Hello and welcome to the Summer 2018 edition of the Fair Work News!
My name is Rachel, and I am the new Executive Director of Fair Work Center and Working Washington.
Yes, you read that right, I am the new ED of both organizations!
Fair Work Center and Working Washington are coming together to build a powerful, sustainable and scalable worker organization to advance worker and economic justice in Washington and beyond.
By aligning the legal, community education, advocacy and organizing strategies of each organization, we will bring a comprehensive approach to supporting workers in Seattle and throughout Washington. We’ll be a one-stop shop for low-wage workers, connecting them with efforts to change policies impacting their lives or with the legal services and support they need to achieve fair employment and get justice on the job.
Fair Work Center is known for our community-based approach to workers’ rights and enforcement of labor standards. Our deep relationships with nonprofit organizations in the region enable us to engage low-wage workers most likely to be victims of workplace violations, including low-wage women, people of color, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ people, and young people.
Working Washington is known for its groundbreaking campaigns to raise standards for workers, including leading the fast food worker strikes that led to $15 in Seattle, passing the nation’s first secure scheduling ordinance, and creating new standards for domestic workers long operating in the shadows of labor and employment law.
Together, we will help shape the 21st Century workers’ movement in our region.
You can already see it in action. The Seattle City Council just passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, a historic law that sets minimum standards for domestic workers and establishes a standards board that will serve as a new model of worker organizing. Working Washington was a central partner in the Seattle Domestic Workers Alliance, the coalition that advocated for the bill, and the Fair Work Center stands ready to educate workers about these new standards and enforce the new law.
I’m honored to take on this role and am eager for the challenge ahead. Organizations like Fair Work Center and Working Washington are playing increasingly vital roles in building and sustaining power for low-wage, unrepresented workers, and together we can accomplish so much more than either organization can on its own.
I started on May 29 and my first order of business is finding a new space to house the 20 or so staff that make up both organizations. You can read more about my background here. There will be more changes coming, so stay tuned and let me know if you have any ideas for ways we can do more for low-wage workers in Washington.
Summer 2018 Fair Work News
- Statement on the Supreme Court’s Janus vs. AFSCME decision
- WA Attorney Bob Ferguson’s big win for fast food workers
- Recent cases from the Legal Clinic
- Andra Kranzler is our new Program Director