More than 80 union leaders learned about theeconomic contributions of the metro-area immigrant workforce – and how unions can protect their members in both the workplace and the community – at the Metro Washington Council’s day of training and workshops last Friday. The day was capped off by a panel discussion featuring DC City Council members Elissa Silverman and Vincent Gray, Montgomery County Council member NancyNavarro and SEIU 32BJ Area Director Jaime Contreras. The panel discussed policies and efforts underway locally to respond to the current anti-immigrant climate. “The training was really worthwhile," said participant David Fernandez-Barrial, a shop steward for AFSCME 2910. "I think it will do much to spread awareness and help our immigrant sisters and brothers in these rough times." The Metro Council last month passed a strong resolution of support for immigrant workers and families, and is committed to organizing more events and programs around the issue, said Metro Council Executive Director Carlos Jimenez. “Friday’s training was a successful first step.” Check out our streaming video here. photo by Chris Garlock/Union City
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