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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

We’re moving!

We are so excited to share with you that we are moving our office to Luther Place. Luther Place Church is an historic social justice church, including a commitment to serve our homeless neighbors, and end homelessness in Washington, DC. We are truly pleased to be joining this dynamic community resource, and look forward to inviting you to join us there. Please note our new address: DC Jobs with Justice c/o Luther Place Church 1226 Vermont Ave., NW Washington, DC 20005 Also, DC Jobs With Justice will no longer have an office line. If you need to reach a member of the staff, please call 202-674-2872 (Elizabeth Falcon) or the person... read more

EVENTS

Monday Jan 25th: Excluded Worker Fund Opens!

Excluded workers finally can access real assistance thanks to their hard work and advocacy during the excluded worker campaign. Despite delays, applicants can begin to apply for assistance Monday, January 25th and will be accessible at http://dccares2021.org. Over 8,000 residents will receive $1,000 gift cards (with the ability to access cash withdrawals) to sustain them through this ongoing emergency. For more information you can access guides here: English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qYDmLEbzk8JlwBagbxj3YEYv3C004uTl/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lb6E-iJzpk-eGM0-nK4tSJFiXYX2fL3m/view?usp=sharing Who is eligible for assistance Residents excluded from Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): • Qualifying Returning Citizens released from custody on or after March 11, 2020 • Informal/cash economy workers: day laborers, domestic workers, street vendors, and other cash economy workers • Undocumented workers or immigrants without Employment Authorization (EAD) Get ready to apply Step 1: Review your eligibility • Qualifying returning citizens released from custody on or after March 11, 2020 • Informal/cash economy workers ineligible for UI/PUA • Undocumented residents ineligible for UI/PUA • Unsure? Apply and a DC CARES representative will review your eligibility   Step 2: Gather your documents • A photo ID with name and Date of Birth • Proof of DC Residency • Eligibility Documents by category (see guide for more details) • Your Updated Contact Information (phone, email) Step 3: Apply online or by phone starting Monday, January 25 • Visit www.DCCARES2021.org or call 202-332-1264 • Website and phone are English/Spanish bilingual • For other languages, please apply by phone • General Inquiries: info@dccares2021.org None of the organizations who previously processed assistance are accepting applications, all applications must be sent through the above options. Please direct all questions there.... read more

DC JWJ Statement on Attack on United States Capitol

DC JWJ Statement on Attack on United States Capitol Yesterday’s events were despicable and nothing short of an attack on the will of the people and democracy.    We at DC JWJ are not only disgusted by yesterday’s attack on our capitol, but stand with the workers and community members that had to spend dozens of hours cleaning up the aftermath of this attack by hate groups. We stand with the cleaning staff, the public services workers, hotel workers, retail workers, essential workers that were placed in danger’s way last night. We applaud the local unions who   worked to ensure their members were safe.  Far too many workers were forced to work despite a clearly unsafe situation. This demonstrates yet again that every worker deserves a union as it is the only thing standing between them and the arbitrary decisions of their employers.   We would also like to take a moment to acknowledge and respect the Black and Brown communities affected by yesterday’s demonstration of racism and anti-democratic authoritarianism. For months we have witnessed police brutality against our Black and Brown communities as they were seeking justice of the countless violations of human rights. To see what happened yesterday and the complicit police response is yet another indictment of the former administration and foundational racism we have seen in policing across the country.     As an organization committed to protecting its residents, we call on our Labor, Faith, Community and Youth organizations to come together and protect one another. To continue to arouse, organize and mobilize our communities for a more just city and nation.... read more

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