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Resolution #8: A Broad, Inclusive, and Effective Labor Movement

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WHEREAS, more than 1 million hardworking men and women face a real risk of having their status and work permits under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) stripped away, and,

WHEREAS, since our nation’s founding, immigrants and refugees have enriched the fabric of our communities, our workforce and our labor movement. Like it was for generations of immigrants before us, the labor movement is the natural home for new immigrants struggling to achieve economic security and win social justice, and our commitment to building an immigration system that represents the needs and interests of all working people is fierce and unwavering, and,

WHEREAS, the only way to stop the race to the bottom in wages and standards is for working people of all races, religions and immigration status to stand together and demand an end to policies that put profits over people, and,

WHEREAS, the entire workforce suffers when millions struggle to support their families without a way to speak up on the job, and ramping up fear in our workplaces only serves to increase exploitation. Instead of deporting immigrants, we need to ensure that all working people have rights on the job and are able to exercise them without fear of retaliation, and,

WHEREAS, enacting meaningful immigration reform is critical to our long-term efforts to lift labor standards and empower workers, and,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Indiana State AFL-CIO, will continue to stand in solidarity with all working people and calls for enshrining the DACA protections established by the administration of President Obama in legislation so that the DREAMERS can be assured of their place in our American community.

Submitted by: Tony Flora, Vice President, Indiana AFL-CIO, NALC