The LIFT Fund has awarded $590,000 to fifteen worker centers partnering with labor unions nationwide – from Mississippi to Maine and North Carolina to California – that support building working people power using new and innovative forms of organizing.

African Communities Together (Labor Partner: UNITE-HERE Local 23)

The Our DC Airports Campaign seeks to organize approximately 2,000 low-wage retail and food service concession workers at Reagan and Dulles airports, most of them Ethiopian immigrants, to improve their wages and working conditions, and to build the social, political, and economic power of the Ethiopian immigrant diaspora in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

California Domestic Worker Coalition (CDWC) (Labor Partner: The United Domestic Workers of America, AFSCME Local 3930)

CDWC and UWD will develop a long-term strategy for the future of the care workforce. They will also launch 2-3 small pilot programs, which could include an Alzheimer’s care training to increase access to quality care and a Silicon Valley hackathon focused on improving care jobs through technology. At the end of the process, they will share key learnings from these pilot programs, and produce a framework for the state of California that incorporates a shared vision and an agenda to improve the future of care and care work.

Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice (CMWJ) (Labor Partner: Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC))

This project will focus on organizing workers in various counties throughout the tobacco growing region around community issues that parallel workplace issues faced by agricultural workers in the South. CMWJ will also conduct research on growers and their supply chain, identifying legal violations and pursue legal or agency strategies to hold them accountable. CMWJ and FLOC will build worker power through collective bargaining rights and enforce standards negotiated.

Chicago Workers Collective and Warehouse Workers for Justice (Labor Partner: UFCW Local 881)

This project proposes to maximize the opportunity presented by ground-breaking Browning-Ferris NLRB rulings via a campaign which unites temp workers and direct hires to win union recognition and collective bargaining agreements, and raise labor standards in Chicago’s food processing industries.

CLEAN CarWash Campaign (Labor Partner: United Steelworkers Local 675)

Through the Engaged Enforcement Project car wash worker leaders will educate and organize their fellow workers at both union and non-union car washes on labor enforcement standards and building worker power through collective bargaining agreements.

Graton Day Laborer Center (Labor Partner: State International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16)

The IWPA program will be a 6 – 8 week training program that introduces day laborers and domestic workers to the IUPAT trades, including painting, taping, glazing, wall covering, floor installation, drywall, and other allied trades. The IWPA program will infuse labor rights education and wage theft prevention and use the JORNALERO mobile app to combat wage theft. The IWPA program will serve as an onboarding process for graduating participants to segue into the standard IUPAT apprenticeship.

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) (Labor Partner: LA County Federation of Labor)

KIWA will work with the LA County Federation of Labor and other partners to develop frameworks and targets for the implementation of the Build Better LA, following the passage of a successful city ballot measure which institutes requirements for good jobs and affordable housing for LA developers seeking to build more density than allowed. In addition, KIWA will continue its efforts to democratize workforce development addressing the lack of access to workforce development programs by people residing in low-income communities, people of color, immigrants, re-entry workers, and others.

Latino Union of Chicago (Labor Partner: Chicago Federation of Labor)

BPWI seeks to develop a bridge program that will allow a pathway into union apprenticeships in the construction trades for day laborers. The program will also focus on workplace skills, health and safety trainings as well as organizing worker-led campaigns around improving wages and preventing wage theft. The initiative is also partnering with United Way who will provide workforce development staffing support and assist with promotion of the apprenticeship bridge program.

Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) (Labor Partner: Mississippi Alliance of State Employees, CWA Local 3570)

MIRA is receiving a planning grant to form a statewide Coalition for Workers’ Rights, to be made up of approximately 100 organizations that will pull their knowledge and resources to more effectively advocate for the ‘Comprehensive Workers Compensation Reform’. This cross-sectional movement will bring workers together from various union, non-union, and community organizations..

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (Labor Partner: Maine AFL-CIO)

This project will test a new form of partnership between ROC United and the Maine AFL-CIO to model how to codify strategic union and worker center partnerships to push for pro-working policies that are fully inclusive of tipped workers.

Tenants and Workers United (TWU) (Labor Partner: National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA))

TWU will partner with NTWA to challenge the potential takeover by transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Their campaign will make demands for public safety to limit the TNC market share at the airport; build an airport drivers association and create a driver-owned cooperative.

Trans Worker Center (Labor Partner: UFCW Local 770)

The Trans Worker Center is receiving a planning grant to embark on a project to organize trans workers in the greater Los Angeles area and focus on campaigns centered around public policy and changing corporate practices that explicitly affect trans and gender nonconforming workers.

The project involves both research and organizing with outreach and data collection methods as an organizing tool to build a base of worker leaders. The research question is a general descriptive investigation into the conditions of trans people working in service industry jobs and who are unemployed.

Warehouse Worker Resource Center (WWRC) (Labor Partner: United Steelworkers union (USW))

WWRC will partner with the USW to organize workers in critical parts of the supply chain in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Following the July 2016 NLRB Browning- Ferris decision they will combine efforts of strategic action by WWRC and organizing by the Steelworkers. They will innovate a strategy to organize subcontracted workers into unions and stabilize workforces across employers.

WeCount! (Labor Partner: South Florida AFL-CIO)

This project will engage union and non union workers in the climate change movement, work to ensure the inclusion of workers’ voices and agenda in the movement and fight for government action for mitigation and adaptation that benefits workers, communities and the environment. They will mobilize working people through the grassroots workers’ organizations and unions to fight for government mitigation and adaptation plans by Miami-Dade County and cities within the county that promote and protect the interests of workers, the community and the environment, including community benefits agreements for infrastructure projects.

Workers Dignity (Labor Partner: Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee)

Workers Dignity will partner with the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee on a three-pronged campaign that includes supporting workplace organizing and policy changes through:1) tie municipal tax breaks (Tax Increment Financing, to guarantees of living wage jobs and safe working conditions for construction and cleaning workers; 2) establish Community Benefits Agreements that include a pathway to union-scale pay and benefits for construction projects near Nashville’s urban core; and, 3) create a publicly funded workforce program – with wrap-around services – focusing on black and Latino workers who are traditionally excluded from union-scale construction and hospitality jobs.