Central Florida union rallies for immigration reform
By Dana Jay, Reporter -
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
This Labor Day, a major central Florida labor union is focusing on workers both legal and undocumented.
The AFL-CIO of Central Florida is the umbrella federation for 57 unions representing everyone from firefighters to flight attendants to farm workers. The labor union will put its muscle behind immigration reform this fall.
"We're all workers whether we're lucky enough to be born in this country or if we were brought here by our parents or our ancestors," president Eric Clinton said at a picnic for members and their families.
When Congress returns to Washington, they will be faced with a decision on whether or not to take military action against Syrian and the question of raising the nation's debt limit.
So as union members celebrate an end-of-summer holiday with a picnic, some sense time is running short to pass immigration reform.
"We want to show that we want it, and we need it now," said Carlos Lopez, 21, of Dade City. "[We need to] speak up for people who don't have a voice."