Workers' Defense Project (WDP) was highlighted on Up Late with Alec Baldwin for their work.
In Texas, WDP was founded in 2002 and since has been working on the front lines to help low-wages and immigrant workers receive stolen wages from their employers, help pass ordinances for workers to get rest breaks in construction and create safer working conditions. One of the major job sectors in Texas is the construction industry, with an estimated worth of $6 billion dollars, and half of the workforce in the construction is undocumented workers.
Interviewed by Alec Baldwin on Up Late with Alec Baldwin, Cristina Tzitzun, executive director, discussed the work of WDP and share stories of workers. When asked by Alec Baldwin if immigration policy is her greatest concern, Tztizun said:
They are both interconnected. I think immigrant rights and worker rights are almost the same issue at this point for me. I saw workers' right as the place I could make the greatest impact, where it is the place where undocumented immigrants have the same protections or should have the same protection as a U.S citizen. I think that a lot of people don't know that. Every worker in this country regardless of their immigration status has the right to be paid for their work, has the right to a safe work site.
WDP has been featured by a number of national news outlets highlighting the unique work and accomplishment. Using effective tools like liens, which allow construction workers to tie the debt that is owned to them to the property, adds pressure to all parties from contractor to the owner to pay workers wages. Recently, WDP helped the city to create an agreement with Apple to ensure workers earn a living wage, workers' compensation and safety training for Apple's mega-complex building.