Labor Organizing


Background:

Our Labor Program is based on building worker and immigrant power through organizing. Current CTU programs and organizing efforts address the interrelated and intersectional labor and immigration issues facing our communities in Southeast Chicago and the south suburbs. In addition to mediating workplace problems, we help to recover stolen wages and when needed, help workers to file lawsuits as well as plan and lead collective actions.  


Organizing

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: United Workers’ Center educates, supports and organizes workers in addressing injustices that they may be experiencing at the workplace. As a member-led worker center, CTU works to ensure that low-wage workers impacted by poverty and structural racism are fully involved in their individuals labor cases and are the ones making key decisions about collective actions. Workers are encouraged to deepen their involvement in CTU by attending Labor Committee meetings, organizer trainings, member meetings and providing support to other affected community members.

 

In working to pass policy change that affects low-wage workers and organizing large scale public campaigns, we empower workers to learn the root causes of labor injustices, publicly expose issues of labor exploitation and give the broader community the opportunity to engage in supporting local initiatives.