2009 Press Releases

November 18, 2009: DC COUNCILMEMBERS SUPPORT STRIKING WINGS WORKERS, CALL FOR RAPID RESOLUTION TO THE STRIKErnrnSeptember 21, 2009: LABOR, COMMUNITY RALLY TO STOP PROGRAM CUTS, SAVE CHILDCARE SERVICESrnrnApril 14, 2009: SIT-IN STRIKERS TO SPEAK AT COMMUNITY FORUMrnrnMarch 25, 2009: DC COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS HOLD FORUM ON BUILDING UNITY BETWEEN BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIESrnrnFebruary 19, 2009: DC GROUPS JOIN NATION-WIDE CALL FOR TEACH-INS TO DENOUNCE SHERIFF...

LABOR, COMMUNITY RALLY TO STOP PROGRAM CUTS, SAVE CHILDCARE SERVICES

For Immediate Release rnMonday, September 21 2009 rnContact:Ruth Castel-Branco, 202 489 2273rnrnLABOR, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SAVE CHILDCARE SERVICES, STOP PROGRAM CUTSrnrnWashington, DC— As DC Councilmembers gather for their morning breakfast tomorrow, hundreds of District residents will mark the opening of the legislative session with a rally and press conference to demand a halt to the impeding privatization of public services in the City, an impact assessment of recently-privatized facilities, greater accountability in the way does business and stronger oversight from the City legislators. rnrnOn September 25th thirteen childcare centers at DC Parks and Recreation will close their doors. “I have no idea how I will be able to find childcare for my son,” said Jane Andrews, a member of Empower DC and mother whose son Andre was on the waiting list for one of the centers now closed. “There are so few centers that accept children with disabilities, I simply don’t understand why the Mayor is shutting down these high-quality, badly-needed child care services.” rnrnDefying emergency legislation passed unanimously by the City Council requiring an impact-assessment of closing the centers, Mayor Fenty has pushed ahead, handing pink slips to over 150 DPR workers earlier this summer.rnrn”I worked as a teacher at DPR for almost twenty years and have watched generations of children grow up, have kids, and bring their kids to the center. What will happen to them now?” asks Darlene Williams, a member of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2741 which represents rank and file workers at DPR. “The City Council has the responsibility to stop the closure of the daycare centers and reinstate the workers.”rnrn“Since coming...

2008 Press Releases

rnNovember 17, 2008: “DC WORKERS’ RIGHTS BOARD TO HOLD HEARING ON BUDGET CUTS IMPACT ON SERVICES AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEESrnrnNovember 12, 2008: “COMMUNITY GROUPS TO EXAMINE BUDGET CUT IMPACT ON SERVICES, ATTACKS ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEESrnrnOctober 27, 2008: “VERIZON’S FiOS FINALLY COMING TO DC! LABOR AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS ASK, WHO WILL BENEFIT?rnrnOctober 14, 2008: “MAYOR IMPROVES BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS, IGNORES WORKERS’ RIGHTSrnrnOctober 1, 2008: “BILLIONNAIRES FOR THE BAILOUTS” TO LOBBY HOUSE BANKING COMMITTEE BEFORE VOTErnrnSeptember 30, 2008: “BILLIONAIRES FOR THE BAILOUT” TAKE BACK AMERICArnrnMay 12, 2008: DC RESIDENTS RALLY CITY TO HOLD VERIZON TO ACCOUNTrnrnMarch 27, 2008: AS POSSIBLE STRIKE LOOMS, DC AREA COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND GROCERY WORKERSrnrnMarch 13, 2008: VERIZON SETTLEMENT HOODWINKS DC RESIDENTSrnrnFebruary 1, 2008: DC COUNCIL THREATENS TO KILL PAID SICK AND SAFE DAYS BILLrnrnJanuary 31, 2008: BUS ADS DRIVE MESSAGE TO DC CITY COUNCILrnrnJanuary 22, 2008: AS DC CITY COUNCIL BUCKLES TO VERIZON PRESSURE, UNIONS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS SAY “NOT...

“I’ll Be There” Awards Huge Success, Breaks Record

rnrnLast Thursday’s 6th annual DC Jobs with Justice “I’ll Be There” Awards ceremony was a certainly a night to remember. Hundreds of members and supporters of DC JwJ crowded into the Samuel Gompers room to honor the formidable contributions of President Jos Williams, Foundry Methodist Church,Empower DC and DC Public Schools Activists Mary Spencer and Marc Borbely to the lives of working people in the District of Columbia.rnrnSin Fronteras kicked off the awards, followed by a short skit “The Pit” performed by the ACT collective, a local street theater group founded last year to support the organizing work in the city.rnrnUNITE-HERE Local 25 interns, Jack Mahoney and Chessa Gross took to the stage, joined by board member Ericka Taylor of One-DC and MC John Boardman, chanting to the tune of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”.rnrn”D-O-N-A-T-E,rnfor solidarity,rnD-O-N-A-T-E,rnfind out what it means to me!rnrnOh you don’t have to give me,rnall your moneyrnall i’m askin,rnfor tonight, honey, is that you donate,rnto the movement, (just a little bit)rnoh yeah, (just a little bit)”rnrnWe are so thankful to everyone who worked to make this event such a huge success. Together we raised $12,000– a new record for us–and impossible without you!rnrnIf you were unable to attend the awards, it’s still not too late to contribute the DC JwJ’s work! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and don’t forget to check out the...

Advisory: DC Residents Rally City to Hold Verizon to Account.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASErnrnMay 12, 2008rnrnCONTACT: Ruth Castel-Branco, DC Jobs with Justice. 202.974.8281.rnrnAdvisory: DC Residents Rally City to Hold Verizon to Account.rn rnWHO: Workers, community members and advocates.rnWHAT: Rally—Put the “Public” Back in the Public Service Commission.rnWHEN: Thursday, May 15th at 8:30am-10:00am.rnWHERE: Public Service Commission, 1333 H St NW.rnrnWASHINGTON, DC – This week Verizon DC will hope to offset increasing scrutiny from DC city officials and community groups for its poor service quality record in the District through the approval of a Price Cap Settlement, negotiated between the company and the city. City officials have touted this settlement, which focuses heavily on customer service and technical personnel training, as an important step towards ensuring consumer protection standards in the District, but unions, community groups and quality-of-service advocates are concerned over what they consider to be a substandard agreement with false solutions to serious quality of service problems. rnrn“Verizon employees are being scape-goated,” said Ruth Castel-Branco of DC Jobs with Justice, a coalition of unions, student, faith and community organizations. “Training programs will not fix the increase in problems with chronic static, slow internet, and dropped calls that DC residents are experiencing; real investment in infrastructure and staffing will. But in the last 3 years Verizon has closed most of its service centers in the District and moved a third of its jobs out of the city. The Public Service Commission has the responsibility to hold Verizon to account.”rn rnThe Public Service Commission will be holding a closed hearing on the Price Cap Settlement this Thursday, May 15th. Beforehand, workers, community members and advocates will gather for a rally to in...

Media

For media inquiries, please contact:rnNikki DaruwalarnExecutive DirectorrnDC Jobs with Justicernnikki(at)dcjwj(dot)orgrn202-543-1541rnrnrn rnDC Jobs with Justice is a dynamic coalition of labor organizations, community groups, faith-based organizations, and student groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. rnrnDC JwJ frequently represents its members before the DC City Council and the press. rnrnDC JwJ Newsletterrn2012 Spring Newsletterrn2009 Fall Newsletterrn2009 Spring Newsletterrn2008 Fall NewsletterrnrnPress ReleasesrnrnJanuary 17, 2010: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR STRIKING WORKERS CALLS ON GW UNIVERSITY TO REPENTrnrnrnJanuary 15, 2010: FAITH, COMMUNITY HOLD VIGIL FOR STRIKING WINGS WORKERS, CALL ON GW UNIVERSITY AND CLARK CONSTRUCTION TO REPENTrnrnrnJanuary 9, 2010:AS EVIDENCE OF ABUSE EMERGES, GW ADMINISTRATION TURNS A BLIND EYErnrnrn2009 Press Releasesrnrn2008 Press Releasesrnrn DC JwJ in the NewsrnrnMarch 17, 2010. Immigrants vulnerable as recession spurs more bosses to shortchange workers.” (Washington Post)rnrnFebruary 25, 2010. Workers protest wages at Square 54″ (GW Hatchet)rnrnFebruary 9, 2010. Head Roc’s Mouth” (Washington City Paper)rnrnDecember 10, 2009. As Holidays Approach, Striking Workers at Wings Hold Vigil” (Washington Business Journal)rnrnDecember 9, 2009. Fenty’s 39th: An External Perspective” (Washington City Paper)rnrnDecember 7, 2009. Fenty’s Birthday Fund Raiser Met With Protest” (NBC)rnrnDecember 7, 2009. Fenty’s Birthday Fund Raiser Met With Protest” (NPR)rnrnDecember 1, 2009. Paid sick leave for the worker can benefit all” (Washington Post)rnrnSeptember 23, 2009. The D.C. Council Gets Ethical: Loose Lips Daily” (City Paper)rnrnSeptember 23, 2009. Banks Take Over the G20, and Their Own Bailout!” (The Progressive)rnrnSeptember 22, 2009. Angry About D.C. Child-Care Cuts, Protesters Rally Outside Wilson Building!” (Washington Post)rnrnSeptember 21, 2009. Standing up to immigration police” (Socialist Worker Online)rnrnAugust 6, 2009. Fenty Must Go!” (DC...