About CTU

Our Mission:

The mission of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: United Workers’ Center is to have a powerful immigrant run organization on the Southeast Side of Chicago that will educate workers on their rights, develop leadership within the immigrant community, support and organize all workers as they fight for their rights in the workplace and fight for changing policy that increases standards for all workers. The long-term vision is to offer career advancement and training to workers.

Our Vision:

We envision a healthy and thriving local economy in which workers’ rights are respected, their dignity is upheld, and their labor justly compensated. Healthy workplaces support healthy individuals and families, the building blocks of a strong community.

Our History:

In 2008, after experiencing a number of labor abuses, a group of immigrant workers were determined to create a grassroots organization to serve Chicago’s Southeast Side. That organization, which later became Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: Immigrant Workers Project (CTU-IWP), would ensure that low-wage immigrant workers had the tools and support they needed to understand their rights and stand up for those very same rights in order to create a healthy and sustainable community.