Press Release

AFL-CIO Rejects Politics of Division and Hate

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the enactment of Senate Bill 1718 in Florida: 

Immigrants and refugees are—and always will be—a source of vitality and strength for our communities and our labor movement. As the anti-worker, anti-immigrant provisions of S.B. 1718 go into effect Saturday, we stand in solidarity with all working families in Florida and beyond whose lives and livelihoods will be threatened by this legislation. 

This Senate bill is designed to instill fear and hate in our communities. As we already are seeing, it also will have a crippling effect on the workforce and economy of the Sunshine State. In pursuing this agenda, Gov. Ron DeSantis is targeting, rather than supporting, hardworking people who help to build, serve and feed the state he governs and our nation. 

In the face of such blatant attempts to divide us, working people will stand united. Unions renew our unwavering commitment to fight for policies that ensure all working people—regardless of where we were born—are able to live and work safely and with dignity.

Contact: Danielle Noel, 202-637-5018