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UFCW Local 540 Hosts Immigration Workshop

On January 23-25, UFCW Local 540 hosted an immigration workshop and informational session with more than 50 attendees as part of the UFCW’s Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN). During the workshop, participants discussed President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration known as Deferred Action for Parents (DAP), along with learning about the naturalization process and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The session was run by UFCW Executive Vice President and Director of the Civil Rights and Community Action Department Esther López.

In November, the President put the DAP program in place to remove the threat of deportation for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Many UFCW local unions are hosting similar forums to help members determine whether they qualify, gather necessary documentation, prescreen their applications, and answer important legal questions.

The naturalization and citizenship part of the training provided participants with the platform to learn about the critical skills and tools needed to assist eligible UFCW members and their families to go through the naturalization process to become U.S. citizens. In addition to learning about the naturalization process, participants were also trained to provide assistance to workers or their family members who qualify for immigration benefits under the Obama Administration’s June 2012 memorandum on DACA.

For more information about DAP, visit www.ufcw.org/immigrationaction. If you are interested in sample documents that can help in this process, please contact Amy Gray atagray@ufcw.org. In addition, DAP flyers in English and Spanish are available on the UFCW Political Toolkit at www.ufcwtoolkit.com.

If your local union is interested in hosting a training or taking advantage of upcoming immigration training opportunities, please contact Eduardo Peña at epena@ufcw.org.

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UFCW President Hansen Statement in Response to Grand Jury Decision in the Death of Michael Brown

UFCWnewsWASHINGTON, D.C. Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

“Today, first and foremost, we mourn for our sister Lesley McSpadden, a member of UFCW Local 88, who got neither justice nor peace for the death of her son. The simple truth is that there are too many Michael Brown’s in America needlessly having their lives cut short and we in the labor movement have a responsibility to take action. This tragic case must spark a renewed discussion about race, class, and inequality. We can no longer afford to sweep these important issues under the rug because they might make some people uncomfortable. We must be a force for good jobs, safe streets, and justice under the law. We need to take a hard look at all of our social and political institutions and ask whether they are really serving the common good. The grand jury decision was the end of a process, but it also must be the beginning of a conversation. We owe that to the Brown family, the community of Ferguson, and our entire nation.”

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.

 

UFCW OUTreach Hear from LGBT Leaders During Executive Board Meeting

outreach-300x210UFCW’s LGBT constituency group OUTreach held their executive board meeting on November 12-13. During the meetings, executive board members heard from numerous leaders in the LGBT community. Speakers included Mara Keisling, Executive Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Jerame Davis, Executive Director for the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work, Daniel Pino from the National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce, and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

Following the numerous presentations, OUTreach’s executive board mapped out goals and actions for 2015. Some of them include attending the Creating Change conference, focusing on the relationships between the labor and LGBT communities, fighting for LGBT workers’ rights in the workplace, and learning more about transgender issues.