CSWA was originally founded in 1979 in NYC’s Chinatown by a group of Chinese restaurant workers, who felt they needed an organization that would go beyond the limitations of traditional union organizing. Initially established as a voluntary membership group with mostly male, restaurant workers, CSWA today has grown into a direct membership organization of over 2,000 members working in diverse trades, documented and undocumented, and from all backgrounds and ages. Our leadership is composed primarily of women. We have two centers, one in Manhattan’s Chinatown the other in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Chinatown. CSWA is the first workers’ center in the country, bringing together workers across all trades to fight for our basic legal and human rights in the workplace as well as in the community-at-large.
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