250+ Immigrant Workers to Hit DC for Workers’ Rights

Contact: Stephen Boykewich, NGA, 718-791-9162, stephen@guestworkeralliance.org

250+ Immigrant Workers to Hit DC for Workers’ Rights, Inclusive Reform, End to Deportations

Amid State of the Union and Senate hearing on immigration, workers raise voices for labor protections and right to organize in immigration reform

Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2012On Feb. 12, the day of the President’s State of the Union address, guestworkers who exposed forced labor in Louisiana, reconstruction workers from post-Sandy New York, raided factory workers from Chicago, Palermo pizza workers, day laborers, domestic workers, and 250 other immigrant workers will gather in Washington for two days to expose the impact of deportations and push for workers’ rights principles to be included in any immigration reform.

The Feb. 12-13 events will kick off efforts nationwide to ensure that immigrant workers themselves shape immigration reform. Workers will raise their voices to defend and advance their labor and civil rights, including the right to organize and POWER Act protections against employer retaliation.

Many of the workers are currently in deportation proceedings, such as the Southern 32, a group of immigrant labor organizers and civil rights defenders. Others include guestworkers who exposed forced labor at Walmart supplier CJ’s Seafood. Workers will press for an end to deportations, and for strong labor protections that advance rights at the workplace instead of undermining them.

The workers are being brought together by the United Workers Congress, a national alliance of independent worker organizations including the National Guestworker Alliance.

In addition to the list of events below, interviews are available upon request.


February 12, 8:00pm – State of the Union Watch Party

Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009


February 13, 8:30am – Attendance at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

224 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


February 13, 1pm – Worker Forum with Rep. Luis Gutierrez

House Visitor Center, HVC 215, E St NW & 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20230


The National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) is a membership organization of guestworkers organizing in labor camps across the United States to win dignified conditions, just migration policy, and new rights and protections for all workers.

The United Workers Congress (UWC) is an alliance of workers that are by law or by practice excluded from the right to organize in the United States. UWC is a project of Unity, an alliance of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Jobs with Justice, National Day Labor Organizing NetworkNational Domestic Worker Alliance, National Guestworker Alliance, and Right to the City Alliance

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