Building Worker Strength Through Immigration Reform
During the convention, Local 721 spearheaded support for "Comprehensive Immigration Reform that values the contribution of immigrants" and called for a process to bring "dignity and respect" to all workers. SEIU moved to promote the urgent need to provide a Temporary Protected Status for Guatemalans workers based on the "devastating environmental and economic damage" their country has endured since early 2010.
I am proud and honored to be part of a union that opposes unrealistic, punitive, anti-immigrants measures and calls for the full legalization and integration of immigrants into our society. I left the convention motivated and convinced that worker-based movements are crucial to developing a more equitable society that stands on the two pillars of dignity and respect for all.
Deputy Public Conservator/Administrator
Office of the Public Guardian
LA County Department of Mental Health