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Teamsters in New York City are doing what unions always do: protecting their workers on the job. And now that includes protecting members who might have run-ins with ICE, because that’s what standing up for workers’ rights is all about. The Daily News has this nifty story on ongoing training sessions aimed at making the Teamsters a “sanctuary union” — though we’re not entirely sure that’s the Teamsters’ name for what they’re doing, or some creative license by the NYDN:

In 27 shops, business agents, supervisors and front-line workers are getting schooled on their rights under U.S. law — and when and how to challenge federal immigration agents who show up to search their work sites.

The training sessions go into detail on ICE procedures, the law, immigrants’ rights, and how to negotiate contracts with employers that will maximize protection for workers if ICE shows up at a job site. The union started offering the training after Teamster Eber Garcia Vasquez, 54, whose spouse is a citizen and who has three US-born kids, was deported to Guatemala after going to an ICE office for what he thought was a routine annual check-in last August. Vasquez had a clean criminal record, and his wife and one son had both applied to sponsor him for a green card. Tough luck said ICE, and off he went, because America is for Not Union white people now.

Furious Teamsters picketed outside 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan, demanding Garcia be returned home. “We were all appalled at what happened to Eber,” Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda told the Daily News at a sanctuary training meeting last week.

“Eber is part of our family — we in the Teamsters rely on each other to get through the tough times,” he said.

Roughly a third of Teamsters members — 40,000 — are immigrants. Miranda said that fear of deportation — or just being hassled — had motivated the union to train union locals on how to lawfully protect their members. It’s that whole solidarity thing, said Miranda:

“When we’re out on strike, we’re all the same on the picket line — what matters is that you’re a Teamster, and fighting with us.

At one class, trainer Luba Cortés explained the difference between a judicial warrant, which has the name of a court and a judge on it, and allows law enforcement to conduct a search, and an administrative warrant, which ICE agents often show to convince job site supervisors to let ICE search a workplace. It says “warrant” on it, after all, even though it’s only been signed by an ICE supervisor and doesn’t actually empower agents to search anything. But once you invite them in to search, they’ll be happy to root around and question workers.

One of the Teamsters attending the class, Mike Spinelli of Local 553, said immigrant members of his local who work at a dairy farm on Long Island were shaken by ICE’s recent mass raids at 7-Eleven stores across the country:

“We deliver all the dairy to all the 7-Eleven stores in the city — you can imagine how scared some of these guys are,” he said. “It’s a scary time in general, and we’re hoping this can help the workers feel prepared and help protect them — and also so employers know they don’t have to just roll over.”

Cortés emphasized that supervisors and employers aren’t obliged to do any more than comply with the exact legal requests made by ICE:

“You are not obligated to turn over extra information if authorities come looking for a certain person,” she said. “You don’t have to say, ‘Oh, he’s not here but you can find him at the corner store,’ or offer to look up a home address or things like that.”

The training also focuses on winning agreements in contracts that will maximize worker protections, as suggested in a six-page negotiation guide distributed during one class by Legal Aid attorney Richard Blum. Unions can demand that employers will comply with immigration law, but do nothing beyond what’s absolutely required in dealing with ICE. Contracts could also require notification of a union representative after an enforcement action, and job security for immigrant workers, such as

“a guarantee that if a worker is required to get more paperwork, they be given the maximum time available, and returned with full seniority. Or if they can’t return, they get severance, things like that.”

Another local leader, Vinnie Marino, briefly apologized for having a name straight from a screenplay before saying one of his members is a Dreamer who was brought to the US when the kid was ten, and is constantly afraid ICE will come for him despite his current protected status under DACA:

“He’s a great kid, 22 years old, works really hard and shows up on time every day,” said Marino, whose truck-driving members supply the city’s bars, hotels, restaurants and stores with wine and liquor.

“He has to check in with authorities every two years and this last time they gave him a really hard time — we had to get a lawyer involved,” he said. “He got through it, but he has to do it again fairly soon, and the lawyer said there’s not much she can do. He’s just living in limbo and terrified he’ll get deported.”

We can only imagine how this will get spun on Fox News: Union thugs helping illegal immigrants? Don’t they know Those People are all out to take their jobs, behead them, or both? What is this crazy world coming to when a union starts thinking solidarity applies to people who clearly don’t belong in America?

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  • Ellie

    Oh you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the Union…

  • Hey, I belong to the UWNP

    Union of Wearing No Pants.

    • RickyG

      Union suit or GTFO! 💪

    • Villago Delenda Est

      So you’re just another screaming minion of the mommy blog.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      After paying the monthly dues, I could no longer afford to wear pants.

    • BearsEarsDeLaOursistance

      Local 69?

  • Manhattan123

    I’d like to see a couple of New York Teamsters run into Jeff Sessions. In a union truck.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    New York Teamsters Going All ‘Sanctuary Union’ To Protect Members From ICE Goon Squads

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24VmBWMkPyM

    • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

      What happened to Eno?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Goon squad took him away.

    • Monsieur_Grumpe

      This guy is my guitar idol.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        ” If you know you have an unpleasant nature and dislike people, this is no obstacle to work.” — Hååden Two

  • RickyG

    This is all because ICE agents are too afraid to go after actual bad hombres, isn’t it? Profiles in Courage.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Or too busy scamming immigrants.

      • RickyG

        That too.

    • Anna Rompage

      Yep, just like how law enforcement used to go after the pot heads instead of the meth & coke dealers

  • Well, you can’t spell Xenophobic Goons without the letters in Union Thug…

    (me good not with anagrams)

  • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

    OT Maybe today would be good to start doing something about guns and schools.

    No? Too late, again?

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Don’t politicize it. THoughts and prayers only, Dude

    • PubOption

      Florida student or Florida man?

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Is it wrong that after every 3 months, I start wondering if we’re past due another shooting massacre????

      • PubOption

        I suppose today’s shooting is the second St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

    • IMPOed

      Too Soon!

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Is it time to talk about guns?

    • Snowbound Ron

      Hmm. Is it too soon or too late? My watch has stopped.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    The only union the Republicans recognize is the one slave owning states started that one time.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      and cop unions- they love them

      • TJ Barke

        NRA also, too.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      And then only a union between one man and one woman, like the bible says, probably somewhere.

  • Me not sure
  • Shibusa

    It’s admirable the way the Long Island Dairy Famers Union members are doing what they can for udders.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      We are not cowed by terrible puns.

      • C.W. St. John Nobbs

        You people are gonna milk this thread for all it’s worth, aincha?

        • Skeptical_thinker

          We cud, but I’m willing to moove on.

          • C.W. St. John Nobbs

            Cheese-us christ on a saltine, it never ends.

        • Snowbound Ron

          The steaks ARE awfully high.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          That’s no bull.

        • folderol

          I heard it on the bovine: how much longer is the beef line?

        • Querolous

          We hoof to.

          • Even my cat’ll throw puns around, and repeat them until I admit she’s been herd.

    • Shanzgood (14 Days!)

      Let me just horn in on this.

    • La forza del resistino

      Let’s hope now cows were injured during the raid as they can get Wobbly when stressed and prone to tipping over.

  • onedollarjuana

    Hmmm. Ironical

  • “Illegals join Unions and vote only for Dems” cries a party that covers up the assistance of Mother Russia to install Donnie the Idiot.

  • TJ Barke

    Solidarity forever.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Is this the revolution?
    Cause I am ready and so is Pokey the Pitch Fork.

  • Miles Monroe

    Hopefully, the training also covered “Not Voting For Corrupt Incompetent Assholes Who Advocate Shit Like This”, because we’re pretty sure more than a few Teamsters did.

  • Nockular cavity

    Yes, but what do working-class Americans think about this?

  • La forza del resistino

    Solidarity baby. It works and is last refuge for the working stiff. Remember when Reagan cheered Lech Walesa’s cry of Solidarity in cold war Poland. That is St Ronnie to you, Donald.

    • yyyaz

      Enemy of his enemy. Braindead Ron also broke the Air Traffic Controllers union singlehandedly.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        And that put the downfall of organized labor in high gear. Once management saw PATCO get taken down, knowing that most of those air traffic controllers were ex military republicans, they realized the floodgates were now officially open and it was open season on the rest of organized labor. In fact, that’s why Saint Ronnie targeted them first- if even they were vulnerable, the rest were toast (except cops- who the rat bastards still need as hired muscle)

      • La forza del resistino

        Reagan did more damage to US labor than Taft and Hartley. But if Russkies are involved, well, that’s another matter.

    • Zimbabwe’s answer to Lech Walesa – sadly not quite so successful – just died: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43066175

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    The ironic part is- increasing union membership and and expanding union locals by eliminating right to work states would be an excellent way to deter illegal immigration. The chief reason employers choose to hire undocumented workers is the low wages and lack of workplace regulation. Union workplaces make all of that go away. There’s no incentive to hire an undocumented worker if you have to pay them union negotiated wages nand maintain a safe work environment.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This is why the penalties on employers need to be at least as strong as the penalties on the undocumenteds. Because the employers are attracting them, even with low wages and unsafe working conditions.

      • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

        Why do you hate the jerb creators?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Going after the demand side of the equation only applies when you’re arresting hippies for smoking a joint

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      • Master Contrail Program

        Indeed. This was the argument I’d have with conservative friends back in the innocent days of summer 2016. Y’know? When word around the campaign trail was that 11,000,000 ill eagles were going to be rounded up “on day one”?

        Logistically, how was that ever going to be possible? Nevermind the dubious morality. Wouldn’t it be far simpler to clamp down on thousands of employers than to round up millions of individuals? Granted, neither of those things could ever be accomplished on day one, except in some folks most turgid fantasies.

        Y’all will no doubt be shocked that this never garnered much of a response from my right-leaning contemporaries.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          The ones I know would all pay lip service to the idea in abstract, but would all start to balk the moment you started to spell out specific measures to attack the problem. At that point, they all reverted to “GET BIG GUBMINT OFF MY BACK!” mode…

          • Master Contrail Program

            Yep. For the most part this was the same set who believed Mitt Romney was going increase the size of our military and trim the deficit, while simultaneously lowering taxes across the board.

            These are otherwise intelligent people. I’m starting to wonder if conservative messaging is somehow backmasked.

            “Ron Paul is dead. I am the walrus.”

      • Hiss

        I’d like to see some employers deported. To Antarctica. Naked.

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      But, it’s never been about keeping the laborers out. That’s anti-business! There are two goals to the American immigration system:

      * Creating a permanent slave class
      * Whipping up votes by claiming to be anti-immigrant, and then blaming the other side when you fail to achieve anything, to the relief of your donors.

      The only new thing is that the second trick, which was previously a reliable go-to for Democrats, is now being used by Republicans.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        I remember in AZ in the 1990s, the agribusiness community, lead by what was then Valley National Bank (at the time the state’s biggest banker, which became Bank One, now Chase), openly recruiting farm labor in Mexico. There was a shortage and they didn’t even make much of an attempt to hide the fact that they were blatantly inviting undocumented laborers north, even offering housing. It has never been about keeping anyone out- it’s the permanent underclass that lives in the shadows and is too afraid to make waves to report labor abuses.

        • Cornelius Fussbudget

          Here in San Diego, the olds tell stories about how the workers used to come across the border in the morning, then at the end of the day call INS for a ride back across the border.

          The workers did not create this system, and yet they are the ones caught in the cross fire.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            that happened here, too

  • azeyote

    power to the people –

  • msanthropesmr
  • WotsAllThisThen
  • rg9rts

    Today is Hoffa’s birthday….how fitting

    • WotsAllThisThen

      I buried a cake under Giants stadium.

      • rg9rts

        could be

      • rg9rts

        teamsters take no shit from the gummint

    • Which one? The leader or the concrete filler in I-696?

      too soon?

      • rg9rts

        senior

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Today’s school shooting is sponsored by the NRA and the GOP! Keeping Americans in fear for over 50 years!

    • WotsAllThisThen

      I guess Florida didn’t have enough guns to prevent this one.

      • Anna Rompage

        Guns are going to become even more scarce now that Remmington’s gone bankrupt…

      • cmd resistor

        I read on the twitter that one kid said they had an active shooter drill planned for today…..

      • C.W. St. John Nobbs

        Until we can ensure that every gun has at least one gun, there will be no safety at all.

    • Mavenmaven

      The important thing is that the victims have our “thoughts and prayers”.

      • cmd resistor

        People should be embarrassed to even say that anymore.

        • Snowbound Ron

          The people who use it most are incapable of feeling embarrassment OR shame.

          • cmd resistor

            I see Trump switched it out for “prayers and condolences” in his tweet today.

    • Jim Johnson

      And who funds the NRA?

      • folderol

        The Russians. Do you not read the news?

        • Jim Johnson

          When will the rhetorical questions ever end?

    • folderol

      Putin’s donations to the NRA are money well spent.

  • Cogswell that ends well

    And there is this too also:

    Randy Bryce’s Campaign Is Not Just Pro-Union—It’s Unionized

    The Campaign Workers Guild has negotiated its first collectively bargained contract, with the Democratic candidate challenging Paul Ryan.

    More @ the link

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Most all of the Dem events I’ve been hired to do were union only

      • Snowbound Ron

        But I thought the Dems didn’t care about unions?

  • Skeptical_thinker

    As a former UPP an SWA member, I approve of this effort.

  • BadKitty904

    OT: Thanks, NRA/GOP!

    Active Shooter Reported at Stoneman Douglas High in Broward
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article200094039.html

    More than 20 people have been injured and at least one person killed after someone opened fire Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in North Broward.

    • Wait, what? They still report school shootings?

      • BadKitty904

        We keep reporting them until the NRA and the Republican Party are stopped from killing Americans.

        • Snowbound Ron

          So, forever.

          • BadKitty904

            No, for as long as WE allow it.

        • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

          I remember years ago the NRA was pushing to not report on any shooting that didnt involve a “good guy with a gun” because reasons.

          • Jim Johnson

            Death, insecurity, fear, and stupidity is their brand.

      • cmd resistor

        If enough people get shot. Plus they haven’t caught the shooter so they can have reporters stand around and show cops and tanks and stuff until they do. And they can interview stupid experts to speculate about shit.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Betsy DeVos would like to remind everyone that the school hasn’t had any grizzly bear attacks this year.

      • BadKitty904

        Nor has any other school in Florida.

        • C.W. St. John Nobbs

          “Its knot a coeinterdance”-B. Devos

    • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk

      Just another day ending in Y.

    • IMPOed
    • Uncle Zor

      Deputy White House Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said. “We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”

      Really, thoughts and prayers again? It just feels like an insult at this point.

      • BadKitty904

        It IS an insult at this point.

    • La forza del resistino

      Shorter NRA: Give ’em all guns and God will sort ’em out.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Why do they make the kids march out with their hands over their heads? Do they really think a shooter is going to try to sneak out with the crowd and suddenly pull a gun and start shooting?

  • La forza del resistino

    Great post Dok. I just threw my shoulder out after 25 fist pumps.

    • doktorzoom

      Are you reading at your job? Worker’s comp might cover it…

  • NastyBossetti
    • rg9rts

      ♫♪So always look for the Union label♫♪

      • Snowbound Ron

        I don’t think I’ve seen one in decades.

  • Skeptical_thinker

    ..

  • Arolpin

    Damn, now I need to call my brother and tell him he should rejoin the Teamsters. (He’s currently senior management in a Heath Care Union, but he started as a Teamster when he was driving truck in college.)

  • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk
  • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk
  • SayItWithWookies

    Now they’ve fucked with the Teamsters — not a smart move, ICE. Then again, going to middle America and deporting random neighbors hasn’t been great for publicity either.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Maybe it’ll wake up some of the rust belt union voters who went Trump in 2016. Far too many of my brothers and sisters bought into the bullshit…

      • DT

        It won’t because they’re not asleep, they’re evil.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Local news interviewing some of the students. I wouldn’t trust a god damn thing they’re saying. News should wait for statements from authorities

    • WotsAllThisThen

      That’s not news. That’s gawking and rubbernecking at a parade of human suffering.

      • PubOption

        If it bleeds, it leads, and there is a lot of bleeding going on.

    • IMPOed
  • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

    Unions can demand that employers will comply with immigration law, but do nothing beyond what’s absolutely required in dealing with ICE.

    Work to Rule. Oh, that’s gonna cheese the bully boys off something fierce.

  • cmd resistor

    OT, but did Sarah chicken out of doing her press briefing today?

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      She rescheduled it for 4pm eastern then got on her knees and thanked Satan that a school shooting happened

      • cmd resistor

        Sneaky.

  • Mormos

    first come the deportations
    then come the camps
    then comes the genocide

  • Rickyphoo

    IT’s official – tRump offers his “thoughts and prayers”. All is right with the world.

    • blaid droog

      And Ford’s in his flivver.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Was the shooter an illegal muslim mexican?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Or a crazed Albanian?

    • Master Contrail Program

      A Nambian dissident?

    • Rick Hill

      He will be once trump hits the twittwaves

    • blaid droog

      He was a Mexican muslim illegal.

  • Good on them. As the police at all levels become more and more militarized, “do only what you’re legally required to do” should be burned into the citizens’ minds.

  • perhaps, if we’re lucky, despite all the mayhem and destruction something good will come out of this perverse shit show.

    • blaid droog

      Don’t fucking count on it.

    • Dianna Deem

      I like to think so as well. Obama and HRC are doing what they can: working with and inspiring a new generation, encouraging them to be good public servants and citizens. The Resistance has people fired up, and the survivors of this latest school shooting are posting videos and speaking up for gun control.

  • La forza del resistino

    back in my organizing days, when unemployment dipped below 5%, we moved in. now with 28 RTW states, I retired and took up whittling instead.

    • gallbladder

      How “considerate.”

      • Rick Hill

        Follow Up, calling for everyone in school to be armed, in 3…2…

      • even more considerate than when the Shrub told everyone to go shopping.

    • Rick Hill

      Prayers and condolences because he’s obviously in no position to do anything concrete or effective

    • Kgprophet

      “Thoughts and Prayers” template. In any other civilized country this would be big news, in good ole’ USA its Wednesday.

      • PubOption

        There is a precedent for mass shootings on February 14th.

      • GlazedHaim

        There have been more school shootings this year than days in the current month. Fuck.

    • Arolpin

      He didn’t write that though. He couldn’t spell condolences if you gave him the C, the O, the N, the D, the O, the L, the E, the N, the C, and the E.

    • James Baskin

      “No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”
      Yet no one does. Wonder who could do something?

    • HazooToo

      Oh, fuck me, another one?

    • BearLeft

      What he means is no white child, teacher or anyone …. He forgets himself …

    • torturedsoul

      Is that why the NRA is one of your biggest supporters or you just want to make a statement that will fool people into thinking you’re human? I have seen many assholes in my 68 years but you take the cake. May your soul rot in hell forever

    • blaid droog

      What he means is religious charter skools

    • Damn, the intern prized the tweeter out of his chubby stubbies and this was what was left when they cleaned up the mess.

  • theblackdog

    This regime disbanding all unions in 3…2…1…

    • Lefty Wright

      Except police unions.

  • doktorzoom

    I dearly love unions. Nonetheless, I also love this dumb joke:

    How many Teamsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

    [In bad Brooklyn accent:] Twenny. You gotta problem with that?

    • Juan de Fuca

      One to screw it in and the other 19 to get paid good money watching him.

    • Jeffocaster in the West
    • HOLD ON THERE! Light bulbs are electrical! Teamsters would never do that! Call in the local I.B.E.W.!!!!

      • Querolous

        If it’s a stage light you need I.A.T.S.E!

    • folderol

      The Teamsters might think about updating their image. For one: how many of them drive teams of oxen or mules anymore? For another: how about International Workers of the World? I don’t think that name’s taken….

      Oh, it is. Nevermind.

      • blaid droog

        International what? Fuckin commies

  • BearLeft

    Wow. For maybe the first time since 1973 I’m proud for having been a Teamster.

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    All those right wing snot bags would be the first to complain about something at work, but little do they fucking appreciate all that was won by Unions.

    While I think Unions did not evolve enough, I am glad they exist. Lets hope they are a part of the rise of workers rights again.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    UNION!!!!!

  • How the heck is anyone supposed to make a profit in this country if unions keep insisting on treating their members and other workers like people?

    • kLo

      Won’t someone please think of the profits!!!

  • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

    When workers organize, labor wins.

  • Zyxomma

    Hey, conservatards! Do you like the five day work week? Child labor laws? OSHA? Thank a union. That is all.

    • grey

      Unions are great, GIVE those Union Jobs to AMERICANS

  • Mike Steele

    Now THIS is what will Make America Good Again. Thanks, Dok!

  • grey

    What? You don’t like AMERICAN Union workers any more?

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