Across the country, worker centers are becoming more common as a community response to issues such as poverty and workplace inequities. As community-based hubs for worker empowerment, worker centers are powerful sites for workers to organize, access resources and support networks, and build community to advance economic justice.
Workers in Athens, Georgia and the surrounding counties — particularly those from historically marginalized communities (i.e., Black, Latinx and Immigrant communities) — are often denied the economic security necessary to live healthy and sustainable lives.
At the Workers Center, we support and build the capacity of non-unionized, low-wage workers through education, organizing, leadership development, and advocacy. The center and its staff assist workers in their own organizing for equitable wages and better working conditions by also working in partnership with local unions, lawyers, and area organizations. The Workers Center connects workers with resources and advocacy strategies while also advocating for policies and programs that advance labor justice and economic security.
By working to transform the underlying conditions that have caused low wage workers in Athens to struggle, we can nurture a community that is more resilient to the impacts of future financial and social burdens.