According to a report from The Hill today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has reached out to the country’s most prominent labor unions to make a joint push for immigration reform this year.
Apparently Chamber president Tom Donohue and the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka have struck up quite a friendship. “I’m working personally with Mr. Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, on a number of issues that we can come to some accommodation,” Donohue announced last week when asked about immigration reform.
This new friendship also apparently extends to the Service Employees International Union. Eliseo Medina, SEIU’s secretary-treasurer, said he has had serious discussions with the Chamber about potential new immigration legislation.
“What I’m seeing with the Chamber is they have a new energy and have demonstrated much more commitment to this issue than before,” Medina told The Hill. “Our conservations with the Chamber have not only been about the substance of a bill, but also what action it would take for us to work together to get it passed.”