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The Workers Defense Project, a Union in Spirit - NYTimes.com
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Published: August 10, 2013
for Eden.
The Workers Defense Project is one of 225 worker centers nationwide aiding many of the country’s 22 million immigrant workers. The centers have sprouted up largely because labor unions have not organized in many fields where immigrants have gravitated, like restaurants, landscaping and driving taxis. And there is another reason: many immigrants feel that unions are hostile to them. Some union members say that immigrants, who are often willing to work for lower wages, are stealing their jobs. ....Worker centers, which are among the most vigorous champions of overhauling immigration laws, coalesce around issues or industries....With labor unions losing members and influence, these centers are increasingly seen as an important alternative form of workplace advocacy, although no one expects them to be nearly as effective as unions in winning raises, pensions or paid vacations....“Worker centers are part of the broad scramble of how to improve things for workers outside the traditional union/collective bargaining context. They’ve become little laboratories of experimentation.”
labor  labour  unions  immigrants  workplaces  construction 
august 2013 by jerryking

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