Hernández lost his left leg and arm and part of his right hand when he fell from the top of a moving freight train while trying to reach the U.S. - he was desperate.
Unionists at the confab included a large delegation from the CWA, a former top Unite Here activist, and AFL-CIO officials Liz Shuler and Tefere Gebre.
"We see 20 percent of our workforce being deported; half of Texas' construction workers are undocumented."
"For far too long, our rigged immigration system has allowed employers to drive down wages and working conditions in our country."
Trumka called on Obama to prioritize protecting human rights, addressing public corruption and impunity, reducing growing inequality and building shared prosperity.
Implementation of new "free trade" pacts, and specifically the TPP between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations, could lead to mass unemployment in Latin America.
Unions and their allies must "connect the dots" between gummed-up congressional rules and the lack of legislation that helps workers, voters, women and their allies.
"Corporations are people in America and can run orchestrated campaigns to destroy working people. That's what gets me mad!"
We are declaring here and now that the labor movement is going to focus like a laser beam on raising wages for all American workers, union and non-union," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters today.
This year organized labor joined with community, civil rights and other organizations and, together, they fashioned themselves into a new movement.