On May 29, 1996, the United Farm Workers of America reached agreement on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott.
"This reflects an enormous step toward healing an injustice, the deportation crisis that has wrecked families, communities, and workplaces for far too long."
Unions and their allies, led by the AFL-CIO, back changes to the draft comprehensive immigration law that would keep immigration rights open for family members of current permanent residents.
And that split could imperil immigration legislation overall, since the GOP-run House has made it clear that it may deep-six the Senate's comprehensive immigration overhaul.
A close reading of the draft comprehensive immigration reform bill discloses provisions to bring undocumented workers under labor law coverage.
In the home of Disney World, hundreds of immigrants rally on May Day to demand the "right to work, right to live and right to stay together."
What made May 1st special was the broad cross section of Michigan labor and faith leaders who proudly celebrated May Day.
"When people use the word "immigrant" as an insult or as a way to degrade people - I take it personally."
Union leaders have strongly supported comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to eventual legalization and citizenship for 11 million undocumented people.
While Congress debates immigration reform, New Yorkers joined the thousands demonstrating in Washington D.C. yesterday with a local march.