For the past 30 years,
Instituto Laboral de la Raza has provided counseling and advocacy
to low income workers and their families throughout the Bay Area.
The Instituto is a non-profit corporation, set up to protect
workers' labor rights in the workplace. The Instituto also maintains
offices in both San Francisco's Mission District and in Oakland
that function as drop-in centers, providing counseling and legal
Laboral de la Raza was founded on January 2. 1982 by Jose E.
Medina and other union workers to combat the economic exploitation,
and physical and mental abuse suffered by low income and minority
workers at the hands of unscrupulous employers.
Responding to concerns
from the immigrant community, the Instituto helped found the
Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services. The
Instituto was also a founding member of the Progressive Way and
helped to initiate the Centro Del Pueblo at 474 Valencia Street
in San Francisco.
In the year 2012, Instituto
Laboral de la Raza provides critical labor services to over 2,000
low income, unorganized workers. Over 1,000 of these workers
labored without Union protections in the building and construction
trades and in service-related industries. Our goal is educate
and stabilize unorganized workers while introducing them to the
benefits and protections of Organized Labor. We proudly deliver
our support for Community Unionism!