At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, nearly 85% of Black workers in California filed for unemployment. Since then, 70% continue to be looking for jobs. Black people are disproportionately unemployed and underemployed—a chronic issue that is undermining the social fabric and financial stability of our community. To improve our living and working conditions, we need stronger worker protections, equitable investment in urban neighborhoods, and racial equity in labor.
We envision a world where Black workers thrive. A world where workplaces are accountable to us and our rights. And we all have equitable access to meaningful, sustained, and quality employment.
Our mission at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center (LABWC) is to increase access to quality jobs, reduce employment discrimination, and improve industries that employ Black workers through action and unionization.
How We Started
Who we are
Our community is stronger together
The LABWC is an organization committed to improving the living and working conditions of Black workers across Los Angeles.