The income gap within the Latino community has been growing rapidly over the past decade; Latino poverty has increased dramatically while wages have remained stagnant and the Latino population in Dane County has more than doubled. With the population growing, job opportunities shrinking, and hard data lacking, the need for a re-evaluation is greater than ever. The purpose of this research is twofold:
- to expose the current working conditions of Latino workers, including labor protections, wages, compensation, advancement, and the right to advocate for better working conditions in Dane County and
- to raise the voice of vulnerable workers who are often missed in standard research.
This research is being done in collaboration with project leader, Carolina Sarmiento, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies within SoHE, the School for Workers, Center of Wisconsin Strategy, and WRC, in addition to working with students, congregations, labor unions, government agencies, and other community organizations.
A clear eyed analysis of the challenges that remain and the steps necessary to address them will be essential for Madison to develop a platform for further action and help fulfill this growing communities promise.