They’ve survived hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and civil wars – but now Donald Trump plans to throw them out of the U.S.
But not if the nation’s construction unions can help it.
“They” are some 329,000 people who have entered the U.S. since the start of this century on “Temporary Protected Status,” or TPS. They’re not permanent residents, they’re not undocumented workers, they don’t hold green cards and they have to keep reapplying to stay here.
They work legitimately and openly in the U.S., and many are construction union members. Ejecting them would slam workers and hurt unions, say leaders of the building trades, who are lobbying Congress and the administration this week to allow their members to work at their jobs and have time with their families.
On today's labor calendar, the film "From The Land of Gandhi" screens free at the Shirlington Busboys and Poets tonight, with director Prakash Wadhwa.
Complete details -- and the latest labor events -- on our website, dclabor.org, click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin Roosevelt, who said:
“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.”
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