Platform Power to the People.

Authors: Beth Guteluis and Sanjay Pinto

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This report focuses on how worker-centered digital tools and approaches to digital engagement fit within a larger set of strategies for shifting power in the economy, during the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers examine promising tools and approaches that are being used, based on two years of interviews and background research funded by the Ford Foundation, the Labor Innovations for the 21st Century (LIFT) Fund, and Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. They also offer takeaways that address the limitations and drawbacks of digital engagement.

MAY 2019

The Worker Center Ecosystem in California: Organizing to Transform Low-Wage Industries.

Authors: Nik Theodore, Beth Gutelius, Ana Luz Gonzalez

This report presents a scan of California’s worker center ecosystem to assess key strategies, identify challenges and opportunities, and offer recommendations for strengthening the capacity of this vital workers’ rights infrastructure. The report provides one of the most clear and detailed reads into the theory of change of worker centers, that while drawn from its analysis of CA based worker centers, has ample applicability beyond.

MARCH 2019

New Platforms for Building Power: A Report on the LIFT Fund’s “Digital Strategies for Worker Organizing” Convening.

Authors: Beth Gutelius and Sanjay Pinto.

This report summarizes the “Digital Strategies for Worker Organizing” convening in New York City in September 2018. Worker organizations and other allied groups came together from around the country to develop community, promote the shared practice, and strategize jointly on using digital tools and strategies for worker organizing. Over the two days, leaders surfaced challenges and successes and shared ideas about resources that would enhance their efficacy with digital tools and strategies in the future.  This is all captured in this report.


Digital’s Promise for Worker Organizing: A 2018 Update.

Authors: Kristinn Már Ársælsson and Joel Rogers.

This report is focused on how digital technology is being used by workers and worker organizations, and how its effectiveness might be improved. The report scans the various forms these strategies might take, making a case for how digital strategies are indeed useful in fostering intentional worker communities and that they facilitate outreach and affect the leadership development process. The report makes recommendations for under-recognized and underdeveloped as a field of practice in worker organizing.


Co-Production: Bringing Together the Unique Capabilities of Government and Society for Stronger Labor Standards Enforcement.

Author: Janice Fine.

This research analyses the ways in which in order for strategic enforcement to fulfill its promise, workers, worker organizations, and high-road firms must play a central role in government labor standards enforcement efforts. The report showcases early leaders in the co-production of enforcement and details core design principles that underpin this growing and successful trend.

Building A Movement Together: Worker Centers and Labor Union Affiliations.

Authors: Victor Narro, Saba Waheed, and Jassmin Poyaoan.

This report analyzes sixteen local affiliations of worker center to CLCs that took place throughout the country after the launch of the AFL-CIO’s National Worker Center Partnership in 2006. It documents, different models of affiliation and the challenges, opportunities, successes, and areas for improvement that worker centers and CLCs encountered during the affiliation process.