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The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S.
The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism.
The board has said the law's protections for workers engaged in union organizing extend even to people who are not legally authorized to work in the U.S. An employer who fires an illegal immigrant worker — which is required under federal immigration law — can be sanctioned by the board if it decides the worker's union activism was the real reason for the dismissal.
Last month, Griffin instituted a new policy in which the board will "facilitate" obtaining visas for illegal immigrants if their status impedes it from pursuing a labor violation case against a business. The policy gives illegal immigrants living in the U.S. a strong incentive to engage in labor activism, because doing so will make employers reluctant to fire them and potentially get them a visa, and therefore legal status, if they are fired.
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
a reply to: smirkley
This is making the individual unaccountable for their own actions and forcing businesses to make them legal.
originally posted by: CaptainTwig
a reply to: smirkley
In my town illegals support the agriculture(a major part of our economy, but 2nd to the railroad here) 90% of them use WIC to buy groceries, Western union most of their pay to Mexico, what they have left they use on drugs, then they get arrested and deported only to come back in a week. Ohh, and they may work harder(if I was coked out I would work harder too) but not better. I could drive a tractor and fix it better than all of them after my first year working alongside them. So please tell me how they help anything?
originally posted by: olaru12
You can't just sign up and join a union because you want to...
There are restrictions and qualifications that must be met.
Meeting those qualifications and being able to pay my entrance fees and dues into SAG/AFTRA, IATSE was one of the happiest days of my life. Now I can get paid what I'm worth after the apprenticeships, journyman, and college degrees.