Originally posted on the AFL-CIO Blog
By: Ianthe Metzger
As the landscape of the American workforce changes, the union movement is continuously finding ways to evolve and meet the demands of working families in the 21st century. The Labor Innovation Fund for the Twenty-First Century (LIFT) seeks to create a space to do just that. A true product of the intersection of collaboration and innovation, LIFT brings philanthropic resources to building greater alignment and synergy between the union movement and community organizing. As a collaborative project of the AFL-CIO with the Ford Foundation, the Solidago Foundation and the New World Foundation, through grants to partnership projects, conversations around common agendas between foundations that support worker issues, the union movement and worker centers are made possible.
LIFT was recently highlighted as part of a special lunchtime panel during the two-day meeting of the Worker Center Advisory Council. Three worker center alliances: the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and the CLEAN Carwash Campaign in Los Angeles, which are a testament to the great work that can be achieved through The Fund were featured. READ MORE »