Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC

For many years, DC Jobs with Justice was home to the Day Laborer Project, begun when activists from United Methodist Foundry Church recognized the needs and vulnerability of DC’s day laborer community. The focus of this project was to develop a path towards dignity, safe working conditions, and secure services for the day laborer and migrant population throughout Washington, DC. Together with day laborers and in coalition with labor, church, and community organizations, DC Jobs with Justice built power and solidarity among some of our most vulnerable community members. From that effort, Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC (Workers United of Washington, DC) emerged to fight the practice of wage theft, create better working conditions, and build relationships in various neighborhoods. Since then, Trabajadores Unidos has become an independent community-based organization that continues to fight for the rights of day labor and immigrant workers in this city. One of their primary goals is to create a permanent workers center in Ward 5 where day laborers and employers can meet to negotiate work agreements. Other goals include continuing advocacy on immigrant rights and fighting the epidemic of wage theft. With the support of many others, including DC JwJ, Trabajadores Unidos have achieved many victories and gained respect for their issues in our city. The day laborers continue to work in solidarity with DC Jobs with Justice and other organizations and institutions that support the struggle of our most vulnerable residents. Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC 1419 V St. NW, Suite 305 Washington, DC 20009 202-445-0411...

Student and Youth Outreach

    Since 2000, the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) has brought together student activists in the DC area involved in campaigns to support the struggles of workers on our campuses, demand sweat-free college apparel and ethical contracting policies, and to rally with workers all around the city. We are students at University of Maryland, George Mason, Howard University, Johns Hopkins, Catholic University, American University, Geroge Washington, Montgomery College, and Georgetown.  ...

Workers’ Rights Board

Local community leaders on the Workers’ Rights Board investigate and publicize issues of economic justice in Washington, DC. What is the Workers’ Rights Board? The Workers’ Rights Board is a board composed of community and religious leaders, academics, prominent members of the community and public officials who support struggles for economic justice through investigations, hearings, press conferences, meetings and other events. Why was the Workers’ Rights Board created? Jobs with Justice originally created Workers’ Rights Boards to combat the lack of an adequate legal framework to support workers’ rights. Our Board in Washington, DC is one of over two dozen Boards across the country. Although it has no legal authority, the Boards can produce real results. What does the Workers’ Rights Board do? Besides holding hearings, the Workers’ Rights Board can also support worker struggles by writing supportive letters, issuing reports and press releases, organizing town hall meetings on key issues, and sending delegations of community leaders to talk to management or to public officials. What has the DC Workers’ Rights Board done? Our Workers’ Rights Board in DC was formed in the Fall of 2001 to support the efforts of workers at Interpark to unionize. In December of 2001, the Board came together again to investigate the effect of September 11 on the tourism and hospitality industry and to call on our public officials to do more to aid workers laid off as a result of a drop in travel and tourism. During the summer of 2002, the Board held its third hearing, investigating the exploitation of immigrant workers. The hearing focused on the abuses perpetrated by a...