What We Do

The New York Worker Center Federation is an autonomous multiracial movement of workers and immigrants organizing across sectors and issues to build the power of the people whose labor fuels this city. Through Freedom Cities, the WCF aims to center directly impacted communities in the fight against the Trump administration, leading the movement to create safe communities where everyone can thrive.

The New York Workers Center Federation (WCF) began with a year long series of training sessions for worker leaders to build the capacity of worker centers. During the trainings the stories of individual workers and organizations began to tell the narrative of a powerful emerging movement. During the second training, worker centers saw the potential to create a space for leadership development and joint campaign work. On October 14, 2014 marked the official founding of the New York Workers Center Federation.

The WCF consists of Street Vendor Project, El Centro del Inmigrante, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, Cidadao Global, Laundry Workers Center, DRUM, ROC NY, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Retail Action Project, and Enlace.

What the Federation has accomplished as an independent and non-funded organization is remarkable. Thank you for helping make all of this possible. Our work proves what can be accomplished without any funding and with a commitment to operate autonomously.

Here are some of our highlights:

  • Graduated hundreds of workers through four years of the Delfino Leadership Institute Cohorts
  • Hosted multiple worker-organizer retreats where we brought dozens of workers together for intensive leadership development and movement building
  • We participated in supporting each others’ campaigns, such as:Justice for Delfino, Lift the Caps, and the B&H Campaign, One Fair Wage, and more.
  • We represented strong at annual May Day actions, including the Immigrant Worker Justice Tour and played leading roles
  • Three years of participating and leading Night Out for Safety and Liberation actions to protest police brutality and deportations

The Federation was built and sustained by incredible member leaders, volunteers, and staff from the following organizations: Street Vendor Project, DRUM, Laundry Worker Center, ROC NY, Retail Action Project, El Centro, Rhiza, NICE, NY Taxi Workers Alliance, and Enlace.

We have built strong and long lasting relationships among worker centers and grassroots organizations in NYC. And those relationships will continue to grow stronger. You will still see us marching side by side, whether it be for a campaign or for May Day. This is not a goodbye, but rather a see you soon.