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Immigrant and Refugee Workers Rising is Sept. 17 in Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging its leaders, staff and rank-and-file members of its affiliated unions, constituency groups and worker centers to attend the WSLC’s Immigrant and Refugee Workers Rising and the Future of the Labor Movement. This summit will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at Skagit Valley College, 2405 E. College Way in Mount Vernon, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register here to attend.

This summit is part of the immigration rights work the WSLC has undertaken since passage of 2019’s Resolution #14, which included creation of the WSLC’s Labor Immigration Committee and the creation of the WSLC’s Immigrant and Worker Justice Toolkit, which provides documented and undocumented workers, worker advocates and union leaders the resources and support they need to create a just and fair future for immigrants in the U.S.

Please share this flier for the Sept. 17 conference and urge members of your union to attend.

The summit agenda will feature keynote speakers Brenda Rodriguez Lopez, Executive Director of the Washington Immigration Solidarity Network, and Alfredo Juarez, worker and union member of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, plus the following workshops:

  • Injury2All Campaign Toolkit
  • Organizing and Bargaining for Racial Justice, Immigrant Justice, and Equity in the
  • Know Your Rights with Immigration Officials and ICE
  • Welcoming and Empowering Multiple Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Our Unions

See the event webpage for details about the agenda, workshops, and more.

The WSLC is excited to be able to gather in person for this event. The health and safety of all in attendance is the top priority, therefore the WSLC has implemented COVID-19 safety protocols and will require that everyone in attendance wear a mask. KN95 masks will be available at registration/check-in.

Thank you to this summit’s planning committee, which includes local unions, constituency groups and worker centers such as AFT WA, APALA, Casa Latina, Cement Masons Local 528, Drivers Union, Familias Unidas, Iron Workers 86, LCLAA, LIUNA, MLK Labor, NW Carpenters, OPEIU 8, SEA, SEIU 6, SEIU 775, SEIU State Council, Teamsters 117, UAW 4121, UFCW 3000, WAISN, WA LERC and WFSE Interpreters United.

For more information about Immigrant & Refugee Workers Rising and the Future of the Labor Movement, email Dulce Gutiérrez, the WSLC’s Union, Community and Naturalization Organizer.

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