Organizational Background & Mission:
The Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) is a worker center committed to promote justice and opportunity for low-wage immigrant workers in New York City by pushing for systematic enforcement and expansion of workplace protections, including labor and occupational health and safety standards; advocating for industry-specific efforts to improve working conditions; and educating immigrant communities about their rights in the workplace and how to exercise those rights.
WJP operates the Bay Parkway Community Job Center and runs the Women’s Economic Justice Initiative to support our goal of advancing economic and workplace justice for low-wage immigrant workers in New York City. Through the center, workers have established a dignified system for contract negotiation and transparent hiring processes which provide accountability to employers and workers. As a result, the center has raised wages to $22.50 from $8 per hour, the highest wages set by a day labor center in the region. The Center has also cut down on wage theft, improved health and safety conditions and fosters good community relations in Brooklyn. In addition to helping to curb workplace abuse, the center has become an outstanding vehicle for effective workforce development; offering job skills development, health and safety training and needed certifications for workers.