The LIFT Fund invests in collaborations and partnerships that are exploring ways to innovate and create new models for organizing workers. We are bringing together the best thinking from labor, worker centers, and other actors looking to build worker power. For our 2021 – 2022 cycle of grantmaking, the LIFT Fund selected 10 amazing collaborations across the U.S., and across a variety of industries.

Meet our Grantee Partnerships:

Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice and Workers United NY-NJ Joint Board are working in partnership to create a successful model of labor organizing nationally that brings worker centers, community based organization, unions together equitably, within a majority immigrant women industry. They aim to strengthen and broaden the New York Healthy Nail Salon Coalition(NYHNSC).

East Bay Alliance for Sustainable Economy and UNITE HERE 2850 are working in partnership to build the power of workers and improve conditions in the hospitality and food service industry.  Their work in Oakland, California aims to take on tech-based food corporations and their growing share of the market and the connections between hotel and industrial/ghost kitchen companies.

Fuerza Laboral and IUPAT District Council 11 are working in partnership to create unionized worker-owned co-ops of subcontractors and workers in the construction industry into a single, powerful unit. The partnership will build worker power at the grassroots level to transform the exploitative baseline of the construction industry in Rhode Island.

NJ Communities United and CWA Local 1037 are working in partnership to address the health and safety issues of childcare industry workers in New Jersey. The partnership will work together on strengthening the WECAN (Workers in Early Childhood Action Network) Health & Safety Organizing Project by building worker solidarity, organizing to address health and safety issues, and demanding health and safety standards for health and safety efforts in the childcare industry.

ROC-MN and UNITE HERE Local 17 are working in partnership to build worker power in the non-union sector of the restaurant and foodservice industry in the Minnesota Twin Cities Metro area. The partnership aims to bring together labor, and social justice organizations whose membership bases overlap, and organizations focused on immigrants’ rights to build a broad-based workers’ movement in the foodservice sector.

Rural & Migrant Ministry and UFCW and RWDSU are working in partnership as part of the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign and collaborate together to educate farmworkers and their rights in New York State, under the Farm Laborer Fair Labor Practices Act (FLFLPA). Under this historic law, farmworkers have a guaranteed day of rest, overtime pay, and the right to collectively bargain (amongst other rights). This  collaborative partnership is helping to build stronger leadership and in turn, worker power in upstate New York. 

WeCount! and South Florida AFL-CIO are working in partnership to make local government work for all workers by advocating for ordinances in 2021 and 2022 that expand protections related to health and safety, employment discrimination, heat stress, and wage theft. This partnership aims to win a Labor Standards Co-Enforcement Fund and Program, a model of how local governments can push back and help rebuild an economy and labor movement for all.

Worker Center For Racial Justice and AFSCME Local 31 are working in partnership to to organize workers at non-profit and community-based social service organizations after a successful COVID-era campaign to unionize mental health counselors on Chicago’s South Side. This partnership aims to significantly strengthen Black worker power, public support for unions among Black Illinoisans, and actual membership in AFSCME.

Workers’ Dignity Project and IUPAT District Council 91 are working in partnership on a multi-year campaign to create a floor of wages and safe conditions for construction workers, including worker-run monitoring and enforcement in Nashville, TN. The partnership aims to conduct public pressure organizing campaigns and collaborate with local and state elected officials to strengthen workers’ rights in government procurement, the permitting processes, and on health and safety accountability.