Realigning Labor: Toward a Framework for Collaboration between Labor Unions and Day Labor Worker Centers

Nik Theodore


One important national worker center network is the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), which in August 2006 signed an agreement with the AFL-CIO, creating the National Worker Center–AFL-CIO Partnership. The pact signaled the formal recognition of a shared agenda to defend workers’ rights, particularly the rights of workers in low-wage, contingent jobs. This report analyzes the context that led to the development of this partnership, and examines some of the early successes of, and ongoing challenges facing, partnerships between unions and worker centers.

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