Organizations and centers involved in community-based research in the U.S.
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Service Employees International Union

by urban -- 15/8/2012 09:11:16
SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is:

The largest healthcare union, with more than 1.1 million members in the field, including nurses, LPNs, doctors, lab technicians, nursing home workers, and home care workers.

The largest property services union, with 225,000 members in the building cleaning and security industries, including janitors, security officers, superintendents, maintenance workers, window cleaners, and doormen and women.

The second largest public services union, with more than 1 million local and state government workers, public school employees, bus drivers, and child care providers.

ROC United

by urban -- 15/8/2012 09:03:19
The mission of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s low-wage restaurant workforce. ROC-United is the only national restaurant workers’ organization in the United States. ROC-United is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to the needs of restaurant workers. Despite employing more than 10 million workers and producing more than $1.7 trillion in revenue each year, the United States restaurant industry is less than 1% unionized. Until ROC-United’s growth and development, the lack of organization left millions of restaurant workers vulnerable to abuse and exploitation around the country. Through participatory research and policy work, employer engagement, workpl... [Extend]

Chinese Progressive Association

by urban -- 15/8/2012 04:11:39
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.

Chicago Teachers Union

by urban -- 15/8/2012 04:05:59
For 75 years the Chicago Teachers Union has been in the forefront of education advocacy and public school reform in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools and, by extension, the students and families they serve. CTU, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, is the third largest teachers local in the country and the largest local union in Illinois.

The Chicago Teachers Union is an organization of educators dedicated to advancing and promoting quality public education, improving teaching and learning conditions, and protecting members' rights.

UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education

by urban -- 15/8/2012 03:35:12
The UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education plays a unique role as a bridge between the university and the labor community in Southern California. Its mission is to promote research, education, and policy change to improve the lives of workers, students, and our communities. As part of the university, the Labor Center serves as an important source of information about unions and workers to interested scholars and students. Through its extensive connections with unions and workers, the Labor Center also provides labor with access to UCLA's resources and programs. An advisory committee comprised of about forty Southern California labor and community leaders (representing more than one million members in the public and private sectors) provides advice and support for the center. ... [Extend]

Research Institute on Social & Economic Policy

by patmola -- 22/4/2012 15:33:37

What is RISEP?

Research that impacts communities

RISEP is a research institute that studies issues of concern to working people and low-income communities. We provide facts, figures, and information to labor unions, community organizing groups, and the media about things that impact the lives of working people: the economy, wages and benefits, housing cost, health care, immigration, and the environment are some issues we have studied.

Connecting university and communities

At Florida International University, RISEP is a resource for educators and students who are interested in the issues we study and in working with low-income communities. We strive to be an example of how researchers can partner with communities and involve community member... [Extend]

UCLA Labor Center

by patmola -- 6/1/2012 02:02:21
The Labor Center is a vital resource for research, education, and policy development to help create jobs that are good for workers and their communities, to improve the quality of existing jobs in the low-wage economy, and to strengthen the process of immigrant integration, especially among students and youth.