Our Community Legal Education Project contributes to the empowerment of workers in upstate New York by educating workers about their labor and civil rights.
WJCNY’s “know your rights” workshops are held in church basements, union halls, community centers, and other easily-accessible locations. They are held at night or on weekends and are conducted in languages understood by the workers who attend. In the workshops, trainers present information in a way that allows for maximum participation, involving workers in discussions about their experiences in the workplace. We have also developed literature explaining employment laws and civil rights law, and distribute these materials to workers and community groups throughout the region.
The WJCNY Community Legal Education Project has been funded in part through generous grants from the ILGWU Heritage Fund, the Grinnell College Joseph F. Wall Sesquicentennial Service Award, the Westchester Fund for Women and Girls, the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, the Dyson Foundation, the New York Bar Foundation, and the United Way of Ulster County.