Retail Workers Union Fights Back Against ICE Raid on Meatpacking Plant in Ohio

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Writing for the Guardian, Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk filed a dispatch on how the retail workers’ union is fighting back against an ICE raid on a meatpacking plant in Salem, Ohio:

The RWDSU has set up a resource center in the basement of St Paul Catholic church in Salem, providing food, diapers and gift cards to families that have lost their breadwinners. The union is also giving workers access to immigration and workplace safety attorneys.

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“We are all family and we are all one, and if one of us is down, we are all gonna be there to help pick up,” said Juan Moscoso, an immigrant from Peru working as a shop steward at a nearby sister plant in Ohio. “We are a union and we are going to stand for one another.”

For more, go to the Guardian.

About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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