The Workers Defense League (WDL), founded in 1936, is a nonprofit workers' rights organization that specializes in helping people who have been denied unemployment insurance. We also conduct trainings for unions and other organizations about unemployment insurance rules (including recent significant changes in the law) and the hearing process.

WDL can be reached by calling (212) 627-1931.


We are continuing to respond to the many messages left on our phone line, within 24-48 hours. We are able to help many individuals who are having problems obtaining unemployment insurance benefits.

WDLs 84th Anniversary Dinner, scheduled for June 2, 2020, is postponed. We look forward to recognizing our honorees:

- Thomas M. Conway, President of the United Steelworkers

- Kim Medina, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, DC 37 AFSCME

- Gloria Middleton, President of Communications Workers of America Local 1180