Recent Immigrant Worker Organizing Victories in New Bedford
This is a very exciting time for organizing in SE Mass. We have had an amazing victory with immigrant recycling workers who organized, and won, an NLRB election with the UFCW 328 at Bob's Tires. The group came from, and is a strong part of the Community Worker Center in New Bedford, known in Spanish as the CCT. These are among the most exploited workers in the area and they are now bargaining their first contract. There has also been an important win at the NORPEL, a seafood processing plant, the immigrant workers there just won a $50,000 settlement negotiated with the National Labor Relations Board.
David Rolando Oliva is a Advisory Board member of the Labor Education Center and a worker leader from El Salvador.
The Labor Education Center has supported immigrant workers and their organizations in many ways over the years. A few examples are:
Participating in the Fair Wage project through the MA Attorney General's office to fight wage theft
Workshops around worker rights in Spanish, presented in many formats and locations
Advocacy in Bus Riders United to have public transit reach underserved areas, in which many immigrants work
Members and supporters of the Community Workers Center (CCT) participate at a rally at Fall River City Hall for better bus service for all.