Victor Narro

“"Victor Narro is a leading champion for immigrant workers of L.A. He spearheaded the car wash campaign that successfully unionized 25 car washes in L.A. the last two years. He has also been a leading force in opposing ‘wage theft.’”" Kent Wong, Director, UCLA Labor Center, Nominator

Victor Narro

2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Local Heroes nominee

Victor Narro

Title

Project Director

Organization/Business

UCLA Labor Center


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Provides leadership programs for L.A.’ immigrant workers & internship opportunities for UCLA students at UCLA Downtown Labor center. Professor for the Labor and Workplace Studies Program at UCLA; lecturer for the Chicano/a Studies Department; lecturer for the UCLA school of Urban Planning; & adjunct faculty at UCLA Law School teaching a class entitled Community Lawyering & Low Wage Worker Organizing.

  • Engaged his students at UCLA in conducting path-breaking research, including first major research project focused on the Car Wash Industry of Los Angeles. This research was used to develop state legislation to strengthen regulation of the industry and also encouraged national unions to organize car wash workers. The Car Wash organizing campaign is the first successful organizing campaign in this industry in the country.

  • Former Co-Executive Director of Sweatshop Watch and, prior to that, Worker’s Rights Project Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Worked to target the worst employers in the sweatshop industries of Los Angeles and has advocated for the development of effective wage-theft policies and legislation.

  • Involved in the launch of the National Day Labor Organizing Network, the first organization in the country to represent the needs of the largely Latino immigrant day labor work force. Was instrumental in convening the first meetings between NDLON and the national AFL-CIO that led to unprecedented partnerships to support worker justice.

  • Has served as President of the National Lawyers Guild of Southern California, a progressive group of attorneys who use their legal talents to support civil and human rights. As President, was instrumental in recruiting more lawyers to assist as legal observers at worker and immigrant rights demonstrations in Los Angeles.

  • Honored by the Los Angeles Orange County Organizing Committee, by the National Day Labor Organizing Network, by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, by Community Lawyers, Inc., by the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, by the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California, and by the National Lawyers Guild. Has also participated in the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

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