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Workers Defense Project

The Workers Defense Project is an advocacy group for low-income workers headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Governor Abbott had asked lawmakers to address 20 subjects in the month-long special session ranging from public restroom access to the state's unacceptably high maternal...
September 12, 2017
Two markedly different approaches to addressing workforce challenges are now featured in Texas Tribune, a statewide nonprofit news organization. Reporter Neena Satija took an...
January 03, 2017
Workers' rights advocates in Austin are ramping up a push to hold Gables Residential accountable for the kind of working conditions that are reportedly prevalent on many of the...
February 19, 2014
A 19-year-old construction worker who barely survived a worksite accident at a high-rise construction project in downtown Austin says he was fired because he told federal safety...
November 26, 2013
Cristina Tzintzún, the executive director and co-founder of Austin’s Workers Defense Project (WDP), was a guest last Friday on the MSNBC show Up Late with Alec Baldwin.  As...
November 15, 2013
After years of pressing Austin leaders to approve a “living wage” law, workers' rights advocates celebrated the passage of a new set of requirements on companies that get tax...
October 25, 2013
University Calls the Allegations “Concerning”Students attending classes at the University of Texas at Austin this fall have a chance to “Live Big. Live Better” at some new luxury...
September 04, 2013
The worker center in Austin that we've been collaborating with for years at Construction Citizen got some well-deserved recognition in the pages of the New York Times Sunday...
August 12, 2013
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram delved into the issue of worker misclassification this Sunday with an extensive piece about the steps that the Texas Legislature has put the state on...
July 31, 2013