Worker centers are non-profit community based organizations that provide support to communities of low wageworkers who are not already members of a union or have been legally excluded from protection under U.S. labor laws.
Worker centers are largely funded by unions and are significant because they allow minority groups, which are traditionally excluded from participating in collective bargaining organizations, the opportunity to gain a range of support and help give a voice to migrant workers.
What do worker centers do?
Worker centers engage in a variety of activities including labor rights education, employer mediation, improving access to resources in the local community, building worker coalitions, providing educational opportunities for immigrants seeking to learn English or further their work skills, develop community leaders, and advocate to promote or change policies that impact low-wage immigrant workers. In addition, worker centers may provide assistance with legal problems and help address wage concerns.