Working Families

In Brief:

A growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all and a democracy in which every voice matters. Working in seven states they recruit, train, and elect leaders to local and state office. They run campaigns to raise standards for working families around minimum wage increases, paid sick day laws, creating green jobs, and more. They also organize hundreds of thousands of people every month to hold elected officials accountable.

Working Families believes that our economy is out of whack when wages are stagnant and good jobs are harder and harder to come by, but the very wealthiest just get richer and richer. When college is getting more and more expensive, and retirement more and more insecure. When quality public education is only available for some, but not all, of our children. When as hard as we work, inequality in America is only getting worse.

Working Families also believes the promise of our democracy has been broken when the views of a single wealthy donor can carry more weight that the needs of millions of hard working families. When a moneyed few can pull the strings in our democracy, they rewrite the rules of our economy to benefit them.

The wealthy few are making money by doing harm to working families, whether they’re outsourcing jobs, privatizing schools or poisoning the environment.

Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters.

Working Families is powered by people who believe in a better future for working families. The organization was launched by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, union activists and progressive elected officials.

Today, hundreds of thousands of individuals are part of the Working Families community, along with a growing number of labor, community, environmental, netroots, youth and faith organizations, and state chapters in ConnecticutMarylandNew JerseyNew YorkOregon,Pennsylvania or in Washington, DC.

What Working Families does

Working Families is building progressive power to renew the American Dream via key strategic actions:

  • Running aggressive campaigns to raise standards for working families. Since its founding, Working Families has won minimum wage increases and passed paid sick days laws in states and cities; fought off school privatization schemes; raised taxes on the rich to fund hospitals and schools; created tens of thousands of green jobs and passed the nation’s most innovative plans to tackle student debt.
  • Electing the next generation of progressive leaders. Working Families recruits, trains and elects leaders who share its mission to local and state office in a growing number of cities and states. From small-town school boards to big city mayors, from county legislators to members of Congress, the organization is sending Working Families Democrats to office to help build an economy that works for all of us.
  • Organizing. Working Families reaches hundreds of thousands of people every month, knocking on their door, calling on the phone, or in your inbox, to give people the opportunity to take action. Its work doesn’t end on Election Day. After elections are over, the organization works just as hard to hold all our elected officials accountable to the needs of hard working families.

The Resistance

Working Families (WFP) continues to expand its work as a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters. WFP believes we cannot advance equality without first fixing democracy and we can’t fix democracy if it does not take equality into account in its design. Working Families Party, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Demos Action and many others are focused on moving voters and elected officials into a deeper understanding of how “it’s the rules, not the rulers” that matter the most, with a focus on voting rights, legal representation, and accountability and transparency of government.