About Us

WHY THE WORKERS LAB EXISTS

The Workers Lab was created to support organizing strategies, business models, and platforms that can lift wages and transform the lives of US workers. We want to understand what it takes for people to build power in the workplace. Everyone should not only have access to a decent job with benefits, but they should be able to make ends meet without working unsightly hours from week to week. Being a laboratory means we relentlessly look for opportunities to be curious, to test new and old approaches to the challenges of our time, and share what we learn with others. We do this by providing:

Partnerships

We build partnerships among of unlikely allies from tech, labor, philanthropy and government.

Capital

We provide grants, low/no interest loans, convertible notes and equity investments.

Innovations

We provide ongoing technical assistance and mentoring to ensure the success of our portfolio of systems-changing organizations.

Narrative

We capture and share stories of how new models can build power for workers at scale.

FEATURED ON

WHAT IS THE WORKERS LAB?

We documented the first day of our first program session in Oakland, CA. As an accelerator that invests in a cross-section of innovators and activists, we're learning as we go. Bringing together entrepreneurs, organizers, technologists, and advocates to create scalable and self-sustaining solutions that improve conditions for workers requires an ability to suspend disbelief and a commitment to being curious.

WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

Meet some of the workers behind the scenes at The Workers Lab. What was your first job? What keeps you up at night? Why do you do this work? We all have stories to tell and we hope you will share yours with us. Click this link to submit your contact information so we can collaborate to share your story, your expertise, or your passion for making work better for working people.

CARMEN ROJAS, CEO, THE WORKERS LAB

Meet the CEO of The Workers Lab, Carmen Rojas, and learn what inspired her to help launch The Workers Lab.

WHY BUILD DIGITAL TOOLS FOR WORKERS?

The last time we saw a major labor movement in this country, we didn't have the kind of digital technology we have today. While we know that technology in and of itself is not a silver bullet, we are committed to pushing organizers, technologists, and social entrepreneurs to imagine what digital tools can exist and how they might help improve workers' lives. In collaboration with The Century Foundation, SEIU 775, and Second Avenue Partners, we brought a group together in Seattle, WA
to come up with ideas for tools.