Garment workers, restaurant workers, domestic workers, and day laborers do the essential work that makes this country run. Re:Work Institute for Worker Justice believes the future of the US economy depends on safe, dignified, quality jobs for its most vulnerable workers.
Every day we conduct cutting-edge research and forge dynamic partnerships between worker centers and unions. Re:Work employs the principles of research justice– recognizing students, workers and community members as experts, promoting equal access to information, and using research as a tool for action. Our work:
- Research. Re:Work conducts applied, community-led, and policy research. We work with community partners and workers to build their research skills to document key trends in low-wage industries. We conduct rigorous research and analysis on workplace standards and wage enforcement to keep employers accountable to labor laws.
- Capacity Building. We provide technical assistance to build and support worker centers across industries. Re:Work develops and facilitates worker rights trainings, develops popular education trainings and curricula, and facilitates worker center-union partnerships.
- Student Engagement. We engage students through internships and hands-on research projects. The landmark Community Scholars class brings together UCLA graduate students and local leaders to tackle timely issues.
- Partnerships/Alliances. We build partnerships across research, community, labor and government partners to help leaders take action on key workplace issues.