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TICKETS 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, November 15, 2018 5:30 – 8:00 PM All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, D.C. 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 If you would like to purchase multiple tickets, please use the “Other” slot to pay for all your tickets and send an email with the additional names to   Thank you to our... read more

Save Providence Hospital

We need Providence Hospital! DC JWJ is proud to work with NNU, NUHHCE, and the Metro Labor Council in the fight to keep Providence Hospital open. Providence provides essential services to our vulnerable neighbors Wait times and bed shortages are already a problem at other DC Hospitals Hundreds of our neighbors work at Providence in good paying jobs that we need THE LATEST: Time is of the essence. The DC Council has clarified that the Mayor’s office can keep Providence open and they need to act fast! Ascension wants to close all emergency services in less than two months. Call now!  CALL MAYOR BOWSER (202) 727-2643 My name is _______________ and I am concerned about Ascension’s announcement that they plan to close Providence Hospital. Mayor Bowser, we need you and the Department of Health to keep this hospital open because….(tell your story)….I would like to hear back from you (give your number and/or... read more

Take Action: Stop Limits on Free Speech on the National Mall

The National Parks Service is proposing a restrictive, expensive, and unjustified expansion limits on free speech on land in Washington, DC. For the first time, the U.S. government wants demonstrators to pay to use our parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech in the nation’s capital. This should be called what it is: a protest tax. And it’s not just that. They are also proposing changes that would allow them to: End a protest at any time for a perceived violation of a permit Limit protests at the Martin Luther King Memorial Add uncertainty in the permitting process that would make it difficult or even impossible to plan for buses, sound, stages, interpretation or other key elements Close the White House sidewalk Prohibit basics like literature tables unless a permit is secured at parks that currently require no permit Comments are our first chance to stop these restrictive changes that limit our free speech! Act today! Comments are due by October 15, 2018. Please use this working document from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund highlighting key provisions in the Department of the Interior / National Park Service’s proposed overhaul of rules affecting the ability to protest on public space in the nation’s capital. For additional information go to: To Comment: Go to and search on “NPS demonstrations” to find the release of “Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, National Capital Region, Special Events and Demonstrations” (or search on RIN 1024-AE45). Click on the Comment Now! button The Top Twelve Major Changes to National Park Service Regulations on Demonstrations in the Nation’s... read more

2018 I’ll Be There Awardees

Purchase tickets here Congratulations to the 2018 honorees at the I’ll Be There Awards! We are so excited to celebrate them with all of you! Be sure to join us on November 15, from 5:30 – 8:30 at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW. If you would like to place an ad or sponsor the I’ll Be There Awards click here. The 2018 I’ll Be There Awardees:  Special Award: Office of the Attorney General This year, the Office of the Attorney General under the leadership of Karl Racine has taken action protecting workers by suing businesses with a pattern of wage theft, including Power Design, Inc. on behalf of over 500 workers; preserving DC’s housing stock by suing companies illegally utilizing housing as permanent short-term rentals; clarifying the union protections after the Janus v. AFSCME decision and more. Labor: AFSCME Council 20 AMR Campaign The EMS professionals at American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance service in Washington, D.C., recently ratified their first contract after organizing with EMS Workers United/AFSCME District Council 20 last year. Faith: Campaign to combat high DC Water fees This coalition of congregations worked with community and labor leaders to raise the issue of astronomically high water bills that threaten the financial stability of DC’s most vital institutions, including many predominantly Black churches. Student: HU Resist HU Resist has been a new student force in Washington, DC including speaking out against wage theft at Howard’s construction sites, giving needed supplies to people experiencing homelessness, and protesting substandard student housing. Community: Metro DSA’s community campaigns The Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America have launched numerous community campaigns:... read more

I’ll Be There Awards 2018

On November 15, 2018 we will once again join together for the I’ll Be There Awards to celebrate the DC Jobs With Justice coalition and recognize leaders from our community who are making positive change. Purchase tickets here 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 10/18/18 to Acceptable File Formats – print ready PDF with bleed and crop marks (preferred), EPS with all fonts... read more

DC Jobs With Justice welcomes Antolina!

DC Jobs With Justice is excited to introduce you to our new Organizer, Antolina Padua! Antolina began their career in organizing with United Students Against Sweatshops Rutgers Local #109 in 2016. They have dedicated their life to working alongside youth and workers of color globally and locally since then. They have organized campaigns such as the Nike Campaign to cut ties with sweatshop labor and exploitative practices on college campuses as well as run the Fightfor15 campaign for all Rutgers University workers and forced the administration to raise the minimum wage. Antolina is also a member of Anakbayan-USA, the national chapter of Filipino youth and students for national democracy in the Philippines. You can reach Antolina at or... read more

Making Our Laws Real: Protecting workers through strategic enforcement of DC’s labor laws

The DC Just Pay Coalition has released a new report which recommends a focus on strategic enforcement to turn the tide on wage theft in Washington, DC. While the District has some of the strongest labor laws on the books, far too many companies in DC still fail to pay workers the minimum wage,  overtime pay, and on time. Companies continue to misclassify employees as independent contractors, and refuse to allow their employees to take an earned sick or safe day. This report offers concrete recommendations and best practices to build a robust system to enforce DC’s labor laws in order to advance worker rights and dignity. The Just Pay Coalition is a coalition of local labor unions, community groups, and worker organizations that is committed to ensuring successful implementation of The Minimum Wage Act of 2013, The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013, and The Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. Read the full report.... read more

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 . 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


In D.C., a Call for Just Hours

This week, employees of companies like Marshalls, McDonald’s and Macy’s told nearly 100 Washington, D.C. residents gathered at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church how unstable hours and so-called “just-in-time” scheduling practices take a toll on their families and their ability to make ends meet. The community hearing kicked off the launch of the DC Just Hours campaign, and gave the men and women who work in D.C.’s service industry a chance to talk about their experiences, and for them, along with representatives from community organizations and elected offices to present policy solutions for a problem ripe to be solved. Those who spoke at the hearing, hosted by the DC Jobs With Justice Workers’ Rights Board, included not only employees, but also education advocates, faith leaders and elected officials. In a report on D.C. employer scheduling practices released last month by DC Jobs With Justice along with Jobs With Justice Education Fund, DC Fiscal Policy Institute and Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, a survey of 436 respondents in the retail and restaurant/food service industries found that D.C. employees are granted too few hours on too short notice, challenging their ability to lead a good life. At the hearing, testimony given from people who work for fast food and retail companies confirmed the report’s findings. RasImani Diggs, a clerk at Marshalls described her experience asking her supervisor for additional hours: “We ask for more hours, but it’s always the same song. They say, ‘We don’t have enough,’ but then hire 15 more people.” “Just-in-time” scheduling practices, where employees are asked to come and go depending on how... read more

New DC JWJ Report Reveals Unfair Scheduling Practices in DC

Today, DC Jobs With Justice, Jobs With Justice Education Fund, DC Fiscal Policy Institute and Georgetown University Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor released the first-ever study on service sector scheduling practices in Washington, D.C. Read the Executive Summary here The report, “Unpredictable, Unsustainable: The Impact of Employers’ Scheduling Practices in D.C,” draws on a survey conducted in 2015 with hundreds of people employed in the District, focusing on the retail and restaurant/food service industries—the broadest citywide study of scheduling practices in the service industry to date. In line with previous research, it finds that “just in time” approaches to scheduling negatively impact many D.C. employees’ lives, often resulting in erratic and unpredictable hours for the women and men who serve our food, stock our shelves and sweep our floors. Employees are granted too few hours on too short notice, resulting in unpredictable incomes and work schedules that make it hard to budget, arrange childcare, continue with education or hold down a second job to try to make ends meet. You can read the full report here Some Key Findings: Low Pay Common: The typical employee works 32 hours per week at a pay rate of $10 per hour resulting in an annual income of approximately $16,000 More Hours Needed: Four out of five people said it was very important or somewhat important to get more hours. Second Jobs Required: Nearly one-quarter of individuals work at least one additional job. Unpredictable Schedules: A typical respondent faces a 13 hour range in weekly hours per month, receiving as little as 25 hours some weeks and a high of 38 hours... read more

RSVP to our Report Release on Hours and Scheduling

Please join us for a briefing and release of our groundbreaking report on hours and work schedules in the DC service sector. This event will be co-hosted by DC Fiscal Policy Institute and Georgetown University Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. June 11th from 2:00 – 3:00pm John A. Wilson Building Room 123  ... read more