BUILD is proud to announce its partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS). BUILD and OLS have partnered to ensure that all communities are educated, have access to resources, and receive support around labor law violations in the city of Seattle.
So why Labor Laws? In 2020, many companies made grand statements of committing to more inclusive hiring, and some even made donations to civil rights organizations. But as many have pointed out, these efforts are belied by a sorry history of not following through on good intentions when it comes to Black employees or workers of any kind. Unfortunately, many Blacks are aware of the longstanding and aggressive opposition by business interests to fixing the core defects of our labor and employment laws that have excluded many Black workers from the economic gains of the 20th and 21st centuries. For example, in the Tech Sector, much of their of color workforce are employed in minimum wage or contractor positions, and the same companies have fought tooth and nail against remedying the omissions of these workers from core employment protections. To ensure that the fight of those before us isn't lost, BUILD wants to do its part to keep the Black community aware of their rights under the law.
To ensure that our community is aware of their rights, BUILD is launching BUILD Labor Standards. Through a dedicated webpage, social media campaigns, educational video shorts, and distribution of information via events, BUILD is excited to get fair treatment for our Black community members in need. BUILD, in partnership with OLS, will cover and present information on labor law topics like Paid Sick and Safe Time, Gig Worker Protections, Secure Scheduling, and How to File a Complaint. BUILD will also be assisting our community with virtual resources, that help an employee determine if they need to file a complaint.
While labor law may not be a common topic for many, BUILD wants the knowledge to become commonplace. If you or someone you know might need assistance, please contact BUILD via our BUILD Labor Standards webpage.