— Portland Jobs with Justice —
A Labor-Community Organizing Hub!
Join the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance!
At the Faith Labor Breakfast three months ago we talked about what it might mean to reclaim moral power. In that spirit, we want to invite you to join a new initiative that JwJ is excited to support: the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance.
This Alliance promises to bring information about goal centered faith activism together in one place—ensuring that when opportunities arise where you can really make a difference, you will know about them! This new Alliance will also explore areas of common concern where faith leaders are not yet engaged, expanding and complementing the work already being done. Together we can move more people of faith across the Portland metro area to take action.
At JwJ we know the importance of being in strong coalition and the difference that faith leaders in Portland have made for workers across countless campaigns. This venture aligns with our values and our practice. We knew that it was a vision we wanted to get behind!
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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.