Alexia Salvatierra Stands Up For The Working Poor

Alexia Salvatierra
Blessed—and organized—are the poor

“We have a slowly awakening giant in our hands,” says Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, head of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). She's referring to the working poor of Los Angeles County who have, with the support of CLUE's 600 interfaith members, racked up some surprising victories against corporate opponents.

Last year they persuaded the city council to extend the Los Angeles city living wage and worker-retention laws to 3,500 additional workers. They also convinced the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater L.A. to agree, tentatively, to allow security officers to unionize. Now they're taking on the Glendale Hilton and the Radisson LAX over union representation.

“The working poor are offering a new vision to the American people,” she says. “Adelante!”