Areas of Work

 Working Family Solidarity and our ally the Workers' Center for Racial Justice, outside the enormous Cook Country (Chicago) jail facility. We reach out to African Americans and Latinos affected by our criminal justice system, to build solidarity between our communities as we look for work and try to stabilize our lives by having a place to live.

Working Family Solidarity and our ally the Workers' Center for Racial Justice, outside the enormous Cook Country (Chicago) jail facility. We reach out to African Americans and Latinos affected by our criminal justice system, to build solidarity between our communities as we look for work and try to stabilize our lives by having a place to live.

 

DIRECT OUTREACH AND EDUCATION WITH WORKERS

WFS conducts one-on-one outreach with workers, as well as educational workshops and trainings with low-wage workers in the greater Chicago area, helping workers understand federal, state, and local laws directly regulating the workplace and hiring practices, including:

  • Wage & Hour

  • Health & Safety

  • Discrimination

  • Sexual Harassment

  • Right to Organize

  • Immigration

  • Criminal Justice

  • Temporary Labor

We support and encourage workers who wish to exercise their right to organize for mutual benefit at their workplaces, be it as direct-hire or as a staffing agency worker.

 

BUILDING RACIAL ALLIANCES

BETWEEN WORKERS OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS

WFS believes that it is critical to decrease racial tension between low-wage workers so that we see each other as natural allies, instead of competition for scarce resources. We hold Racial Unity dialogues as an integral part of our outreach and trainings with workers and their families, to create a unity that can help all of our communities reach economic stability.

 

Solidarity between urban and rural working families

WFS believes that there is a divide between urban and rural workers, based on a lack of understanding between workers in big cities and workers in rural areas and small towns. We see this mistrust in Illinois, between workers in Chicago and workers in smaller towns. WFS promotes solidarity and increased understanding between urban and rural workers, so that we can increase our support of each other's similar struggles to reach economic stability.