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Urgent Need: Cash Assistance for Excluded Workers

We urge Mayor Bowser and DC Council need to provide cash assistance to DC residents who cannot work, access unemployment benefits, and/or receive federal stimulus assistance. We call this group “excluded workers.” DC government should use the programs and infrastructure that already exists to get assistance to as many excluded workers as possible. DC government must also make grant funding available – with the ability to subgrant – to local nonprofits to meet the needs of people disconnected from government services. Take Action Now. Send an email with these needs and solutions to members of the DC Council and Mayor Bowser’s office.  Link to letter here. Mendelson: PMENDELSON@dccouncil.us ecash@dccouncil.us Silverman: ESilverman@dccouncil.us lweiss@dccouncil.us Robert White: rwhite@dccouncil.us mngwenya@dccouncil.us Grosso: dgrosso@dccouncil.us mnocella@dccouncil.us Bonds: ABonds@dccouncil.us ikang@dccouncil.us Nadeau:  BNadeau@dccouncil.us tjackson@dccouncil.us Cheh: MCheh@dccouncil.us jwillingham@dccouncil.us Todd: BTodd@dccouncil.us snewman@dccouncil.us McDuffie: kmcduffie@dccouncil.us mflowers@dccouncil.us Allen: CAllen@dccouncil.us lmarks@dccouncil.us Gray: vgray@dccouncil.us EGoulet@dccouncil.us Trayon White: twhite@dccouncil.us wlockridge@dccouncil.us Solutions: Create a benefit that mirrors Unemployment Assistance that is available to people who do not have Social Security or Alien Registration Numbers There are thousands of DC residents and workers who have documented income but do not have the ability to access unemployment. In fact, these workers have even had Unemployment Insurance paid on their behalf, but cannot access the current system. DC should make unemployment benefits available using a model similar to the one under development in New Jersey. The new program regulations should allow for ITIN or other means of identifying workers that does not rely on SSN and ARN Use existing government programs to provide cash and food assistance to residents in need The DC Healthcare Alliance is the of the... read more

Federal and Local Sick Leave Webinar

Every worker in DC has a right to paid sick days. Starting in April these rights will be expanded by new federal paid sick days legislation. Join us next Tuesday for a webinar on the ins and outs of paid sick days in the District and the new federal legislation. Federal and Local Sick Leave Webinar Tuesday, Mar 31, 2:00 – 3:00 PM RSVP... read more

COVID-19 Resources

VACCINE ELEGIBLE CATEGORIES AS OF 3/22 You can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine at coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc Individuals who work in health care settings Members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Residents of long-term and intermediate care facilities and residents of community residential facilities/group homes DC residents who are 65 years old and older Individuals experiencing homelessness Members of the Metropolitan Police Department Department of Corrections Employees & Residents Continuity of Government Operations personnel All teachers and staff who work for a school or licensed child care facilities in DC Grocery store workers Outreach workers who work in health, human, and social services Individuals working in manufacturing Individuals working in food packaging DC Residents with qualifying medical conditions (see here for more info) Staff working in courts and individuals providing legal services Frontline employees of public (mass) transit Employees of the U.S. Postal Service Staff working in food service Essential employees in local government agencies Essential employees of public utilities Essential employees in health, human, and social services organizations/agencies who were not vaccinated as outreach workers Individuals working in commercial and residential property maintenance and environment services Links to other resources: Coronavirus Resources from the Mayor’s office: coronavirus.dc.gov DC Council Elissa Silverman: D.C. Unemployment Insurance (UI) Basics for COVID-19 Emergency DC Government: Video on applying for unemployment DC Office of the Attorney General: Coronavirus Consumer Alerts  DCist: How To Get Unemployment And Other Benefits In D.C., Virginia, And Maryland Legal Aid DC: Non-legal Resource Guide  Unite Here! Local 25 Resources: Coronavirus and Unemployment Resources by State (DC, MD, VA)   Washington Interfaith Network: Accessing food and plugging in to... read more

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

EVENTS

Show your solidarity: wear a mask / Muestre su solidaridad: use una máscara

Whenever you are around folks outside of your household you should wear a mask and social distance. This is especially true when you go to work or enter someone else’s workplace. Here are a few more tips for workplace COVID safety: Wear a mask, masks are crucial to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your employer must provide you with a mask. You and your coworkers should not come into work if experiencing COVID symptoms. Remember workers in DC have a right to paid sick days. Your workplace must require everyone to wear masks, including customers. Your employer can not retaliate against you for refusing to serve or work with an individual who refuses to wear a mask. If you or a friend or family member are being made to work in unsafe conditions or denied their right to paid sick days please reach out to me at nikko@dcjwj.org.   Siempre que esté cerca de personas fuera de su hogar, debe usar una máscara y distancia social. Esto es especialmente cierto cuando va a trabajar o ingresa al lugar de trabajo de otra persona. Aquí hay algunos consejos más para la seguridad COVID en el lugar de trabajo: Use una mascarilla, las mascarillas son cruciales para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19. Su empleador debe proporcionarle una máscara. Usted y sus compañeros de trabajo no deben ir a trabajar si experimentan síntomas de COVID. Recuerde que los trabajadores en DC tienen derecho a días pagados por enfermedad. Su lugar de trabajo debe exigir que todos usen máscaras, incluidos los clientes. Su empleador no puede tomar represalias contra usted por negarse a trabajar con una persona que se niega a usar una máscara.   Si a usted,... read more

I’ll Be There Awards 2020 – Virtual

Here are all the details you need to know to join the awards: I’ll Be There Awards 2020 Wednesday, November 18th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94990762793* *this link will take you directly to the event zoom which will open on Wednesday at 5:50 PM Please try to join the zoom 5 minutes beforehand in case you have any issues with Zoom. If you do have any technical issues please get in touch with Nikko at nikko@dcjwj.org or text/call 202-285-8753. See you on Wednesday! Every year our I’ll Be There awards are a chance to come together, honor some of the outstanding leaders in our work, and remind ourselves of our values as a community. It is our single largest event of the year, and our most important community gathering.  This year, we will recognize powerful community leaders and campaigns that fight for justice in Washington, DC. Excluded Workers Direct Action leaders Makia Green Restore the Vote UFCW 400 Giant and Safeway workers Tamika Spellman   This year we’ll gather in the midst of some of our most challenging times as a city. In the year ahead our work will be more important than ever before. We are ready to rise to that occasion and we want you to be with us. Register to Attend – FREE   This year’s event will take place online and to help make it as accessible as possible, we decided to make it completely free! However, as our largest community event of the year I’ll Be There is still a crucial part of how we sustain our work. If you are able to at this time,... read more

Letter in Support of Worker Safety Bill

  Earlier today DC JWJ alongside a coalition of unions, worker justice organizations, and community organizations urged the council to pass the Protecting Businesses and Workers from Covid-19 Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. We the undersigned unions, worker justice organizations, and community organizations urge you to support the Protecting Businesses and Workers from Covid-19 Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. It is imperative that the DC Council act swiftly to pass this emergency legislation to ensure that the District can begin a safe and strong recovery. When workers are safe our community is safe. A crucial component of a strong recovery is a sense of safety when DC residents go to work, shop, or dine out. We applaud the Mayor’s decision to require employers to provide face masks but more action is needed. This bill provides a basic set of protections to ensure that every District workplace takes the proper precautions to safeguard community health and the economy. A safe return to work requires more than masks. In order for our members to feel safe at work they need all of the protections enacted by this law. Our members must have access to hand sanitizer, face shields, and plexiglass barriers when they can not be socially distanced. They also need to know that they are protected from retaliation for asking their employer to provide PPE or refusing to serve a customer who is not wearing a mask. Finally we appreciate that the bill allows both the Mayor and the Office of the Attorney General to carry out enforcement actions. For many of the District’s most vulnerable workers this bill could mean... read more