The Economic Justice Program (EJP) was created in 2009 to confront the high incidence of wage theft and other labor abuses faced by low-income workers in the El Paso metropolitan area. In the summer of 2009, the EJP provided an 8-week worker rights course to educate community economic justice advocates. The course provides basic information on labor rights and helps participants develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work on wage claim cases and campaigns.
Several graduates from our worker rights course have formed the Committee for Labor Justice (El Comité de Justicia Laboral). This Committee holds weekly meetings for the community that are open to any community member who has a wage claim case, and/or is otherwise interested in labor rights.
During these meetings, committee members give labor rights presentations, compile intake information for new members with potential cases, do preliminary investigation work, and collaborate in organizing strategies to reclaim wages. Once they have formulated a case strategy, the committee uses various methods to demand unpaid wages, including writing letters, calling employers, going to employers’ houses, and talking to the press.
The Economic Justice Program will provide legal representation to Committee members as well as other workers who confront labor violations throughout the El Paso region.
If you are located in the El Paso region and believe you have a claim for lost or unpaid wages or your labor rights have been otherwise violated, click here and follow TCRP’s intake policy to seek help