The Working Group Collection contains production, research, outreach, and financial records generated by the The Working Group
in producing the television series
We Do the Work, and
Livelyhood. The collection also contains materials created in the production of contract documentaries and films for client organizations
such as labor unions and apprenticeship programs. The bulk of the collection spans the years 1988-2002, and reveals the activities
of the organization in producing local and nationally distributed television programs for broadcast on public television.
The Working Group is an independent media production company based in Oakland, California.
In 1988, a coalition of labor leaders, educators, independent filmmakers and community activists founded the California Working
Group in response to a deficiency of coverage of workers by the mainstream media. The era was politically conservative in
national and statewide politics, and when the program went on the air it was the only independently produced program about
work and working people on the Public Broadcasting System in the United States. Patrice O'Neil and Edwin Herzog co-created
the newsmagazine on local labor issues California Working, which aired on local public television stations KCSM (San Mateo) and KQED (San Francisco).
33 record cartons.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of the Labor Archives and Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.