The Workers Center Movement and Traditional Labor Law: A Contextual Analysis

Source: Eli Naduris-Weissman, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Vol. 30 no. 1, 2009
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This Article explores how traditional labor laws, primarily the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), should apply to worker centers. … According to Fine’s study, fifty-six percent of worker centers engage in industry-specific organizing, meaning that they build organizations of workers and engage in campaigns intended to improve wages and working conditions in a particular industry in some geographic area. … The study also found that most day-laborer worker centers do the following: (1) provide a defined space for workers to assemble, as well as a job-allocation system (either a lottery, list of available workers, or some other selection mechanism) that imposes order or a hiring queue on the day-laborer hiring process; (2) require job seekers and employers to register with center staff, which helps workers identify employers and hold them accountable to labor standards; (3) set minimum wage rates; and (4) monitor labor standards, employer behavior, and worker quality.

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