Organizing Immigrant Workers: Avoiding Crises and Winning

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday


Natalie Patrick-Knox, Jobs With Justice
Jimmy Williams Jr., International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Jacob Horwitz, National Guestworkes Alliance
Jessie Hahn, National Immigration Law Center
Reyna Sorto, Worker Organizing Committee, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 51
Neidi Y. Dominguez, AFL-CIO

As employers grow more and more sophisticated in their tactics to manipulate immigration enforcement as a weapon to suppress organizing, retaliation is a serious threat to organizing campaigns – and the working people who are trying to assert their rights. Bad bosses leverage their employees’ fears of deportation and often threaten workers with immigration enforcement to prevent them from speaking up on the job. In this session, we will discuss existing protections and tactics that have been used successfully to thwart immigration-based retaliation and will also practice that strategy in an activity.



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January 7, 2016