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Brandworkers is a non-profit organization in New York City powered by a global network of committed individuals, advocates, lawyers, and organizers who believe in holding corporations accountable to workers and communities. Brandworkers connects, trains, and mobilizes retail and food employees to assert their rights and to make their voices heard in the public arena.
Brooklyn Food Coalition
The Brooklyn Food Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to the vision of a just and sustainable food system in Brooklyn. The Coalition is fundamentally committed to building an inclusive, multi-racial, multi- cultural alliance of residents and community-based groups from all parts of Brooklyn, reflecting the borough’s rich diversity.
California Institute for Rural Studies
The California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) works to increase social justice in rural California for all residents, but especially marginalized populations, building sustainable communities based on a healthy agriculture. CIRS’ public interest research informs public policy and inspires action for social change while providing a fact-based foundation for organizations and individuals working to ameliorate rural injustice.
Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Justice Center
Formed in 2005, the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center is membership-based organization made up of a diverse group of low wage and immigrant workers from various industries that educates and mobilizes workers to achieve positive systemic change. The CIWC fights wage theft, provides rights-based trainings, and organizes workers, community members, and people of faith to engage in workplace justice and solidarity campaigns. A current organizing focus of the CIWC is the restaurant industry and promoting collaboration around worker justice throughout our food supply chain
CIW is a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. CIW organizes for fair wages, more respect, better and cheaper housing, stronger laws and stronger enforcement against those who would violate workers’ rights, the right to organize on the job without fear of retaliation, and an end to indentured servitude in the fields.
Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas
The Farmworker Support Committee‘s mission is to empower and educate farmworkers through leadership development so that they are equipped with the skills needed to effectively challenge the structures that oppress them. For the past twenty-six years, CATA has been committed to facilitating the organizing of farmworkers, based upon the belief that only through organizing and collective action will farmworkers be able to achieve social, economic and environmental justice. CATA organizes farmworkers and their families in the mid-Atlantic states.
Fair World Project
Fair World Project was launched by the Organic Consumers Association in 2010 to promote fair trade in commerce, especially in organic production systems. FWP equips consumers with the information and tools they need to create positive change in both policies and the marketplace, leading to fair prices, wages, and working conditions for workers and small-scale producers around the world.
Farmworker Association of Florida
The Farmworker Association of Florida is a 29-year old, grassroots, community-based, farmworker organization with over 10,000 Haitian, Hispanic and African-American members statewide. FWAF community members work in the citrus, vegetable, mushroom, sod, fern and foliage industries in the state of Florida. With five offices in Florida, FWAF’s core strategy is to help farmworkers realize their power to be effective agents of social and personal change by: validating and strengthening the experience and understanding of farmworkers; building farmworkers’ capacity to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives; and raising consciousness about and advocating for farmworkers’ and immigrants’ rights. Toward this goal, FWAF’s programs and activities build leadership and activist skills among low-income communities of color who are disproportionately affected by pesticide exposure/health problems, environmental contamination, racism, exploitation, and political under-representation.
International Labor Rights Forum
ILRF is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. ILRF promotes enforcement of labor rights internationally through public education and mobilization, research, litigation, legislation, and collaboration with labor, government and business groups. ILRF is based in Washington, D.C.
Just Harvest USA
Just Harvest is a non-profit organization that aims to build a more just and sustainable food system with a focus on establishing fair wages, humane working conditions and fundamental rights for farmworkers. Just Harvest USA achieves this through broad public education and mobilizing support for farmworker-led and other grassroots campaigns.
Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights
The Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights was established in December 1996 as a result of a resolution made during the first Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC I) held in Oxford, Mississippi. The Center works in solidarity with low-wage African American workers, with a special focus on women. It is comprised of a membership of 600+ members, who are low-wage and unemployed workers. It focuses on three main areas: Organizing, Popular Education and Advocacy. Among the key issues the Center takes on are: racial discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation. The Center conducts door to door outreach, organizes demonstrations and conferences and launches multi-media campaigns. It works in coalition with other groups, including immigrant rights groups, to hold public hearings on issues that affect the lives and quality of life of the working poor.
Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center
NWAWJC’s mission is to improve conditions of employment for low-wage workers in northwest Arkansas by educating, organizing, and mobilizing them and by calling on people of faith and the wider region to publicly support the workers’ efforts.
ROC-NY is a workers center that was created by workers displaced from Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center tower, on 9/11. ROC-NY is dedicated to winning improved conditions for restaurant workers and raising public recognition of restaurant workers’ contributions to the city through organizing, research, advocacy and training.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
ROC-United is a national restaurant workers’ organization that seeks improved wages and working conditions for restaurant workers. With 5000 members in seven local affiliates around the country, ROC engages in: 1) organizing campaigns against ‘low road’ actors in the restaurant industry; 2) promotion of the ‘high road’ to profitability, through partnerships with responsible restaurant owners, cooperative restaurant development, and advanced restaurant industry training and placement programs; and 3) participatory research and policy work. ROC-United’s affiliates are in Washington, D.C., Miami, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Rural and Migrant Ministry
Rural and Migrant Ministry is a statewide interfaith organization that organizes farmworkers mostly in western New York– Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse. They have been leading the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign to pass legislation that would provide farmworkers with the same rights as other workers, such as the right to overtime pay, a day of rest, and the right to organize.
Rural Community Workers Alliance
Rural Community Workers Alliance is organizing meatpacking plant workers in rural Missouri to improve health and safety conditions, address wage theft, and other workplace issues. RCWA also organizes with the Latino immigrant community to address issues such as language access in healthcare, community services, and food access.
The Street Vendor Project
The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with more than 1,500 active vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. They advocate for more power and more respect for street vendors. They are part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocates for marginalized New Yorkers.
Teamsters Joint Council No. 7
Teamsters Joint Council 7 represents 100,000 working men and women in 22 local unions in Northern California, the Central Valley, and Northern Nevada. It is the largest union in the Central Valley, with 40,000 members between Bakersfield and Sacramento. Its members work in trucking, warehousing/distribution, freight, food processing, dairies, solid waste/recycling, public services, beverages, and more.
UNITE HERE Food Service Division
The UNITE HERE Food Service Division has over 90,000 members across the country, employed in corporate cafeterias, airports, universities, school districts, sports stadiums and event centers, amusement parks, cultural institutions, and national parks. UNITE HERE’s food service members, now primarily women, immigrants and people of color, face multi-billion dollar corporations. Three multinational companies—Compass, Sodexo and Aramark— employ 75% of all institutional (corporate cafeteria, schools, universities, etc) food service workers, excluding airports. Check out Real Food Real Jobs, UNITE HERE’s forum for students and food service workers fighting for change in college and university campus food service.
UE Research and Education Fund
The UE Research & Education Fund was founded in 1994 to foster international solidarity work. Since then, UEREF has expanded to sponsor projects fighting for human rights with economic justice here in the United States. UEREF conducts campaigns that unite workers and communities to win good jobs and power in the local and global economy. UEREF supports the creation of worker centers, community-labor alliances and international campaigns for human rights and economic justice. Warehouse Workers for Justice is a member of the FCWA through the UEREF.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770
UFCW Local 770 is the largest local union of the UFCW in the U.S. It represents 30,000 members in grocery stores, pharmacies, packinghouses, and food processing plants in the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo in Southern California.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500
UFCW Local 1500 organizes grocery store workers in the New York metropolitan area, who are largely immigrants from all over the world. Local 1500 is also a leader in the Good Food, Good Jobs coalition to bring grocery stores to underserved communities in NYC. www.buildingblocksproject.org
Warehouse Workers Resource Center
The Warehouse Workers Resource Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization dedicated to improving working conditions in the warehouse industry of the Inland Valley of Southern California. WWRC focuses on education, advocacy and action to change poor working conditions in the largest hub of warehousing in the country. Warehouse Workers United is the organizing campaign of warehouse workers of WWRC.