Whereas, there is an attack on immigrant workers documented and undocumented in the United States and NAFTA has been used to pit US workers against Mexican workers to benefit multi-national Corporations from the US and around the world, and
Whereas, the escalating attack on immigrant workers and people of color is a threat to all workers and organized labor in the United States, the immigrant community and their children in schools are being terrorized by ICE and the racist attacks on immigrants, and
Whereas, NAFTA has been used to privatize railroads, telecom, oil, education and the dismantling of Mexico’s agricultural industry causing forced migration of 18 million people from their homelands in Mexico. The US and other multi-nationals Corporations have colluded with the Mexican government using NAFTA to prevent unionization at the 1500 maquiladora factories in Mexico, and
Whereas, the privatization of land has forced hundreds of thousands of indigenous people off their indigenous homeland as many as 80,000 farmworkers and their families forced to move outside their communities, towns, cities, and Northern states to find work often under horrible inhumane working conditions that are designed to enslave people/workers, like the Driscoll’s corporation in Baja, Mexico and other subsidiary farms, and
Whereas, the Trump administration is increasing the militarization of the border of the United States and Mexico that is dividing families and children from their parents, relatives, and grandparents who have not been in reachable contact in many cases over 20 years, and
Whereas, the Trump administration has said that the Mexican people are responsible for for the failure of NAFTA, and the US will renegotiate NAFTA allowing US multi-nationals and businesses to expand, exploit, and renegotiate this agreement without the input of unions, human rights environmental organization groups, and health and welfare coalitions to improve the agreement, rather the Trump administration will use this opportunity to further attack workers in Mexico, US, and Canada, and
Whereas, the same companies and multi-nationals that pushed NAFTA will be in charge of renegotiating NAFTA to benefit these same corporations and to further the expansion of the “Guest Workers” programs, and to further privatization and deregulation without the input of unions, and workers, and
Whereas, labor should support the unification of workers in Mexico, US, and Canada against the same multi-nationals and union busters that are weakening workers in the world, and the US labor force should call for the cancellation of NAFTA and for the nationalization of property and lands expropriated from the people of Mexico, and
Therefore Be It Resolved, the US unions need to support full unionization of workers in Mexico and Canada by building direct worker-solidarity by enforcing actions and international strike-actions in US, Mexico, and Canada as all three countries are under attack, and working for the same multi-nationals, thus preventing NAFTA to be “reformed” to benefit global multi-nationals thieving off the poorest labor force in particular Mexico, US, and Canada no longer, and
Be It Further Resolved, LCLAA Sacramento calls for united solidarity action of workers in Mexico, United States, and Canada for the cancellation of NAFTA, and calls for an end to the massive ICE attacks on immigrant workers documented and undocumented in the US, and
Be It Further Resolved, an international conference as part of http://www.laborfest.net/ on the need for unity of US, Mexican and Canadian workers and people on July 29, 2017 in Sacramento and LCLAA Sacramento calls for all California LCLAA chapters, unions, Labor Councils, immigrant rights organizations, LGBTQ, environmental, women’s, student, religious faith,Civil & human rights organizations to support and join this conference and,
Be It Further Resolved, LCLAA Sacramento calls for concurrence of this resolution by the Sacramento Labor Council and all affiliated bodies.
Introduced by: Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
(LCLAA-AFL-CIO)— Sacramento Chapter.
Endorsed by Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO