All the Issues in Workers’ Lives, Organizing in Stamford Connecticut

Read Daniel HoSang’s Shelterforce Magazine story about my work in Stamford Project. Dan was the first person to write about the innovative work the Stamford Project was doing to link housing rights and workers’ rights in Connecticut.

In the last 12 months, a remarkable string of organizing victories involving thousands of low-wage workers and their families has taken the corporate hub of Stamford, Connecticut by storm. Haitian taxi drivers have joined Jamaican nursing home workers and South American janitors in public actions to challenge the leadership of this New York City suburb. Hundreds of clergy, public housing tenants, union members, and civil rights activists have besieged the Mayor’s office to demand action on a broad range of issues.
The effort is being led by the Stamford Organizing Project, an innovative effort sponsored by the national AFL-CIO and including Region 9A of the United Auto Workers (UAW), Justice for Janitors Local 531 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), District 1199-New England, and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Local 217. These four locals have agreed to an unprecedented coordination of organizing efforts in the workplace and beyond.

Read the full article on the Shelterforce website.

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