Tuesday, September 4, 2007

AFL-CIO To Fight No-Match Letters

Aflcio6 PlanSponsor.com has the scoop on how the AFL-CIO has filed suit to stop the federal government from instituting the new no-match letters regulations to control employers hiring illegal immigrants:

The "no match" letters from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Social Security Administration (SSA) verify the employee is an illegal alien not authorized to work in the U.S. In the suit filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the labor union federation claims that the rules violate workers' rights and impose burdensome obligations on the employers who receive the letters.

"We've seen employers use these no-match letters as a union busting tool," Ana Avendano, an AFL-CIO attorney and director of its immigrant worker program, told the Associated Press. "Employers will look at these letters, see all the new burdens, and just decide to fire people."

The union argues that the many of the discrepancies found in the SSA database are a result of errors and typos that occur when workers are filling out tax forms for job applications, and sending out a letter to employers every time this occurs will unfairly target legal workers.

And now the federal judge has halted the implementation of the no-match rule (via CNN.com):

The Social Security Administration cannot start sending out letters to employers [this] week that carry with them more serious penalties for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Ruling on a lawsuit by the nation's largest federation of labor unions against the U.S. government, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the so-called "no-match" letters from going out as planned starting Tuesday.

Stay tuned.

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>>The "no match" letters from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Social Security Administration (SSA) verify the employee is an illegal alien not authorized to work in the U.S.

No, all the "no match" letters "verify" is that there is no match. There are a lot of reasons, including the typos and errors mentioned, that there is no match. I would expect you to be more precise in describing this issue.

Posted by: Paula | Sep 21, 2007 7:28:49 AM

Of course, it ignores the fact that many employers KNOWINGLY hire illegal immigrants who don't even bother to produce false documents. The fact that they'll work for 1/4 of what most people will accept should be a clue:

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2007/07/20/mayor-personally-hires-illegals-village-work-party-affiliation-n

Posted by: Emma | Oct 14, 2007 6:23:16 PM

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