Today in Labor History: April 22; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: April 222015.04.20-history-hazel-dickens
Songwriter, musician and activist Hazel Dickens dies at age 75. Among her songs: “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Working Girl Blues.”  Cultural blogger John Pietaro: “Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause” – 2011
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Member Tip: Immigration Laws

Labor unions, immigrant advocacy groups, and employers have fought for years over what federal law should say about employers hiring workers who are not U.S. citizens.  The battle is an important one because of how such laws can encourage tensions and conflicts among workers based on their nationality or how they can stand in the way of discriminatory employment decisions based on national origin.  To control the hiring of undocumented workers, federal law—and possibly your union contract—sets forth requirements as to what personal identification documents your employer can insist upon seeing, and when.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer