Labor backs immigration plan with million-dollar ad buy
June 11th, 2013
08:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Labor backs immigration plan with million-dollar ad buy

(CNN) - As the U.S. Senate prepares for its first procedural votes on the "Gang of Eight" immigration plan, a top labor union is launching a seven-figure ad buy on cable television.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said Tuesday that five different spots that feature police officers, small business owners, veterans, children of undocumented immigrants and Republicans will run through June, encouraging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The ad will air on cable networks including CNN.

Labor unions and business leaders were initially at odds over immigration reform, but reached an agreement on guest workers earlier this year that allowed the Gang of Eight plan to move forward.

The SEIU, which represents 2.1 million workers in a wide swath of American service industries, has long endorsed Democrats in political races, and backed President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

"We're seeing a growing consensus across the country that we need to get immigration reform done and get it done now," Mary Kay Henry, SEIU International president, said in a statement. "These ads show the breadth of support for commonsense immigration reform and highlight the diverse voices that are integral to moving this debate forward."

Henry and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will join Obama on Tuesday at the White House in voicing support for the Senate immigration plan. Labor leaders, including Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue, will also be present.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    This should be good. Let's see if Republicans can still do that old weasel impersonation that they do so well.

    June 11, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Big labor backs the latest bill. Small businesses back the latest bill. The People back the latest bill. Democrats back the latest bill. Republicans? They're trying to figure out how to pretend that they back the bill when they really don't because big business is against it.

    June 11, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    "oh no.....Labor supports it!!!! Than it must be union thuggery and intimidation and MUST be defeated"......an example of the GOP sheeps' replies to come. And to all the drones that say "deport them all"....please provide us with the monetary details as to where those billions will come from in your fantasy "cut cut cut" world

    June 11, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    'We're seeing a growing consensus across the country that we need to get immigration reform done and get it done now,"
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    It just baffles me how Congress is going against the will of the People. They shot down gun reform(no pun intended) and now they'll potentially do the same with immigration. This obstruction will not go unpunished next year.

    June 11, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Jinx9to88

    No brainer, they will more than likely join the union which in return means more money for the unions.

    June 11, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Just a thought

    Could we hear from the righteous righties on this one? Why shouldn't we do this again? And before you start your hateful, ignorant, racist explanation, understand this; The Obama administration has reduced illegal immigration to its lowest levels as compared TO ANY President in the history of this nation. Don't believe me? Look it up. And guess what, That's really costly to our national deficit and it devastates families. Of course you could never convince and expect the evangelicals to consider the humanity of it all. God only exists for legal americans...all others need not apply

    June 11, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Joe

    This is going to break the country's back, lower wages, break the healthcare system. You people are so STUPID you don't get the implications. They will NEVER secure the border either so 20 yrs from now, there will be 20 million more illegals. This is an invasion, just because they aren't carrying guns and wearing uniforms, it is the same risk. Liberals don't care, most are unemployed and on social benefits and mostly uneducated that they are just too GD stupid to understand what this means.

    June 11, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Just a thought

    @jinx
    No brainer, they will more than likely join the union which in return means more money for the unions.
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    And your point is? You act as if unions have destroyed this country, when in fact these organizations have made this country the greatest nation in the history of the world. 5 day work weeks. Earned vacation. Time of for being sick, Maturnity/Paternity and bereavment leaves....without unions NO OF THAT would have happened. IF you've ever had a job, I'm sure you've benefitted from anyone of these measures. Why don't you do the honorable thing and Thank your local union instead of staring in ignorance at Faux and Fools which is anything but news reports.

    June 11, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Just a thought

    Here come the ignorant tightie righties explanation of why its bad to have immigration reform....like this hasn't been a problem until now and the only answer is to deport any one that is illegal. I guess these fools recommend door to door searches to get all 12 million illegals on a bus back to Mexico. Good luck with that idea.

    June 11, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Just a thought

    You can tell a brain dead faux news watcher by their posts....they always advocate doing the same dumb things that never works i.e. Let's deport them all and that will fix it!

    June 11, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Just a thought

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    'We're seeing a growing consensus across the country that we need to get immigration reform done and get it done now,"
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    It just baffles me how Congress is going against the will of the People. They shot down gun reform(no pun intended) and now they'll potentially do the same with immigration. This obstruction will not go unpunished next year

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    Hey Dutch, it baffles me as well. But I think about it a second and its all about the dollars. The gun lobby buys its congressmen and selfish big business folks that don't want to pay a decent wage pay to skuttle immigration reform

    June 11, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, humm,
    Labor backs the latest Immigration Bill? Like they did the Auto Companies? Voting for more Welfare from the government via the Tax Payers. That must be why so many Businesses moved off shore. Like Red Ink? With Obama dodgeing all the latest scandels he doesn't have time the chide the rich about paying their Fair Share. Not to worry. The Rich have moved, off shore.You Dems have any more bright ideas??

    June 11, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Joe

    This is going to break the country's back, lower wages, break the healthcare system. You people are so STUPID you don't get the implications. They will NEVER secure the border either so 20 yrs from now, there will be 20 million more illegals.
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    The bill contains stuff to secure the border and metrics to define how to measure "secure". The conservatives in the Gang of 8 mostly wrote those parts. So, the right wing is against the bill because ... ... ...?

    The right wing is against immigration reform because it will mean a partial end to paying people slave wages, instead of actual salaries. Reform would cut into the profits for big business, and that is just completely unacceptable to the right.

    June 11, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Anonymous

    God gave "us" America. And now our Congress wants to give "our" America away to every ragamuffin who dares to think they deserve the benefits of the fruits of "our" labor? Come on, America. You can do better than this. "We" deserve better. God Gave America To "Us", Not "Them".

    /snark

    June 11, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Just a thought

    @Anonymous

    God gave "us" America. And now our Congress wants to give "our" America away to every ragamuffin who dares to think they deserve the benefits of the fruits of "our" labor? Come on, America. You can do better than this. "We" deserve better. God Gave America To "Us", Not "Them".

    /snark

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    LOL...I bet Ray E. In Georgia thought this was a serious post and stood up and saluted the moment he read it. geesh...some people

    June 11, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Data Driven

    CNN, this article makes no sense if you don't describe what the "agreement" between labor and management actually was.

    Fine, I'll look it up. Elsewhere.

    June 11, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "The right wing is against immigration reform because it will mean a partial end to paying people slave wages, instead of actual salaries. Reform would cut into the profits for big business, and that is just completely unacceptable to the right."
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    It's not "big business" hiring illegal immigrants, Rudy... it's mom-and-pop shops, sole proprietorships, farms, etc. IF it was big business, they would have been found out. And here's one more clue for you... businesses, large and small, price their goods and services based on market-sustainable profit margins. If any component of the good / service increases in price, be it raw material or labor, the price of the end-product goes up correspondingly. Your statements sound good to your disciples, but they're not real world. No surpise there.

    June 11, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    "In other words, the republic ended with the USSC's "Citizens Uninted" fiasco."
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    And what does Citizens United have to do with people voting themselves monies from the public treasury? Quite a stretch, even for you.

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    Not if you're smart enough to stand back and look at the big picture: The wealthy who can now hide annonymously behind their contributions do it for the payback in the form of corporate welfare. You knew that, and in your little attempt to appear clever you failed.

    June 11, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |