Our Projects

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center is an immigrant and worker-led organization that fights for collective power and racial and economic justice. Workers lead campaigns to confront exploitation and deportation, supported by our Sanctuary in the Streets network.

Food Justice

We are fighting for a future in which workers, immigrants, and all people of color, revolutionize the way that we feed and sustain ourselves. Through our food justice work, we are fighting to improve labor conditions, and at the same time, plant the seeds of an alternative economy.

Worker Committees

This is a great place to identify solutions to the challenges that you may face on the job and also to receive emotional support from other workers experiencing similar issues. For example, we help recover stolen wages and mediate workplace problems. When necessary, we file complaints or take collective action to stop abusive behavior. The worker facing the problem makes all decisions about what kind of support they want.

Sanctuary in the Streets

Sanctuary in the Streets is a network of 2,000+ people who are building the infrastructure to stop state violence against working people, including immigrants and people of color, as well as to organize a powerful working class movement. We are launching an emergency hotline to respond to workplace abuse, raids and deportations, and hate crimes.

Wage Theft 413

We call on city council to pass a wage-theft ordinance to:

  • Require employers to comply with existing labor laws in order to renew or obtain their business licenses;
  • and Protect all Northampton workers, regardless of industry and legal status, from wage-theft.

This campaign is a part of a larger struggle to build worker power in the pioneer valley.

Case Work

Legal Clinics

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center hosts free Legal Clinics and Know-Your-Rights trainings in English and Spanish (please contact us ahead of time if you’d like us to offer one in another language). We also connect workers with lawyers who meet with them for free, and can work on individual cases with them if they decide to pursue legal action. We work with a dedicated team of lawyers who understand why it is so important to connect their work to organizing campaigns. We know that doing this amplifies our voices and increases public pressure on abusive bosses in a way that can result in big wins.

More information on upcoming trainings can be found on our Facebook page and our Events page.

Know Your Rights Trainings

If you want to learn more about your rights on the job or have questions about the legality or ethics of practices in your workplace, attend one of our trainings or contact us.

Workshop topics include:

  • Rights of Undocumented Workers
  • Health and Safety
  • Sexual Harassment

More information on upcoming trainings can be found on our Facebook page.

Can my boss do that?

If you have any concerns about working conditions at your place of employment, contact the Workers Center by email or call the office at (413) 570-3060 to talk to a staff person.

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