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Fri Aug 17, 2018, 07:27 AM

In Philly, union members protest immigration policy

About 2,000 union members staged a rally at Pennís Landing in Philadelphia Wednesday to protest the Trump administrationís immigration policies, particularly the separation of children from their parents.

While the event drew support from unions that traditionally back progressive causes ó particularly public employee unions ó this one also had backing from some construction unions.

The building trades unions have more a conservative membership base than many unions, and some regard undocumented workers as competition for their jobs.

But this protest was organized largely by national leaders of UNITE HERE, which represents hospitality workers, and by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, whose national president, Ken Rigmaiden, spoke at the rally.


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