Partnership for Working Families

Oakland, CA

This is the 2020 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The Partnership for Working Families (Partnership), with our 20 affiliate organizations, is driving a progressive agenda to harness the power of cities and influence billions of dollars in public and private investment. Our network is building powerful, governing coalitions with a grassroots base of leaders to advance a vision of just, sustainable, and democratic cities by:

  • Restructuring our economy to advance policies rooted in economic, racial and gender justice,
  • Reshaping our built environment to create healthier communities and slow climate change, and
  • Remaking our democracy by building power through civic engagement and leadership development.

Our attorneys provide legal support to campaigns in major metro areas across the U.S. that transform local and regional economies using organizing, policy, and innovative legal tools. Recent examples of our work include: a pathbreaking set of jobs standards for the post-Harvey rebuild of Houston’s residential infrastructure; an ordinance that ensures public subsidies are spent in a way that benefits communities in Nashville; a compilation of all of the state preemption laws impacting workers and disadvantaged communities around the country; a proposed ordinance that requires city contractors to disclose connections to work on the Border Wall; and legal defense of an Oakland ballot measure providing protections to hotel workers against sexual harassment and wage theft.

In the summer of 2020, the Partnership's legal team will challenge worker misclassification by directly representing misclassified low-wage workers of color in the Bay Area and support broader policy, organizing, and legal strategies. We will provide legal support to the campaigns advocating for community benefits at major economic development projects in multiple cities (including Google's proposed campus in San Jose and the Oakland A’s proposed stadium development). In addition, we will work to ensure proper enforcement of local minimum wage and employee benefits laws, help communities enforce laws that ensure public lands are used for public purposes, and advance strategies to counter corporate-driven state interference with cities' power to protect workers and communities.

During their 10 weeks of work with us, a Fellow is typically able to tackle 1 to 2 major research and writing projects and engage with 2 to 3 cutting edge campaigns impacting thousands of workers.The Fellow will work directly with both our legal team and staff from our affiliates who are driving local campaigns.

Working in the Bay Area, our Fellows will also have an opportunity to participate in weekly law student brown bag lunches and attend meetings and trainings with lawyers and law students doing path-breaking work around workers' rights, organizing, environmental justice, and corporate and governmental accountability.

The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $6,000.

Address cover letter to:

Ben Beach, Legal Director
The Partnership for Working Families
1305 Franklin Street, Suite 501
Oakland, CA 94612