AFL-CIO urges unions to join in disaster reflief

By James Parks
AFL-CIO Now Blog

The AFL-CIO today called for the United States and the entire international community, including the global union movement, to “do our utmost to aid our Haitian sisters and brothers in their moment of extraordinary need.”

You can help Haitian workers in distress by donating tothe AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers’ Campaign. Click here to make a donation and here to learn more about how the center is working to help Haitian workers. (More donations options are on the AFL-CIO blog site.)

In a joint statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker called on Congress to grant humanitarian relief in the form of temporary protected status to Haitians who are in the United States.

It would be inhumane to send people back to a country utterly incapable of taking care of its own population.

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