Latino Union of Chicago

http://www.latinounion.org/

Chicago, IL

Prioritize Equity, Share Ownership  |  Advocacy, Community Economic Development, Worker Ownership

Eric leads efforts to organize and develop leadership in Chicago’s day laborer and domestic worker sectors, developing tools to improve social, economic, and labor conditions for immigrant and U.S.-born workers.

For the past 12 years Eric has worked with Latino Union of Chicago, developing the tools necessary to improve social, economic, and labor conditions in a collective manner. He started as a volunteer organizer in 2003, became the first paid organizer in 2004, and was named executive director in 2008. Eric recently changed roles to become the senior organizer in order to support the development of the new executive director, cultivate a new domestic worker organizer, and establish Latino Union’s wage theft and immigration programming. During his time at Latino Union, Eric helped found the organization’s social enterprise Café Chicago. He is also a founding member of Just Pay for All Coalition and a founding member of Raise the Floor Alliance (the only alliance of worker centers in the country). Eric was recognized as one of Chicago’s 35 leaders under 35, is a MALDEF Social Change award recipient, and was named a Chicago Community Trust fellow 2013.

IMPACT

  • Founded the only day labor hiring and education hall in the Midwest
  • Sparked a social enterprise andcooperative movement in Chicago
  • Passed legislation in 2010 to protect workers from wage theft
  • Has fought for immigration reform and have stopped many people from deportation by supporting their cases

MEDIA