----- Original Message ----- From: Liza Featherstone <lfeather32 at erols.com> To: <lbo-talk at lists.panix.com> Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2000 12:14 PM Subject: Re: UNITE Negotiates Seniority for Illegals (even after deportation)
> Is it just me, or is this kind of a racial slur? Not the factoid, which is
> kind of interesting, but the commentary
> sorry if this sounds schoolmistressy,
> >From: Tom Lehman <uswa12 at Lorainccc.edu>
> >To: lbo-talk at lists.panix.com
> >Subject: Re: UNITE Negotiates Seniority for Illegals (even after
> >Date: Thu, Mar 9, 2000, 8:48 AM
> >I came across an interesting little factoid. The population of El
> >during the Marxist insurrection of the 1980's in El Salvador, doubled.
> >population doubled!
> >Sounds like they are having a fuckin' good time down there in Latino
> >Maybe Brad should re-vise his stats.
> >Tom Lehman
> >Nathan Newman wrote:
> >> >From today's NYT, a really progressive approach to undocumented
> >> actually putting protections in the union contract.
> >> March 9, 2000
> >> I.N.S. Looks the Other Way on Illegal Immigrant Labor
> >> NY TIMES
> >> The commercial laundry industry in Chicago, where Mr. Silva works,
> >> benefits from the Immigration Service's live-and-let-work approach.
> >> companies wash and iron the city's hospital and restaurant linens,
> >> sheets and towels, and factory uniforms. Half of their 2,800 employees
> >> illegal immigrants, mainly Hispanics, according to Unite, the union
> >> organized most of them in recent months.
> >> Last fall, Unite negotiated contracts that recognized the illegal
> >> some workers, and shielded them. One clause requires an employer to bar
> >> I.N.S. raid unless the agents have a search warrant. And a company must
> >> notify the union if it gets wind of a coming raid.
> >> "Sometimes I did not want to go to work," Mr. Silva said. "I saw
> >> TV of immigration raids and people being led away and I worried that
> >> happen to me. Now the union contract is reassuring, and I no longer see
> >> raids on television."
> >> A third clause states that when former employees are rehired with new
> >> papers -- even new names -- after their original documents are found to
> >> false, they retain their seniority and resume their old pay level.
> >> Union scale goes as high as $8.75 an hour.