2015-2016 Community Outreach and Education Fund

Seattle's Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has selected ten different organizations and community partnerships to receive $1 million in funding to provide outreach, education and technical assistance to Seattle’s workers about their rights under Seattle’s Minimum Wage, Wage Theft, Paid Sick and Safe Time, and Fair Chance Employment Ordinances.

Organization activities will include door-to-door outreach, hosting community-based education events, developing training materials to educate workers and other organizations about Seattle’s labor standards, and providing labor rights intake, counseling, and referral for workers experiencing labor standards violations. Each organization and partnership will emphasize reaching out to low-wage working communities who disproportionately experience workplace violations.


The organizations who will receive funding include:

Casa Latina and Eritrean Association - $319,000

Partners:

  • Entre Hermanos
  • South Park Information and Resource Center
  • South Park Neighborhood Center
  • Washington Community Action Network
  • Wage Claim Project

Communities of Focus: Latino, LGBTQ, East African, and youth workers

Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color – $65,000

Communities of Focus: Filipino, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Khmer, and African American/black workers and at risk youth workers

Chinese Information and Service Center – $60,000

Communities of Focus: Asian Pacific Islanders, Chinese, and other Asian workers

Eritrean Community – $60,000

Communities of Focus: East African workers and small business owners

El Centro de la Raza – $25,000

Communities of Focus: Latino workers

Fair Work Center – $376,000

Partners:

  • Al Noor Islamic
  • Somali Community Services
  • NAACP
  • Latino Community Fund
  • Got Green
  • 21 Progress
  • LGBTQ Allyship
  • Puget Sound Sage

Communities of Focus: Asian Pacific Islander, Somali, African American, Latino, youth, and LGBTQ workers

Millionair Club - $3,500

Communities of Focus: Workers with criminal backgrounds and temporary workers

NAACP - $60,000

Communities of Focus: African American and African workers

Washington Community Action Network - $20,000

Communities of Focus: Membership of 30,000 comprised of low income workers of color


Washington Wage Claim Project - $9,500

Communities of Focus: Low wage workers experiencing workplace violations


“These community partnerships will dramatically strengthen our reach and impact to uphold labor standards for Seattle’s workers, most importantly among those workers most likely to experience labor standards violations – including female workers, workers of color, immigrant and refugee workers, LGBTQ workers, and youth. Announcing these awardees is a proud moment for all of us."
- Dylan Orr, OLS Director

Learn more about the Community and Education Fund

Read 2015 Guidelines

Download: Press Release - Murray announces recipients of $1 million Community Fund to support Seattle workers