September 7, 2020
Clean Slate awards $425,000 to state and local groups for innovative labor law reform
In honor of Labor Day, we are so pleased to announce the recipients of the Clean Slate for Worker Power grants program.
Since the time we first invited proposals for grants to advance Clean Slate’s vision for labor law reform, the global pandemic and recession have taken hold. Countless workers are now in even more precarious positions as they navigate an economy that concentrates economic and political power in deeply inequitable ways.
We received an overwhelming response to our request for proposals --we ended with a highly competitive pool of 75 applicants looking to advance worker power locally and at the state level, totaling in nearly $3.5 million in need. With the generous support of our funders and a new partnership with the Labor Innovations for the 21st Century (LIFT) Fund, Clean Slate has been able to more than double our grants program and will be making nine grants in support of labor innovation totaling $425,000.
We are proud to support and partner with the following groups to advance a more equitable economy and democracy, particularly for women workers,workers or color, and low-wage workers:
★ Center for Progressive Reform: Private Right of Action for the Health, Safety, & Empowerment of Poultry Workers in Maryland
★ Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa: Worker-Community Safety Councils in Iowa Meatpacking Communities
★ Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco): Digital Organizing Strategies in Building Chinese Immigrant Worker Power
★ Make the Road New York: Anti-Monopoly Retail, Warehousing, and Logistics Worker Organizing Project
★ National Domestic Workers Alliance:Implementing the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
★ One Fair Wage: California Service Workers’ Cooperative to Advance Sectoral Bargaining & Workplace Democracy for Service Workers
★ Raise the Floor Alliance: Claiming Our Right to Dignified Work: Advancing Just Cause Protections in Illinois
★ United for Respect Education Fund: Advancing Essential Worker Sectoral Task Forces in Harris County, Texas
★ Working Washington / Fair Work Center: Raising Standards for Standards Boards in Seattle for Domestic Workers and Gig Workers
Meet our grantees. We hope you will join us on Thursday, September 10 at 12:30pm PT / 2:30pm CT / 3:30pm ET for a Twitter chat. Engage with our grantees as they share the creative ways they are advancing change that centers worker voice. Clean Slate will be hosting the conversation from @WorkerPowerLaw.
At Clean Slate, we are excited to continue activities that advance the Clean Slate vision and build a national, state, and local network of workers,worker advocates, labor leaders, policymakers, scholars, economists and others committed to innovative labor law reform and organizing. Throughout the coming year, we look forward to engaging with our cohort of grantees, applicants, and others like you in our network to learn and share about how we move forward in empowering U.S.workers.
With excitement and more to come,
Clean Slate team - Sharon, Ben, Jenny
The grants will support initiatives, research, and analysis needed to explore, develop, implement or improve programs at the state or local level. Total funds to be granted this year total approximately $175,000. Proposals are due July 15, 2020. Grantees will be notified by late August and the first grant disbursement will be end of September/early October.
Clean Slate grantees will have an opportunity to be a part of the diverse and growing Clean Slate network of workers, worker advocates, labor leaders, policymakers, scholars, economists and others committed to labor law reform.
Clean Slate grants will be awarded to projects and initiatives that are most aligned with the Clean Slate priorities, including projects that:
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations whose programs are focused on activities at the state or local levels.
Proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria and factors:
Applications are due by July 15, 2020 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include:
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