Jobs with Justice San Francisco 2014 Highlights
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.
Retail Workers Bill of Rights
Because we need higher wages and stable hours, JwJ also convened a coalition to create the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a groundbreaking set of labor policies that promote full-time work, predictable schedules and job security for over 40,000 retail, restaurant, custodial and security workers in San Francisco. In November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of the Retail Workers Bill of Rights. Many of the provisions are the first of their kind, and the campaign serves as a model for other efforts nationally.
Anti-Displacement and High Tech Accountability Campaigns
With the tech-driven spike in housing costs, evictions and displacement, JwJ supported the multi-faceted struggle to protect tenants, working class communities and the soul of our city. JwJ engaged labor unions in the big Citywide Tenant Convention and in ongoing campaigns to stop evictions and displacement. JwJ also coordinated with community and labor organizations to hold the high tech industry accountable for their impacts on communities and workers.
Save Our City College
JwJ supported the struggle to protect City College of San Francisco, a vital educational institution for working class communities. JwJ convened an ongoing working group of labor, community and student organizations to coordinate strategies to fight the attack on City College by the rogue accrediting agency, ACCJC. JwJ also mobilized support for the legal strategy that successfully put the ACCJC on trial for its destructive and illegal actions that threaten the future of City College students, teachers and workers.
Support for Coalitions and JwJ Organizations’ Campaigns
JwJ provided strategic support to ongoing coalition campaigns including San Franciscans for Healthcare, Housing, Jobs and Justice (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 provided 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.
Jobs with Justice San Francisco 2013 Highlights
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 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.
Public Education: In the urgent fight to defend and improve public education, JwJ has supported efforts to save City College of San Francisco from closure due to its accreditation crisis, and co-founded Close the Gap, a new coalition of labor, community and parent groups working together to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for African American, Latino and other disadvantaged students in San Francisco.
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 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.
Community and Workers’ Rights Board
The Community and Workers’ Rights Board is a public forum where community members and workers can bring complaints against institutions for violating their human and legal rights. The Board is particularly concerned with protecting the rights of low-income community members and low-wage workers, who are often women, immigrants, young people, elderly and people of color as they strive for justice in their communities and workplaces.
The Board is composed of a broad cross section of community, faith and political leaders who intervene with institutions and the public to help resolve situations that threaten community and workers’ rights. The Board believes that safe, living wage jobs, where workers are not discriminated against for speaking up for their rights are the backbone of any healthy community.
To accomplish its goals, the Community and Workers’ Rights Board will attempt to resolve issues in a variety of ways. Community and Workers’ Rights Board activities may include:
Holding public hearings or press conferences to expose injustices to public scrutiny.
Meeting with institutions that have been accused of violating community or workers’ rights or resisting efforts of community members or workers to have a voice in the workplace or in decisions that affect them.
Supporting and strengthening the democratic rights of working people and their communities, including the right to organize, through community education.
Establishing community standards about fairness in the community and workplace and corporate responsibility.