UCLA Labor Center

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Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in Los Angeles County

2017

As a result of a lack of economic opportunities, widening inequality, and rising housing costs, the Black community in Los Angeles is experiencing a jobs crisis. This report considers how the lack of access to quality jobs is adversely impacting the community and draws a portrait of the challenges that Black workers in Los Angeles face.

Juggling Time: Young Workers and Scheduling Practices in the Los Angeles Service Sector

2016

Young workers are a vibrant and critical part of the Los Angeles County service economy. Expanding on the findings of the I am a #YOUNGWORKER report, this report finds that young workers experience erratic scheduling practices, such as unpredictable schedules, lack of advance notice, lack of input, and on-call scheduling.

Dirty Threads, Dangerous Factories: Health and Safety in Los Angeles’ Fashion Industry

2016

Los Angeles houses the largest cut and sew apparel base in the U.S. and is the center of the country’s garment manufacturing industry.
This report provides insights into the health, safety and environmental conditions of these garment factories. The report was based upon 307 surveys with garment workers in 2015.

Profile, Practices and Needs of California’s Domestic Work Employers

2016

The first statewide study of California’s domestic work employers, this report explores who domestic work employers are. Based on 501 randomly-dialed phone surveys throughout the state, this study provides demographic and household details, as well as an understanding of the employment practices and needs of domestic employers.

Get to Work or Go To Jail

2016

This report explores the ways in which the criminal justice system can also lock workers on probation, parole, facing court-ordered debt, or child support debt into bad jobs. Because these workers face the threat of incarceration for unemployment, the report finds that they cannot afford to refuse a job, quit a job, or to challenge their employers.

Conveying Carwash Owner’s Stories

2015

“Conveying Carwash Owners’ Stories: Competition, Diversity and Growth in the Southern California Carwash Industry,” a study- the first of its kind, provides an introduction to the industry, its owners, and the opportunities for this industry in Southern California.

I am a #YOUNGWORKER

2015

Young people work to live, not to play. Study that reveals precarious conditions young workers experience in Los Angeles.

Young Workers in Los Angeles: A Snapshot

2015

Young Workers in Los Angeles: A Snapshot analyzes census data on young people between the ages of 18 and 29 working across Los Angeles County.

Stitching Together a Story: Workshop and Classroom Guide

2015

This guide is a companion to Re:Work radio’s episode Los Callejones, which provides a framework for workshops and classrooms to build storytelling skills while learning about the issues related to the garment industry.

Policy Brief: Ridesharing or Ridestealing?

2015

This policy brief analyzes Los Angeles Department of Transportation taxi meter data from 2009 to 2014. The findings describe the economic impact of companies like Uber and Lyft on Los Angeles’s taxi industry.

Building a Movement Together: Workers Centers and Labor Union Affiliations

2015

Through interviews and surveys with worker centers and union leadership, this report evaluates the affiliation process and establishes recommendations for the AFL-CIO on how to expand and strengthen them.

Hanging by a Thread! Los Angeles Garment Workers’ Struggle to Access Quality Care for their Children

2015

The report documents findings from a worker-led study, in which Garment Worker Center members, and student supporters, conducted a survey with local garment workers about their child care needs and the barriers they encounter. 

Currículo para las Trabajadoras del Hogar

2015

Nuestros Derechos como Trabajadoras del Hogar: Educación Popular para un Cambio Laboral is a popular education curriculum for domestic workers who are seeking to organize and know their rights.

Los Angeles Rising: A City That Works for Everyone

2015

A report from the Economic Roundtable, the UCLA Labor Center, and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment assesses the benefits and consequences of raising Los Angeles’s minimum wage to $15.25.

El Estado Laboral 20 Años Después del TLCAN

2014

Un reporte por David Bacon que destaca las perspectivas de líderes laborales de México, Estados Unidos, y Canadá sobre el futuro del trabajo.

Health Impact Assessment of the Proposed Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance

2014

Human Impact Partners examines the health impact of wage theft in the city of Los Angeles. A partnership with the Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft.

Orange County on the Cusp of Change

2014

This reports explores the demographic, economic and political changes happening in Orange County.

ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities

2014

Low-wage workers experience labor violations regardless of their occupation or industry work. Therefore, this research project conducted by the wage theft report identifies policy efforts that would improve the conditions of low-wage workers.

Exploring Targeted Hire: An Assessment of Best Practices in the Construction Industry

2014

A comparative study of targeted hire initiatives based on 14 in-depth case studies of project labor agreements and ordinances, as well as a scan of 20 examples of other targeted hire initiatives.

Hollow Victories: The Crisis in Collecting Unpaid Wages for California’s Workers

2013

This report examines the challenges that workers have in recovering their hard-earned wages after winning a judgement in a wage theft case.

Left Behind: The Impact of Secession on Low-Income Residents and Workers in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood

2002

This study looks specifically at what could happen to the low-income residents of the Valley and Hollywood, and the public employees who currently serve those areas if the Valley and Hollywood secede from Los Angeles.

Diversity and Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander Workers

2011

In this report, we provide a statistical overview of the AAPI workforce in the United States. Wage inequality has been increasing within the AAPI workforce at an even faster rate than in the rest of the economy.

Loncheras: A Look at the Stationary Food Trucks of Los Angeles

2010

Loncheras, or stationary food trucks, are predominantly microenterprises owned and operated by Latino families in their own neighborhoods, contributing to their communities’ economic development by keeping profits local.

Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: Report from the First National Asian Pacific American Workers’ Rights Hearing

2010

Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence documents findings from the first National Asian Pacific American Workers’ Rights Hearing, a historic gathering of over 200 Asian American and Pacific Islander trade unionists and community allies.

Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles

2010

This report focuses on the results of a survey of more than 4,000 workers in low-wage industries. Among its findings, every week in Los Angeles low-wage workers lose $26.2 million dollars in wage theft violations.

Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers

2009

A landmark survey of 4,387 workers in low-wage industries in the three largest U.S. cities—Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. The first national study on wage theft.

Summary Report: Asian Pacific Islander Workers Hearing

2002

In 2002, the first ever California State Assembly Hearing on Asian Pacific Islander Workers brought together Asian Pacific Islander workers and advocates from all over California. This report synthesizes the issues and recommendations for workers, advocates, legislators, and communities.