In a fiery speech on Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the national labor federation and its affiliates stand “shoulder to shoulder” with immigrant workers. “There is power in our union, power big enough to transform this country,” Trumka declared. “You are critical to the future of the American labor movement.” Last year, for the first time in recent history, the organized labor movement joined hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers around the country to celebrate May Day as immigrant workers’ day. This year, Trumka took a step closer to reclaiming U.S. labor history when he told the day laborers assembly, “We will celebrate May Day as a day to recognize the rights of immigrants and the rights of workers.” – 02.23.2012

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