Unionists at the confab included a large delegation from the CWA, a former top Unite Here activist, and AFL-CIO officials Liz Shuler and Tefere Gebre.
"We see 20 percent of our workforce being deported; half of Texas' construction workers are undocumented."
"For far too long, our rigged immigration system has allowed employers to drive down wages and working conditions in our country."
Trumka called on Obama to prioritize protecting human rights, addressing public corruption and impunity, reducing growing inequality and building shared prosperity.
Unions and their allies must "connect the dots" between gummed-up congressional rules and the lack of legislation that helps workers, voters, women and their allies.
"Corporations are people in America and can run orchestrated campaigns to destroy working people. That's what gets me mad!"
"When they have sounded the alarm our members faced retaliation and intimidation. No one should have to choose between keeping their job and speaking out about threats to patient care."
We are declaring here and now that the labor movement is going to focus like a laser beam on raising wages for all American workers, union and non-union," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters today.
Resolution 5: "The AFL-CIO hereby invites every worker in the United States to join the labor movement either through an affiliate or through Working America."
"Our nation's basic labor law, the National Labor Relations Act, no longer fulfills its promise to U.S. workers," the AFL-CIO said in a bold resolution passed during the federation's convention.