Translated from El Universal

A total of 32 union leaders of 18 U.S. districts gathered in the Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE), during the first informative day, whose objective is to generate clear dialogue among them and the government of Mexico.

With the encounter, that initiated on May 1 and will conclude on the 14, the government of Mexico intends to reinforce dialogue with union leaders that routinely fight for the labor rights of the Mexican immigrants in the United States, looking to identify themes of common interest and areas of cooperation.

In a communiqué, the chancellery added that it is “of particular interest to know about the work carried out by the unions, given the important presence that the Mexican workers have in the United States”.

He emphasized that according to recent data from the Migration Policy Institute, 85.7 percent of the Mexican immigrants in the United States of 16 years or more of age, are part of the labor force.

In the case of the men, 40 percent work in the construction sector, extraction and transportation, and 21 percent in the service sector; while 37 percent of the women work in the service sector and 16 percent in the manufacturing sector.

The SRE added that currently the American unions constitute one of the main supporters in favor of reforming the immigration status of the six million undocumented Mexicans.

Besides, entire trade unions, such as the construction workers, hotel cleaners and restaurants workers, have increased their membership mostly from the growing union organization of the Mexican immigrants.

Some of the participants were Gabriela Lemus, the first woman named Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

Also attending was Moises Zavala, member of the Executive Board of United Food and Commercial Workers International, and Sergio Rascon, from the Executive Meeting of Los Angeles from the Chapter of the Latin-American Council for Labor Improvement, among others.


Sergio Rascon General Mngr Local 300
Contact: SERGIO RASCON
Address: 2005 W PICO BLVD
Los Angeles, California 90006-5010
Phone #: 213-385-9212
Abbreviation : LIUNA
Local Number : Local 300
http://www.unions.org/home/v-20776-5-LIUNA-.htm

Moises Zavala is a member of the Local 881 Executive Board
Local 881 phone: 217-544-0555.
http://www.local881ufcw.org/881%20Officers/881%20Officers.html

Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus is the Executive Director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Dr. Lemus is the first woman to be selected as the Executive Director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. She is Co-Chair of the National Latino Coalition for Climate Change (NLCCC). She was formerly Director of Policy and Legislation at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Prior to which, Dr. Lemus was an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego. While at LULAC, Dr. Lemus founded the LULAC Democracy Initiative Voter Project, a national Hispanic civic participation campaign focused on voter education and registration. Currently, in her work at LCLAA, Dr. Lemus advocates policy that benefits Latino workers and families, including trade, immigration, Social Security and Medicare reform, US-Latin American relations, immigration and ending border militarization and vigilantism among others. She is the founder of Latinos for a Secure Retirement ? a campaign to fight the privatization of Social Security. Under both the Clinton and Bush administrations, she was invited to travel to Nicaragua and Argentina to promote democracy and civil society participation. Dr. Lemus has been an outspoken advocate for Latino issues appearing in both English and Spanish language media outlets, including CNN, CNN en Español, NBC?s Hardball, Fox?s Neil Cavuto, Univision and NBC-Telemundo among others. She received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Miami in 1998.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gabriela-d-lemus-and-hector-e-sanchez/

6 Responses to “Mexican Government Meets With U.S. Union Leaders”
  1. SandmanNo Gravatar says:

    Unions will take on anybody just to have a support base and play the numbers game. Here in Texas, Unions are very weak and they just do not have a voice like they do in other places, esp. in the N.E. and Midwest. I know some union guys (Pipefitters, Electricians etc) and although they dislike the invasion as much as the next guy, they all seem to follow the lead of their Union leaders and will not question the motives. They also believe that a Democrat President will save their butts through the Unions.

  2. 1MadmommaNo Gravatar says:

    “SIX MILLION UNDOCUMENTED MEXICANS” GIVE ME A FRIGGEN BREAK! HOW ABOUT 30 MILLION! THAT WOULD BE CLOSER TO THE TRUTH.

  3. FayeNo Gravatar says:

    Do you ever wonder where they get all their statistics since we supposedly can’t identify who is illegal?

  4. ChinaWallNo Gravatar says:

    You are right Sandman,

    Americans of today as whole will sellout for money. Those of us who have say five or more generations here are not immigrants, we will stand and continue to stand.
    This is not a proud country of immigrants, we are Americans, YES we are natives, yes I have the blood and DNA of many but Americans do not belong to those countries, so whom ever is here is American or they are anti-American no gray areas allowed. If you have pride as a Mexican, I will give you a compass where you can find your way South and I hope you do it before I get mad.

    My super great was sent over by the King of England to establish settlements in a wild country not legally belonging to anyone. Now we have a legally binding Constitution and Borders. We will reserve the right to allow whom we may and reject whom we may, this includes commerce and politicians.

    Many lands have changed occupation hundreds of times over thousands of years. Each time they were called invaders and if they won, they were and are called conquers.

    We are Conquers and have prevailed.

    The Mexicans have lost to every war save the ones we kicked invaders out of their country to keep our country safer. Cinco de Myao is one of those days.

  5. ChinaWallNo Gravatar says:

    A citizen of America legally has to denonce their country of origin and if they do not they are in rebellion and braking the statutes of their oath to the Constitution of The United States of America.
    An illegal aliens has not given that pledge nor their family and are in contrempt.

  6. joNo Gravatar says:

    #4 &5

    My super great was sent over by the King of England to establish settlements in a wild country not legally belonging to anyone.

    i bet the people who occupied this real estate and those who know the REAL history of this country would totally disagree with your inflamitory misstatement.

    A citizen of America legally has to denonce their country of origin and if they do not they are in rebellion and braking the statutes of their oath to the Constitution of The United States of America.

    have you not heard of dual citizenship? we even have a governor who hold such status. it is not illegal. his name is arnold and the state is california and they are trying to get rid of the law that says he can’t be president, but if they don’t, i believe he will settle for the title of king!

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