The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Some Leadership Conference members believe that future labor needs can be met through guest-worker programs that include meaningful labor protections and provide immigrant workers with a clear path to permanent residency and citizenship.
Others disagree that future flows should be addressed through a guest-worker program, and believe that future workers should be admitted as full partners into our society and our workplaces through the current "green card" employment based visa system, rather than through guest-worker programs - which they believe to be inherently exploitative.
Under either framework, any program designed to meet the proven needs of employers for new labor must fully protect the rights of both immigrant workers as well as those already here. A proposal that simply forces established workers to leave the U.S. after a short period of time will only encourage them to remain here illegally.
- Fundamental Worker Protections In Foreign Temporary Worker Programs - May 2007
- Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States - Report - Southern Poverty Law Center - 3/12/07
- LCCR Urges Congress to Reject Legislation That Would Reduce Wages of Agricultural Guestworkers - Feature Story - 11/16/01
- LCCR's Letter to Congress in Opposition to Wage Equity Act of 2001 - Advocacy Letter - 11/16/01