The New York Workers Center Federation began with a series of trainings where the stories of individual workers and organizations began to tell the narrative of a powerful emerging movement. Over the course of 2 trainings in 2014, nearly 90 immigrant workers from 7 centers connected over their stories of their migration, learned new organizing strategies to gain power in their workplace, and developed strategies around collective issues. One Bangladeshi cab driver responded to the story of an Ecuadorian day laborer, “I realize for the first time, we have the same story- so yes, we have the same struggle.” These deep connections do not come out of rapid joint actions or short convenings. The trainings brought workers to realize their power came from shared unity and vision. During the second training, they voted to create a continuous space for leadership development and joint campaign work. Thus, October 14, 2014 marked the official founding of the New York Workers Center Federation. New York follows LA in becoming the first city to unite worker centers to tackle bigger targets and create more dynamic worker-led movements.
FOUNDING MEMBERS: Street Vendor Project, El Centro, NICE, Laundry Workers Center, Enlace