Nailing New Labor Models: Exploring Sectoral Boards and High Road Training Partnerships in the Nail Salon Sector2023
This report explores two approaches, High Road Training Partnerships (HRTPs) and sectoral boards, to addressing workplace needs across the nail salon industry.
Analysis of High Volume For-Hire Vehicle Data for New York City2023
This brief offers an analysis of publicly available data from the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission’s High Volume For-Hire Vehicle (HVFHV) trip database.
Profile of Janitorial Workers in California2022
This brief provides a profile of private sector janitorial workers in California—who they are, their employment conditions and the economic vulnerabilities they face due to their low wages, employment status, and gender.
Working Under COVID-19: Experiences of Nail Salon Workers in California, New York, Pennsylvania & New Jersey2022
This brief captures national trends in the nail salon sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Made up of mostly Asian immigrant women, nail salons in the U.S. are predominantly small businesses, and pandemic closures have uniquely devastated both workers and owners. Issues concerning labor, health, and safety have only intensified since the pandemic’s start.
Lives & Livelihoods: California’s Private Homecare Industry in Crisis2022
The California homecare industry is facing critical issues that strain workers and consumers alike, amid growing demand that further intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meaningful and timely public investment in the state’s homecare workforce and infrastructure is imperative to its sustainability.
Fast-Food Frontline: COVID-19 and Working Conditions in Los Angeles2022
This report is the first in the nation to provide an in-depth portrait of COVID-19 safety compliance through the lens of fast-food workers themselves. It finds that fast-food workers in Los Angeles County are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, in addition to facing difficult work conditions that became more acute during the pandemic. This report expands on an industry analysis conducted last year on working conditions in fast-food restaurants.
Back to the “New Normal”: Workers and Learners Navigate Campus and Workplace Reopening2021
This report builds on existing knowledge about workers and learners by documenting how their academic, employment, and life experiences inform their concerns and expectations for the return to campus and work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fast-Food Industry and COVID-19 in Los Angeles2021
This study finds that working conditions in the Los Angeles fast-food industry lead to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission in communities of color, and $1.2 billion in public costs as a result of low wages that have plagued the industry for years. It will be followed by a second report on fast-food workers in summer 2021.
Profile of Domestic Workers in California2020
This report provides a profile of domestic workers in California—who they are, where they live and work, and the economic vulnerabilities they face.
Worker Ownership, COVID-19, and the Future of the Gig Economy2020
This report finds that gig workers in California have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and worker ownership could help remedy this crisis in the gig economy.
Union Values and LGBTQ+ Worker Experiences: A Survey of UFCW Workers in the United States and Canada2020
This report finds that advocacy efforts by rank-and-file members of the United Food and Commercial Workers broadly support union organizing for safer and more equitable workplaces for LGBTQ workers in the U.S. and Canada, but the fight toward ending workplace discrimination is far from over.
Workers and Learners during a Global Pandemic and Social Uprising2020
This research brief documents how the academic, employment, and life experiences of workers and learners changed since the onset of the COVID-19 global health crisis.
Workers as Health Monitors in LA County2020
This report finds that LA County’s proposed public safety councils at workplaces offer a cost-effective strategy to combat the spread of COVID19 and help speed LA’s economic recovery.
A Survey of Nail Salon Workers and Owners in California During COVID-192020
This new study finds that nail salon owners and workers face significant stress and economic hardship as they anticipate reopening in California.
I Am a #Young Worker – Young Workers Animated for Change Workshop and Classroom Guide2020
This curriculum serves as a guide for the UCLA Labor Center’s animated short film, I am a #YoungWorker.
Young Workers in California: A Snapshot2020
This report analyzes the state of young workers throughout California, with a focus on the industries in which they are concentrated. The related curriculum is designed for teachers, organizers, trainers, and educators to unpack issues faced by young workers.
California’s Hero Labor Law: The Private Attorneys General Act Fights Wage Theft and Recovers Millions from Lawbreaking Corporations2020
PAGA empowers workers to defend their labor rights, collecting millions for the workers, plus funding enforcement.
Work, Pay, or Go to Jail: Court-Ordered Community Service in Los Angeles2019
First in-depth empirical study of court-ordered community service.
Learning Together! An Innovative Tutoring Program for Low-wage Janitor, Garment, and Domestic Worker Children2019
Learn about the impact of our innovative tutoring model and the Parent Worker Project.
Nail Files: A Study of Nail Salon Workers and Industry in the United States2018
First national study of labor conditions in multi-billion dollar nail salon industry.
More Than a Gig: A Survey of Ride-Hailing Drivers in Los Angeles2018
This report is the first comprehensive study of drivers working for transportation networking companies in Los Angeles County.
Know Your Top Fair Housing Rights2018
This multilingual educational booklet highlights housing rights and protections in California, as well as prohibitions against discrimination.
Hour Crisis: Unstable Schedules in the Los Angeles Retail Sector2018
This report is the first comprehensive study conducted in Los Angeles that details the adverse impacts of unpredictable scheduling on the city’s 140,000+ retail workers.
Struggles and Support: California’s Homecare Employers2017
As of 2015, half a million Californians employed homecare workers. This study provides an understanding of homecare employers’ challenges, needs and employment practices in California.
Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in California2017
A new research brief explores the experience of the Black community in California through a labor and employment lens. As a result of widening inequality and a glaring lack of economic opportunities, California is in the throes of a Black jobs crisis.
Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in Los Angeles County2017
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 Sector2016
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 Industry2016
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 Employers2016
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 Jail2016
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 Stories2015
“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 #YOUNGWORKER2015
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 Snapshot2015
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 Guide2015
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 Affiliations2015
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 Children2015
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 Hogar2015
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 Everyone2015
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 TLCAN2014
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 Ordinance2014
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 Change2014
This reports explores the demographic, economic and political changes happening in Orange County.
ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities2014
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 Industry2014
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 Workers2013
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 Hollywood2002
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 Workers2011
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 Angeles2010
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 Hearing2010
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 Angeles2010
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 Workers2009
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 Hearing2002
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.