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August 2021 Solidarity Calendar
Thanks to your support, we are well over halfway to our goal of funding Portland Jobs with Justice 30 Year Anniversary exhibit!
Labor historians Nikki Mandell and Laurie Mercier are curating an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, an ILWU Local 5 union shop.
We are looking forward to sharing with you our histories and reliving the victories that community and labor solidarity made possible. Stay tuned for activities alongside the exhibit in early 2022!
Are you interested in strengthening internationalism and accompanying social movements?
Join the second Ben Linder Solidarity School! A 10-week virtual course to study and strengthen solidarity with Nicaragua and its popular organizations like the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (Rural Workers’ Association), and international movements like La Via Campesina. Read more about the school and the curriculum at the Friends of the ATC blog here!
About Ben Linder: Ben Linder was a young North American who, inspired by the Sandinista Revolution, traveled to Nicaragua in the 1980s to support rural electrification projects. He was killed in El Cua, Jinotega by the US-funded Contras in April 1987 alongside two young Nicaraguans. Through this course, we remember his and many others’ spirit of internationalism and how they took inspiration from the ideals of the Revolution. Rally for Workers’ Rights!
“The Struggle of Working People Never Stops”
Let’s get together to show support for the many workers in and around Portland who are fighting for something: a union, a contract, or — like Powell’s workers — fighting to defend the contract they worked hard to secure.
When Powell’s made the decision to deny laid-off workers their contractually mandated recall rights, they joined a growing network of Portland area employers who have used the pandemic as an opportunity to exert control over workers and their livelihoods: Powell’s Books, Voodoo Doughnut, Rip City Management, CODA Treatment Recovery… The list goes on. Come hear these workers’ stories and show them some love! After the rally, there will be a family-friendly action at Powell’s on Burnside.
Tuesday, August 10th, 5:30-7pm
N. Park Blocks, off Burnside Click Here to share the Facebook event page!
· August focus: Education Workers (pre-K through college – teachers, paras, adjuncts, bus drivers, food service, custodians, office workers, grad workers, academic professionals) · Want to fightback at work and win? · Want some advice on how to organize with your co-workers? · Whether you want a labor union or already have one (and want to make it militant and member-driven), this monthly meet-up puts rank-and-file workers together with experienced union organizers to help you build workplace power. · Every month will focus on a different industry, eg. grocery or logistics or healthcare, etc. Check the calendar for details.
ACTION ALERT! Nurses at Willamette Valley Medical Center Need You!
Nurses at Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) began their journey to form a union in 2019. They wanted to raise safety standards, improve patient care, ensure fair treatment for workers and gain a local voice in hospital decision making. In Fall 2019, WVMC received the worst hospital safety grade in Oregon from industry watchdog The Leapfrog Group. That same year, the hospital reported $8.8 million in profits.
• Reported physical assaults on hospital staff increased by 140% between 2018-2020. • There is ONE security guard for the entire hospital. • Since January 2021, the hospital has experienced a 15.2% turnover rate. That rate was19% in 2018, 27% in 2019 and 38% in 2020. • WVMC can’t retain nurses because other nearby hospitals offer significantly higher wages and better benefits. • In the first six months of 2021, nurses racked up 5,695 hours of overtime to cover open shifts due to vacancies and leave of absences. • Despite offering large sign-on bonuses, WVMC is unable to fill 34 nursing vacancies with qualified applicants. Nurses say they aren’t willing to work for a hospital that doesn’t have a ratified contract outlining the benefits and wages.
How You Can Help
Call or email WVMC’s CEO Lori Bergen and tell her that you value the nursing staff and demand that she give the nurses a fair contract and fix the staffing situation. You can reach her at Lori.Bergen@mywvmc.com or (503) 472-6131. Share the flier here!
Hold Chevron Accountable for Despoiling Indigenous Land!
Ecuadorian Amazonian communities have been blighted by decades of polluted air and water caused by Chevron’s oil drilling operations. Steven Donziger, a human rights and environmental attorney, has been in a decades-long struggle with the oil giant representing indigenous communities pursuing corporate accountability. In a 2011 judgment in Ecuador, Chevron was ordered to pay $9.5bn in damages for despoiling lands of 30,000 peoples and causing thousands of deaths. After Steven Donziger successfully sued Chevron and won, Chevron has retaliated against the attorney through lawfare, including reversing the compensation to indigenous communities – that the finding was obtained fraudulently and that Chevron owes nothing! In a highly dubious maneuver, a judge appointed a private law firm with ties to Chevron to prosecute Donziger after federal prosecutors declined to bring charges. After two years of house arrest, Donziger was recently convicted in contempt of court.
PCASC (Portland Central America Solidarity Committee) is looking to partner with local and national groups in support of Donziger’s appeal of wrongful conviction, to draft a sign-on letter, and to pressure state and federal electeds to investigate judicial corruption and pursue justice for indigenous communities! Please get in touch with CoreTeam@pcasc.net to organize together!
Are you a worker who is organizing and identifies as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or a person of color; a woman; immigrant; or LGBTQ seeking support for your struggle? Are you organizing campaigns of intersectional social justice, and looking for community support?
Request support here and share with us at our monthly Steering Committee, next upcoming on Monday, September13 from 5:30-7pm. Click Hereto send an email to Sarah for information on how to join! We have moved the monthly meeting from the first Monday so that staff and coalition members may enjoy the Labor Day Holiday.
This meeting is open to the public and our membership. At this meeting we discuss and vote on supporting, endorsing, and organizing events that fit into the mission of Jobs with Justice.
Click Here to fill out the Steering Committee agenda item request form. All requests must be submitted by Noon on Friday, Sept 10th.
Portland Rising is a committee that hosts discussions, panels, film screenings and other educational events about the importance of unions, and to draw connections between seemingly different campaigns based on the idea that all of our struggles are intersectional and interrelated.
Portland Rising invites you to a Night-in At The Movies
Please join us for an online showing of the movie China Blue and the discussion to follow. Given the growing tensions between the governments of China and the United States, this film is an important reminder of the ways in which workers, in both China and the United States, are squeezed by the logic of global profit making.
The JwJ Healthcare Committee works to promote healthcare as a human right at the local, state, and national level, to defend union health plans, and to fight for fair, equitable and comprehensive health care that covers everyone and is paid for with public funds.
Click Here to send an email to the Health Care Committee chairperson to get on the committee’s email list and for information on how to join the next virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 17th at 5:30pm.
Click Here to send an email to get on the Faith Labor Committee’s email list and for information on how to join the meeting.
The Faith Labor Committee is made up of labor and faith activists and leaders who come together to build sustained relationships between the labor community, and individuals and congregations in the faith community. Based on these relationships, the committee works to develop and implement outreach strategies to facilitate the faith community showing up in support of the struggles of working people in our city.
Global Justice Committee
Portland Jobs with Justice has long history of global justice and international solidarity work ranging from organizing caravans to the 1999 WTO summit in Seattle and supporting striking GM in workers in Columbia to exposing the lies of companies like Nike about their treatment of workers. Currently, the committee is actively supporting Philippines-focused organizing including efforts to uplift the welfare and working conditions of global seafarers, mobilizing in support of the “TRIPS” Waiver to unblock global access to vaccines, and celebrating PCASC’s 42nd Anniversary! Join us this Friday at Portland Rising’s virtual movie night for a screening of China Blue, on how corporate trade policies harm both workers here and abroad.
Click Here to send an email to the Global Justice committee liaison for information to join our next meeting on Wednesday, August 25th at 5pm.
Climate Jobs PDX
The Climate Jobs PDX Project works at the intersections of the labor and climate justice movements. Climate Jobs has been integral to passing the Portland Clean Energy Fund, upholding high-road Labor standards in Climate and Health Policy, as well as organizing environmental allies for Labor standards in green jobs.
Click Here to send an email to the Climate Jobs chairperson to join the email list and for information to join our meeting next held Wednesday, August 18th at 5:30pm!
Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of over 100 labor, faith, community and student organizations and individual activists taking action for workers rights and economic justice, especially with those most marginalized by our economic system such as people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ. More…
PASS THE PRO ACT
Rally for Workers’ RightsAugust 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmNorth Park Blocks, 235 NW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USALet’s get together to show support for the many workers in and around Portland who are fighting for something: a union, a contract, or — like Powell’s workers — fighting to defend the contract they worked hard to secure. When Powell’s made the decision to deny laid-off workers their contractually mandated recall rights, they joined…
Health Care Committee MeetingAugust 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pmZoom MeetingsClick Here to send an email to the Health Care Committee chairperson for information on how to join by teleconference.