The Retail Action Project (RAP) is an organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities and workplace standards in the retail industry. RAP’s growing membership network is an industry voice for retail workers who work for major retailers across the industry, ranging from bargain chains to high-end department stores. Together with community and labor allies, RAP members are impacting retailers’ labor practices and the public policies that affect their lives. RAP supports retail workers’ path towards career security and advancement through job training, services and professional networking.
RAP was founded in 2005 as a community labor partnership partnership between the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU, UFCW) and the Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) which helped thousands of low-wage New York City retail workers fight wage theft and win millions in unpaid wages, and expanded into a membership organization in 2010.