Our mission: Collaborate with low-income, immigrant workers to develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions Our goals are: 1) to develop grassroots leadership from within the immigrant worker community; 2) to create feasible alternatives that address the injustices faced by immigrant workers in Chicagoland; and 3) to help build a grassroots movement for immigrant workers' rights.
Founded in 2000 by women temp workers, Latino Union collaborates with low-income immigrant workers to develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions.
Organizational achievements include passing the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Service Act in 2002 that regulates temporary worker agencies; passing Sanctuary legislation in Cicero, IL in 2008 that protects 85,000 immigrants; and passing the strongest statewide protections for workers against wage theft - or unpaid wages for completed work - as a member of the Just Pay For All Coalition in 2010.
In 2011, Latino Union launched the Chicago Coalition of Household Workers, a group of nannies, caregivers and housecleaners seeking respect, equality and dignity at home and in the community. In 2013, Latino Union united with seven1 other Chicago based workers centers and the Working Hands Legal Clinic to found the Raise the Floor Alliance to create systemic change and bring together expertise in low wage worker community organizing. The organization is an affiliate of the National Domestic Workers' Alliance (NDWA) and a founder and member of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).