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May 26, 1913: Actors’ Equity Assn. is founded by 112 actors at a meeting in New York City’s Pabst Grand Circle Hotel. Producer George M. Cohan responds: “I will drive an elevator for a living before I will do business with any actors’ union.” Later a sign will appear in Times Square reading: “Elevator operator wanted. George M. Cohan need not apply".
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Why Immigration Is a Top Priority for Labor
Posted On: Mar 06, 2013

Mar. 6, 2013 | LABOR MOVEMENT | Immigrants' rights are workers' rights. These days, that idea is a principle held dear by the U.S. labor movement. But that wasn't always the case. As recently as the mid-1990s, many unions took protectionist stances against allowing new immigrants to come to this country. It was only after these unions saw the abuses that became prevalent under the employer-driven system for verifying immigration status that the labor movement embraced a new position. The movement recognized that for working people to thrive, all employees had to have full rights in the workplace. Continue reading here.


 
 
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