Aurora Day Laborer Organizing Project: El Centro Humanitario has organized day laborers in Aurora, Colorado to protecct the rights of day laborers in the face of increased wage theft of workers, harrassment and discrimination in the community. The day laborer organizing project aims to defend the rights of workers on the street corner, and to create a productive solution with communtiy partners to open a community center as a long term goal.
Worker Leadership Development: As El Centro strives to reflect the voice of workers in all affairs of El Centro, El Centro has created a number of worker leadership develop training to help workers actively participate in El Centro's affairs through general meetings of workers, a workers' committee meeting and leadership training. Currently, 60 percent of El Centro Board consists of worker leaders who were elected by members and El Centro's popular educational program will focus on civic and political discussion, labor history and political participation among leaders.
Wage Theft Campaign
“Thou shalt not steal — it’s a pretty straightforward message,” says Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Kim Bobo, whose 2008 book Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid—And What We Can Do About It exposed the national crisis and has become a rallying cry for the campaign to end it.
Workers advocates and religious leaders in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Omaha, San Francisco, and several other cities across the country will take a variety of actions, from holding press conferences to confronting employers that owe back wages to their workers.
In addition to these local actions, Interfaith Worker Justice will hold a national press conference in Washington, D.C. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor will join religious leaders and workers who have experienced wage theft themselves to announce new national legislation that will combat and deter this rampant problem.
WHAT: Educational event/Press Conference on Wage Theft
WHO: Religious Leaders, Day Laborers, Worker Advocates and a representative from Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s office (invited).
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 19th at 11:00am
WHERE: El Centro Humanitario, 2260 California St. Denver, CO 80205.
For more information on wage theft and Interfaith Worker Justice’s National Day of Action, visit the Online Wage Theft Resource Center.