Enlace is an alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions, and community groups in Mexico and the U.S. Since 1998, working with our members on their campaigns, Enlace has developed a system of organizing to answer the question: how can a local cash-strapped, workers' organization succeed in a campaign confronting a powerful corporation?
The short answer is that small organizations can learn how to increase their capabilities, to become more viable and effective. We have developed a methodology we call the Integrated Organizing Approach (IOA) to position organizations to plan and carry out campaigns that pressure powerful institutions’ vulnerable points so successfully as to compel them to negotiate an accord. The IOA combines internal capacity building techniques with strategic campaign development and geographically diverse mobilization to cultivate unique and effective campaigns.
From our founding, Enlace has tackled the challenges that confront organizations that serve low-wage workers and their communities. Because there was no advanced organizational technology resource within the reach of organizations that serve the working poor, in 2000 we started the Enlace Institute to address this need.
We work under the premise is that organizations must seek continuous renewal, that successful movements are led not by one charismatic leader, but by teams of strategic thinkers, and that our mission is to help train those thinkers so that their organizations are strong enough to take on the complex challenges and campaigns that they all face. Through the Institute, we working to enable low-wage worker groups to become the high performance organizations they need to be to have a seat at the table with the power brokers who determine the labor standards that impact the lives of their constituencies.
Enlace’s campaigns and accomplishments include:
The Private Prison Divestment Campaign, organized in response to the role of the private prison industry in promoting Arizona's racist SB 1070 law, and now including over 150 organizations across the U.S.;
The groundbreaking four-year campaign of Enlace member SEDEPAC against Sara Lee Corporation in Coahuila, Mexico which resulted in an unprecedented union neutrality agreement by Sara Lee (to read more about this campaign click here);
The campaign against Korean corporation Pung Kook by Enlace member SINTTIM that resulted in the company making legally required severance payments;
The campaign of Teamsters Local 556 at the Tyson plant in Washington where a democratically elected leadership fought off brutal decertification efforts and won significant improvements for workers.