JwJ San Francisco brings labor and community together to win bigger together. JwJ has provided strategic support to ongoing coalition campaigns including San Franciscans for Healthcare, Housing, the CPMC coalition, Campaign for a Healthy California, Close the Gap (K-12 education), POWER Campaign (immigrant workers’ rights), Debt Free Future, Change Walmart and Caring Across Generations. JwJ also provides support for many priority campaigns of individual JwJ member groups from union organizing and collective bargaining campaigns to community struggles to end wage theft, stop deportations and protect public services. Check out some of our important victories below!
Campaign for a Fair Economy – Fight for $15!
To address surging income inequality in our city, JwJ convened a coalition of community and labor groups to lead the campaign to raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. On November 4th, an overwhelming 77% of voters supported Prop J creating the strongest minimum wage law in the country. Prop J will provide a much needed raise to 142,000 low-wage workers in our city and increase their combined income by nearly $400 million annually.
California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: JwJ mobilized labor support for this inspiring and historic campaign led by grassroots domestic worker groups to end exclusion of domestic workers from basic labor rights provided to other California workers. In September 2013, JwJ joined the California Domestic Workers Coalition and other allies to celebrate Governor Brown’s signing of AB 241 into law which mandates overtime pay for nannies, private healthcare aides and other domestic workers in California.
Rebuild CPMC The Right Way: JwJ has played a key role in the community labor coalition campaign to hold the California Pacific Medical Center accountable to accountable to community and worker needs. CPMC is the largest hospital corporation and the second largest private employer in San Francisco. Our coalition celebrated a major victory in July 2013 when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved CPMC’s hospital development plan that includes rebuilding a more sustainable St. Luke’s Hospital and $80 million in community benefits covering healthcare, employment, affordable housing, and public transit. Additionally, CPMC also agreed to fair labor agreements with its employees represented by the California Nurses Association and the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
Progressive Revenue: In 2012, JwJ and a coalition of community and labor groups won a significant increase in taxes on the biggest corporation in San Francisco through Proposition E, the Gross Receipts Tax, passed by San Francisco voters in November 2012. This measure has brought in $30 million in new general fund revenue this year, and will grow at the rate of inflation in subsequent years. This new revenue is being used to support affordable housing and restore cuts to public services and jobs.
Change Walmart, Change the Economy: JwJ mobilized community and political support for OUR Walmart, the association of Walmart workers in the Bay Area and nationally who are organizing to demand respect and justice at the nation’s largest corporation and employer. JwJ has also led the Campaign for Good Jobs and Healthy Communities which has developed and pushed a platform of new policies that are creating higher community and labor standards in San Francisco’s retail and grocery sector.
Caring Across Generations: JwJ co-convenes the Bay Area Care Council, a regional coalition of senior, disability rights, domestic worker, community and labor groups engaged in the national Caring Across Generations campaign. This long-term campaign seeks to protect all Americans’ right to choose the care and support they need to live with dignity and to expand the home care workforce and create high quality jobs to meet our communities’ growing needs.
Labor at the Crossroads: To deepen our collective analysis and vision, JwJ has convened a unique series of quarterly public forums about the challenges facing the labor movement. The Labor at the Crossroads forum have fostered dialogue and highlighted innovative new strategies and approaches that can play a role in revealing a 21st century workers movement and build broad based working class power.