Worker Center

The Workers Center was founded by unemployed garment workers in 1987.  The Workers Center combines workers’ rights education, leadership development, and support for collective action to develop the roles of immigrant workers as leaders in their workplaces, in CPA, and in the community.

The goal of the Workers Center is to help Chinese workers learn about and organize for our rights, and to develop solidarity with workers of different communities and nationalities. The Workers Center:

  • promotes awareness of workers’ rights
  • provides support for collective action
  • organizes the unemployed and the unorganized
  • promotes fuller participation by Chinese workers in union activity to strengthen the labor movement
  • develops Chinese workers’ voice in the policy arena
  • builds the leadership role of Chinese workers in our community and in society.

The Workers Center holds a monthly “coffee hour” to develop workers’ solidarity and mutual support, involves immigrant workers in a Workers Center Committee for leadership development and decision-making.

We helped approximately over 100 immigrant workers with workplace rights counseling and support every year.

CPA plays a core role in developing the Immigrant Workers Center Collaborative to build organizing capacity and solidarity between the Chinese, Brazilian, and Latino communities.

We are working to demand local and minority hiring goals for local development projects that reflect the current population of the City of Boston and the local neighborhood.  We are working to ensure that the jobs created in our community are jobs that provide a living wage and benefits and offer pathways to limited English speakers in both the construction and permanent jobs.


The Workers Center holds a monthly Monday Coffee Hour, with discussions and activities to promote mutual support around workplace struggles, and help immigrant workers learn about US society, labor laws, and workers’ rights. We also hold a weekly drop-in Know Your Rights Workshop every Monday morning, for workers to discuss work-related problems; topics rage from wage theft to unemployment insurance to safety and workers’ compensation.

The Workers Center Committee helps plan long-term campaigns, strategy, and Workers Center activities.


April 22, 2016

Joint Statement on Peter Liang Sentencing

We are outraged that Peter Liang has escaped accountability for killing Akai Gurley. For more than a year, Akai Gurley’s family has been courageously speaking out to demand justice for their loved one. Judge Chun’s sentencing decision today is an insult to Akai Gurley, his family, and all victims of police violence. Any amount of jail/prison time is a brief snippet of time compared to the lifetime Akai Gurley’s young daughters will have to live without their father. The sentencing sends the message that it is okay to kill innocent and precious lives, as long as it is done by a police officer.

September 28, 2015

CPA Is Hiring!

CPA is hiring for two Organizers. Please read job posting for more information on the position and how to apply.

September 11, 2015

CPA Joins President at Labor Day Breakfast

CPA's honorary president Suzanne Lee, and staff members Karen Chen, Lydia Lowe, and Fiona Yu joined home health care workers Lingzhu Cao and Yan Li at the Greater Boston Labor Council's Labor Day Breakfast on September 7, when President Obama came to speak about the need for paid sick days and family leave for all workers. Attorney General Maura Healey spoke about the need to enforce wage and hour laws, announcing the appointment of Cynthia Mark, managing attorney for the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, as the new Chief of the Fair Labor Division. Mark, a 20-year legal services veteran, is a former staff member of CPA and a graduate of Tufts University and Northeastern School of Law.