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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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Focusing on a Sector

Focusing on a Sector

(p.110) 13 Focusing on a Sector
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers guidelines for focusing on a sector, such as day laborers, restaurant workers, domestic workers, warehouse workers, or workers in low-wage jobs. By focusing on a particular sector or two, a worker center can build power, have a greater impact, understand the sector, build long-term leadership teams, and build the organization. This chapter discusses the criteria for choosing what sector to focus on and presents two examples of worker centers having sector impact: Workers Defense Project, which focus on construction workers, and Chicago Workers’ Collaborative. It also looks at some common approaches and campaigns that groups often use before concluding with suggestions on how to step it up, such as developing an organizing campaign focused on one or more employers or working on public policy that regulates or improves conditions throughout the sector.

Keywords:   work sector, workers, worker center, Workers Defense Project, construction workers, Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, organizing campaign, public policy

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