JwJ Takes Action to Protect Workers from Heat & Smoke. How you can, too!

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published its final draft of proposed rules to protect workers from climate-fueled wildfire smoke and excessive heat. OSHA is accepting public comments on both sets of rules until March 18th. It’s critical that worker, climate, and public health advocates show up in full force during the comment period to secure the most protective standards for workers.

Urge Oregon OSHA to improve the draft excessive heat and smoke rules and to adopt them without delay. Present your testimony in writing or orally during the public comment period. Use this helpful guide.

Below is testimony from JwJ Operations Organizer, Amanda Sager (she/her).

Support Starbucks Workers, United, in the Portland area!

At a time when Starbucks corporate has seen record-breaking profits, workers are bravely asserting their right to a union — and demanding corporate put Partners over Profit!

There are now 7 stores (if not more, by the time you receive this!) in the Portland metro area organizing with SBWorkersUnited!  

You (and your colleagues) can support workers by heading out anytime to order a coffee. Order under the name “Union Yes”, “Union Strong” or “Solidarity” in your name at the locations below. Tell them JwJ has their back. Bring a #UnionStrong solidarity message for workers to post on their boards! And stay tuned to our newsletter (sign up here) for more worker actions!

Visit these shops:
Walker Road – 6175 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton
Jenkins at Cedar Hills – 2933 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Garden Home – 7315 SW Garden Home Rd
28th & Powell – 2880 SE Powell Blvd, Portland
Grand and Lloyd – 525 NE Grand Avenue
5th and Oak/US Bank Tower – 555 S.W. Oak Street
23rd and Burnside – 2328 W Burnside

Building Solidarity for 30 Years: Portland Jobs with Justice

Portland Jobs with Justice is excited to share with you that our exhibit, Building Solidarity for 30 Years: Portland Jobs with Justice is now open at the Oregon Historical Society! It is a story of 30 years of solidarity that you, as members and activists in our coalition and community, make possible! Please share in our collective history by visiting during open hours through May 15th. We are so excited to commemorate movement history in a museum whose workers are represented by a key organization in our history, ILWU Local 5!

Jointly sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, the exhibit, in the words of the Oregon Historical Society, “present(s) a thirty-year retrospective on the Portland chapter of Jobs with Justice. This is a local story with a national and global reach. Founded in 1991, Portland JwJ became a vibrant part of a “new labor movement” taking shape across the country at the turn of the century. This was a time when globalization, labor law, and declining union membership contributed to rising insecurity for an increasing number of American workers. Starting with a handful of organizers, Portland JwJ grew into an expansive coalition of a hundred organizational members and thousands of individual pledge supporters. Committed to restoring workers’ rights and empowering workers, Portland JwJ has supported workers with organizing and union contract campaigns and partnered with labor, faith, and social justice groups to further public policies for the common good.”

Now through May 15!
M – Sat, 10-5; Sunday Noon – 5
Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave)
More exhibit information and preview here!

JwJ Supports Farmworker Overtime!

by Alma Raya, JwJ Executive Board Member

Excluding farmworkers from overtime pay is racist and it should be illegal! Farmworkers have been excluded from minimum wage protections and overtime pay through the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 for too long. 

Farmworkers already have challenging lives and are among the most vulnerable workers in our community. The vast majority migrated to this country risking their lives in the search for better work opportunities, leaving their homeland, culture and families behind. Despite the long hours of work, exposure to dangerous pesticides and harsh weather conditions, farmworkers struggle to make ends meet earning on average between $17,500 to $19,999 a year.

Throughout the pandemic, catastrophic fires and dangerous levels of air quality, farmworkers continued to work and make sure we have food available. It is our turn to stand together as a community and put an end to the racist exclusion that creates economic insecurity for farm workers and their families. 

There are over 86,240 farmworkers in Oregon that need our help. They are our friends, our neighbors, our community.

Tell lawmakers we must pay farmworkers for every hour they work!

Allies and community members, write testimony in support of Farmworker overtime. The bill is scheduled for a hearing 5:30 Tuesday, and your testimony is needed ASAP (by Wednesday 2/9 at 5pm) Please select “neutral” on your submission.

The link to submit your written testimony is now available: You can submit here

Helpful testimony template here!

Show your support for the campaign with posts using this Social Media Toolkit

2.22.22. JWJ’s 20th Annual Faith-Labor Virtual Breakfast

You are invited to virtually gather with workers, local faith leaders, and the rest of the JWJ community as we gather to hear stories of worker solidarity in the Age of COVID-19 & Climate Catastrophe.

Tuesday, February 22 from 7:30 – 9am

Attendees will receive a Zoom link closer to the event.

Tickets are $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Get admission online now by clicking here!

Click here if your organization would like to be added to the roster of endorsing organizations!

What’s the Buzz about The Ministry for the Future? Join us and Find Out!

The Portland Rising committee of Portland Jobs with Justice is excited to announce that it will host a six-session reading group, starting in February 2022, to discuss the recently published novel The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. We hope you will join us!

This is a big, powerful, and exciting novel that directly confronts the climate crisis and the ways in which people, movements, countries, and international institutions might well respond to it. It is ultimately a hopeful book in that humanity survives, but it doesn’t downplay the difficult decisions and complex processes involved in achieving that outcome. It is, in large part, a novel about our lives. And we believe that a collective discussion of the issues and challenges it raises will help us all become more effective fighters for a better world.

If you are interested in joining the group or just learning more about our plans, please send your name and email address, with “Reading Group” in the subject line or body of the message, to portlandrisingprograms@gmail.com.

Here are our current thoughts:

  • The six discussion sessions will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays
    in February, March, and April, starting Wednesday, February 9 th —although
    Thursdays are also a possibility.
  • The sessions will be one hour long and start at 6:30 pm—although an earlier or
    later start time is also a possibility.
  • We’ll read 100 pages for each session (every two weeks).
  • The first session will be on zoom, but we will consider in person gatherings for
    later sessions if we think it safe.
  • Each session will have a moderator or moderators who will send out discussion
    prompts in advance. The moderator(s) will also try to make sure that participants
    who have read beyond the agreed pages don’t give anything away.
    Those who email us will get to help make the final decisions on meeting structure, days
    and times.

If you need more enticement, here is Kim Stanley Robinson himself:

When [Fredrick] Jameson said it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism, I think what he was talking about is that missing bridge from here to there. It’s hard to imagine a positive history, but it’s not impossible. And now, yes, it’s easy to imagine the end of the world because we are at the start of a mass extinction event. . . But I would just flip it and say, it’s hard to imagine how we get to a better system. Imagining the better system isn’t that hard; you just make up some rules about how things should work. . . but the story of getting to a new and better social system, that’s almost an empty niche in our mental ecology. So I’ve been throwing myself into that attempt. It’s hard, but it’s interesting.

And here is an interview with Robinson in which he discusses his background and aims for the book.