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I am a #YoungWorker: A New Report

This month, the UCLA Labor Center and the Young Workers Project released a new report about young workers in the United States. Called “I am a #YOUNGWORKER,” the report is “a collective and participatory endeavor,” and involved the work of 60 students and young workers, including Murphy Institute student Mohammad Amin, who served as part of the Report Development Team.

A striking document, the report highlights the important —and precarious — role young workers play in local economies. It begins:

Young workers are an essential part of the workforce who contribute substantially to local economies. But in cities like Los Angeles, the soaring cost of living means that making ends meet can be especially difficult for young workers. They earn less than previous generations, face higher education costs, and are concentrated in service sector jobs. Many employers rely on youth to supply cheap and temporary labor, while adults often perceive these early jobs merely as rites of passage in a way that justifies their precarious conditions. Framing these jobs as transitional or solely for young people undermines these forms of labor as real work.

Seeking to “highlight the experience of young people who work and to challenge clichés about young workers,” the study “focuses on workers between the ages of 18 and 29 in retail and food service, the two largest employers of young people in Los Angeles County and an integral part of the region’s labor landscape” and uses “a research justice lens that aims to center the experience, and position, of young workers and student researchers as experts.”

Read the full report here.

Conference Coordinator for UCLA Labor Center Summer Institute on Union Women

50% limited appointment to serve as coordinator for the Summer Institute on Union Women. Duration of appointment is 9-11 months. See full post here.

The annual Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women (SIUW) is a four-day residential conference sponsored by the AFL-CIO, hosted this year by the UCLA Labor Center in Los Angeles in August 2016. The four-day residential program brings together workers and leaders from unions, worker centers, and community organizations from the United States’ and Canada’s western regions, Mexico, and Central America. The conference features workshops on the history, struggles, and achievements of working women and the opportunity for participants to share strategies, information, experience, and skills.

Job Summary

The SIUW conference coordinator will manage logistics, outreach, and communication related to the conference and provide leadership and guidance to work groups, focus groups, and volunteers to meet conference goals and expectations. The coordinator will manage all event and conference planning logistics; function as the primary contact for participants, speakers, and planners; prepare timelines and budgets; manage conference registration, and process expense and income. The coordinator will also manage recruitment and outreach for participants, speakers, workshop leaders, and planning committee members, maintain a database of all contacts, and participate in all planning sessions.

For Job Duties and Qualifications, see full posting.

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and list of recommendations to Elizbeth Espinoza, Student Programming Coordinator for the UCLA Labor Center and SIUW Lead Coordinator, eespinoz@g.ucla.edu.