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2024 Black worker survey

In partnership with UCLA Center for Advancement of Racial Equity (CARE) at Work, we invite Black workers in SoCal to share their experiences as a Black worker and their contribution to the workforce and economy overall.

Black workers have borne the brunt of the increasing racial inequities in healthcare, job safety, employment opportunities, and access to relief programs for too long! But the impacts of this reach beyond just Black community, and into the economy as a whole. A study found that the wealth gap between American whites and Blacks is projected to cost the US economy between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion in lost consumption and investment between 2019 and 2028!

This brief 5-10 minute survey will allow us to tell the story of how anti-Blackness may hinder the Southern California workforce and economy through the voices and realities of Black SoCal workers.

Stand with Black workers and take the survey today.

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We need your help to consolidate the power and voices of Southern California Black workers to scale our solutions to win locally, regionally, and build statewide influence by unifying Black worker voice in Southern California and beyond. Build with Us!

who we are

Join us as we build and center an ecosystem of Black workers, leading and organizing for economic opportunity and inclusion in Southern California. The Southern California Hub for Regional Organizing is an alliance to ensure that Black low-wage and unwaged workers have access to quality jobs and are empowered to uphold and improve workplace standards across Southern California. The Hub provides outreach, engagement, education, research, communications, and support that informs and advances  policy development and campaigns. We work to achieve racial and economic justice by providing the strategic support needed to develop and build capacity in Black Worker Centers across the region.

We need your help to consolidate the power and voices of Southern California Black workers to scale our solutions to win locally, regionally, and build statewide influence by unifying Black worker voice in SoCal and beyond.

Policies/laws/advocacy priorities
the Hub supports:

Better for All Coalition
The Better for All campaign is driven by a national coalition of labor unions and community organizations to ensure the Biden-Harris Administration succeeds in improving the lives of all working people, especially the most vulnerable workers among us.
CA Black Power Network
The California Black Power Network is a united ecosystem of Black grassroots organizations working together to change the lived conditions of Black Californians by dismantling systemic and anti-Black racism.
Know Your Rights

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Featured research/data

Essential Stories Report

Essential Stories: Black Worker COVID-19 Economic Health Impact Survey finds that the current economic restructuring triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the Black jobs crisis in Southern California. With heightened unemployment, underemployment, and unsafe conditions for a workforce plagued by a long history of systemic racism, researchers find that it will take a decade to address these critical issues if state officials do not intervene sooner. This report is the first large-scale study of Black workers in Southern California, which is home to 60% of the Black population in the state. The report documents the challenges faced by nearly 2,000 Black workers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego counties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among other findings, the report notes:

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Close to 70% of Black workers who lost their jobs or were furloughed during the pandemic have not been called back to work. More than half of Black workers surveyed worked in essential or front line sectors pre-pandemic.

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As Black workers have navigated overlapping economic and health crises during the pandemic, there has been insufficient systemic support available and accessible to them. 71% of on-site workers were concerned about COVID-19 exposure on the job. A third of workers reported uncertainty that they could afford food in the next month.

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90% percent of Black women surveyed had an increase in at-home and financial responsibilities during the pandemic, and many of their employers were inflexible in accommodating their needs.

In response to the concerns of Black workers surveyed in the report and a subsequent exhaustive research analysis, the report offers the following key recommendations:

In order for the current economic restructure to lead to an equitable recovery, researchers emphasize the importance of amplifying the voices of Black workers. These recommendations have been further summarized in the report in context of regional, state, and federal labor policies.

related links

Dismantling Disparity

Dismantling Disparity: Breaking Barriers to Employment, a new research brief by CARE At Work at the UCLA Labor Center, states that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the systemic discrimination Black workers have long faced. Authors note it is imperative that state and federal funding allocated to workforce development prioritize addressing the barriers that impact many Black workers.

Among other findings, the research brief states:

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build black worker power

Black workers remain rocked by the convergence of three pandemics: COVID-19 and the disproportionate loss of life; state violence, which has taken the lives of so many members of our communities; and chronic unemployment and poverty jobs. As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, so are Black workers who have been impacted by racism and economic inequality. Black workers continue to tirelessly fight for equitable wages and access to quality jobs with healthcare and worker protections.

The disastrous effects from the pandemic have compromised the wellbeing of Black workers and further devastating Black families. 85% of CA Black workers have filed for unemployment benefits in the last year and our aim is to ensure Black workers short-term receive resources to better protect themselves in the workplace during the pandemic and that long-term COVID-19 recovery supports, resources, and protections.
To help change this situation, support our communities by considering a donation of $25, $15 or $10 to build a movement for us, by us to create opportunities for Black workers such as resources to support local organizing efforts, provide education in workers rights, and economic recovery for Black workers. There is no greater time than now to invest in Black working people here in Southern California.

There’s nothing more powerful than a community that shows up for one another. Every dollar raised will build Black worker power and contribute to a larger Black worker organizing movement across Southern California

sign the petition

The Southern California Black Worker Hub for Regional Organizing works to achieve racial and economic justice by providing the strategic support needed to develop Black Worker Centers across the region toward a unified Black worker voice..

We strongly believe there is no place for anti-Black or any kind of discriminatory rhetoric, within the House of Labor, especially from our elected leaders who we expect to fight for the protection and defense of all workers, including Black workers.

As we strive for restitution and a deeper commitment to solidarity-building between the LA Fed and the Black Labor Community, please check out a link to the statement below, and answer the following questions, signing your name alongside the hundreds of Black Californians fighting for Black equity and deeper institutional change within our labor movement.