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).
WHY ARE WE HERE?
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
LOCAL BLACK WORKER CENTERS
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.
Chama St. Louis, Lead Incubating organizer
919.874.1003 ext 109