Center has helped workers recover over 1 million in stolen wages and backpay

September 7, 2015


SANTA FE, NM--Today New Mexico made national news.  The New York Times published an article highlighting the innovative work of the United Worker Center of New Mexico, a project of Somos Un Pueblo Unido.


The worker center has organized non-union and low-wage workers across the state to recuperate stolen wages, improve workplace conditions, and push for local and state laws that protect all workers.


To read the entire New York Times article click here.


We are thrilled the New York Times chose to share the story of courageous New Mexico workers standing up for their rights," said Marcela Diaz, Executive Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido. "We will continue to work with our union and community partners to build a stronger worker justice movement in our state."


"We want all workers, immigrant and non-immigrant workers, they have the right to organize for better working conditions without fear of losing their jobs," Rayos Burciaga, a founding member of the United Worker Center of New Mexico. "Hopefully this article will help us spread the word widely."


"I'm bursting with pride," said former Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. "It has been an honor to work with our many unions and Somos in fighting to improve the lives of workers and their families."


"We are so proud of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, for years we have been working together on combating wage theft, protecting drivers' licenses, and many other campaigns," said Sharon Argenbright, Executive Vice President of Local AFSCME 1199 NM. "We are not surprised that their incredible work is now known nationwide, we look forward to continuing our collaboration in strengthening the rights of all workers."


"We were there in the beginning," said Cathy Townes, President of AFSCME 477 Santa Fe State Employees. "We all came together when the worker center was founded and have witnessed the center engage in multiple successful campaigns that have delivered concrete changes to the lives of workers and their families."


For interviews with workers featured in the article, please contact Neza Leal at 505-307-5034 or by email at





Somos Un Pueblo Unido is celebrating 20 years of being New Mexico's statewide civil and worker's rights organization. In 2012, Somos founded New Mexico's first and only worker center, the United Worker Center of New Mexico, to organize and provide support to non-union, low-wage workers.


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