Larkin & Lacey

There are a lot of labor organizations that exist to advocate for the civil rights of laborers in various types of industries.

These unions include the American Federation of Teachers; United Auto Workers; The International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Service Employees International Union; American Nurses Association; Transport Union Workers Union of America; United Food and Commercial Workers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; American Postal Workers Union; United Farm Workers; International Longshore and Warehouse Union; National Association of Letter Carriers; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; The United Steelworkers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers; California State University Employees Union; United Electric Radio and Machine Workers of America; Director’s Guild of America; International Union of Elevator Constructors; Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union; Fraternal Order of Police; Graphic Communications International Union; Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union; Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union; California Faculty Association; California Nurses Association; California State University Employees Union; Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees; United American Nurses; United Mine Workers of America; United Transportation Union; United Domestic Workers of America; United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Utility Workers Union of America; Union of America, Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Seafarers International Union of North America.

Labor Unions have been very influential in American society, culture and politics. Many of the rules and regulations regarding employment that we take for granted were the achievements of labor unions in the 20th century.  Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Throughout the past 200 years, there has been a lot of struggling on the part of unions and union members to cement civil rights for laborers. For those who were born into this modern system of workplace regulations and civil rights, it is easy to forgot that at some point, people did not enjoy these things.

There are civil rights organizations that are based upon identity, not labor. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin put their heads together and created an organization that addressed the issue of identity.

This identity-based organization is called the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The identities that they focus on are those of Latinos, LGBTQ individuals and immigrants. Like a laser, they are focusing their energy on the the needs of undocumented immigrants. There are stories about DREAMers and DACA posted all over their website.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

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