Memory Work Los Angeles is a project of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. We collaborate with labor unions, community organizations, activists, and librarians to reclaim the past, understand the present, and change the future of work and working people. We document changing ways of work, worker organizing, and struggles to win equal treatment and full citizenship for all.

We train UCLA students to be critical memory workers able to research and communicate evidence-based stories from the past that matter to our present. We celebrate and support the work of remembrance carried on by others, and aim to inspire many ways of seeing the past around us.  

Use this site to explore case studies of creative union and community campaigns, view photographs, documents, and videos documenting these movements, or link to research collections. The collection is always growing.

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