About Us

WHY THE WORKERS LAB EXISTS

The Workers Lab was created to invest in business models, platforms and organizing strategies, that can lift wages and build power in the workplace.  As a laboratory we relentlessly look for opportunities to be curious, to test new and old approaches to the challenges of our time, and share what we learn with others. We do this by providing:

Partnerships

We partner with investors, philanthropists and cities to create new, scalable financial models that build power for working people.

Capital

We cultivate an ecosystem of unlikely allies from tech and labor to reimagine norms between working people, government and employers.

Innovations

We scour the nation to find and invest in the most innovative worker organizing models poised to scale.

Narrative

We capture and share insights from our portfolio to build a new labor narrative by speaking fire, bold and unafraid.

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WHAT IS THE WORKERS LAB?

We documented the first day of our first program session in Oakland, CA. As an accelerator that invests in a cross-section of innovators and activists, we're learning as we go. Bringing together entrepreneurs, organizers, technologists, and advocates to create scalable and self-sustaining solutions that improve conditions for working people requires an ability to suspend disbelief and a commitment to being curious.

WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

Meet some of the folks behind the scenes at The Workers Lab. What was your first job? What keeps you up at night? Why do you do this work? We all have stories to tell and we hope you will share yours with us. Click this link to submit your contact information so we can collaborate to share your story, your expertise, or your passion for building power for working people.

CARMEN ROJAS, CEO, THE WORKERS LAB

Meet the CEO of The Workers Lab, Carmen Rojas, and learn what inspired her to help launch The Workers Lab.

WHY BUILD DIGITAL TOOLS FOR WORKERS?

The last time we saw a major labor movement in this country, we didn't have the kind of digital technology we have today. While we know that technology in and of itself is not a silver bullet, we are committed to pushing organizers, technologists, and social entrepreneurs to imagine what digital tools can exist and how they might help improve workers' lives. In collaboration with The Century Foundation, SEIU 775, and Second Avenue Partners, we brought a group together in Seattle, WA
to come up with ideas for tools.