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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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Creating Early Programs and Actions

Creating Early Programs and Actions

(p.53) 7 Creating Early Programs and Actions
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses early programs and actions that worker centers can undertake in their first year or two of existence. In general, programs and actions should be designed to reach workers, build leadership among workers, and prove the effectiveness of the worker center, usually through some concrete “wins.” The individual may also want to generate some positive media coverage for the center in order to reach workers and impress potential funders. This chapter offers suggestions on how worker centers can help workers who are having problems in the workplace, such as wage theft; develop formal relationships with government agencies and a central labor council; organize a modest-scale direct action campaign; form a wage theft study or task force; and keep workers coming in on a regular basis.

Keywords:   worker programs, worker center, workers, leadership, wage theft, government agencies, direct action, task force

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