America’s labor unions are preparing to “take advantage” of Obama’s executive action on immigration by reportedly launching a new recruiting push aimed at soon-to-be newly “legal” workers.
FoxNews reported that The Washington Examiner’s Byron York appeared on “America’s Newsroom” on Friday to explain:
“The unions would get the benefit in two ways. If a newly legalized immigrant would join unions, of course, they’d be paying dues.” he said.
“And, even though they can’t vote – they’re not citizens – they can provide some of the muscle — the political muscles that unions flex – during campaigns. They can knock on doors, work in phone banks, do all sorts of things that unions do in every election cycle.”
Labor groups including the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, and United Food & Commercial Workers have begun reaching out to immigrants covered by the president’s executive order.
They are training organizers, partnering with community groups and churches for recruitment, and using the Internet to inform immigrants about their protected status NewMax reports.
One union leader, Tom Balanoff of SEIU, told the Associated Press that he hopes one effect of the president’s order is that “more workers will come forward and want to organize.”
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