Unions, which are organized labor groups, are prevalent across the U.S. You’ve probably heard of the term in the media or may know someone who’s part of a union. But, have you ever heard of a worker center? It operates in similar functions as unions; however, this resource is much more community-based and is more of a guiding advocate in responsive situations where the worker is facing harassment, unpaid wages or other issues. We speak with two labor experts this week to highlight how vital worker centers are to low-wage workers who often don’t have a voice.
- Dr. Celeste Monforton, lecturer, Texas State University, author, On the Job: The Untold Story of Worker Centers and the New Fight for Wages, Dignity, and Health.
- Laura Garza, worker center director, Arise Chicago.