We began as a project of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network’s Jobs Working Group and have developed into a full-fledged workers center. Our fiscal sponsor is the South Texas Civil Rights Project, a core member of the network.
Fuerza’s mission is to help workers discover their power and create solutions to the problems they experience at work. We are a mobile center so that we can reach out to workers across the Valley’s vast geographic area.
We hold weekly know-your-rights clinics in Brownsville, San Juan, and Alton. Workers come to the clinics to learn about labor protections, how to track their hours and document abuses, and to figure out a plan to resolve problems.
Over our short history, we have created a space for workers to be heard, to receive support, and to take collective action.
Together we have shone a spotlight on the region’s most pressing labor issues, won important cases in court and improvements at job sites, and recovered over $200,000 in unpaid wages.
The growth of the center is a testament to what a group of committed individuals and organizations can accomplish together.