Latino Workers in the United States 2011 Report and Awards Luncheon
On behalf of the National Executive Board, Membership and Staff of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), I want to express our gratitude for supporting us at LCLAA’s Awards Luncheon and release of the report “Latino Workers in the United States, 2011.”
Thanks to generous contributions from labor unions and corporations we were able to host our event at the beautiful and historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. On April 6, 2011 we were joined by over 200 leaders representing 24 labor unions and workers organizations, 22 national Latino, immigrant and research institutions, and 9 corporations..
As we share with you the report “Latino Workers in the United States,” we hope that in your capacity, our findings will serve as a resource as you work within your unions to better integrate Latinos in your organizing strategies and advance policies that improve the conditions of diverse communities throughout the nation.
We are indebted to our inspiring awardees and speakers: Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and the DREAMers. Their everyday work on behalf of the nation’s workers, youth, and the Latino community invigorate our fight for social justice. The speeches of Sec. Solis and Pres. Trumka highlighted the vulnerabilities of Latino and undocumented workers and the importance of the passage of the DREAM Act. Their message of unity among Latino workers and unions reminds us that an attack on one is an attack on all.
We firmly believe that Latinos and unions can grow and prosper if they work together. As the numbers indicate, Latinos are changing the face of our workforce and our communities. As we educate and build support for labor unions within the Latino community, your leadership and support is vital to our efforts. It is our collective work and discussions that will bring us closer to resolving the challenges that working families face every day.
Again, thank you for your support and commitment to LCLAA’s work.