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UNITE HERE Statement on Pardon

  of Joe Arpaio

New York, NY – Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio is a flagrant attack on American immigrants, and an unprecedented insult on the American criminal justice system.
Joe Arpaio terrorized and harassed Latino workers, regardless of immigration status, for the six terms he served as sheriff of Maricopa County. Under him, illegal racial profiling of law-abiding citizens ran rampant in the most populated county in Arizona, and he institutionalized systematic discrimination against Latino workers across Phoenix that included frequent violations of the U.S. Constitution.
UNITE HERE is proud to have challenged his election in multiple cycles with the “Adios Arpaio” campaign focused on activating Latino voters in Maricopa County—voters who ultimately threw Arpaio out of public office last November.

Donald Trump’s pardon of convicted criminal Joe Arpaio is an attack on immigrants writ large, and shows Trump’s support for Arpaio’s illegal practices. With a dozen TPS expirations looming in the next year and the fate of DACA at imminent risk, we are deeply troubled that Trump is pardoning criminals and sympathizing with racial bigots instead of protecting the law abiding, tax-paying immigrant workers on those programs who make the American economy run, and make this country truly great.


Aug 16 2017

In response to Saturday’s domestic terror attack in Virginia and President Donald Trump’s Tuesday comments, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement:

Minnesota’s working people echo AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s condemnation of Saturday’s act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville. Our hearts go out to the families of Heather Heyer and state Troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates in their time of loss. White supremacists like Nazis, the KKK, and other so-called “alt-right” groups have long used bigotry, violence, and fear to divide working people. Minnesota’s Labor movement resolutely rejects these poisonous ideologies that have no place in our country. We call on President Trump to apologize for the comments he made on Tuesday and strongly reject the white supremacists who support him. Working people in Minnesota and across the country renew our commitment to justice and eradicating the despicable causes of hatred and intolerance.


Statement by D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE on President Trump’s Travel Ban


“With several executive orders this week, President Trump has brought shame upon the United States and its rich humanitarian legacy. He has    put the lives of refugees, most of them children, fleeing for their very lives, in danger once again. His orders barring individuals holding green    cards and visas has created a humanitarian crisis and thrown our nation’s airports into chaos. He has now established a religious test for our    Nation, in spite of his denials of the truth once again, by ordering that a Christian refugee child is more important than a Muslim refugee child. This is not only obscene, but must certainly be against the Constitution of the United States which Mr. Trump only one week ago publicly vowed to defend.    


“Mr. Trump has singled out Muslim-­‐majority countries for this ban ostensibly because they have produced terrorists who have attacked    the United States. Yet he exempts the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from which came the greatest number of these terrorists, and some other countries, where he owns businesses, in an utter conflict of interest with security of the United States. Mr. Trump’s order betrays those who assisted our Nation in the war on terror sending them back to lands where their lives are certainly at risk.    


“Trump’s orders are fundamentally inhumane and reckless. They are un-­‐American and unconstitutional. These orders can only put our Nation, our citizens, and our allies at greater risk.    


“Mr. Trump has also threatened to cut off federal funding to “sanctuary” cities, where government officials are defying the President’s anti-­‐immigrant attacks to uphold the Constitution and preserve the peace. But we commend mayors in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and beyond, who are declaring their cities sanctuary cities in defiance of Mr. Trump’s unconstitutional and immoral directives. We demand that leaders in other American cities where our members live and work do the same.       


“As the Union of hospitality workers, including thousands of workers at airports across the US, we welcome travelers and refugees from across    the globe. We are proud to serve you. For the sake of our families, the people we serve and the values our nation holds so dear, we will fight President Trump’s un-­‐American attacks on travelers from Muslim countries and immigrants of any ethnicity, race or creed.    


“In the coming days and months ahead, Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE’s General Vice President of Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity, will be leading our Union’s fight against this illegal and immoral policy.”   

More Work with Less Workers Means Increased Injury Rates

It is no secret that the hospitality industry is coming back after several difficult years, but what does that mean for the workers in this industry?

With higher workloads and fewer workers, not everyone is benefiting fully. Profits that are coming in to the hotels are coming on the backs of workers.

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Hotel Profitability Coming at Workers’ Expense