On issues such as raising wages for hotel employees, business and labor are often on opposite sides.
But on Monday, Gary Toebben of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, joined forces to demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country without legal status.
The news conference on the steps of the Chamber's Los Angeles office came as prospects for immigration reform are looking increasingly dim. As lawmakers return from the August recess to focus on the federal budget and a response against Syria, immigration may be pushed back until next year.
"I represent many, many unions, and when those workers ... go to work, they are expected to do their job. We say to the members of Congress: Do your job," said Durazo, the labor federation's executive secretary-treasurer.
Street demonstrations are scheduled for Oct. 5 in 60 cities around the country, along with a mass protest Oct. 8 in Washington, Durazo said.