New York Worker Center Federation

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. Join the #FreedomCities Movement!

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.

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We Rise! Levantémonos!


We Rise Team featuring Enlace, Rhiza Collective, RAP, ROC, St. Nicks Alliance, International Women’s Strike, Street Vendor Project, Harriet’s Apothecary, Cornell ILR School

Across our movements, we know that it is often women, femmes, and people with gender oppressed identities, who carry the brunt of the work. Coupled with the double burden of both reproductive and emotional labor which they are also subjected to, women, femmes, and gender nonconforming folks are constantly fighting and struggling for justice at work, at home, and throughout our movement spaces.

On Saturday November 4th, Enlace joined with many of our movement allies including Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations School, International Women’s Strike, Harriet’s Apothecary, Rhiza Collective, and Million Hoodies for Justice to host We Rise, a full day training and healing space dedicated to gender justice. Grounded in intersectionality, We Rise is centered at the intersections of gender, race, and class. Gender justice has been a critical focus of the New York Workers Center Federation and our Enlace Institute.

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Harvest without Violence: Worker Dialogue with the CIW

22426396_806221856249910_7473101544592797647_oNew York Taxi Workers Alliance and Law@theMargins welcomes Coalition of Immokalee Workers for a discussion of their award-winning worker-driven social responsibility model to protect the human rights of farmworkers in the fields, the Fair Food Program, and to learn about their current “Harvest without Violence” campaign to end sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain.

Monday, November 13 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

New York Taxi Workers Alliance, 31-10 37th Avenue, Suite #300, LIC, NY 11101

The CIW’s presentation will be followed by a worker dialogue with the New York Taxi  Workers Alliance. RSVP

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An Injury to One: Self Defense & Bystander Intervention for Worker Leaders


Self Defense & Bystander Intervention for Worker Leaders

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cornell ILR Conference Center
16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor, New York City
(between 5th and Madison)

This is a free event but seating is limited. RSVP is required!
Please visit our EventBrite page to view the Spanish version.

Amid political crisis and the rise in violence, many of us want to rise up and intervene to stop harassment and violence against people in our communities. This bystander and self-defense training will convene members, leaders, stewards and staff of unions or workers’ centers.

Learn how to effectively intervene and de-escalate harassment and violence, whether you witness it or experience it yourself. This workshop will address:

  • Understanding Street and Public Harassment
  • Skills and Options for UPstander behaviors
  • 5 D’s – direct, distract, delegate, delay, document
  • Develop strategies for harassment you may witness or experience
  • Learn Basic Self-Defense
  • Networking with local community resources

Who should attend: Members, leaders, stewards and staff of unions or workers’ centers.

Click here for event details and to RSVP →

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URGENT – Sign petition to demand DHS grant DRUM member Riaz Talukder a stay of deportation – families heal together

Grant motion to reopen case for Riaz Talukder

Demand the immigration judge to grant Riaz Talukder his stay of deportation so that he can stay with his wife who is battling thyroid cancer, and their two sons Rafi and Radi.


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#HateFreeZones: Self-Defense Training

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 10.55.26 PMJoin the Hate Free Zone organizations in Kensington, Brooklyn for a self defense training for women, queer and trans folks. Childcare and snacks will be available.

The Hate Free Zones is led by frontline communities facing threats of deportation, police brutality, hate crimes and other forms of interpersonal and state violence. Hate Free Zones is aimed at creating a grassroots community defense system in which we can find safety in each other. The Hate Free Zones consist of community based organizations, neighborhood businesses and faith based institutions. This training is being organized by DRUM, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Showing Up for Racial Justice and Occupy Kensington. We will be joined by guest trainers from the Center for Anti-Violence Education. RSVP on Facebook