Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

FOOD CHAIN WORKERS ALLIANCE

Food Workers are Organizing

aka Food Chain Workers Alliance, Inc.   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://foodchainworkers.org/

Mission

The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. The Alliance works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers' rights, based on the principles of social, environmental and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. The Alliance was founded in July 2009.

Ruling year info

2012

Co-Director

Suzanne Adely

Co-Director

Sonia Singh

Main address

3055 Wilshire Blvd. #300

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

90-0728464

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The food system continues to be the largest employment sector in the United States, with 21.5 million people working in production, processing, distribution, retail, and service. Food system workers are paid less than the general workforce combined at all levels, with an annual median wage of $16,000, or less than $10 per hour, and almost 1 out of 4 workers reported in a national FCWA survey that they were paid less than the minimum wage. Food workers face higher rates of food insecurity and use food stamps at 2.2 times the rate of the general workforce. Meanwhile, a few corporations continue to hold unprecedented market and political control over our food system. In addition to exploitation of the labor force, this concentrated corporate power over our food system has resulted in rapidly increasing environmental degradation and global warming, hunger, decreasing food security, and the appropriation of land and water for industrial food production.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Growth and Learning

Worker leadership all along the food chain is key to winning improvements in the workplace. This program organizes an annual worker leaders retreat and regional trainings under our Justice in the Food Chain training.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

The Alliance supports our members' campaigns and develops messaging and other media to support those campaigns.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

This program collaborates with other organizations in the food justice, labor, and broader social justice movements to build collective power for our vision of the world we want.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

* Improve wages and working conditions for all workers throughout the food system<br/>* Collaborate with the broader food movement to transform the food system into a more sustainable and just system for all<br/>* Win new policies that benefit food workers & their communities

* Support the leadership development of food workers<br/>* Build and participate in national coalitions of food movement and social justice organizations<br/>* Support worker organizing campaigns<br/>* Advocate for policies and regulations that benefit food workers & their communities<br/>* Support high-road certification and standard-setting programs<br/>* Educate the public about food workers and sustainability

* Mobilize our large network of worker-based organizations * Develop and maintain strong relationships with national allies * Legislative advocacy * Communications and social media marketing

* Increases in the minimum wage at the local and state levels * Positive changes in food workers' workplaces & communities * Increase leadership skills of food workers * Public institutions adopting the Good Food Purchasing Program

* A decade ago, the national food movement did not include or address issues facing workers in our food systems. Now it has become part of the discourse. The Food Chain Workers Alliance is helping lead the effort to bring the food justice movement together. * Minimum wage increases have passed in multiple cities and states, with some support of food movement organizations. * The growth of the Good Food Purchasing Program is accelerating. FCWA took part in developing GFPP as co-chair of a working group of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. After the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District adopted GFPP in 2012, 8 additional institutions in 5 other cities have adopted GFPP, impacting a total of $575 million in food contracts annually.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOOD CHAIN WORKERS ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rose Goldstein Bookbinder

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Term: 2019 - 2019

Axel Fuentes

Rural Community Workers Alliance

Gabby Rosazza

International Labor Rights Forum

Antonio Tovar

Farmworkers Association of Florida

Rose Bookbinder

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Jaribu Hill

Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights

Adam Obernauer

Retail Wholesale Department Store Union

Gabriel Morales

Brandworkers

Rosanna Aran

Laundry Workers Center

Tyfani Faulkner

Organization United for Respect

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/09/2019

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Keywords

food workers, labor, economic justice, food justice, social justice