UCLA Labor Center


The UCLA Labor Center believes that a public university belongs to the people and should advance quality education and employment for all. Every day we bring together workers, students, faculty, and policymakers to address the most critical issues facing working people today. Our research, education, and policy work lifts industry standards, creates jobs that are good for communities, and strengthens immigrant rights, especially for students and youth.

Major Projects

  • The UCLA Dream Resource Center trains the next generation of diverse leaders—immigrant youth and allies with lived experiences—to be at the forefront of social justice movements and achieve equity and justice for workers, their families, and communities.
  • The Global Solidarity Project collaborates with labor leaders, scholars, and activists to address common worker issues in the United States, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim.
  • ReWork partners with worker centers and unions to improve conditions in low-wage industries and strengthen the enforcement of existing workplace laws.
  • The UCLA Labor and Workplace Studies Major trains students to tackle real-world community and workplace issues through interdisciplinary courses, leadership training, and internship opportunities.

The UCLA Labor Center is housed in the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the study, teaching, and discussion of labor and employment issues at UCLA.