activist organizations | Other national
labor networks | Unions
Research and statistics | More
amazing resources | More national student
organizations | Other allies
National student-labor activist
» 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 – www.studentlabor.org
– 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 - www.jwj.org
- 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 - www.iwj.org
- 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) - www.afscme.org
- 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) - www.unitehere.org
- 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 - www.serviceworkersunited.net
- An affilate of both SEIU and UNITE HERE, SWU organizes
campus foodservice workers and other service workers.
Research and statistics
» Economic Policy Institute – www.epi.org
– Tons of research and statistics about living
wages and minimum wages, including information on living
expenses by region.
» Wider Opportunities for Women – www.sixstrategies.org
– WOW’s study on self-sufficiency standards
includes detailed data on costs of living by region.
» Bureau of Labor Statistics – www.bls.gov
– 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 – www.araw.org
– 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 – www.clwproject.org
– Interviews with students and other folks involved
in organizing past living wage campaigns.
» Service Worker Solidarity - www.serviceworkersolidarity.org
- 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 - www.sfalliance.org
- 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 - www.usstudents.org
- 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! - www.notwithourmoney.org
- 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 - communitychange.org
- LWAC's fiscal sponsor, the CCC is an organization
that supports grassroots movements for social and economic