2016
A Year of Insight

OUR TEAM

 

 

 

 

In 2017 we added extra hands to The Workers Lab team.
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We put two pairs of those hands to work on storytelling and the other to managing operations to keep our ship sailing straight ahead.

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Many hands make light work, especially for our fast-moving organization.
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Our veteran rockstars move as fast as the world of work is changing; very fast.

Meet Carmen, CEO of The Workers Lab.

OUR COMMUNITY

Think of us more as anode than an institution.
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Our community is as important as our core team in our work of testing new models of building power for workers.

We have some friends
in high places.

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If you’re looking for a great partner, look up the folks at the DOL
under former Obama. We think they were great.

Read about our visits to the White House.

 

It takes a village (or you
could call it our board).

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We’re led by the experience of the investors, worker organizers,
entrepreneurs, government and labor leaders on our board.

Meet them here.

And we’re backed by the best
in the business.

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Our funders including the Service Employees International Union,
 Open Societies Foundation, Ford Foundation and Marguerite
Casey Foundation provide not only the capital and resources
but also the inspiration do our work.

SEIU has been with us since the beginning.

 

Yet we couldn’t do anything without our family of
activists and organizers on the ground.

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We work to support bold, emerging ideas that create real power for
working people across the country and across industries.

OUR WORK

At The Workers Lab we try new things,
we experiment.

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Although most experiments fail, we continue to learn
and share these learnings with others.

Watch us in action.

We hosted, co-hosted and
sponsored hackathons.

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By bringing together labor organizers and tech entrepreneurs,
we imagined new models for organizing workers at scale.

We believe in digital tools.

 

At UC Santa Cruz we funded a hackathon to create
a digital organizing network.

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The resulting prototype raised additional funding and launched
as WorkIt, powered by IBM’s Watson.

Read more here.

We participated in the MIT Inclusive
Innovation Award.

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By providing funding we opened a prize category for new models of
worker power and attracted incredible applicants.

Read more about the competition.

 

We hosted a tech design session
with SEIU 775.

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We explored exciting ideas with the labor leaders, organizers
and tech entrepreneurs around the table.

This is our idea of a good time.

Institute for the Future: Digital Tools
for Worker Organizing

We led startup accelerators called
Enterprise Institutes to incubate new ideas
for building power for workers at scale.

 

MEET THE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Arizmendi Cooperatives are
a network of bakery cooperatives.
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We explored how to transform supply chains via cooperatives,
in this case with maintenance workers.

Read more here.

 

Fair Work Week (FWW) fights for
better working conditions.

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FWW partnered with The Center for Popular Democracy
to construct a new business that certifies
employers compliant with labor law.

We need new organizational forms.

Hour Voice is an app that educates and
empowers hourly workers.

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We learned that monetizing plans for startups
are longer-term than most non-profits
and need different timelines from funders.

Check out the app here.

 

Korean Immigrant Worker Alliance empowers
low-wage immigrant workers in LA.

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KIWA tested out independent revenue generation
of its worker empowerment clinic.

Read more here.

Centro De Los Derechos Del Migrante (CDM)
defends migrant workers in the US.

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CDM was skeptical of traditional tech platform monetization
but explored other optionsto empower Mexican workers.

Read more here.

 

CLEAN Carwash Campaign improves safety
for carwash workers and the environment.

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CLEAN wanted to establish a cooperative business
to set standards across their entire industry.

Read more here.

Take Action Minnesota fights for racial
and economic equity across Minnesota.

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They wanted to explore how tech and an independent
revenue streamcould help organize low-wage workers.

Read more here.

 

The Working World builds
cooperative businesses
in low-income communities.

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TWW tested out the viability of a fund to
provide capitalfor cooperative businesses,
which are becoming larger and more popular.

Read more here.

New Virginia Majority organizes
a progressive movement in Virginia.

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Initially focused on developing a local alternative
to Uber, they ultimately focused on changing regulation
to shift market practices.

Read more here.

 

LaborX matches companies with
diverse, qualified jobseekers.

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Still early stage, LaborX wanted to test out integration
of worker voice and job quality standards.

Check out their platform here.

Provide connects low-wage workers
to affordable child care.

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Provide tested revenue generation strategies for their platform,
despite a systemic understanding of the childcare industry.

Read more here.

 

Working Families Party (WFP) organizes
to elect the next generation of progressive leaders.

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They are leveraging tech to build a membership base
of 100,000 members to generate a source of independent revenue.

Read more here.

WE GET OUR HANDS DIRTY AS WELL.

We launched an app to fight workplace violations
in non-unionized workplaces, WorkerReport.

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Our friends at the National Employment Law Center,
Ford Foundationand See Click Fix made it all happen.

Try it for yourself.

 

WorkerReport launched with 3 pilots
in Seattle, Oakland and San Jose.

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We learned that there are very real limits
to technology in creating real power for workers.

Read our lessons learned.

We’re supporting the creation of the
nation’s largestworker-owned cooperative.

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We laid the groundwork for a massive conversion of a
California agribusiness into a farm worker-owned co-op.

Learn more here.

 

WE'VE INVESTED IN, GRANTED AND SPONSERED AMAZING LEADERS.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers
is expanding.

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The farmworker-led human rights organization is exploring
a certification model to drive scale and revenue.

Read more here.

 

Silicon Valley Rising is fighting for
low-wage workers in the Bay Area.

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They are developing a certification program to
incentivize responsible contracting by tech companies.

Read more here.

B-Labs is a non-profit settingthe bar
for mission-oriented companies.

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They wanted to expand into setting labor standards
for municipalities.  We wanted that too.

Read more here.

 

Race Forward for Enterprise and
Organizing Session at Facing Race

Datable is a data science startup
helping to grow movements.

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Good organizing today must leverage good data and
Datable helps with making that data useful.

Data-driven organizing? Yep.

 

LA Black Worker Center for
Hosting Winter 2016

Hosted TEST PRI Training for:
Ford, SH Cowell Foundation, Solidago Foundation

 

The Workers Defense Project is changing
the Texas construction industry.

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We learned that independent revenue streams
can propel organizations to shift entire industries.

Here’s how it happens.

Spendrise is aggregating consumer power
to shift corporate labor policies.

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Grown from an Enterprise Institute,
Spendrise advocates for worker rights by
incentivising companies with consumer spending.

Read more here.

 

Restaurant Opportunity Center United (ROC)
improves wages and work at restaurants.

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We like tools that scale. So we helped ROC develop
a mobile game to upskill low-wage restaurant workers.

Read more here.

Workers use Coworker.Org
to run online campaigns
to change their workplace.

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We supported Coworker’s experiments with independent
revenue generation, which it ultimately discontinued

Read more here.

 

WorkAmerica connects jobseekers with
blue collar jobs in high-growth industries.

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WorkAmerica began with a focus on
high-road employers in their model, but
were pushed awayas seasoned investors joined.

Read more here.

OUR PARTNERS

Our secret to doing so much
with a small team is collaboration.

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We believe innovation is found
at the intersection of unusual partnerships.

WeFunder opened up opportunities
for non-accredited investors to co-invest
in our enterprises.

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WeFunder developed a platform on their website
to open the door for anyone to collaborate with us.

Want to invest?

 

The Department of Labor brought us
to the table often.

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One collaboration led to the online platform
designed to support young people taking collective action,
Together We Work.

See it for yourself.

Amalgamated Bank provided
secure capital to support scale.

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We could not have grown our partnership with
The Workers Defense Project without the secure loan
guarantee from Amalgamated.

Check them out.

 

OUR FINANCIALS

Total investment
$40,000 (Investments - SFF GL Detail)
$194,197 (TWL Action Fund - SFF GL Detail)

Total grants awarded
$167,000 (Consolidated P&L)
$137,000 (SLDG PL & DL)
*Oct 2016 Financial Book

2016 was an historic year for us and the world.
Thanks to everyone who stood alongside us
In fighting for power for workers.

It takes all of us.

Semplice Theme
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I'm foolish and I'm funny and I'm needy. Am I needy? Are you sure I'm not needy?