Immigrants Have Union Rights
- Undocumented workers have a right to organize and join a union, just like all other workers. Immigration status is irrelevant.
- Undocumented workers have a right to be paid for the work they do and can sue to recover unpaid wages, just like all other workers. Immigration status is irrelevant.
- It is illegal for an employer to tell workers that if they organize or join a union, that the employer will call ICE or have the workers deported.
- Undocumented workers can report their employer to the federal government (NLRB) for interfering with their right to organize or join a union, and the NLRB will not ask about immigration status.
- If the NLRB decides to prosecute an employer, the employer cannot use an NLRB hearing to investigate workers’ immigration status.
Unions can Win Protections for Immigrant Workers
Immigrant workers who have a union can negotiate contracts that include things such as:
- Paid time off to attend immigration proceedings
- Limits on when the employer may reverify immigration status
- No punishment for speaking their first language
- Translation assistance when meeting with the employer
- A legal fund to pay for assistance with immigration proceedings
Finding Legal Help: Avoid Fraud
If you need advice about your immigration status or if you need assistance with your application for deferred action or naturalization, only consult a licensed lawyer or an accredited representative of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”). Do not consult notarios.
Do not trust anyone who promises you a fast path to legal residency or citizenship. Do not give money to someone who makes such promises. Get reliable help by using the link below or by contacting your UNITE HERE representative, who may be able to refer you a reputable lawyer or legal services organization.
Find legal help here www.informedimmigrant.com/service-organization-search/.
The information contained in this web site is provided as a public service for informational purposes only. The content of this web site does not constitute legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each immigration matter. Legal information, by itself, is often insufficient to resolve the complex legal problems that arise in immigration cases. You should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel.