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Full-Time 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 hiring an organizer to support the organization’s labor campaigns, worker solidarity organizing and just pay coalition. 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. The position will report to the Organizing Director of DC Jobs With Justice. Job Responsibilities: Campaigns: Coordinate and facilitate coalition campaigns to promote economic, racial, and social justice in Washington, DC by working with members and allies to develop campaign strategy and plans. ●       Convene coalition meetings on a regular basis to develop campaign strategyOversee strategy implementation among coalition membersMobilize and develop infrastructure to support ongoing activitiesAssess and develop campaigns targeting bad corporate actors with the coalitionRepresent the coalition’s positions and demands to government officials including DC Council and District agenciesDevelop internal and external written materialsMeet with coalition members to vet... read more

Database Coordinator and 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 database coordinator and organizer to be responsible for managing the database and implementing systems of data collection and usage for a new city-wide anti eviction program. The ideal candidate will be an organizer who is comfortable working with databases and tech. This role involves managing a database, training others on how to collect and use data as part of their work, and doing basic data analysis for the benefit of campaigns. Alongside the anti eviction project, this person will work as part of the DC JWJ staff team, supporting our coalition of community, labor, student and faith organizations, helping DC JWJ priority campaigns, and integrating learnings from their database work into DC JWJ campaigns. The 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 is 8 months with the potential to extend based on funding. The position is supervised by the Organizing Director of DC JWJ Job Responsibilities: Database Management: Manage a database for a coalition... read more

We’re Hiring! Organizing Director

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 an Organizing Director to oversee staff as well as manage a limited portfolio of campaign responsibilities. The ideal candidate has experience managing organizers and will excel at supporting their leadership as well as developing and implementing strategic campaigns. 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. Job Responsibilities Staff management: (50% of time) Provide direct supervision to DC JWJ’s 3 organizing staff to support leadership development, campaign development, work planning and activities. Campaigns: Coordinate and facilitate coalition campaigns to promote economic, racial, and social justice in Washington, DC by working with members and allies to develop campaign strategy and plans. Grants management: Monitor grant spending and track staff activities relative to grant deliverables. Required Qualifications: Two or more years managing staffOutstanding leadership skills and the ability to connect with and build effective teams of diverse partners across the community.A strong commitment to and understanding... read more

DC JwJ Sues Mayor, DCRA for Failure to Take Action Against Power Design, Inc. for the Repeated Use of Unlicensed Electricians

Mayor Bowser and DCRA Say They Don’t Owe Public Any Explanation, Continue to Overlook Anti-Worker Practices at Power Design, Inc FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2022 DC Jobs with Justice (JwJ) began investigating Power Design, Inc. – a national electrical contractor – in 2017 after receiving numerous complaints from workers alleging wage theft. JwJ brought those complaints to the D.C. Office of the Attorney General which subsequently sued Power Design for failing to classify hundreds of its workers as employees and cheating them out of wages and benefits. The company settled and paid $2.75 million to workers and the District. Over the course of its wage investigation into Power Design, JwJ became aware of potential violations concerning electrical licensing laws.  JwJ filed a complaint with DCRA’s Board of Industrial Trades (Board), alleging that the company had a practice of using unlicensed electrical subcontractors to perform electrical work in the District, putting residents, workers and the general public at risk.  In February 2020, following a five-month investigation, DCRA issued a 145-page report, concluding that  over the last five years, Power Design has hired at least seven unlicensed electrical contractors to perform work in the District of Columbia.  Despite DCRA’s findings, the Board – without notice or explanation – summarily dismissed JwJ’s complaint.  For nine months, JwJ repeatedly asked the Board and DCRA for an explanation, but received nothing but radio silence. The agency left JwJ with no other recourse than to sue the Mayor and DCRA because they are responsible for ensuring that the Board performs its statutory obligations.   This week, Mayor Bowser and DCRA Director Chrappah responded to JwJ’s... read more

Budget Recap: Crucial Wins and a Disappointing Loss

On Tuesday, the DC Council held the final vote on funding in the DC budget. DC Jobs With Justice is proud to have led and supported campaigns for working families in this year’s budget process. Although we had mixed results, we continue to center the power, value, and voices of DC’s workers throughout all of our campaigns and appreciate all workers and allies who fought together. Wins: $41 million for Excluded Workers: DC JWJ has led on the campaign to win funding for Excluded Workers since the very first days of the COVID crisis. This win is our largest so far, three times more than we won in all of 2020. Excluded Workers including cash economy workers, undocumented workers, and returning citizens. They will be able to access these funds through the low-barrier DC CARES program. Learn more on the Excluded Worker twitter.  Strengthening Paid Family Leave. Having supported DC’s paid family leave program from advocacy through implementation, DC JWJ was disappointed to see the initial budget undermined the strength of the program and the dedicated funding. We were part of the coalition that fought back with a demand of not just to preserving the program, but actually making it stronger. Now the Paid Family Leave program includes more time for individuals who need to care for themselves, many program improvements, and the opportunity to expand benefits. Read more about the changes we helped win here: https://www.dcpaidfamilyleave.org/updates/vote-statement Losses: Hero Pay: Sadly not all of our campaigns won. The Heroes Pay Act introduced by Councilmember Elissa Silverman would have paid essential workers a one-time Hero Pay bonus for working during the pandemic.... read more

Take 10 Minutes to Win Hero Pay

Last week the Council voted to eliminate Hero Pay from the budget! Only Councilmembers Silverman, Nadeau, and Lewis George stood with essential workers and supported the bill. Please use the script below to call  your ward councilmember. Please note that if you councilmember’s name is in pink, underlined and in italics  then please use script 2, if their name is not purple use script 1. Script 1 Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a [DC / WARD X] resident [and member of X  union and/or essential worker if applicable]. I am calling to express my disappointment in your vote against enacting and fully funding Hero Pay for essential workers. Essential workers risked their lives by working through a deadly pandemic and they deserve far more than empty praise. I strongly encourage you to prioritize finding funding to restore the Heroes Pay Act during the second vote on the Budget Request Act on Tuesday. [If you’d like, share an anecdote about why Hero Pay for essential workers is important to you personally, if you are an essential worker you can share about your experience working during the pandemic]   Script 2 for Silverman, Nadeau and Lewis George Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a [DC / WARD X] resident [and member of X union and/or essential worker if applicable] and I wanted to thank you for your vote in support of Hero Pay at the July 13th Committee of the Whole meeting!   Call ALL the at-large council members and the chair Elissa Silverman    At-Large (202) 724-7772 Anita Bonds At-Large (202) 724-8064 Christina Henderson At-Large (202) 724-8105 Robert C.... read more

Undermining Excluded Worker solidarity reflects anti-Blackness

Photo: Members of the Excluded Worker coalition from No Justice No Pride and HIPS speaking out for the needs of sex workers at the Don’t Exclude Me rally.   By Eliana Rondon, DC JWJ Organizer Excluded workers consist of tens of thousands of DC residents—including those who are undocumented, sex workers, day laborers, and returning citizens. Excluded workers have all been locked out of unemployment benefits and other cash assistance. Despite our advocacy to include all individuals being locked out, Chairman Mendelson  insists that the  funds intended for all excluded workers to undocumented workers only. The DC Council must amend the Budget Support Act to include all excluded worker.  Undocumented excluded workers only account for part of the communities we are fighting for. The  undocumented residents in DC includes many races. However, of the US-born excluded workers are overwhelmingly Black. When solutions for excluded workers only include undocumented workers, it excludes Black excluded workers from the funds. The Council continues to refer to the excluded workers’ funds as only intended for undocumented residents, despite the fact undocumented individuals are not the only communities excluded. Reducing the language from excluded worker to undocutoment worker disregards the needs of DC Black communities. The language used by the council is anti- black and demonstrates systematic racism. Anti-Blackness means more than just racism against Black people. It’s a structure that demonstrates society’s inability to recognize  the humanity of Blacks. Anti-Blackness voids Blackness of value, while systematically diminishing Black people and their problems.    Underneath this anti-Black racism is the covert structural and systemic racism, which systematically  mandates the socioeconomic status of Blacks in America. The... read more

DC JWJ statement on SCOTUS decision ending LGBT discrimination in the workplace

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to protect transgender and queer people from discrimination at work. As a worker justice organization that recognizes the intersections of our struggles, we breathe a sigh of relief and then take a deep breath to acknowledge there is more to do. We affirm that Black Lives Matter and center the precarity of the lives of Black trans women. We hold of up the names of Ashanti Carmon and Zoe Spears, two Black trans women who were murdered this year just outside of Washington, DC. On this 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots and in “pride month,” we recognize that it is the fearless organizing and visibility of and by trans and queer people of color that have led us to this moment. At DC JWJ, we believe that there is no place for discrimination of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming workers. And of course, simply preventing discrimination is not enough. Workplaces must be welcoming. Policies must reflect our diverse families. Solidarity must include all gender identities and expressions. We know that our bodies, hearts, and minds are our own, and do not belong to the courts or laws to define. For too long, our legal system has not protected queer and trans people, instead criminalizing and punishing. DC JWJ is proud to stand with the trans women of color who are leading the Decrim Now campaign to decriminalize sex work in Washington,... read more

DC JWJ statement on wage theft settlement at Matchbox

DC Jobs With Justice applauds Attorney General Racine and his office for ensuring Matchbox workers are fairly paid. Unfortunately, wage theft is rampant in the restaurant industry, including in well respected establishments like Matchbox. Nationally and within the District, bussers tend to be Latinx immigrants, who face additional barriers to accessing fairness in the workplace. The OAG has demonstrated once again a commitment to strategic enforcement of DC’s labor laws by focusing enforcement action on key industries where wage theft is widespread, expanding individual complaints to company-wide investigations, and pursuing large companies. We are glad that to see that 100 workers have been made whole, and look forward to the day when wage theft is over in Washington,... read more

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Full-Time 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 hiring an organizer to support the organization’s labor campaigns, worker solidarity organizing and just pay coalition. 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. The position will report to the Organizing Director of DC Jobs With Justice. Job Responsibilities: Campaigns: Coordinate and facilitate coalition campaigns to promote economic, racial, and social justice in Washington, DC by working with members and allies to develop campaign strategy and plans. ●       Convene coalition meetings on a regular basis to develop campaign strategyOversee strategy implementation among coalition membersMobilize and develop infrastructure to support ongoing activitiesAssess and develop campaigns targeting bad corporate actors with the coalitionRepresent the coalition’s positions and demands to government officials including DC Council and District agenciesDevelop internal and external written materialsMeet with coalition members to vet... read more

Database Coordinator and 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 database coordinator and organizer to be responsible for managing the database and implementing systems of data collection and usage for a new city-wide anti eviction program. The ideal candidate will be an organizer who is comfortable working with databases and tech. This role involves managing a database, training others on how to collect and use data as part of their work, and doing basic data analysis for the benefit of campaigns. Alongside the anti eviction project, this person will work as part of the DC JWJ staff team, supporting our coalition of community, labor, student and faith organizations, helping DC JWJ priority campaigns, and integrating learnings from their database work into DC JWJ campaigns. The 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 is 8 months with the potential to extend based on funding. The position is supervised by the Organizing Director of DC JWJ Job Responsibilities: Database Management: Manage a database for a coalition... read more

We’re Hiring! Organizing Director

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 an Organizing Director to oversee staff as well as manage a limited portfolio of campaign responsibilities. The ideal candidate has experience managing organizers and will excel at supporting their leadership as well as developing and implementing strategic campaigns. 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. Job Responsibilities Staff management: (50% of time) Provide direct supervision to DC JWJ’s 3 organizing staff to support leadership development, campaign development, work planning and activities. Campaigns: Coordinate and facilitate coalition campaigns to promote economic, racial, and social justice in Washington, DC by working with members and allies to develop campaign strategy and plans. Grants management: Monitor grant spending and track staff activities relative to grant deliverables. Required Qualifications: Two or more years managing staffOutstanding leadership skills and the ability to connect with and build effective teams of diverse partners across the community.A strong commitment to and understanding... read more