One in three workers in California is considered low wage, and 75% of workers paid low wages are people of color. Across critical industries, workers lack basic benefits; suffer violations of their labor rights, including wage theft; and resist speaking up on the job for fear of employer retaliation.
The Fair Work initiative centers on the belief that workers can strengthen their economic futures by gaining a greater voice in decisions about their jobs, lives, and communities. Since Fair Work was launched in 2018, worker rights groups and partners in California have made significant gains: substantially increasing their engagement and support of workers, leveraging worker voices to advance policy reforms that strengthen worker protections, and helping return millions in unpaid wage back to workers.
The Fair Work initiative seeks to ensure greater fairness and opportunity for workers in California by:
Fair Work grantmaking is informed by the following impact goals:
Click the document below for more information about Fair Work: where we began, what we’ve learned, and where we’re going in the years ahead.