October 2, 2007


A ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco extended the restraining order on the implementation of the “No Match” rule by the Bush Administration. “No Match” refers to the letters the Social Security Administration (SSA) was required to send companies whose worker’s names didn’t match those SSI numbers given at the time of employment. Prior to the ruling, the rule proposed by Michael Chertoff and the Department of Homeland Security would hahve resulted in SSA sending more than 140,000 “no-match letters. The letters are setting off a major crisis among thousands of workers and their families for fear of massive firings. The “No Match” controversy has also united unlikely alllies: the AFL-CIO and the US Chamber of Commerce, both of whom have lobbied against the letters. Some organizations like the Los Angeles-based Hermandad Mexicana are preparing on-site organizing campaigns to combat the “No Match” rules. The judge will revisit the ruling and likely render a definitive ruling within 10 days. Watch this one as it is major. For further information, see this article in today’s LA Times.

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