WSLC Immigrant and Worker Justice toolkit launch Nov. 9
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO invites and encourages all to attend a special Lunch and Learn event celebrating the official launch of the WSLC’s new Immigration and Worker Justice Toolkit. The event via Zoom will be at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and is sponsored by the WSLC Labor & Immigration Committee, APALA Seattle, and the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center. Click here to register and receive the Zoom link.
This toolkit was designed by the WSLC Labor & Immigration Committee to provide documented and undocumented workers, worker advocates and union leaders with the resources and support they need to create a just and fair future for immigrants in Washington state and across the United States.
“We are very proud to provide this new resource to help unions and union members advocate effectively for immigrants and for inclusive worker justice,” said WSLC President Larry Brown. “We thank our Labor Immigration standing committee for creating this toolkit at the request of our affiliates. It is truly a collaborative effort between the WSLC, its affiliates and our community allies that are engaged in fighting for immigrant workers’ rights.”
The Immigrant and Worker Justice Toolkit was created in response to Resolution #14, approved by WSLC delegates in 2019.
Many immigrant workers lack necessary protections to prevent and combat workplace abuse, and the immigrant community is particularly vulnerable to abuse from employers who take advantage of their documentation status. The work of immigrant justice is to ensure that immigrants are treated fairly, equally, and with dignity. As long as there is differential and discriminatory treatment of workers, regardless of there documentation or status, all workers suffer.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a systemic undervaluing of essential work in this country,” said WSLC Secretary Treasurer April Sims. “The majority of these frontline jobs are performed by women and people of color, many of whom not only face structural racism, but also threats and exploitation due to our inhumane, broken immigration system. We all have a role in addressing these failures and the WSLC’s new Immigrant and Worker Justice Toolkit will help us do that effectively.”
Please RSVP to attend the Nov. 9 Lunch and Learn event on the Immigrant and Worker Justice Toolkit.
If you have questions or need more information, contact the WSLC’s Ingrid Chapman via email.
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