The Los Angeles Worker Center Network is proud to announce the hire of its first Network Director, Najeeba Syeed. For the past 5 years LAWCN has worked to, support workers by building power and organizing capacity of worker centers to ensure employers and policymakers implement and improve upon the demands of the communities we organize.
We are excited that Najeeba will be bringing her deep expertise and experience to the network. Our work empowering workers from across Los Angeles will benefit greatly from her leadership. Najeeba looks forward to meeting with partners after her start date of March 1, 2022.
Najeeba joins us after 20 decades as a non profit executive, mediator, professor and government staffer. She has led organizations that offered conflict resolution services and education in communities, courts and schools. After moving to Los Angeles in 2000 upon graduating from law school, she led the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center and then served as the executive director of the Western Justice Center. The organizations worked to resolve large scale community disputes. She developed programs that addressed workplace conditions, conflicts and employer-employee relations.
In 2010 she joined the faculty of Claremont School of Theology and was a leader in training many of Los Angeles’ progressive faith leaders in the labor and justice movements in our region. During her decade long tenure there, she was instrumental in teaching courses in social justice, faith based organizing, negotiation/mediation and the history of interfaith justice movements. In 2021 she served as a government staffer in city hall.
Najeeba has also mediated many cases involving employee demands regarding wages, working conditions and workers’ labor rights. She has worked closely with groups such as CLUE, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice on campaigns, actions and public education on labor concerns. She has received numerous prestigious awards such as the 2018 Scholar – Activist Award from Auburn Seminary in recognition of her outstanding advocacy on behalf of human rights in Los Angeles.
We are delighted to have her join us as our inaugural director for the LAWCN. “I look forward to serving this network of the leading and cutting edge workers’ rights organizations in Los Angeles. Especially as we consider the importance of workers in this time of a global pandemic, I am excited to develop collaborative programs, policies and actions that build on the incredible work of these workers centers.”
The LA Worker Center Network consists of CLEAN Carwash Campaign, Garment Worker Center (GWC), Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Los Angeles Black Worker Center (LABWC), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles (ROC-LA), UCLA Downtown Labor Center, and Warehouse Worker Resource Center (WWRC).
The WWRC is a proud part of the LA Worker Center Network and is excited to be the fiscal sponsor for this project as it expands and builds power among workers in Los Angeles.