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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Worker Center Background and Vision

Worker Center Background and Vision

(p.1) 1 Worker Center Background and Vision
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This book offers lessons learned from existing worker centers in order to guide new centers in moving through the early phases of development more smoothly and enable their leaders to play a more meaningful and powerful democratic role in bringing about economic justice. Worker centers create a safe space where workers organize and build power, learn about their rights, work with others to address problems they are experiencing, access training and services, and organize for social and economic change in their communities and at the national level. This chapter provides an overview of worker centers and their vision. It first discusses the workers’ crisis and its many causes before turning to various types of worker centers and core worker center programs, along with their functions that range from building power and organizing for social change, to training leaders, arranging for jobs at fair pay, creating worker cooperatives, and challenging racism. It also explains how worker centers are established and concludes with an outline of worker centers’ core values and stages of growth.

Keywords:   worker center, economic justice, workers, economic change, social change, training, fair pay, worker cooperatives, racism

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