Thank You for Joining Us to Celebrate 50 Years Advancing Dignity & Justice at Work

In 2019, National Employment Law Project (NELP) is celebrating our 50th year advocating for the rights, protections and collective power of working people.

We’re All In: A National Conference

We’re All In is NELP’s two-day invitation-only strategy conference that will connect policy discussions to the real change we need to bring about for working people. Our goal is for attendees to leave with concrete tools, ideas, and relationships to carry on the fight, individually and collectively. If you’d like to suggest someone to invite to this conference, email

November 13-14, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

NELP at 50: Advancing Dignity and Justice at Work

Throughout our 50-year history, NELP’s ability to constantly assess, refine, and improve our priorities has allowed us to respond to significant and at times devastating shifts in our political and economic environment.

This video features workers’ rights leaders Mary Kay Henry, Chris Owens, Naomi Walker and Tom Perez who celebrate the work we’ve accomplished together, and offer a shared vision for a future that values of fairness, justice, and dignity for all of America’s workers.

View photos from the event on Facebook

NELP50 | Monday, May 6, 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC

Celebrating the work and leadership of our honorees May 6, 2019


  • Lee Saunders, President, AFSCME

  • Anna Wadia, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation, NELP’s 2019 Beth Shulman Fellow

  • Warehouse Worker Resource Center

  • Make the Road –New Jersey


Sponsors, Co-Chairs, & Host Committee

For Sponsorship information or to join our Host Committee, please email


  • Richard Trumka (President, AFL-CIO)
  • Mary Kay Henry (President, SEIU)
  • Jose Garza (Executive Director, Workers Defense Project)
  • Erica Smiley (Co-Director, Jobs with Justice)
  • Sarita Gupta (Co-Director, Jobs with Justice)
  • Chris Lu (Senior Strategy Advisor, FiscalNote & Former Deputy Secretary of Labor)
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Host Committee:

  • Amy Morris
  • Amy Sugimori
  • Anna Fink
  • Carol Oppenheimer
  • Cecilia Estolano
  • Christine Owens
  • David R. Jones
  • David Michaels
  • David Weil
  • Dorian Warren
  • Edgar James
  • Elaine Newman
  • Elissa McBride
  • Ernie Englander
  • Gail Dratch
  • Heather Booth
  • Henry Allen
  • Holly Fechner
  • Jared Bernstein
  • Jim Sessions
  • Joan Kuriansky
  • Jules Bernstein
  • Karen Nussbaum
  • Lawrence Hess
  • Lilia Garcia-Brower
  • Linda Lipsett
  • Lynn Rhinehart
  • Mary Beth Maxwell
  • Maureen Conway
  • Michael Felsen
  • Morty Simon
  • Naomi Walker
  • Raj Nayak
  • Seth Harris
  • Sharon Block
  • Suzanne Hess
  • Thomas Weeks
  • Tish Allen
  • Wendy Chun-Hoon
  • Wendy Kahn
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Blog Series

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, we will continue to showcase NELP’s history with features and opportunities for our supporters and allies to engage with us celebrating our history and creating a shared vision for our future.

NELP Celebrates 50 Years of Advancing Dignity and Justice at Work

Since our founding in 1969, the National Employment Law Project has fought to secure the rights of workers and unemployed people across the country.

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A Legacy of Fighting Back: Taking on the Exploitative “Workfare” System

When a new congressional majority rode to power in the 1990s on an agenda that demonized civil legal services and defunded NELP and groups like it, NELP stood strong.

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NELP Honors Young Leaders of Make the Road New Jersey

The young members of Make the Road: NJ helped New Jersey become the fourth to adopt a $15 minimum wage.

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Ford Foundation’s Anna Wadia Honored as NELP Beth Shulman Fellow

NELP is honored to recognize Wadia for her work advancing dignity and justice on the job.

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NELP: A History of Advancing Workplace Protections

Since 1969, the National Employment Law Project has worked through the ebbs and flows of laws regulating worker protections in the United States.

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Honoring AFSCME President Lee Saunders

At the core of Saunders’ leadership is the connection between public service and building collective power.

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Meet the Warehouse Workers Challenging Amazon and Walmart

WWRC is a leader in confronting the trend of subcontracting and use of staffing agencies in the logistics sector.

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Previous Events:

2017 Rising to the Moment awards reception

Meet the honorees, co-chairs and sponsors of Rising to the Moment and view the event journal, video, and photos.


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2016 Milepost 15 awards reception

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Thank you for joining us in celebrating 50 years of advancing dignity and justice at work

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