Employer Sanctions Workshop
Date: Sunday April 1st, 2012
immigration status to suppress organizing efforts across a range of industries and how workers have managed to assert their rights.
Presenters will include workers of the YES car service in Queens who have successfully organized documented and undocumented workers despite violent opposition. Other presenters will include members of Chinese Staff and Workers Association and National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, immigration attorney Sonia Lin, as well as legal workers and organizers who have witnessed how immigration laws, nominally intended to target bad employers, have been used to disenfranchise workers. The meeting will include a growing coalition of organizations coming together to achieve the right to organize for all workers.
As we approach May 1st and find ways of working together across the barriers which have served to fracture working class movements, we must look closely at the structural impediments to organizing. The slogan of the May 1st Coalition, "Legalize, Unionize, Organize," must be elaborated to find concrete ways of working together beyond previous divisions of the left. The repeal of Employer Sanctions is a crucial starting point for re-invigoration of working class organizing.