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The Power-One Campaign

Immigrant Worker Empowerment Through Law and Organizing

By Cynthia Mark & Evonne Yang

A spontaneous work stoppage by a group of immigrant factory workers facing layoff grew into a campaign that not only won employer concession on some of the workers' immediate complaints but also brought federal and state funding commitments for English classes, skills training, and other services for the dislocated workers. The collaboration among legal services, a community-based organization, and organized labor helped the workers achieve concrete immediate benefits and knowledge and skills that will prepare them for a better future.

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