WASHINGTON - February 15 - Immigrant workers are in the center of a national debate as President Bush advocates a guest-worker program and Congress pushes for increased border security and patrol. A new Economic Policy Institute report released today adds new insight by profiling the quiet force of worker centers - the fast-growing institution that uses advocacy and organization to assist these workers.
Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream - by Rutgers University professor and EPI research associate Janice Fine - looks comprehensively at 140 centers in 31 states to document how these locally-run, grassroots centers assist immigrant workers who face poor pay, bad working conditions, and few prospects to advance to better jobs. Fine profiles how these centers - which provide many services in areas such as workers' rights, labor law, and health care referrals - are changing the landscape of low-wage work and the labor market.
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