Winning Our Wages

"It is criminal to have people working on a full time basis and a full time job getting part time income.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Winning Our Wages – Ganando Nuestros Salarios (W.O.W.) is a campaign begun at GBM in 2013 to help grassroots workers organize on their own behalf and to equip them to fight for their own wages. In recent years, we have seen reports of wage theft rise, especially since the passage of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law (HB 56) in 2011, particularly among Latino/Hispanic workers. Wage theft, however, is not an issue unique to only one segment of society; it is pervasive and can appear in a variety of specific forms. Workers are often either not fully compensated, denied payment for overtime, or, in the most extreme cases, not paid at all for work they’ve performed.

W.O.W. is comprised of workers, faith communities, allies and lawyers committed to ensuring that all workers in the Greater Birmingham area are fairly and accurately compensated for their labor. W.O.W provides a safe place each week where workers can share their stories, understand their rights, plan, organize and lead campaigns against wage theft with the help and support of other workers and allies.

To effectively accomplish the work of W.O.W., GBM has joined as a founding partner of the Alabama Worker Center / Centro de Trabajadores de Alabama.