Living Wage Action Coalition


National student-labor activist organizations | Other national labor networks | Unions
Research and statistics | More amazing resources | More national student organizations | Other allies


National student-labor activist organizations

» United Students Against Sweatshops – – USAS is a national organization of students struggling in solidarity with workers around the world and at our universities.

» Student Labor Action Project – – SLAP, part of Jobs With Justice, is a national organization of students working with workers and unions on our campuses.


Other national labor networks (hint for campus organizers: build coalitions with these folks!)

» Jobs with Justice - - A national coalition of labor groups that works to improve working people's standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers' right to organize by encouraging all members of the labor community to actively support the each others' struggles. Find a local office here.

» Interfaith Worker Justice - - A national coalition mobilizing the religious community to support workers, especially low wage workers. Find a local IWJ group here.



» Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - - Organizes workers in health care, property services (i.e., janitors and security guards), and public services. Part of the Change to Win federation.

» American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - - Organizes public service employees including government, health, and education (i.e., campus workers!). Part of the AFL-CIO.

» Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE) - - Merged with UNITE in 2004 to form UNITE HERE, which organizes workers in hotels, restaurants, foodservice (including campus cafeterias!), and a lot more.

» Service Workers United - - An affilate of both SEIU and UNITE HERE, SWU organizes campus foodservice workers and other service workers.


Research and statistics

» Economic Policy Institute – – Tons of research and statistics about living wages and minimum wages, including information on living expenses by region.

» Wider Opportunities for Women – – WOW’s study on self-sufficiency standards includes detailed data on costs of living by region.

» Bureau of Labor Statistics – – Find the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for your area to adjust wages to inflation. Useful to make cost of living statistics up-to-date.


More amazing resources

» American Rights At Work – – Tons of resources with information about the organizing process, card-check neutrality, union-busting, and a handy glossary of labor jargon!

» Campus Living Wage Project – – Interviews with students and other folks involved in organizing past living wage campaigns.

» Service Worker Solidarity - - A collaboration between national student organizations, service workers and unions that represent them, this is a campaign to support struggles of campus and other service workers. Among other things, SWS facilitates communication and cooperation between students, campus workers and unions.


More national student organizations

» Movemiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán - - An organization of Chicano students that seek to promote Chicano identity and history through action and education. See a list of campus chapters here.

» Student/Farmworker Alliance - - SFA is a national network of students and youth organizing in solidarity with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields.

» United States Student Organization - - As the oldest and largest national student organization, USSA is based on the belief that education is a right, not a privelege. Students build grassroots power to win campaigns to expand access to education on the federal, state, and campus levels.


Other allies and friends

» Not With Our Money! - - A network of student and community activists working to end the use of prisons for profit and hold prison profiteers (particularly corporations that finance the private prison industry) accountable for their actions.

» Center for Community Change - - LWAC's fiscal sponsor, the CCC is an organization that supports grassroots movements for social and economic justice.


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