Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (NWJP) Receives Economic Opportunity Funders’ 2022 Law & Social Policy Legacy Award.
NWJP is being recognized for championing Oregon’s low-wage, immigrant, and contingent community by providing training to workers about employment and organizing rights, litigating major cases, and undertaking policy advocacy. These efforts have led to victories including the recovery of over $6 million in lost wages and damages for low-income workers across the state and policy reflective of comprehensive workplace protections, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grounded by the belief that working families are the true change agents in the workforce, NWJP has started several collaborations – Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft, Safe Jobs Oregon, and the Low Wage Worker Legal Network – creating pathways towards equitable and systemic change in the workplace.
NWJP was one of twelve strong nominations received for the 2022 Law & Social Policy Legacy Award, which was was launched in 2021 to recognize organizations defending and advocating for low-wage workers’ rights.
Our sincerest congratulations to this year’s winner, Northwest Workers’ Justice Project, as well as the runner-up, Workers Defense Project. You can read more about all nominees here. A $10,000 award will be given by EOF with support from Public Welfare Foundation annually until 2030 as a part of their legacy investment into the Workers’ Rights field.
We are deeply appreciative of this award because it recognizes the impact that an organization like ours can have by empowering vulnerable workers. We believe that true, long-lasting systemic change in the workers’ rights movement must be led by our most vulnerable workers to improve the future for all working families.
— Corinna Spencer-Scheurich, Director, Northwest Workers’ Justice Project
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The Law & Social Policy Legacy Award was launched in 2021 to recognize organizations defending and advocating for low-wage workers’ rights. A $10,000 award will be given by EOF with support from Public Welfare Foundation annually until 2030 as a part of their legacy investment into the Workers’ Rights field.