The West African Community Council (WACC) partners with the City of Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) to provide outreach, education and technical assistance to Seattle’s workers about their rights under Seattle’s  Minimum Wage, Wage Theft, Paid Sick and Safe Time, and Fair Chance Employment, Secure Scheduling Ordinances, as well as the Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative.

For successful implementation of Seattle’s labor standards, workers must understand their rights and businesses must fulfill their obligations. While all workers are at risk for workplace violations, data shows that low-wage workers experience the highest rates of workplace violations. Demographic populations most likely to occupy low-wage jobs and experience workplace violations include female workers, workers of color, immigrant and refugee workers, LGBTQ workers, workers with disabilities, and youth workers.

Our program goals are to:

  • Increase workers’ knowledge and understanding of the rights provided by Seattle’s labor standards through methods that are community centered, culturally relevant and accessible, and language specific;
  • Expand worker’s access to resources to enforce, or otherwise resolve, labor standards violations;
  • Build capacity among community organizations and service providers to provide labor standards services and information to a diverse range of workers, including low-wage earners, people of color and immigrants and refugees;
  • Foster increased collaboration with OLS and community organizations serving Seattle’s workers
  • Collaborate with other City of Seattle Departments, including but not limited to the Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and Human Services Department

Our work includes:

  • Conducting intakes
  • Educating workers
  • Reaching out and educating workers
  • Referring cases to OLS or other agencies
  • Training workers