Wednesday, April 13, 2016
John R. Durso, President of the Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW Statement of solidarity w. the Lucero Family, community groups and the Village of Patchogue
Donald Trump supports right to work (for less) "100 percent." He feels wages are too high, and he has fought union organizing, most recently at his hotel in Las Vegas. These are all good reasons to ask him to stay home.
However, tonight is not about politics or policy. His appearance in Patchogue is about the consequences of ripping open the wound of a community that has gone through extensive healing. His campaign, while often lacking consistency, has consistently driven an anti-immigrant narrative using rhetoric filled with hate and perpetuated by bigotry. That approach has no place in this community and no place in our labor movement which has traditionally drawn its membership and strength from the diversity which immigrants represent.
We as a labor movement believe that this candidate is wrong on so many of the issues. However, tonight we are calling on him and the Suffolk Republican Committee to put the issues aside and recognize this appearance is about so much more than politics for Joselo Lucero, his family, and the Village of Patchogue. Stay home.