Lunch + Learn: New Models of Worker Power: How to Organize Workers in a Changing Economy
Join Rachel Lauter, Executive Director of Working Washington and the Fair Work Center, for a conversation about the changing nature of work and what that means for worker organizing and worker voice. Working Washington and the Fair Work Center have been behind some of the most influential worker justice movements in Seattle and Washington, including the first in the nation $15 minimum wage and Seattle’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and they are now engaging in gig worker organizing, including a campaign to stop Instacart’s black-box pay algorithms that use customers tips to supplement wages. We will also discuss worker centers and community-based enforcement of labor and employment laws, and how to make workers rights realities.
About the Presenter:
Rachel Lauter is the new Executive Director of Working Washington and the Fair Work Center, two Seattle-based workers rights organizations aligning to become a one-stop-shop for low-wage worker organizing, advocacy, education, outreach, and legal services. The organization recently helped pass a historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in Seattle, and is currently engaged in advocacy campaigns around secure scheduling, expanding overtime pay, gig workers rights, and more. Prior to moving to Seattle, Rachel served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Appointments for Mayor de Blasio in New York City. In that role, she served as the Mayor’s senior personnel advisor, making hundreds of appointments and hiring the most diverse group of senior leaders in New York City history. She also oversaw the operational, administrative, and fiscal functions of the Mayor’s office, served as a policy advisor to the Mayor on issues related to campaign finance and voting, and drafted and negotiated dozens of local laws. Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, she served as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo and as a federal law clerk. Lauter is the co-founder of New Kings Democrats, a progressive Brooklyn-based political organization. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, where she served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the oldest student-run legal services provider in the country.