WPUSA | Working Partnerships USA

Contact Information

2102 Almaden Road
Suite 107
San Jose
CA
95125
408-269-7872

Our Work

Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA) is an independently funded social change organization founded by labor and community groups that equips everyday people to participate and win in developing a fair and free society.

Since its founding in 1995, WPUSA has tackled issues directly affecting working people and their families by building their capacity and ability to effectively represent their own interests and by helping them create alliances and partnerships that magnify the voice and impact of their movement.

Our goal is to compel government to act for the common good by making it more open, accessible and accountable; to achieve policy changes in the areas of jobs, health care, sustainability, housing and transportation that improve families' lives; and for our work to inspire, inform and shape national policy.

Our Focus

WPUSA works in four broad areas of concern to working people — health care, government accountability and reform, economic research and analysis, and organizing and leadership development — by developing policies, organizing and advocating for their adoption, developing leadership that empowers ordinary citizens, and connecting smaller groups in ways that enhance their effectiveness.

News Articles

Partnership for Working Families | November 6, 2014

Dear Friends,

Regardless of how you feel about this week's election results overall, there’s no doubt that when voters got a chance to decide on working family issues, we won big. We won on minimum wage, paid sick days, mass transit, and democracy. We also achieved important gains in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform. Across our network, our affiliates organized hundreds of thousands of voters around key issues that concretely impact our lives.

Partnership for Working Families | April 17, 2014

For decades, the high technology economy in Silicon Valley has eroded the region’s middle class, distributing income in an hourglass shape that leaves massive numbers of workers trapped at the bottom in low wage, dead end, service occupations. A “next generation” living wage policy in the county government would change this picture for thousands of workers and their families.

Partnership for Working Families | November 13, 2013

In San Jose, the Working Partnerships team joined California Calls’ non-partisan effort. For fifteen days, they phone-banked and walked door-to-door, talking to more than 6,000 low-propensity voters about the biggest expansion of the safety net in generations, the Affordable Care Act.

Partnership for Working Families | November 6, 2013

In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide.

Working Partnerships USA | November 7, 2012

In a move towards a stronger economy for San Jose, voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to increase the minimum wage in the city from $8 to $10 an hour. Measure D drew 59% of the vote in a race where opponents outspent supporters by more than 2 to 1.

Working Partnerships USA | September 2, 2012

Through rap, “spoken word” poetry and music, one strong message permeated a room full of supporters for a November ballot initiative to raise San Jose’s minimum wage: “It’s time for ten.”

Secretary-Treasurer of the National AFL-CIO Liz Shuler offered her unwavering endorsement of the increase as she lauded the group of young activists who launched the effort to create an ordinance mandating a $10 an hour minimum wage in San Jose. The current state minimum is $8.

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will hold regional conferences throughout the country in 2012. The Partnership is proud to sponsor the gatherings and supports our partners from Boston, Los Angles, San Jose, Philadelphia and Atlanta who are participating or have organized sessions at the regional events.

Working Partnerships USA | March 30, 2010

While the national health reform debate rages on, a local program to cover the uninsured is now underway in Santa Clara County, California. On March 1, Working Partnerships USA, in partnership with the Santa Clara Family Health Plan and the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System launched a new health care program for low-wage workers in small businesses called Healthy Workers. The program was developed by the same coalition that created the nation’s first universal health care program for children—the Children’s Health Initiative.

Working Partnerships USA | December 18, 2009

On October 20, 2009, the San Jose City Council approved two policies that together constitute one of the most comprehensive frameworks in the nation for controlling the outsourcing of local government functions and services to private contractors.

Working Partnerships USA | May 18, 2008

Last month, community, labor and faith leaders came together to call for the City of San Jose to assure that it is truly building a better airport – by ensuring a living wage, establishing increased oversight of subcontractors, and guaranteeing the highest quality, most skilled employees serving the airport’s millions of annual passengers.

Employment Opportunities

  • THE OPPORTUNITY

    Working Partnerships USA is seeking a strategic organizational leader with exceptional campaign and policy skills to partner with the executive director (ED) in setting the strategic vision for the organization and managing external campaigns and policy advocacy. This role is an excellent growth opportunity for campaign staff looking to advance and develop senior skills managing a number of community-labor campaigns and alliances.

  • THE OPPORTUNITY

    Working Partnerships USA is seeking a strategic organizational leader with exceptional campaign and policy skills to partner with the executive director (ED) in setting the strategic vision for the organization and managing external campaigns and policy advocacy. This role is an excellent growth opportunity for campaign staff looking to advance and develop senior skills managing a number of community-labor campaigns and alliances.

  • THE OPPORTUNITY

    Working Partnerships USA seeks a Research and Policy Associate to join our team. This team member will support the strategic research, analysis, outreach, coalition-building and program coordination needed to move our campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, and equitable growth. This is a full-time, benefited position based in Silicon Valley.

  • Working Partnerships USA is a community organization bringing together the power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to drive the movement for a just economy. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities and equitable growth.

    Reporting to the Director of Organizing and Civic Engagement and working closely with other local and state organizations, the Lead Organizer is responsible for overseeing Working Partnerships USA integrated civic engagement and community organizing model. The Lead Organizer will recruit and develop leaders, lead civic engagement programs, contribute to campaign strategy, communicate and motivate existing and potential members, and lead pubic actions.