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Source: Business, labor get deal on worker program

By Christina Jensen
Published On: Mar 30 2013 06:36:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 30 2013 06:44:51 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON -

A person familiar with the negotiations says big business and labor have resolved a dispute over a low-skilled worker program that threatened to hold up agreement on a sweeping immigration bill.

The deal was struck in a phone call late Friday night with AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue, and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who's been mediating the dispute.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement, said the deal resolves disagreements over wages for the new workers and which industries would be included.

The agreement between business and labor removes the biggest hurdle to completion of the bill to secure the border, crack down on employers, improve legal immigration and create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

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