Organizing for Change: The Worker-driven Social Responsibility Model

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A lead organizer for the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) will share with us insight about his organization, its worker rights campaign in the construction industry, and current organiziing experience. CTUL is a workers center that promotes worker rights, including in the non-unionized sectors of the Twin Cities metro area construction industry, seeking to improve the conditions for all workers. Since CTUL’s inception in 2004, about a quarter of workers who have connected with the organization have worked in the non-union construction industry. After years of witnessing exploitation and rampant wage theft in the industry, CTUL began a construction worker committee where non-union construction workers bring their voice, experience, and leadership to improve conditions and win back stolen wages. CTUL's campaign builds on the remarkable success of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to create a Worker-driven Social Responsibility Program in the construction sector. Please come prepared with questions you have about CTUL, the construction campaign, or about organizing.

Carlos García Velasco,, began doing community organizing work in 2004. He has done this work off and on for many years and in different spaces, including political work, union organizing, campaigns, and more. He has been with the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) for the last three years. He is the lead organizer with CTUL's construction campaign, through which CTUL is organizing non-union construction workers to build power and fight for change in the non-union sector of the construction industry.

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