The Latino Workers Project Update
Fifteen years ago, the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice initiated the Latino Workers Project (LWP) to study the rapidly growing Latino population in Dane County and address challenges faced by low-income Latino immigrants. The LWP released Can’t Afford to Lose a Bad Job, which documented the socio-economic and labor conditions of the Latino community and provided recommendations to address pressing issues. Latinos faced unique challenges because of issues of immigration status, racism, lack of knowledge/comfort navigating public agencies & limited English proficiency. The WRC was founded as a recommendation of the LWP with seed money from the Madison Community Foundation.
Struggling for a Better Life, the report released last week by the Latino Workers Project (LWP),
captures the reality for Latinos living and working in Dane County. The report documents the dramatic increase in the Latino population (101% in 10 years) and the Latino community’s continuing struggle with substandard working conditions and persistent barriers to moving forward economically.
Through the project, the WRC seeks to issue a detailed and widely distributed analysis that gives voice to low-income Latino immigrant workers living and working in Dane County. We identify chief concerns regarding employment standards, and offer specific proposals. Leadership recruited through the process of producing the report will be engaged to champion recommendations that have been developed during the project.