTECT THEM IN THE WORKPLACE

WASHINGTON, DC- (January 18, 2012) The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), is proud to launch the "Trabajadoras" campaign, a major research, community engagement and education effort. LCLAA's mission is to shed light on the issues that affect the job quality and well-being of Latina workers in the U.S. and inform Latinas about the rights and protections they are entitled to under the law. This comprehensive effort includes the unveiling of our Trabajadoras WEBSITE , and the community forums that will follow the release of LCLAA's "Trabajadoras" report in March. With 50 chapters across the U.S., LCLAA is the house of Latino labor, a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and increasing opportunities for Latino workers and their families.

Over 8 million strong, in 2010, Latinas represented 5.8 percent of the total U.S. labor force and 12.8 percent of working women in the U.S.  Although Latinas are a significant and growing share of workers in several industry and occupational sectors, they are more likely to hold lower paying and more dangerous jobs than Asian, Black and White women. Additionally, this segment of our workforce is increasingly vulnerable to rampant wage theft, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and work environments that place their health and safety at risk.

"The Trabajadoras Campaign marks the beginning of a long-term commitment to a targeted effort focusing on Trabajadoras, Latina working women who struggle daily with injustices in the workplace. Whether they want to organize a labor union or file a discrimination claim against their employers, women need to know that their immigration status or fear of job loss is not a cover for unprincipled employers to threaten and retaliate against workers for protected activities," stated Milton Rosado, LCLAA's National President.

"Outreach to the Latino community on labor rights is critical and we firmly believe that building knowledge and leadership among our Latinas is the perfect vehicle to help empower families and entire communities," stated labor leader Aida Garcia, Chair of LCLAA's Women's Committee and Executive Vice President of SEIU Local 1199, United Healthcare Workers East , with more than 1.8 million members, it is the largest labor union in the U.S.

"To break the cycle of oppression and exploitation, workers must feel free raise issues and stand up against abuses in the workplace. Labor protections are irrelevant if workers don't know about them and if language barriers, fear, and immigration status creates an environment where workers have to choose between abuse and a pay check to provide for their families. LCLAA stands with every Latina in the nation to make sure that their labor, human and civil rights are fully respected," added Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA.

FOR MORE INFORMATIONVISIT THE TRABAJADORAS WEBSITE

 

CONTACT:

Andrea DelgadoSenior Policy AnalystLCLAA202-637-5120 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.