Neidi Dominguez is the founding Executive Director of Unemployed Workers United. Neidi is a committed organizer, experienced campaigner, and visionary strategist in the immigrant rights and workers rights movements, and has been recognized as a Ford Global Fellow and an Aspen Job Quality Fellow for her leadership in the labor movement.
Neidi migrated from Mexico at the age of 9 with her mother and younger sister to Pasadena, California, and began her involvement in social justice organizing from a very young age with the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA). Formerly undocumented herself, she was a central leader in the campaign to win Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In Los Angeles, CA, Neidi was first introduced to the traditional labor movement through the CLEAN Carwash campaign that successfully unionized hundreds of workers into the first carwash workers union in the U.S., playing a variety of staff roles before becoming Co-Director of the campaign. She has served as the Deputy Director of the Community Engagement Department and Coordinator of the National Worker Center Partnerships at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Special Assistant to the General President and Coordinator of the National Strategic Campaigns Department for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Senior Advisor for Mijente’s Fuera Trump Initiative, and the National States Deputy Director of the U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, where she played a critical role to ensure the primary wins for the Senator in NV and CA. She currently serves on the Mijente Leadership Circle as well.
Neidi founded Unemployed Workers United in 2020 in order to meet the COVID-19 health and economic crisis and to bring the digital, data, and distributed organizing expertise and tools that enable national political campaigns to the social justice and labor movements to help them grow to scale, build multiracial working-class power, and win progressive changes to grow our social safety net and improve people’s lives. UWU is committed to building worker power across the Southeast and Southwest by organizing unemployed, underemployed, and precariously employed workers to build power to create solutions that will allow all of us to thrive.
Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow Profile of Neidi