Laundry Workers Center

Our Mission

Laundry Worker's Center is a grassroot  non-profit organization that advocates and provides leadership development to improve low-wage immigrant workers' living and working  conditions in the food service, laundry, and warehouse workers through the organizing process. 

Political Philosophy

Laundry Workers Center addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers in the laundry, warehouse, and food service industries, as well as their families. We connect community and workplace justice organizing to support families, grow political consciousness and build grassroots power. Our work aims to combat abuses such as landlord negligence, wage theft, and hazardous and exploitative working conditions, all of which are endemic in low-income communities in New York City and New Jersey.

Laundry Workers Center’s political philosophy is rooted in organizing workers and building their leadership skills and political power through various worker-led tools and tactics, including taking direct action at the workplace. They serve as their voice to media outlets, speaking out as a community member and acting as their advocates at the negotiation table.

Our members are primarily low-income immigrant workers who believe in social and economic justice. LWC campaigns are all member-led.

Our Goal

Improving the living and working conditions of our members and our community.

Our Impact

LWC gives a voice to the most vulnerable communities. LWC follows the bottom-up approach to social change: directly affected individuals must determine their solutions. For this, LWC offers intensive mentoring, education, and training to nurture emerging leaders launching organizing campaigns. 

Leaders work with an LWC organizer to outline campaign responsibilities and learn tools to build workers’ power.