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The attack on public sector unions is an attack on Black workers

By Elizabeth Falcon and Sequnely Gray This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. The case could interfere with the ability of working people to stick together in strong unions to improve their workplaces, their lives and their communities by attacking the collective power of local government workers. Here in DC, it’s DC Public Schools teachers, nurses, and bus drivers, professors at UDC, trash collectors, neighborhood librarians, and crossing guards who keep our community running that are under attack.  Data analysis done by DCist using 2013 data showed that the areas with the highest level of government workers in the District  are wards 5, 7, and 8 – areas that include higher levels of unemployment and poverty than the rest of the District. These are jobs with a true path to the middle class for District workers, and have been so for decades.  (Adjoining Prince George’s County, one of the richest Black-majority counties in the country, shows over 30% of the workforce employed in the public sector – clearly demonstrating how public sector jobs have contributed to the total economic security of county residents.) Across America, state and local governments have historically provided more employment and advancement opportunities for Black workers in comparison with the private sector. Through legislation and the adoption of affirmative action and antidiscrimination policies, the public sector exceeds the private sector in maintaining a commitment to a diverse workforce. As a result, Black Americans comprise a higher share of the state and local workforce compared to the private sector (12.8 versus 10.3 percent). Similarly, women constitute a disproportionately... read more

Join our Team! DC JWJ Seeks Organizer

DC Jobs With Justice is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team! The ideal candidate will excel at developing and implementing strategic campaigns, building and maintaining relationships, and building consensus among diverse stakeholders with different priorities to enable effective work together on a common goal. This person will be a team player, excited about the role of unions and coalitions in social change, and committed to justice in Washington, DC. We are currently listing two positions – one full time and one part time – in order to reach a wide diversity of candidates with varying availability. We will only fill one position. The part time position will have the option to work full time with DC JWJ after three months. Full Time Position Part Time Position Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with emails and phone numbers to jobs@dcjwj.org . DC Jobs With Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people to... read more

DC Jobs With Justice Resolution in Support of Inauguration Protesters

The DC Jobs With Justice Executive Committee has made the following resolution and is proud to share it with you: DC Jobs With Justice Resolution in Support of Inauguration Protesters WHEREAS, DC Jobs With Justice works for justice in Washington, DC; WHEREAS, the right to free speech and free expression of ideas is enshrined in the first amendment of the Constitution; WHEREAS, the labor movement was formed by workers bravely exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech; WHEREAS, increased policing,  militarization of local police departments, and excessive use of force disproportionately impacts African American communities, other communities of color, immigrant communities, trans communities and persons who are homeless; WHEREAS, DC Jobs With Justice and our members at times participate in protests and other exercises of their right to free speech on the streets of Washington, DC; WHEREAS, on January 20, 2017, when tens of thousands of citizens gathered in Washington, DC to exercise their first amendment right to protest the inauguration of President Trump, a crowd of more than 200 individuals – including journalists, medics, and bystanders – were rounded up without warning and mass arrested without individuated probable cause; WHEREAS, 190 of those arrested are now facing outrageously inappropriate and draconian multiple felony charges and up to 61 years of prison time for exercising their first amendment rights, and such reprisals constitute a dangerous chilling effect on the right to speak out and all forms of free expression; THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that DC Jobs With Justice wholeheartedly condemns the arbitrary, overbroad detention and arrest of hundreds of citizens exercising their right to free speech while... read more

DC Jobs With Justice Seeks Lead Organizer

DC Jobs With Justice Seeks Lead Organizer Overview: DC Jobs With Justice (DC JWJ) is a coalition of labor unions, community organizations, faith institutions, and student organizations dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of working people in the DC metropolitan area. DC JWJ has helped win a precedent-setting minimum wage increase in DC, as well as led various campaigns to hold large corporations accountable to DC communities. In the past we have worked on a range of issues, from labor law to health care; from union organizing campaigns to immigrant rights. Please see www.dcjwj.org for more information. DC JWJ is seeking a Lead Organizer to lead the organization’s campaigns and programmatic work. The ideal candidate will excel at developing and implementing strategic campaigns, building and maintaining relationships, and building consensus among diverse stakeholders with different priorities to enable effective work together on a common goal. This person will be a team player, excited about the role of unions and coalitions in social change, and committed to justice in Washington, DC. This position will report directly to the Executive Director of DC Jobs With Justice. This position is part of the IFPTE Local 70 bargaining unit and subject to the provisions of the union contract. Job Responsibilities: Campaigns: Lead strategic coalition campaigns to promote economic, racial, and social justice in Washington, DC. Coordinate and facilitate coalition campaigns by working with members and allies to develop campaign strategy and plans. Convene coalition meetings on a regular basis to develop campaign strategy Oversee strategy implementation among coalition members Mobilize and develop infrastructure to support ongoing activities Assess and develop campaigns targeting bad... read more

Press Release: DC Government Must Stop Delays and Step Up to Help Student Loan Borrowers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 24, 2017 CONTACT Ari Schwartz, DC Jobs With Justice, 202-674-3228 or ari@dcjwj.org DC Government Must Stop Delays and Step Up to Help Student Loan Borrowers Link – http://bit.ly/2oEqcRj As Trump’s Department of Education and loan servicers abandon borrowers, the DC Government must hire its Student Loan Ombudsman to bring much-needed oversight over loan servicers and guidance for District borrowers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Months after the DC Council unanimously passed legislation to create a Student Loan Ombudsman with authority to license loan servicers, the relevant DC government agency has yet to hire the Ombudsman. At a time when the country’s largest student loan servicer, Navient, declares “there is no expectation that the servicer will act in the interest of the consumer,” the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking (DISB) should not be dragging its feet.  Instead of moving forward with hiring this crucial position, DISB has undermined the law and its own ability to find a qualified applicant by requiring the position also serve a secondary, distinct role as Foreclosure Ombudsman. Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director of DC Jobs With Justice, issued the following statement: “More than ever, DC residents desperately need support from District Government to fight our student debt crisis. We are the most indebted jurisdiction in the country, as around 140,000 residents owe an average of $40,885, and 1 in 10 DC borrowers are in default. East of the Anacostia, our neighbors face the brunt of predatory loan servicers and are three times more likely to be behind on their payments. “In December, we were heartened to see Councilmember David Grosso  and the DC Council... read more

On May 1, Out of the Workplace and Into the Streets!

May 1 is our day. It’s International Workers’ Day and it’s our time to celebrate our victories and resist against the oppression our communities still face. This year, Washington, DC will be at the heart of that resistance. Across our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities, thousands will be on strike, in the streets, and showing our resistance. We stand together to fight racism and xenophobia, challenge unfair workplaces and corporate exploitation, and join together in solidarity. We support the brave workers who are going on strike, closing businesses, and leading the resistance. DC Jobs With Justice is committed to supporting those workers and their vision for our future. We’ve compiled lots of the action happening on May Day into one info sheet. You can find it here   Join us on May Day! Find out where you can get involved by clicking... read more

How to request support from the Solidarity Squad

Process: The Solidarity Squad Advisory team will meet weekly on Monday morning to review requests. This team reflects DC JWJ staff, board, and membership. Please send requests in as early as possible so staff can ask any clarifying questions and present to advisory team. Staff will have a limited ability to approve requests that come in after Monday morning on an emergency basis. Submit requests to solidarity@dcjwj.org. Criteria:  The central decision-making body for DC JWJ is the Steering Committee or organizational members of DC JWJ. As a result: To request solidarity, you must be a member of DC JWJ or partnering with a DC JWJ member. Solidarity requests that already have been supported through the DC JWJ Steering Committee will be given preference. The leadership team may not be able to approve support for an activity that has not already had approval from the DC JWJ Steering Committee. Organizations wishing to become members are encouraged to do so All requests should include types of solidarity you are requesting such as mobilization, event support, canvassing, etc. Preference will be given for solidarity requests that connect local targets to national threats arising from the current right-wing federal government. These include but are not limited to: Threats to communities of color, immigrant communities, Muslims or other religious minorities, and LGBTQ people Expansion of corporate power over individuals and/or privatization of public goods Threats to collective action especially threats to unions Threats to working families and DC’s safety net Threats to DC’s autonomy Preference will be given to actions that target local government and/or corporate targets where DC residents have leverage to sway... read more

Take action. Join the Solidarity Squad.

As we prepare for a new federal government that threatens our communities in countless ways, we are reminded that the fight for justice always begins at home. We are strengthening and deepening our 16 year legacy of standing for worker’s rights, immigrant justice, and a strong progressive Washington, DC that supports all residents. We are asking you to make a commitment to that work by joining what we’re calling the “Solidarity Squad.” Members will commit to: Taking concrete action with workers and communities facing attacks. Attending a training on immigrant and worker rights, then participating in “Know Your Rights” outreach to share these rights with impacted communities and allies. Attending demonstrations to stand with workers whose rights have been violated or who are already leading in fights for workplace justice. Join the Solidarity Squad today! Look out for more info about our first meeting on February... read more

Community Organizations & Labor Leaders Call on Chairman Mendelson to Renounce “Moratorium”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 2, 2016 CONTACT: Ari Schwartz DC Jobs With Justice; ari@dcjwj.org or 202-674-3228  Community Organizations & Labor Leaders Call on Chairman Mendelson to Renounce “Moratorium” On the eve of a Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress, D.C. Council Chairman shockingly announces refusal to consider further progressive legislation. Washington, D.C. – Community organizations and labor unions applaud the news that the Universal Paid Leave Act will move to a vote in the D.C. Council on December 6th and look forward to it passing by the end of the year. But in announcing a revised proposal of the legislation on Tuesday, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson buried a brief and shocking statement at the end of his press release. Seemingly to placate businesses that “may be unhappy that this bill establishes a new tax on them,” the Chairman said he will “support a two-year moratorium on the adoption of similar bills, such as mandating scheduling requirements or nurse staffing ratios in hospitals.” Various community organizations and labor unions that advocate for and represent working people across the District were stunned and deeply concerned to see the Chairman make such an unprecedented statement. Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director of DC Jobs With Justice, called Chairman Mendelson’s statement “the opposite of the leadership we need in this new era.” She said, “The Council will improve the lives of thousands of District residents when it passes Paid Family Leave. But that alone is not enough to have a good life in the District. Workers already face barriers to enough work, dignified working conditions, and opportunities for real careers. And what new issues... read more

EVENTS

Get your tickets to the “I’ll Be There” Awards

Each year, the DC Jobs With Justice coalition comes together to celebrate our work and recognize our leaders. Join us for this year’s “I’ll Be There” Awards! Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, D.C. We are thrilled to announce this year’s “I’ll Be There” Award recipients. You can join us in honoring them at the Awards on October 26th. They are: SEIU 32BJ and UNITE HERE Local 23 for organizing victories at the DC-area airports including a $12.75 minimum wage for contract workers The NEAR Act campaign leaders for winning legislation and funding for community-led violence prevention efforts The DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network for creating a network of congregations dedicated to providing support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled DC High School Walk-Out leaders for organizing a District-wide walk-out of students to show youth power and values after the 2016 presidential election Ticket pricing  Ticket = $60 Solidarity ticket = $100 (your generous donation allows us to provide tickets to other members of the community) Discount Ticket = Pay what you can You can purchase tickets here or below! 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. Childcare and interpretation will be provided as... read more

Sponsor the 2017 “I’ll Be There” Awards!

It’s that time of year! On October 26, 2017, we’re hosting the “I’ll Be There” Awards to celebrate the DC Jobs With Justice coalition and recognize leaders from the community, faith institutions, labor, and student groups. Below, you will find our online payment portal for sponsoring and purchasing program book ads for the “I’ll Be There” Awards. We do, however, encourage all memberships and sponsorships to be processed directly to DC JWJ by check if possible in order to avoid online transaction fees. Check out our Ad and Sponsorship Packet for full information. Sponsorship levels: $10,000 – Champion for Justice – 2 page program book ad, speaking opportunity at the Awards, 40 tickets, logo prominently displayed in all event materials $5,000 – Movement Builder – full page ad premium placement, 20 tickets, logo prominently displayed in all event materials $2,500 – Mass Mobilizer – full page program book ad, 10 tickets, and a profile in social media and materials $1,000 – Action Hero – full page program book ad, 4 tickets, and logo display on event signage $500 – Solidarity Superstar – half page program book ad, 2 tickets, and logo display on group signage Ad space purchases: $600 – Full Page Ad in the program book $300 – Half Page Ad in the program book $150 – Quarter Page Ad in the program book Ad file formats and size specifications: All ads are one color (black) on white paper. Please send electronic files no later than 9/22/17 to illbethere@dcjwj.org. Acceptable File Formats – print ready PDF with bleed and crop marks (preferred), EPS with all fonts outlined, or native files from InDesign CC... read more

#Bethere2015 for the 2015 I’ll Be There Awards

Fifteen years ago, a small group of courageous labor leaders and community volunteers united to help local parking garage attendants win a union contract and sustainable, improved working conditions. Through their vision, DC Jobs with Justice was born along with the mission to protect and advance the rights of DC area workers. On 10.15.15, our community will come together to celebrate 15 years of DC Jobs with Justice at our annual fundraiser, the I’ll Be There Awards! This year’s event will be the biggest, most inspiring evening we’ve hosted because…. 1) We will honor and “roast” the career of our visionary founder, President Joslyn Williams of the Metropolitan Washington Labor Council, AFL-CIO! 2) We will honor the incredible impact of local leaders Courtney Stewart, Reverend Kendrick Curry, and Jean-Louis Ikambana! Talk about major community leaders developing the leadership and dignity of our local youth, returning citizens, and Black communities!!! 3) Eugene Puryear and Tiffany Flowers of the Stop Police Terror Project DC and #BlackLivesMatter are MC’ing this year and well, they’re kind of a big deal! 4) Incredible live performances to lift us up by DC’s very own funk, reggea, rock band Nappy Riddem, and John Harris. 5) Complimentary Shrimp cocktail. Sushi. Empanadas. Cheeses, fruits, chocolate, champagne….. need I say more? RSVP for the event here on FB today! This is a fundraiser event to support the organizing and advocacy work of DC Jobs with Justice! We are asking for a symbolic $30 at the door on the night of the event ($15 to celebrate our first 15 years of work, and $15 to support our next 15 years... read more