EDUCATE. ORGANIZE. MOBILIZE.
The Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center (NWAWJC) is a non-profit organization that assists the least empowered residents of our state: low wage workers. Through advocacy, organizing, and education, we seek to help workers to help themselves obtaining safe workplaces and fair wages.
Founded in 2002 with the central focus to help low-income and immigrant workers in Arkansas to advocate against workplace injustices, the NWA Workers' Justice Center seeks to empower our working community through labor education, advocacy, and organizing as a means to generate a positive systemic change. All of the workers whom we assist live below the federal poverty line. The NWA Workers' Justice Center is affiliated with Interfaith Workers Justice (IWJ), Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA), and is part of national networks and coalitions that organize workers for better wages, benefits, and workplace dignity.
The mission of the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center (NWAWJC) is to improve conditions of employment for low-wage workers in northwest Arkansas by educating, organizing, and mobilizing them, and calling on people of faith and the wider region to publicly support the workers’ efforts.
What We've Achieved
Worker-Led Justice Center Accomplishments
- Recovered over $920,000 in back wages, workers compensation, safety and health, and discrimination claims through worker advocacy.
- Educated workers on lobbying to block anti-immigrant legislation proposed in Arkansas.
- Trained more than 350 workers about OSHA Safety and Health rights.
- Presented and helped pass a resolution in support of increasing the Department of Labor statute from $1,000 to $2,000 when investigating cases of wage theft.
- Partnered with STITCH, a nonprofit organization that unites Central American and U.S. women workers to exchange strategies on how to fight for economic justice in the workplace.
- Partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center to empower female workers in the poultry industry to understand employment law and fight sexual harassment.
- Assisted in organizing workers at Rockline Industry in support of their claims of illegal English-only rules. This case resulted in a high profile case with a respected civil rights attorney.
- Traveled to Washington, DC to support increasing authority of the U.S. Department of Labor handling wage theft cases and health and safety resolutions.
- Assisted in over 400 cases of workplace abuse.
- Held workshops to train over 1,000 low-income workers on their rights in the workplace and created a series of leadership trainings for women in the community.
- Assisted 800 workers in a Bentonville poultry processing plant to get their employer to provide safety equipment.
Center and Staff Awards
- 2013 Diversity Champion Award by the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association, Inc.
- 2013 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
- 2012 Patriots Award by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
- 2011 Champion Leadership Award by the Citizens First Congress
- 2010 Peace & Justice Heroes Award by OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology