Partnership for Working Families

Oakland, CA

This is the 2021 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: challenging widespread misclassification of low-wage workers of color through litigation, trainings and policy advocacy; representing misclassified low-wage workers seeking unemployment insurance; supporting successful fights for emergency paid sick leave measures in cities and counties; redirecting the sale of public land away from corporations and towards community needs like affordable housing and open space; building a compilation of all of the state preemption laws impacting workers and disadvantaged communities around the country; advocacy for strengthened local labor standards enforcement offices; supporting coalition campaigns for community benefits at major economic development projects.

In the summer of 2021, the Partnership's legal team will challenge worker misclassification by working with worker organizers on 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 and to challenge austerity in municipal budgeting through new revenue sources and shifts in budget allocations to meet community need. 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.

This past summer our Fellows and attorneys worked remotely, connecting only via phone and internet, and we will continue to permit Fellows to work remotely in 2021 as appropriate to accommodate health and safety matters and as may be required by law.

Our  Fellows will likely also have an opportunity to participate in 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