By the time Mamdouh was wrapping up his work at the Immigrant Workers’ Assistance Alliance, he was beginning to see that restaurant workers needed political power far more than temporary relief. Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100 decided to help start a new organization to support the thousands of restaurant workers who faced daily exploitation. Local 100 couldn’t invest any money, but it could offer advice and office space for a few months. It was clear that the Windows workers, especially Mamdouh, had the leadership instincts, networks, and industry knowledge necessary to build a permanent organization, but they would need an experienced organizer to facilitate the process. The union had ...

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