What We Do
The Naomi Project facilitates workers’ rights trainings at churches, non-profits, or wherever we are invited to come. At these trainings, we cover the basics of what people’s rights are regarding wage and hour, workplace injury, and in situations of labor trafficking. We also share patterns of injustice across different industries as well as a set of strategies someone could pursue to redress an injustice. These workers’ rights trainings are increasingly led by worker-leaders who speak from their own personal experience of injustice.
In addition to educating peope about worker rights and strategies workers who have suffered injustice could pursue, we walk with people who seek to recover stolen wages, appeal denied workers’ comp cases, or apply for T-visas in cases of labor trafficking. In doing so, we support people who may be feeling discouraged about achieving justice in their situation and provide ongoing feedback and encouragament as people take the next step in their road to justice.
Beyond wanting to see stolen wages paid in full to workers and denied workers’ comp cases successfully appealed, we want workers who for different reasons are more vulnerable to injustice to be equipped to stand up for themselves and others in the work place. This means that in addition to workers’ rights trainings, we facilitate community organizing trainings on power and effective ways we can use power to move employers to do the right thing. We will also train people on the basics of civic engagement so that, as our organization grows, our leaders will move legislation to ensure that employers who cheat their workers don’t win out and undercut ethical employers.