Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream

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Low-wage workers in the United States face obstacles including racial and ethnic discrimination, a pervasive lack of wage enforcement, misclassification of their employment, and for some, their status as undocumented immigrants. In the past, political parties, unions, and fraternal and mutual-aid societies served as important vehicles for workers who hoped to achieve political and economic integration. As these traditional civic institutions have weakened, low-wage workers must seek new structures for mutual support. Worker centers are among the institutions to which workers turn as they strive to build vibrant communities and attain economic and political visibility. Community-based worker centers help low-wage workers gain access to social services; advocate for their own civil and human rights; and organize to improve wages, working conditions, neighborhoods, and public schools.In this pathbreaking book, Janice Fine identifies 137 worker centers in more than eighty cities, suburbs, and rural areas in thirty-one states. These centers, which attract workers in industries that are difficult to organize, have emerged as especially useful components of any program intended to assist immigrants and low-wage workers of color. Worker centers serve not only as organizing laboratories but also as places where immigrants and other low-wage workers can participate in civil society, tell their stories to the larger community, resist racism and anti-immigrant sentiment, and work to improve their political and economic standing.

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Janice Fine is Senior Fellow for Policy and Organizing, Center for Community Change and Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute. In July 2005, she will join the faculty of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor.

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"Worker Centers is an important book. Worker centers are a new organizing form emerging among low-wage workers, and Janice Fine provides us with a comprehensive and analytically astute study of this new type of organizing."―Frances Fox Piven, author of The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bush's Militarism

"Janice Fine offers a comprehensive account of an important phenomenon of the American labor movement, the contemporary incarnation of workers' centers. This is an extraordinarily useful book, combining rigorous analysis with textured accounts of cases and choices. By putting today's worker centers in historical context and by emphasizing the international component, Fine enriches our understanding of the interaction among race, class, gender, and immigrant status in the U.S. workforce. This book is essential reading for all of us concerned about the future of both the labor movement and of community organizing more broadly."―Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, University of Washington

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