Worker solidarity and leadership among workers all along the food chain is key to winning improvements in the workplace. This committee plans the FCWA’s annual worker leaders summit, the regional Justice in the Food Chain training series, and develops other ways that FCWA members can learn from each other.
The annual worker leaders summit is a powerful opportunity for workers from all sectors of the food chain, from around the U.S. an Canada, to come together to share their stories and experiences, to learn from other’s campaigns, and to gain new skills. Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, a member of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) of Chicago, participated in our first workers summit in March of 2010 and afterwards said: “Our fight is one and the same. This weekend was just a little taste of how the Food Chain Workers Alliance can unite those in the Food Chain. I look forward to taking part and observing this movement grow.”
The Justice in the Food Chain trainings share concrete skills in organizing, coalition-building, developing a message, and campaign strategy development. The trainings are held regionally, three times per year. In 2018, we developing a Level 2 session for those who have already attended the training.