United Way Bay Area partners with Labor

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Our Partnership with Labor 

Since 1946, United Way Worldwide (UWW) and the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) have worked together to support workplace fundraising, payroll deductions and to operate the Community Services Liaison Program throughout the United States.

In 2016, this Partnership was reaffirmed and reinvigorated nationally. Together, Labor and United Way develop strategies and programs to reduce poverty, inequity, and inequality in our communities. Union members contribute to United Way’s community impact work here and across the country.

Locally, UWBA and Bay Area Labor Councils stepped up to assist working families in the wake of September 11, helped low-income homeowners facing bankruptcy during the subprime mortgage crisis, and worked together to ensure a complete count in the 2020 Census. Together we are currently responding to the economic impacts and hardships of the COVID 19 pandemic.

What We Do

  • UWBA and Labor share the common goal of an equitable Bay Area. Together, we envision a Bay Area where every member of the community has access to a quality education, fair wages, productive work opportunities, safe workplaces, a path to citizenship and accessible, affordable, quality healthcare.
  • The Labor Community Services Liaison program is a comprehensive resource for working families. Labor Liaisons provide information and referral, direct hardship assistance, high impact workforce programs, community organizing, immigration legal services and civic engagement opportunities. Liaisons are involved in or leading critical public policy work to increase economic security and access community benefits. 

Our current team consists of three Labor Liaisons who work with local labor councils in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Contra Costa Counties.

Key County Initiatives

San Francisco County  
WE RISE SF (WRSF) provides immigration based legal and wraparound services to immigrant union members and their families.
San Mateo County 
San Mateo Labor Community Services / Trades Introduction Program (TIP San Mateo) is a construction apprenticeship readiness program designed to provide women, at risk youth, veterans and underserved populations in San Mateo County a path to financial stability. To date, 207 TIP graduates have been placed in union construction apprenticeship programs.
Contra Costa County
The Contra Costa Labor Council in partnership with Lift Up Contra Costa (LUCC) and the Reimagine Public Safety Campaign, advocate for the county and cities to put racial equity and justice reinvestment at the forefront by increasing community safety through alternative response programs and investing in community services; with the goal to bring lasting transformational change to produce more equitable, safe, and healthy communities for workers and their families.


Food Insecurity

In response to massive COVID related furloughs and layoffs, San Mateo Labor Community Services, in partnership with Second Harvest Silicon Valley and local union volunteers, is providing groceries to 1600 families each month

Immigrant Union COVID Hardship Fund 

In 2020, Labor and UWBA distributed $315,000 in hardship funds to over 500 immigrant union members and their families who were out of work due to COVID.

Tax Prep & Financial Assistance

In 2020 CCC Labor Council assisted 522 individual’s w/relief during hardship occurrences due to COVID-19 layoffs. CCC labor Council in Partnership with Earn It, Keep It, Save It, (EKS) provided tax preparation and filing services for 150 members.

Direct Hardship Assistance

San Francisco, Labor Community Services provided $47,000 in direct hardship assistance and wraparound referrals to 150 union members.


San Mateo County
Rayna Lehman  
Director, Labor Community Services
San Mateo Labor Council
UWBA Labor Liaison
San Mateo Central Labor Council
San Francisco County
Tom Ryan
Director, Labor Community Services
San Francisco Labor Council
UWBA Labor Liaison
San Francisco Central Labor Council
Contra Costa County
Traci Young
Director, Labor Community Services
Contra Costa Labor Council
UWBA Labor Liaison
Contra Costa, Central Labor Council

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