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The Pittsburgh Black Worker Center's mission is to increase access to quality jobs, reduce employment discrimination, and improve industries that employ Black workers through action and unionization.


We STRIVE TO BUILD the grassroots power of Black workers to promote racial and economic justice in the workplace and throughout our communities. We AIM TO INCREASE access to quality and living wage jobs; end discrimination in the workplace; redefine the meaning and possibilities of work; and advance a solidarity economy in the region led by Black workers (whether through unionization, policy reform, survival programs, worker-cooperatives, and/or grassroots issue-based campaigns).

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The Pittsburgh Black Worker Center is part of the National Black Worker Center Project. We are here to educate and unify Black Workers in the City of Pittsburgh. The work of all Black Worker Centers is to provide fertile ground for Black workers men and women, unemployed and under-employed to express the leadership skills and ambition that we already have. Our national labor movement becomes stronger and more empowered with every Black worker who joins the fight for fair working conditions. The presence of strong Black leaders in activism disrupts the systems that oppress and limit all workers.

The Basic Mission of the National Black Worker Center Project:

  • To support and incubate Black worker centers that empower Black workers to advance their rights and improve the quality of jobs in key employment sectors;

  • To provide education about the impacts of low-wage work and unemployment on Black communities; and

  • To prevent racial discrimination in hiring and other employment practices and policies


Black Worker Centers are developing a new movement around jobs with a focus on Black workers, that is deeply rooted in the Black community, and guided by a progressive vision of racial and economic justice for the labor market. This movement is building the power of Black workers to intervene in the labor market to limit racialized outcomes and improve economic effects.

In addition to the National Black Worker Center there are currently 12 Local Black Worker Centers across the country.

If there is not currently a Black worker center in your community and you are interested in starting one please get connected with our BWC Incubation department.

Baltimore Black Worker Center

Center for Racial Justice

2243-2245 East 71st Street
Chicago, IL 60649

Bay Area Black Worker Center

ONE DC Black Worker and Wellness Center

PO Box 26049
Washington, DC 20001

Black Workers for Justice

4200 Lake Ridge Drive
Raleigh, NC 27604

Inland Empire Black WorkerCenter

468 W 5th St Suite 218
San Bernardino, CA 92401-1318

LA Black Worker Center

5350 Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90043

Philadelphia Black Worker Center

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

NO-3500 Canal Street, 2nd Fl,
New Orleans, LA 70119

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