Meet the DC JWJ team!

We’ve had some changes around here! If you didn’t know, we have a couple new staff members on board at DC Jobs With Justice. That’s all the more reason for you to join us at this year’s “I’ll Be There” Awards on October 20th to get to know all of us! You can purchase tickets to the Awards by clicking...

The 2016 “I’ll Be There” Awards

  Each year, the DC Jobs With Justice coalition comes together to celebrate our work and recognize our leaders. Please join us for this year’s “I’ll Be There” Awards! REGISTER AND PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE! Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, D.C. Click here to see the full event information, ticket and sponsorship details, and more! This year’s “I’ll Be There” Award Winners: C.H.O.I.C.E. Organizing Committee Many Languages One Voice Committee for Labor Solidarity and Worker Power Pastor Marvin Owens, Michigan Park Christian Church Adam Graubart, DC Paid Family Leave campaign volunteer Hosts: Día Bùi & Darakshan Raja Co-directors of the Washington Peace Center This is a fundraiser event to support the organizing and advocacy work of DC Jobs with Justice! No one will be denied entrance regardless of ability to donate. We will accept cash, check, or credit card donations. Childcare and English-to-Spanish interpretation will be...

DC Jobs With Justice Seeks ‘Research Project Coordinator’

Overview: DC Jobs with Justice is a dynamic coalition of labor unions, community organizations, faith institutions, and student activist groups dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of DC workers and residents. For a full list of our organizational members and past campaign work, please visit our website at www.dcjwj.org. Currently, DC JWJ is leading the “Just Hours” campaign to transform service sector jobs into jobs with just hours and fair scheduling practices. We seek to hire a Project Coordinator to oversee a related research project we are conducting. In June 2015, we released a study along with the Georgetown University Kalmanovitz Initiative that found erratic scheduling practices and insufficient hours of work to be widespread issues in the retail and food service industries. In 2016, we will partner with Duke University on a groundbreaking study to assess how unstable work schedules and hours impact parents and family life. The Project Coordinator will lead the pilot phase of that study this summer, with the possibility of continuing on as the Project Coordinator for the subsequent phases of the study. The pilot phase of the study will consist of brief daily surveying of participants for 1 month. This position will report to the Lead Organizer. Job Responsibilities: The Project Coordinator will oversee and implement the pilot phase of the Duke Study through: Participant Recruitment Lead the recruitment of 40 participants for the pilot – these must be parents working in retail or food service with a child under the age of 6 Work with volunteers, interns, other staff, and partner organizations to identify and pursue opportunities to recruit participants Conduct...

Nikki Lewis says farewell; DC JWJ announces search for new Executive Director

Dear DC Jobs With Justice Family! The time has come for me to transition out of my role as Executive Director of DC Jobs With Justice.  My last day as ED will be August 31, 2016. I am eternally grateful for the 7 years I’ve been a part of the DC JWJ family so far – over three years on the Steering and Executive Committees, and over 3 years as the Executive Director.   When I think about what we’ve accomplished together in such a short period of time, my eyes well up.  Paid sick days! Wage theft prevention!  Minimum wage increases! Ban the Box! Candidate forums and GOTV!  Strong new contracts for grocery store workers, Verizon  workers, painters, and transit workers! Trainings! All the research and media! And that’s not even mentioning the work we’re on the verge of winning together right now: #DCJustHours #PaidLeave4DC  #DCfor15 and #OneFairWage DC Jobs With Justice is a tireless, dedicated, brilliant group of people and organizations who I owe so much to. Thank you to all the people who’ve loved and taught and held me through these incredible years of growth – both personally and organizationally. Thanks to you, I am confident that DC JWJ and I will both step gracefully into the next chapter of our work. Although I am stepping down as Executive Director, I am not leaving the movement or the city.  In fact, I am transitioning in order to continue growing the movement for implementation of workers’ rights, this time from the other side. My goal is to become a DC high road employer who leads by example and...

Press release: Leaked video shows majority of Chamber members support predictable schedules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2016 CONTACT: Bailey Dick, 419-260-6044, bailey@jwj.org Leaked Video Shows Majority of Chamber Members Support Predictable Schedules Washington, D.C. – Footage of a webinar leaked to The Washington Post today shows that the majority of state Chamber of Commerce members support fair scheduling policies, and suggests Chamber lobbyists may be misrepresenting their members in their opposition of predictable scheduling policies. The video includes results of an internal poll that found 78 percent of current or prospective Chamber members support measures that would require employers to provide advance notice of schedules and end abusive “on-call” shifts that leave without a guarantee of work or pay for their time. These and other sustainable scheduling measures are already required under new rules enacted in San Francisco, and are under consideration in a half-dozen other communities across the country. The Chamber poll underscores the widespread support for setting standards that make sure that working people have schedules that allow them pay to their bills, plan their lives and take care of their loved ones. The landmark legislation to improve schedules for 40,000 retail employees in San Francisco was passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors, and a January poll found that 86 percent of D.C. residents would support pending legislation that would mandate more stable hours and predictable work schedules from employers. Dozens of national retailers have also ended or pledged to end the use of on-call schedules in their stores after public, employee and legal pressure to do so. “This video proves what we already know to be true: That the overwhelming majority of people support the creation...

Meet Our Wonderful Spring Organizing Intern: Bria Wade

Hey there! My name is Bria Wade and I’m currently a freshman at Georgetown University from New Jersey majoring in African American Studies and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. I’m the new intern with DC Jobs With Justice and I’m extremely excited to be working with the amazing team and organization this semester!  I had no idea what to expect when I arrived for my first day working with DC JWJ because I truly didn’t have a firm grasp on what organizing was. Since then, I have learned so much from the people I work with and going out and doing the work in places like Columbia Heights and Union Station. Although it can be disheartening at times because of the nature of outreach, I have been able to see the magnitude of impact that organizing has on the lives of retail workers in DC. The work that I have done so far has inspired me to become more involved with worker justice. I started working when I was twelve years old in order to assert my independence and make money for myself so that my parents would have to contribute less to getting me the things that I needed. I have maintained a steady job ever since and throughout my time working in the food industry (McDonald’s), I noticed several things about the way things were run that didn’t sit well with me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until this past summer that I became aware of organizations that work specifically to address injustices faced by workers all over the country. My firsthand experience in conjunction with my passion...