— Portland Jobs with Justice —
A Labor-Community Organizing Hub!
Portland Area Workers’ Rights Board Hearing:
Labor & Human Rights Violations in Portland Paratransit Service
You are invited to an important upcoming hearing of the Portland Area Workers’ Rights Board on labor and human rights violations in Portland area paratransit services. This hearing about securing fair, just, and equitable treatment for paratransit Lift drivers and riders will be held on
Thursday May 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. University of Oregon Portland, 70 NW Couch St. PDX
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Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of over 100 labor, community, faith, and student organizations taking action for workers’ rights and for economic, racial, and gender justice.
We prioritize the leadership, voices, and vision of individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized and oppressed and work together to build the better world that we all need and want.
What’s up for 2018-2019?
The following strategic priorities have been developed and approved by our Executive Committee and Steering Committee for 2018-2019.
What We Accomplished in 2017!
Labor and Community Solidarity! With your support, we organized a successful Workers’ Rights Board hearing on the exploitation of non-union immigrant carpenters on city funded projects, which helped lead to the Community Benefits Agreement on city funded development projects. We mobilized support for new organizing campaigns with New Seasons Workers United, organizing with UFCW Local 555, and Burgerville Workers’ Union. And we connected workers, community, and faith leaders on dynamic contract campaigns at Legacy Emanuel, AT&T Mobility, Portland teachers, City workers, New System laundry, and more!
Racial Justice in Labor! JWJ bottomlined a new Umoja Kijana Shujaa training cohort for local black youth with trainings on Black Lives Matter, union organizing, occupation health, and safety, gender justice, and immigration. We also worked with our partners to successfully advance equity in hiring and help eliminate wage theft at the city and county level.
Fair Scheduling and Tenant Rights! We played a key partner role in the Fair Work Week Coalition, which won the first ever statewide law requiring fair scheduling for workers at large retail corporations. Our work mobilizing for tenant rights helped win a citywide ordinance guaranteeing relocation assistance funds from landlords who issue no cause evictions and exorbitant rent hikes, and also advanced statewide tenant rights legislation in Salem.
Movement Building Through Strategic Workers Rights and Leadership Development Training! In addition to the Umoja Kijana Shujaa youth leadership program, we also led Occupational Safety and Health and workers’ rights trainings for dozens of workers of color in 2017.
Taking Action Against The Trump Agenda! Our Solidarity Squad trained 75 people in community defense, de-escalation, and interrupting hate in public spaces. Throughout the year the Solidarity Squad was called on to provide safety teams for 18 actions and events led by and for marginalized communities under increasing attack by the new administration.