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Unions believe newly legalized immigrants more likely to join

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

The Wall Street Journal reports that the SEIU plans to spend millions in support of the President’s plan to overhaul immigration.

Union leaders see immigrant workers—particularly newly legalized ones who might become more likely to join—as a bright spot that could safeguard their future amid public-sector budget constraints and a trend toward weakening collective-bargaining rights. The percentage of all wage and salary U.S. workers in a union, at 11.3%, is roughly half what it was 30 years ago.

President Obama plans to meet with over 15 leaders of unions and liberal activists at the White House today to discuss his immigration proposal.

 

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