It might seem like Workers Defense Project (founded in 2002) has been around forever. That’s because executive director Cristina Tzintzún and deputy director Emily Timm began at full speed in their mission to defend the lives and living standards of low-wage workers in Austin. They began by fighting for unpaid wages, and have since built a Texas beachhead that has won crucial victories for safety standards, education, the dignity of work – and has set a progressive agenda for city government. Tzintzún will soon be stepping down from WDP, but promises she won’t be a stranger – Austin needs her!
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