What We Do

New Labor is a local leader in the national campaign for just and humane immigration reform, and an important local player in pushing for state- and local-level policies that respect immigrant families and unite, not divide, our communities.

In the political realm, New Labor members have held high-level meetings with Members of Congress and other important state and local leaders, and have helped turnout voters to the polls through non-partisan civic engagement efforts.

New Labor seeks to develop comprehensive grassroots organizing strategies to raise standards in these sectors. In the workplace, New Labor has helped empower workers to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages, clean up dangerous health and safety conditions, and exercise their worker rights. Our members make up the workforce in a variety of important employment sectors in NJ, including: warehousing and logistics, work through temporary employment agencies, domestic work, construction and remodeling, street vending and other small business, landscaping, restaurant work, and day labor. 

New Labor operates three “centers” in New Brunswick, Lakewood, and Newark NJ, and has a reach that extends through Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Morris, Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties. Through our educational programs, hundreds of members have learned English and computer skills, and have participated in trainings on topics ranging from workplace health and safety regulations to the perils of domestic abuse.