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Essential Worker Immigration Coalition

A group of businesses dedicated to pushing comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. Headed by Laura Reiff. Current or former co-chairman is Randel Johnson, also of the US Chamber of Commerce. A co-director is/was John Gay of the National Restaurant Association.

As of 06/25/2007 this was their list of members (from ewic.org/Membershiplist.asp, which as of 6/24/10 no longer exists):

* American Health Care Association
* American Hotel and Lodging Association
* American Immigration Lawyers Association
* American Meat Institute
* American Nursery and Landscape Association
* American Road and Transportation Builders Association
* American Staffing Association
* American Subcontractors Association, Inc.
* Associated Builders and Contractors
* Associated General Contractors
* Building Service Contractors Association International
* California Landscape Contractors Association
* California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC)
* Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Radisson
* Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and TGI Friday's
* Farm Equipment Wholesalers Association
* Federation of Employers and Workers of America
* First Data
* Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
* Harborside Healthcare Corporation
* Ingersoll Rand
* International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
* International Franchise Association
* Marriott International, Inc.
* Mason Contractors Association of America
* Nath Companies
* National Association for Home Care
* National Association of Chain Drug Stores
* National Association of Home Builders
* National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
* National Chicken Council
* National Club Association
* National Council of Chain Restaurants
* National Restaurant Association
* National Retail Federation
* National Roofing Contractors Association
* National Tooling and Machining Association
* National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
* Outdoor Amusement Business Association
* Pilgrims Pride Corporation
* Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association
* Professional Landcare Network
* Retail Industry Leaders Association
* Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
* Society of American Florists
* The Brickman Group, Ltd.
* Travel Business Roundtable
* Travel Industry Association of America
* Tree Care Industry Association
* Truckload Carriers Association
* Tyson Foods, Inc.
* United Fresh Produce Association
* US Chamber of Commerce

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