Downtown Labor Center
On Labor Day, 2002, the UCLA Downtown Labor Center (DLC) opened its doors on Park View Street overlooking MacArthur Park. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Governor Gray Davis, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Miguel Contreras, three international union presidents, numerous elected officials, and over seven hundred union members from the Los Angeles labor movement.
A downtown office for the UCLA Labor Center had been a long-term dream of Director Kent Wong who commented, "It would be hard to find a better site for the Downtown Labor Center, located near the majority of LA's union halls and worker centers and in the heart of a diverse immigrant community." For the staff of the Labor Center, the DLC is intended not only to build the bridge between the university and the Los Angeles labor community but also to support collaborative projects between unions, worker centers, and the broader community.
The DLC houses a growing library, workstations for student researchers, conference rooms, and staff offices. The center occupies two floors of the building and provides a centrally located meeting space for up to two hundred participants that is frequently used by unions and community partners.
The DLC furthers the existing work of the UCLA Labor Center by housing the center's leadership schools, student internship programs, Black Worker Center, California Construction Academy, Dream Resource Center, and many other workshops, conferences, and events. In addition, the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), a grassroots organization working to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States, is based at the DLC.