"WorkerReport is the first technology platform intended to strengthen the enforcement of new and existing laws protecting against wage theft and health and safety violations for workers across industries."
The Workers Lab is the nation’s first investment and innovation lab focused on disrupting the trillion-dollar low wage economy. When The Workers Lab first began, they heard from both the labor and worker justice communities that there was an important need to develop better, more innovative ways to address wage theft enforcement. The partnership between The Workers Lab and SeeClickFix in building the WorkerReport app was in response to this call-to-action. This initial pilot stage will introduce the app to three partners to use the app and provide crucial feedback: Fair Work Center, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition. Each of these organizations will leverage the app in a range of ways to strengthen ongoing wage enforcement work, public outreach, worker organizing, and legal aid for low-wage workers.
Although WorkerReport is in its pilot stage, here's a short description of how it might work from The Workers Lab announcement:
The app’s interface would walk workers through a series of simple questions to assess the type of issue they want to report, write in a short description of the nature of the report, and indicate what type of follow-up they are interested in. As the testing progresses, the app’s interface, question prompts, and community forum features will be refined based on user feedback and preferences.
“This entire process is not about blindly expecting technology to solve the problems inherent in our fractured and overburdened enforcement ecosystem. We want to test whether an app for enforcement can serve as a trusted conduit for workers to raise their concerns. We are so excited to learn. Can you imagine a world where working people believe they have somewhere safe to report an instance when their check was short or they felt unsafe at work? If workers have an appetite to speak up this way, we can only imagine the possibilities.”
-Dr. Carmen Rojas, co-founder and CEO of The Workers Lab
“If we want to start the next labor movement for workers, it will most certainly require that we pilot and test technologies like these. Technology may not be a silver bullet, but it presents a tremendous opportunity to amplify workers’ voices like never before.” David is also the Founder and President of Seattle-based SEIU 775."
-David Rolf, co-founder of The Workers Lab and author of The Fight for Fifteen
“After several years of refining and adapting the app in jurisdictions all over the country, we are thrilled about this partnership with The Workers Lab to expand beyond public infrastructure and services and into another area that like infrastructure, has huge material implications on people’s day to day lives."
-Ben Berkowitz, CEO and Founder of SeeClickFix
To learn more, read The Workers' Lab announcement here.
The Workers Lab