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Justice for 500+ Power Design Workers

  DC Jobs With Justice applauds the Office of the Attorney General for a record settlement on behalf of 500+ workers and the DC government. The $2.75 million settlement with Power Design, Inc is the largest recovery to date in a wage enforcement action for the OAG. This settlement is a victory for workers rights and demonstrates that DC is serious about enforcing laws that protect workers and residents in the District. We are pleased to see that the settlement included $879,056 in restitution for affected workers, penalties, an investment in apprenticeships, and additional compliance measures. We thank the Attorney General for taking seriously the concerns raised by DC Jobs With Justice and others and bringing Power Design into compliance with all local labor laws. DC Jobs With Justice began sounding the alarm about Power Design’s activities in DC in 2017. Since then we have testified to the DC Council, visited worksites, protested at the Line Hotel (a Power Design site), held a May Day parade, filed complaints with the Board of Industrial Trades, and more. DC has some of the strongest wage theft and misclassification laws in the country. However, without meaningful enforcement, these laws cannot protect workers. DC JWJ and the Just Pay Coalition have encouraged DC to take on just this kind of enforcement action in our report Making Our Laws Real. By taking on a growing player in an industry with a history of wage violations, the OAG is sending the needed message to contractors working across DC: follow the law or pay the price. “This settlement should be a wake-up call to District employers: if you cheat workers... read more

2019 Year in Review

We are proud to be in solidarity with you as we all work to build a more just world. Thank you for being with us in 2019, and we know we can count on you as we continue to fight in 2020! 2019 DC JWJ Highlights Coordinating local actions to end the Federal Shutdown Launching Reclaim Rent Control Restoring funding and worker protections to DC’s only hospital east of the Anacostia River Organizing two Peace Walks and community safety conversations Rallying for statehood and community safety at the Million Moe March Fighting for pensions and good jobs with ATU 689 strikers at Cinder Bed Road Supporting contract campaigns at Safeway, Washington Convention Center, and local... read more

Reclaim Rent Control

DC Jobs With Justice is proud to be part of the Reclaim Rent Control Campaign! So far in the campaign, we have launched Reclaim Rent Control with a press conference, a rally, over 100 people testifying for our platform, and a day-long retreat with the New York rent control campaign. Check out the campaign website Join the Reclaim Rent Control campaign Here are a few of our highlights in pictures:            ... read more

Stand with Transit Workers

Metrobus drivers at WMATA’s privatized Cinder Bed facility are entering their third week on strike, the first Metrobus strike in 41 years. Thousands of bus riders have been left stranded, because the private contractor WMATA hired to lower costs on the backs of workers, Transdev, refuses to negotiate a fair contract with union members. Here is what you can do to support striking Metrobus workers:   Go to the MetroBus Strike Rally this Wednesday Where: WMATA HQ @ 600 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001-2610 When: This Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12 PM – 1 PM Join the Daily Picket Line at Cinder Bed Where: Metrobus Cinder Bed Road Division @ 7901 Cinder Bed Rd, Lorton, Virginia 22079 When: Monday – Sunday 4 AM – 5 PM Donate to the Strike Fund Leaflet Metro stations When: Tuesday Nov 5th and Wednesday Nov 6th Show Your Support on Social Media Download and print this sign then take a photo of yourself, your family, neighbors, or fellow union members and tag @wmata on Twitter and @metroforward on Facebook with words of support for the strikers. Remember to tag @atulocal689 on Twitter or @atulocal689group on... read more

2019 I’ll Be There Awards

2019 I’ll Be There Awards Thursday, October 17th 5:30 – 8:00 PM All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, D.C. Each year we come together to celebrate our wins and recognize leaders and individuals representing faith, youth, labor, and community organizations. This year the awardees are: Black Swan Academy Mundo Verde Teachers and Staff union LEDC and the DC Tenant Union Rev. Delonte Gholston of Peace Fellowship Church Long Live Go-Go DC. Will you be there? Get your ticket today! You can place an ad to show your support for these great awardees! Check out our ad and sponsor packet for more... read more

Workers’ Rights Outreach Blitz Resources

                You can find all of our resources we’re sharing gearing up for the July 1 minimum wage increase. Check out the links: Just Pay Coalition Resource Guide What to do if Immigration comes to your Workplace DC Paid Family Leave tax collection DC Sexual Assault Resource Guide... read more

Summer Sustainer Drive 2019

  Sustaining donors are key to the success of DC Jobs With Justice. Your support of any size allows DC Jobs With Justice to be a nimble, multi-issue organization that can respond quickly to changes that drastically affect workers and residents in the District of Columbia.  What we do with the support of our sustainers:  Rapidly react to changes in the community: the 35 day government shutdown, the closing of Providence Hospital, and the slashing of funds to United Medical Center Host monthly education and community building activities for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Pride. Support campaigns led by organizations large and small to make DC a better place to live, work, and grow. Take a moment today to become a sustainer of DC Jobs With Justice and support our work year-round!... read more

Stop the Bleeding: don’t cut UMC

JUST ADDED:   There’s A LOT you can do to fight with us to restore funding to United Medical Center between now and May 28. Take action now! Sign the Petition and share it with your friends: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/restore-funding-for-united RSVP for the rally on May 28th at 9:00 at the Wilson Building: https://actionnetwork.org/events/rally-for-umc Follow @DCHJCoalition on Twitter and retweet Join the rally event on Facebook and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/363179434302494/ Email or call (all) your councilmembers with this message: The DC Council has done a huge disservice to the residents of  Washington, DC in the May 14 budget vote by severely limiting funds to United Medical Center. UMC is the only hospital open outside of Northwest, DC and the Council’s actions in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget threaten the hospital’s ability to serve patients and meet the health needs of the neighboring communities. This dangerous action must be reversed in the second reading of the DC budget.Send your email with a personal story to: DC Council Chair:  Phil Mendelson – pmendelson@dccouncil.us At Large Councilmembers o    CM David Grosso dgrosso@dccouncil.us o    CM Anita Bonds – abonds@dccouncil.us o    CM Robert White – rwhite@dccouncil.us o    CM Elissa Silverman – esilverman@dccouncil.us Ward Councilmembers o    CM Brianne Nadeau, Chair – bnadeau@dccouncil.us; o    CM Jack Evans – jevans@dccouncil.us o    CM Mary Cheh – mcheh@dccouncil.us o    CM Brandon Todd – btodd@dccouncil.us o    CM Kenyan McDuffie – kmcduffie@dccouncil.us o    CM Charles Allen callen@dccouncil.us o    CM Vincent Gray – vgray@dccouncil.us o    CM Trayon... read more

Raise your voice for health justice

                      The DC Council is currently considering a budget that slashes needed funds to operate United Medical Center and forces the hospital to close by 2022. The same bill strips even basic worker protections from the proposed hospital at St. Elizabeths, eliminates the need for the new hospital to partner with Howard University Medical School, and still keeps the public in the dark about the services that will be provided. The DC Council will vote on the budget next week. We need your voice now! Thursday, May 9 10:00 AM In front of the Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW We will speak directly to Councilmembers about the need for comprehensive health services, transparency, and good jobs in... read more

We’re hiring!

Position Description: DC JWJ Organizer One Year, Full Time Download the Position Description. 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 an Organizer to support 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. For this position, DC JWJ will give priority to candidates who either have the ability to speak Spanish or Amharic, OR have experience and interest in communications. This position will report directly to the Executive Director of DC Jobs With Justice. The position is available for one year which will begin on the employee’s start date. The position may be extended based on funding availability. 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... read more

EVENTS

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