Sept. 10 - When Unions Aren't An Option, Somos Un Pueblo Unido Finds Another Way To Protect Workers

Sep 10, 2015


In Labor Day’s edition of the New York Times, veteran reporter Steven Greenhouse details the efforts of a Santa Fe non-profit to fill the vacuum of sorts created by the weakening of the nation’s traditional labor unions in recent decades.


Marcela Diaz, director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says the immigrant-rights advocacy organization back in 2008 “stumbled upon” a resource made available through the National Labor Relations Act. The federal law, approved in 1935, protects the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy. Diaz says the NLRA is considerably more expansive than covering just the relationship between labor unions and employers.