A worker at a car wash in West Los Angeles. An investigation found that many hand car washes in Southern California violate basic labor and immigration laws. (Photo: Barbara Davidson / The Los Angeles Times)
The AFL-CIO and the Change to Win federation support the legalization of the nation's 12 million undocumented immigrants and the creation of a panel to analyze the labor market's needs.
The nation's top two labor federations announced a framework Tuesday for comprehensive immigration reform, setting aside differences with the hope of pushing legislation through this year.
The agreement, supported by the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win federation, supports the legalization of the nation's 12 million undocumented immigrants and the formation of an independent commission to analyze the labor market's needs and assess shortages for the admission of future foreign workers. The unions oppose any new guest worker programs that would allow employers to bring foreigners in on a temporary basis.