October, 2008

LOS DERECHOS DE LOS INMIGRANTES SON DERECHOS DE LOS TRABAJADORES

Washington, D.C.—Los inmigrantes son trabajadores, no criminales.

Si la legislación que fue aprobada por la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos—H.R. 4437—entra en vigor, tendrá el efecto de criminalizar y convertir los inmigrantes en chivos expiatorios de las fallas de la política previa del gobierno.

La combinación del fracaso del sistema de inmigración y una política de comercio sin estándares para proteger los trabajadores ha dejado las corporaciones crear un grupo de trabajadores que son explotables. De hecho, el sistema de inmigración ha sido privatizado por los empleadores estadounidenses de una manera que atrae inmigrantes al país para explotarlos y reducir los sueldos y condiciones de trabajo de todos los trabajadores—especialmente los que ya reciben salarios bajos.

Miles de personas están participando en demostraciones en el país hoy, así como hicieron hace 21 días. En Lumberton, N.C., miles de trabajadores—nativos e inmigrantes—van a manifestarse para reclamar los derechos de los inmigrantes.

La UFCW es un movimiento de inmigrantes. Hemos estado luchando para organizar, representar y mejorar los sueldos y condiciones de trabajo para los trabajadores inmigrantes por décadas. El empaquetado de carne y el procesamiento de alimentos fueron algunas de las primeras industrias que utilizaron la mano de obra de inmigrantes. Hace 100 años, inmigrantes polacos, italianos y sur europeos inundaron las plantas empacadoras de este país. Hoy en día, los inmigrantes de Asia, Latino América, Europea del Oeste, y África trabajan en las líneas del procesamiento de carne y alimentos.

La reforma de la política migratoria tiene que ser comprensiva. Una política migratoria que es constructiva legalizaría los millones de trabajadores inmigrantes que ya están contribuyendo a nuestra economía y sociedad, a la vez que protegería los salarios y condiciones de trabajo de todos los trabajadores—algo menos que eso lastima a todos los trabajadores.

Para mayores informes contacte a Andrea Nill al (202)-466-1591 o Luis Espinosa al 202-368-7154 o a press@ufcw.org

>*NEW* UFCW for Obama song!

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submitted by UFCW member Phillip Mesa

Hello my name is Phillip Meza and I am a proud member of UFCW local 1428 in California. I have been a member of the UFCW for 17 years now and an employee of Albertsons. I didn’t really realize how important our union was until the strike and lock-out that we went through in 2003-2004. That’s when I really got active and took true interest in the causes that our union fights for.

With my involvement in the Hip-Hop community I felt it was only fitting to express my views through music. As Mr. Picket Man, I put to music the thoughts, views and struggles into a few songs. All I hoped was to inspire those of us on the picket line the keep our heads held high and keep fighting.

Now in 2008 we are in another fight. A fight to get a man elected to the office of
President of the United States of America. That man is Barack Obama and I truly believe he is the candidate that honestly knows, shows and cares about us.

I feel in my heart that he actually knows our stories and what our lives are like as working people. It has been a long time since I have felt so trusting of a politician, but there is something in him that I Believe and I am ready for the Change that I know he can bring to this great nation.

This new song that I have done is dedicated and donated to the UFCW to express my views of Barack Obama as I pledge my vote to him. I hope that all of you would do the same. If all us as the great Union that we are would cast our vote for Barack Obama on November 4th. I am sure we will all soon be referring to him as Mr. President.

Please realize that we are not just voting for a president but that we are voting for our future.

Thank You.

“OBAMA 08″

Click to listen

>McCain’s "Health Care" Plan: Downright Spooky

>If ghosts and goblins have got your heart racing this Halloween, you’d do well to steer clear of John McCain’s health care plan. You might just die of fright.

At this point in the election season, it is hard to take in all of the information about the candidates. But if one thing grabs your attention let it be this: McCain’s plan to tax health insurance benefits is fundamentally flawed, scary, SCARY change.

If you’ve got good health insurance from your employer, under his plan, you’d be taxed on the dollar value of your coverage. To make this sound better, McCain offers a $5,000 tax break that sounds pretty good at first until you start to realize most plans are way more than $5,000. Plus, who is to say they won’t just get rid of that tax break a few years down the road once the employer-provided insurance system has been dismantled?

Above: Check out the new video from Health Care for America Now


If you don’t have insurance, good luck getting any if you’ve got any pre-existing conditions. It’s already bad enough trying to get care. Do we really need to make it worse?

Barack Obama has made health care reform a priority. He’s got a real plan for making sure American’s receive the care they need– and it doesn’t involve you paying hundreds more in taxes or trying to negotiate on your own with your insurance company.