We are a group of workers and immigrants fighting for our rights.
We identify solutions to the challenges that we face on the job and get emotional support from other workers experiencing similar issues. 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.
We are an immigrant and worker led group focused on building power through organizing, using both offensive and defensive strategies. We organize food system workers in the most marginalized industries. Our organization is lead democratically by two Worker Committees who set organizational and campaign priorities.
The Northampton-Great Falls Committee began with front- and back-of-the-house restaurant workers fighting against wage theft, resulting in the first municipal wage theft ordinance in Western Massachusetts. Today it advocates for innovative municipal inclusion of immigrants, renewal of DACA and TPS status, and worker protections at the state level.
The Springfield Committee was launched 2016 by Central American farmworkers, landscapers and construction workers. The Committee has graduated 18 Know Your Rights community trainers. The do a monthly food share in partnership with the Cliniquita to provide food in the winter months while farmworkers are out of work. In 2019 the committee in coalition with other groups and unions won a Sanctuary City Ordinance. Current campaigns include municipal wage theft protection, advocating to prevent the police from collaborating with ICE and a statewide campaign to allow undocumented immigrants to have drivers licenses.
Currently, our Workers Committees are meeting by Zoom.
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