CIWO’s Bargaining for the Common Good (BCG) program seeks to reinvent collective bargaining for the 21st century and ensure that it starts including a range of issues from affordable housing to racial and immigrant justice in order to it benefit both workers and the broader communities they live and work in. The program works through concrete initiatives that build innovative dynamic partnerships between labor organizations, worker centers and a wide array of community, religious and racial justice organizations to advance demands that represent a comprehensive “Common Good” agenda. It also promotes this emerging alternative agenda through conferences, regional meetings, a "Common Good” Toolkit and other resources.
Bargaining for the Common Good Advisory Committee
The Bargaining for the Common Good Advisory Committee, a new national advisory group composed of key union, community and racial justice leaders to help guide and support the BCG network, was recently announced. Read more
Bargaining for the Common Good: UTLA Webinar
Almost 200 union and community activists from across the country joined a webinar on February 22, 2019, to learn from the successes of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and their community partners with their multi-year campaign and 6-stay strike. Read more
Bargaining for the Common Good – Housing Justice
More than 100 activists, unions, community leaders, and housing groups from across the country joined the Bargaining for the Common Good (BCG) Housing Justice webinar on December 12, 2018, to discuss concerns and issues around affordable housing. The BCG webinar helped groups to learn and strategize about bargaining and fighting for affordable housing. Read more
Bargaining for the Common Good – Housing Justice
Over 200 organizers and activists from labor unions, housing justice organizations, worker centers and community organizing groups from across the country gathered in Chicago on July 28-30, 2019 to learn from the latest research and discuss important solutions to the nationwide housing crisis. The Bargaining for the Common Good (BCG) Housing Justice convening was a joint effort of CIWO, the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor (KI) at Georgetown University. BCG activities were held at the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas. Learn more about this event.
Bargaining for the Common Good – Higher Education
In late February 2018, the ‘Bargaining for the Common Good in Higher Education Convening” brought together over 200 labor, community and racial justice leaders representing 50 campuses across the country to strategize about common good bargaining and organizing. The convening included sessions about the theory and strategy of how to build the power to win and transform our campaigns into broader community fights, and how to wage inspiring common good campaigns that connect workers more deeply to their union and increase membership in preparation for the Janus Decision. Cohorts of union, community, and student leaders discussed a shared vision for building long-term community-labor partnerships that can fight for common good demands. Learn more about this event.
Bargaining for the Common Good – Racial Justice
More than 120 participants from national and local labor unions as well as racial and social justice community organizations gathered during March 29-31, 2017 at the Tommy Douglas Center in Silver Spring, MD. The convening was hosted by a steering committee of representatives from labor and community organizations, including Rutgers School of Management Labor Relations’ Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, the Action Center on Race and the Economy, and Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. Learn more about this event.
Going on Offense During Challenging Times
CIWO Executive Director Marilyn Sneiderman, together with Secky Fascione, Organizing Director of the National Education Association, co-wrote Going on Offense During Challenging Times, published by New Labor Forum (January 2018) explaining that, "Bargaining for Common Good aims to avoid transactional relationships between community and labor by building lasting alignments between unions and community groups, not merely temporary alliances of convenience. When unions and their community allies develop strategy, demands, and actions together from the beginning of a campaign, the results can be impressive." Read more here.
Additional BCG Articles
- Before the Chalk Dust Settles: Building on the 2018 Teachers’ Mobilization by Maurice BP-Weeks, Stephen Lerner, Joseph A. McCartin, and Marilyn Sneiderman
- NeaToday: Bargaining for the Common Good in Higher Education by Mary Ellen Flannery
- Why Labor and the Movement for Racial Justice Should Work Together by Maurice Weeks and Marilyn Sneiderman
- Bargaining for the Common Good by Joe McCartin
- How to Build at 21st Century Labor Movement: Confront White Supremacy by Erica Smiley
- How We're Setting Our Contract Bargaining Tables to Advance Racial Justice by Luster Howard, Maricruz Manzanarez, and Seth Newton Patel
- Teacher-Community Unionism: A Lesson from St. Paul by Mary Cathryn Ricker
- Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals and the Early Civil Rights Movement by Robert Korstad and Nelson Lichtenstein
BCG Videos from the Field
- Video: Center for Race and Equity by the Seattle Education Education Association
- Video: From Our Schools to the Streets: Justice for Philando Castile by the St. Paul Federation of Teachers
- Video: Bargaining for the Common Good - the Sacramento Teachers Association by the National Education Association
- Video: Fix LA March on City Hall - Our Streets Not Wall Street by the Fix La Coalition
- Video: City of LA in Crisis by the Fix LA Coalition
- Hotel Worker Pact in New Jersey Features Novel Benefits - April 16, 2018
- Workshop: Bargaining for the Common Good: Going on the Offensive in Troubled Times - June 3, 2017
- Bargaining for the Common Good - Racial Justice - March 29-31, 2017
- Forum on ‘Bargaining for the Common Good: Lessons from L.A. and Beyond' - July 13, 2016
- Bargaining for The Common Good Convening with NEA and NJEA - May 21-22, 2016
- Corporate Social Responsibility - October 27-29, 2014