On a hot summer day in LA, Fermin Rodriquez, a fired El Super market worker, marched alongside community, labor and religious leaders.
The Roman Catholic Church and the U.S. labor movement are working more closely together than ever.
A work stoppage began March 17 in the San Quintín Valley, in Baja California, as workers called for a minimum daily wage of 300 pesos, about $20.
"We see 20 percent of our workforce being deported; half of Texas' construction workers are undocumented."
Marchs were held all over LA in support of worker rights, immigration reform, lives matter, police transparency, economic rights, and civil rights.
"For far too long, our rigged immigration system has allowed employers to drive down wages and working conditions in our country."
Demonstrators protesting the national wave of wage and safety cuts and anti-union assaults, were led by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and joined by national labor leaders.
"Racism and dog whistle politics is being used to keep us all divided, and that division holds back our ability to win wage increases and improve our standard of living."
"Management cannot continue to resist allowing workers a stronger voice on issues that could very well make the difference between life and death for too many of them."
Trumka called on Obama to prioritize protecting human rights, addressing public corruption and impunity, reducing growing inequality and building shared prosperity.