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Grace H
(Northeast Ohio!)
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the project

The Northeast Worker Center is an organization built by workers, for workers, to organize and fight back against the forces that have workers feeling isolated, overworked, underpaid, and exploited. Worker centers have emerged across the country as worker-led organizations which provide a space for workers to educate themselves on their rights at work, organize their workplaces, and receive legal and other support services from allied individuals and organizations working in solidarity with the center. In addition, the fundamental goal of a worker center is to transform the economy to better serve workers and their communities, so centers also serve as a vehicle for grassroots advocacy and organizing for political change on both the local, state, and national level.

In the Spring of 2021, the Northeast Ohio Worker Center came together to develop a Worker Bill of Rights.  The purpose of this document is raise awareness of the ways in which workers in our region need RELIEF:

RESPECTFUL: protections for workers’ rights to collectively organize, through unionization or other means, without threat of retaliation.

ENGAGING: leaders that share information and profits and allow for workers to provide input and recommend changes.

LIVABLE: wages that support families and affordable benefits like healthcare, paid sick time, family/medical leave, and retirement.

INCLUSIVE: freedom from harassment and discrimination and leaders that ensure equity and inclusion in hiring and advancement.

EMPATHETIC: employers that recognize need for and support reliable, safe, and affordable housing, utilities, transit, and childcare.

FAIR: safe, stable, and predictably scheduled employment with pay for all hours worked and debt-free career advancement.

Through this campaign we are hoping to build support for this Worker Bill of Rights and gain endorsements from residents, businesses, and organizations.  To learn more about endorsing the Worker Bill of Rights, visit:

the steps

With the funds raised through this campaign the Northeast Ohio Worker Center will:

1.  Meet with community groups and residents to provide an overview of the Worker Bill of Rights and encourage these groups to endorse and share their support for the Worker Bill of Rights.

2. Meet with elected officials and candidates to share about the realities of being a worker in Northeast Ohio and provide an overview of the ways in which workers need RELIEF.

3. Create and distribution marketing materials and collateral that will help reinforce our message.

why we're doing it

We are hosting this campaign because our economy is stacked against workers. Rock-bottom wages, unaccountable and predatory bosses, and threadbare workplace protections have brought the US to the bottom of the rankings for workers. 

These conditions are even worse for communities of color and those with marginalized gender, sexual, and disability identities who are disproportionately represented in vulnerable industries with limited opportunities for career advancement and economic mobility. 



Money raised through this fundraiser will support a campaign to build support for the Northeast Ohio Worker Bill of Rights.  Examples of ways in which the funds will be spent include:

  • Refreshments for community meetings - $100 per meeting
  • Banner - $200
  • Printed Materials - $500
  • Graphic design of marketing materials - $500

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)    $163
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $98
TOTAL TO RAISE=    $3,261
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


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