NWJP exists to support the efforts of low-wage, immigrant and contingent workers to protect their workplace dignity and to improve wages and working conditions. It offers high-quality legal assistance to workers and their organizations; supports organizing efforts; educates workers, their leaders and the public about workplace rights; lobbies for better employment laws; and promotes greater access to low-cost employment legal assistance.
NWJP also leads the Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft – a contingent of 36 organizations (and growing) representing labor, legal, faith, and small-business communities. The Coalition is dedicated to putting an end to the practice of wage theft by passing stronger laws, supporting stronger enforcement of existing regulations, and creating stronger communities.
NWJP believes that long-lasting change and sustainable solutions to the problems of economic and social disparities can only come from the people who are most affected by them. That’s why we are committed to supporting grassroots efforts to end injustice, amplifying workers’ voices in law-making forums, providing opportunities to workers to build and develop their leadership skills, and encouraging workers – especially those who have been disenfranchised and traditionally ignored – to participate in political and social processes that will bring about the end of structural and entrenched economic, social and environmental inequities.