CLCR was founded in 1982 by local union and community leaders in reaction to the wave of plant closings and the impact this had on local communities and labor negotiations. We formed to provide solid research and analysis to unions, communities, and local government to understand the causes of the problems they faced and to find creative and effective solutions. We combined excellent research skills with the ability to organize and educate.
After analyzing and working on the problems of hundreds of manufacturing companies in Chicago and around the country, we not only became confident that a significant portion of our industrial base can and should be retained, but that there are opportunities for new approaches to economic and social development in communities throughout the country. There are assets--physical and human--that are undervalued and underutilized and that can be uniquely developed by innovative partnerships between labor, community, and business.
Today, CLCR is a consulting and research organization that specializes in new approaches to community development, having a particular expertise in manufacturing and creating effective partnerships between labor, community, and business. – less–ZoomInfo