Worker Centers

Who is in the network?

Worker Centers are led by and for workers – usually low-wage workers, many of whom are not protected by current labor laws – and interfaith worker advocates.

Worker center convening

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What does the network do?

Worker Centers help low-wage, non-union workers organize for better wages, benefits and workplace dignity. The IWJ Worker Center Network is one of the largest and the only non-sector specific network in the U.S. The worker centers serve more than 16,000 workers each year. Although their main focus is on serving workers in their local area and effecting policy changes at the local and state level, these worker centers also join together to shape the national conversation and move national policy initiatives forward on behalf of worker justice.

Why get involved in the network?

As a member of IWJ’s Worker Center Network you join others in addressing the root causes of economic injustice. And you get tools to tackle issues low-wage workers face, including wage theft, underemployment, unemployment and immigration. Monthly worker centers conference calls keep you connected to and learning from others in the network. Regular training keeps you learning and growing. IWJ's national staff offers technical assistance to members of the network, including hands-on support while starting a new center and ongoing support for established centers. Assistance can come in the form of communications support, board facilitation, leadership training, peer-to-peer training, fundraising and grant writing assistance, and more.

Training Session for Worker LeadersWorker leaders celebrate the end of a regional training workshop, ready to take what they've learned back to their communities and the fight for economic justice.