CCLP’s interests lie within the expanding, changing and often explosive questions in the field of law for low-income workers. CCLP has conducted cases that form collective action in the interest of the membership of organizations of low-income workers and can attract people to the organization to fight for those legal demands versus focusing solely on individual service.
Of note, working in conjunction with farm worker organizations, CCLP’s volunteer attorneys with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer organizers and advocates won a class action suit against the State of California on behalf of thousands of migrant farm workers whose rents on government-subsidized migrant camps were doubled illegally by the State of California in the late 90s. Through the participation of legal professionals, businesses, religious institutions, students, workers and legislators, CCLP and the farm worker drives were successful in winning back the rent overcharges plus interest for the majority of migrant farm workers affected, as well as halting an additional rent increase the State sought to implement in 2003. CCLP and the farm worker class representatives then agreed to dedicate the remaining monies from the settlement to improvements on the camps, dictated by the farm workers themselves. The biggest gain from this campaign was the development of farm worker leadership through the struggle.
CCLP believes closing the distance between the law and justice in this country requires as a starting point the fight for living wage jobs, which would permit workers to meet their needs and purchase access to the courts purportedly available to all within our legal system, but currently denied to those who cannot afford it.