I am Yuky, I am from China, a student in Sun Yat-Sen University. Currently, I am an intern in the Tenant Worker Center (TWC) team at the Chinese Progressive Association because of the Chan Fellowship Program. I have been interested in worker’s issues since several years ago, and I joined this program to learn more about social work in America. The program manager matched me with CPA according to issues I am focused on, and I am really grateful for this decision!
Throughout my time at CPA over the last 2 months, I have heard several workers’ stories. Many could not get minimum wage or paid sick leave, many didn’t have suitable break time, or even suffered from mental abuse sometimes. I always felt angry about how they were treated by their employers during work.
When I do reception, I get phone calls or walk-ins from workers telling me about their desperation and hopelessness with their situation. To me, this problem is very urgent, and it is hard to believe that today, there are still so many immigrant workers suffering from having their rights violated. But I also always felt touched by how the community and how CPA made efforts to help them. The worker leaders in our association are always willing to join worker’s campaign to support other workers.
I believe CPA has the great power to help workers to get what they deserve, and this is also the truth I can see everyday. What they have done can really change workers’ situations, their lives, the community, and even the whole country.
Although I am just an intern, I feel I am really a part of the whole team. Friendly team members and all staff in CPA give me support, and I hope what I do here can help with our goal. Worker leaders are also very nice and we always have conversations about everything in our life. I love this association and I do want to try my best to support it.