Future of Workers
The world around us is rapidly changing. Even before the pandemic, the future of work was an urgent question, with app-based “gig” work, automation and surveillance technologies already impacting workers.
Through our organizing and research, we are developing and coordinating strategic interventions in our tech-driven economy to produce equitable outcomes for working people and people of color. Technology and the future of work is not inevitable, but created and directed by people. Our work ensures our communities have a say in determining their own future.
Read our recent report on Understanding and Responding to the Changing Nature of Work with Working Partnerships USA and ReWork the Bay which describes how work is changing, what is driving change, how workers, communities and businesses in the Bay Area are responding and what are the signposts toward building the future we want.
In 2020 we completed the first representative and large scale study of app-based work with the University of California and national Jobs with Justice. The central findings were simple and clear—for a large portion of this workforce, despite this being full-time...
JwJ is working with Gig Workers Rising, We Drive Progress and other unions and worker centers to drive innovative organizing and policy to address new forms of worker exploitation in the “gig” economy. We’ve been relentless in our fight against billion dollar...
City Commission Urges New Protections, Support for Gig Workers
Gig Workers in San Francisco are Mostly People of Color
Lyft and Uber Drivers in SF, LA stage one-day strike in push for higher wages
Climate Justice & Just Transition
Our climate justice work engages unions, worker centers, and community organizations in the movement to meet international climate goals and create a just transition for workers into good jobs that benefit communities and the planet. With historically destructive wildfires, long-term droughts and power shut-offs now a regular part of life in California, the climate crisis has a devastating impact on working-class and communities of color.
In 2018, JwJ joined the Steering Committee for the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice, and organized a labor contingent for the largest West Coast mobilization on climate in history. In 2019, JwJ continued to co-convene Labor Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice and Peace and to build the labor presence in major youth-led climate mobilizations.
Youth vs. Apocalypse Climate Strike at Chevron HQ
Amazon, PG&E, and Others Singled-Out During Student-Led Climate Rally
Why Climate Strike Protesters Targeted Amazon Go
SF Youth-Led Climate Strike
‘Climate Strike’ Rallies In Bay Area, Worldwide Urge Action On Climate Change
Housing for Workers
Housing for Workers is a long-term organizing project to address the affordability crisis in San Francisco. Affordable and secure housing are the top economic security issues for many workers, currently compounded by pandemic-related rent debt and the looming eviction crisis.
Since 2014, we have built connections between tenant advocates and labor partners to move worker organizations into playing a greater role in the housing justice movement. We collaborate with JwJ member Housing Rights Committee on tenant rights education and tenant protection legislation, and the Council of Community Housing Organizations around research, policy and communications strategies to house low-and middle-income workers. We are building a story bank through worker interviews to lift up the stories of workers, especially workers of color, and their housing needs.
In 2019, together with a strong coalition of community, housing and labor partners, JwJ scored a major victory for the city’s low and middle income workers as we pushed for and won SF’s “Housing our Workers” legislation. Introduced by Supervisor Haney, the legislation will generate over $400 million in funding in under a decade for affordable housing for workers and transitional housing for homeless people—all paid for by developers building large offices in the city.
San Francisco Supes Approve 4 million in funding to house low middle income workers
Janitors vs. coders: SF created as many low-wage jobs as high-paying tech gigs
Disturbing report on affordable housing in San Francisco compares housing projections with worker income levels
Supes approve fee hike on office development to fund more affordable housing
San Francisco Resolution to Address those Coming up Short on Rent
JHL/jobs housing fit report
JHL/jobs housing fit report
JHL/jobs housing fit report
COVID & Just Recovery
The COVID pandemic has been a disaster for workers. Since the shut down began, JwJ has organized support for low-wage workers, workers of color, immigrant workers, undocumented workers, and nontraditional workers such as domestic workers, day laborers and gig workers, focusing on worker’s top economic priorities of income, benefits and housing.
After the pandemic hit, we passed critical legislation in SF establishing a public health emergency leave, providing 200,000 workers up to two weeks of paid leave. The ordinance provides among the most extensive emergency leave coverage for coronavirus related...
In March of 2020, JwJ co-founded Undocufund San Francisco with allied SF immigrant and worker rights organizations to provide critical aid to undocumented immigrants who were cut out of the social safety net. Many of our undocumented community members work in...
Undocufund SF: How San Franciscans Rallied for Undocumented Immigrants Affected by COVID-19
Bay Area’s undocumented restaurant workers may need most help, get the least
SF Teacher Organizes Fund-Raising Effort To Help Undocumented Workers
Mayor Breed Extends Paid Leave for over 200,000 eligible San Franciscans
More than 200K San Franciscans Eligile for Additional Weeks of Paid Leave
Coronavirus: San Francisco Board of Supervisors passes public health emergency leave measure
Even With New Federal Coronavirus Bill, Most Workers Get No Additional Sick Leave
San Francisco, San Jose Workers to Get 80 Hours of Virus Pay
Bay Area Officials Seek Emergency Paid Sick Leave For Essential Workers In Coronavirus Pandemic
Bay Area leaders push for emergency paid sick leave for essential workers
Two Bay Area Cities poised to approve paid sick leave
Coalition of Labor Community Groups Call on SF to Protect Vulnerable Groups
Solidarity & Racial Justice
The most important thing we do as JwJ is to have each other’s backs when times are hardest. JwJ performs a crucial movement role of bringing groups together in intersectional solidarity and building power so that we can win bigger victories together.
Racial justice is explicitly a part of all of our work fighting for low-wage workers of color. We have also created specific projects to support the Movement for Black Lives. In 2014, JwJ founded Labor for Black Lives organizing actions, workshops and member education. In 2020, during the uprisings following the murders of George Floyd and many others, JwJ coordinated with labor partners to organize protests supporting the movement to defund the police and reinvest in communities of color, along with demanding accountability on racial justice from police officer unions.
In 2016, JwJ co-founded Bay Resistance, a broad and diverse network of groups defending our communities from Trump and the Right. In the face of intensifying attacks on immigrants, we fought for a clean DREAM Act, to save Temporary Protected Status and to protect #FamiliesBelongTogether. Responding to waves of local workplace audits and ICE raids, we organized rapid actions with hundreds of people. We supported local families facing deportations and actions that helped close the Richmond immigrant detention center. We helped defend our California sanctuary state laws from the Trump administration, while leading community trainings with workers, businesses and neighbors on how to build a sanctuary neighborhood on the grassroots level.