The Essential Worker Rights Network
The Essential Workers Rights Network (EWRN) was founded in response to workplace abuses that were happening at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. The mission of the EWRN is to strengthen the leadership of workers and promote mutual support in the workplace and across the Essential Worker Rights Network. We provide trainings on workers’ rights, and empower workers to collectively address workplace concerns and build community support, especially when legal protections are weak or do not exist. We also identify and fight for changes in laws and institutions to protect workers against all forms of discrimination and abuse, and the right to work with dignity.
Current campaigns include Citizenship for All, as immigrants have been on the frontlines of the pandemic as essential workers, they and their families have experienced disproportionately higher rates of sickness and death due to their immigration status and their job. The EWRN is also providing community outreach to essential workers and hosting pop up vaccine clinics in partnership with the Department of Health, in addition to existing vaccine resources and clinics to fight against misinformation and save lives.