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August 21 2013

Worker Institute Announces New Partnership with NDLON

The Worker Institute has announced an exciting new partnership with the National Day
Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON). NDLON, a national network based in Los
Angeles, is an alliance of local organizations that works to expand the rights of day laborers. According to its vision statement, NDLON “aspires to live in a world of diverse
communities where day laborers live with full rights and responsibilities in an environment
of mutual respect, peace, harmony, and justice.” 

NDLON’s leaders Nadia Marin, Omar Henriquez, and Luis Serrano, will be based in New
York City and collaborating with Worker Institute colleagues. They all look forward to the
benefits that this opportunity will bring.

“The collaboration will advance the work of both organizations,” said Maria Figueroa, co-
chair of the Institute’s Precarious Workers Research Network group. The Worker Institute
will connect NDLON with faculty and graduate students interested in conducting research
pertinent to the interests of day laborers. Furthermore, it will assist NDLON in developing
relationships and alliances with more conventional labor unions. 

NDLON will also contribute to the partnership in a number of ways. In addition to
participating in colloquia and other discussions organized by the Worker Institute, NDLON
will help Cornell faculty and students partner with non-traditional worker organizations and conduct research in new areas, such as immigration and the experiences of day laborers. 

NDLON brings the collective experience of 13 member organizations in the New
York/New Jersey region, such as Don Bosco Workers in Port Chester, NY, Workers Justice
Project, in Bensonhurst, NY, and Wind of the Spirit in New Jersey, which are spearheading
creative approaches to worker education and organizing. 

According to Jeff Grabelsky, the Institute’s Associate Director, this collaboration is part of
an ongoing effort by the Worker Institute to expand upon its existing research in the areas of precarious and low-wage work. This is the first of many partnerships that the Worker
Institute hopes to establish with worker centers and other emerging labor organizations in
order to advance the cause of workers’ rights and collective representation.