For decades Minnesotans have organized innovative campaigns to build worker power. Organizing strategies are shifting state and local policy, building protections for workers in retail, farm work, construction, restaurants, logistics, and other industries. At the center of the organizing in Minnesota are community groups and labor unions working together to take on major corporations and improving job quality and economic security for all, making their work a model for the rest of the United States.
Industry and demographic shifts have contributed to a growing ecosystem of groups organizing to bring about systemic change for workers in Minnesota. To foster more powerful and inclusive collaborations within this ecosystem, community organizations and labor unions came together to launch the Workers Confluence Fund of Minnesota, with strategic support from Northwest Area Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Solidago Foundation, Ford Foundation, and other national funders through The LIFT Fund. Collaboratively steered by local labor, philanthropy, and nonprofit stakeholders, the Workers Confluence Fund aims to fund long lasting partnerships between community organizations and labor, resource campaigns to protect workers across job sectors, and experiment and evaluate the impact of new ways to organize workers.
We invite you to a funder briefing to learn more about the Workers Confluence Fund. At the event, you will hear from speakers coming from Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL), Restaurant Opportunities Center Minnesota, Unite HERE, and Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation about their work and the impact that Workers Confluence Fund has had on their infrastructure and organizing capacity. You will also learn from local and national funders investing in worker organizing in Minnesota and around the country who will share more about the impact of grantmaking in this area.
Join us on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 11-12:30pm Central Time for this important conversation, hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy.
- Carlos García Velasco (he/him), Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha
- Eli Stein (they/them) & Cynthia Gomez (she/her), Restaurant Opportunities Center - MN
- Sheigh Freeberg (he/him), Unite HERE Local 17
- Chelsie Glaubitz (she/her), Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
- Rebecca Greenberg (she/her), Solidago Foundation
- José García (he/him), Ford Foundation
May 4, 2022
9:00 am - 10:30 am PT