CTW claims to protect the “American dream for America’s workers,” a dream that is “under threat today as never before in our lifetimes.” According to its constitution, CTW seeks to “hold global corporations and elected public officials accountable to working people.” In its mission statement, CTW outlines four principal goals that labor can achieve for its members:
A paycheck that supports a family
Universal health care
A secure retirement
The freedom to form a union to give workers a voice on the job
The power of CTW intersects with a host of other leftist organizations. Anna Burger, the first and current Chairman of CTW, best exemplifies the network between big labor and progressive advocacy. She is the International Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU and the Vice Chairman of the George Soros and Peter Lewis-funded Democracy Alliance. With the financial power of CTW and several institutions at her disposal, Burger has been able to direct tens of millions of dollars toward Democratic candidates and radical organizations like ACORN. Since 2000, the SEIU, one of the five member unions of CTW, spent “at least $187,500,000 through combined lobbying, PAC and 527s group donations, and expenses on candidates and policy issues – nearly 100% of which went to Democrats and to liberal policy initiatives.”
In 2009, CTW collaborated with the AFL-CIO to draft a five-point proposal on immigration reform, designed to defend U. S. workers, "reduce the exploitation of immigrant workers," and "reduce the employers’ incentive to hire undocumented workers rather than American workers." While the CTW maintains that it does not seek amnesty, a principal element of its advocacy is family reunification, which would allow tens of millions of additional aliens into the nation. CTW is also fiercely anti-free trade. “Much of the emigration from Mexico in recent years,” it claims, “resulted from the disruption caused by NAFTA, which displaced millions of Mexicans from subsistence agriculture and enterprises that could not compete in a global market.” On March 21, 2010, CTW participated in the pro-amnesty March for America. Advocating immigration reform and “economic justice,” CTW was joined by a host of progressive organizations like the AFL-CIO, the Center for American Progress, the National Council of La Raza, Progressive Democrats of America, the SEIU, and many others.
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