The AFL­CIO is hosting a nationwide series of training sessions and workshops in an effort to prepare undocumented workers for the Obama administration’s new deferred action programs. The three­day program of trainings, workshops and strategy sessions is being conducted ahead of the April 2 launch of the AFL­CIO’s “We Rise!” (Adelante!) initiative “to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers to build power on the job and in the community.” According to AFL­CIO, the initiative involves more than 200 representatives from 24 private and public sector unions in 25 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. According to the agenda, the training program’s objectives are: (1) build a shared understanding of what immigration implementation means for workers and the labor movement; (2) identify the strategies, tools and resources necessary for successful implementation; (3) generate a field plan for immigration implementation; (4) create a national network of engaged unions and community partners; and (5) launch the We Rise! initiative.

The International Association of Machinists announced that its current vice president, Dora Cervantes, will become its first female general secretary­treasurer when Robert Roach Jr. retires, which could be as early as July. Cervantes already made history in April 2013 when members voted for her and Diane Babineaux to be the union’s first women to serve on IAM’s executive council. District 15 President and Directing Business Representative James Conigliaro will fill Cervantes’ vice president position.

Opponents of Teamsters President James Hoffa are running against him on a slate called Teamsters United in the 2016 election. The opposition is backed by a reform caucus, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, which has been vigorously challenging Hoffa every five years. The opposition sites chief complaints as major concessions in national contracts that the union forced on unwilling members, including specific givebacks in some of these contracts, such as provisions which require members to pay an increasing amount of health care costs out­of­ pocket, failure to address an increase in part­time work, technological surveillance, and harassment form supervisors.