Portland Jobs with Justice is excited to present our 20th Annual Faith-Labor Virtual Breakfast: Workers in the Age of COVID-19 & Climate Catastrophe, on 2.22.22!
You are invited to virtually gather with workers, local faith leaders, and the rest of the JWJ community as we gather to hear powerful stories of solidarity in a time of crisis. Executive Director Jill Pham will share remarks on this moment.
Tuesday, February 22 from 7:30 - 9am
Attendees will receive a Zoom link closer to the event.
Tickets are ten dollars, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Get admission online now by clicking here!
Co-sponsored by Northwest Oregon Labor Council and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Click here if your organization would like to be added to the roster of endorsing organizations!
Help Pass Farmworker Overtime!
Farmworkers have been excluded from the most basic protections since the laws were written in the 1930s. Minimum wage, child labor laws, and protections including overtime pay that most people take for granted. These are the scars of white supremacy laid bare. Most farmworkers today are immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean who deserve to be paid for every hour of their essential, difficult, and often dangerous work. And yet, while working through wildfires and ice storms, Oregon farmworkers made, on average, less than $20,000 a year. Washington and California have both recently passed Farmworker overtime bills ending the racist exclusion, and Oregon should, too. Check out the most recent blogpost, Why JwJ Supports Farmworker Overtime, written by Executive Board Member, Alma Raya Santana!
ACTION NEEDED: Allies and community members, share testimony in support of Farmworker overtime! Helpful testimony template here!
Sign if you agree: farmworkers deserve overtime pay! / ¡Trabajadores agrícolas merecen pago justo!
Learn more about the issue at the events below! Show your support for Farmworker Overtime wherever you go with this Zoom background!
Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields, February 6th, 6pm. Register here!
Show Your Support for the Amazon Union Election in Bessemer, Alabama!
Workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are in the middle of their second union election. The workers hit a pitfall last year as Amazon interfered with a fair voting process, but this is our second chance to support workers voice in their workplace! We are at a historical moment for thousands of Black and brown workers in the south to achieve better working conditions.
Here's a way you can help:
Unemployed Workers United (UWU) are hosting a texting party on Thursday, February 3rd in support of the organizing Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama.
Let’s show our support to these workers by having conversations with their community members about why voting “UNION, YES” is a good thing for everyone in their state.
Register here for the text party: https://uwunited.com/bessemer
Tell City Council: Don't Force a Strike! Community March and Rally
Last Thursday, the 1100+ City workers of DCTU announced a strike - to begin February 10 at 9am. All along the way, JwJ members and community have rallied alongside workers who are ready-to-strike for their communities and their livelihoods. Workers are bravely demanding what is long overdue: just compensation for their indispensable public service.
Join the community rally and march to keep the pressure on City Council to intervene for a Fair Contract! Join us to Tell City Council: Don't Force a Strike! Listen to City workers discuss, in their own words, how a strike would impact all of us and our City services.
Sat, Feb 5 from 2 to 3pm
Rally and March, from Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave) to the 1900 Building
Check out the invocation given by Father David Zegar of JWJ's Faith-Labor Committee at the recent practice picket!
Check out the KBOO Labor Radio interview with City workers Jacob Brostoff, Alex Pierro and Chris Flanary. Listen and share widely!
How you can take action, today!
Sign and Share: Portland Workers Deserve a Fair Contract!
Support the DCTU Solidarity Fund!
Valentines for Vaccine Justice!
The Omicron variant is demonstrating once again that no one is safe until everyone is safe. The COVID pandemic will not end anywhere until vaccines, test kits and treatments are readily available everywhere throughout the world. Take Action! Tell President Biden to Implement the End the Pandemic Now plan! Add Your Name! Frontline medical professionals demand global vaccine justice!
Join trade and health justice advocates organizing an educational Valentines installation and Presidents Day Teach-In. There are several ways you can help! 1) Write a Valentine's message about someone you’ve lost, haven’t been able to visit or want to thank for their help during the COVID pandemic. Send your message to email@example.com or submit here!
2) Join organizer Yimei Shao (they/them) for a virtual Valentines writing party! Zoom link: tinyurl.com/Val4Vax
- Thursday, 2/3 at 5pm PST
- Monday, 2/7 at 6pm PST
3) Register for the weekly organizing hub meetings, Wednesdays at 5!
ILWU Local 5 Presents: James Russell, Author of The Labor Guide to Retirement Plans
Researching retirement plans should not take the rest of your life, even if deciphering the relevant paperwork seems to have become a full-time job. Deliberately elaborate legalese is obscuring the efforts of financial elites to seize control of workers' collective retirement savings-- and The Labor Guide to Retirement Plans is here to translate.
What do workers need to know as they assess their future prospects? This nuts-and-bolts book provides a much-needed demystification of the retirement system. Even more than that The Labor Guide to Retirement Plans enables us to take charge of our own personal future, as a first step towards taking back what belongs to us all.
Tues, February 15 at 6pm
RSVP for the Zoom link here!
The Ministry for the Future Reading Group
Join the six-session reading group convened by JwJ Committee, Portland Rising, beginning February 9th on the novel The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson!
Kim Stanley Robinson wrote this book to help us better understand the likely consequences of our ongoing climate crisis and, even more importantly, to help us imagine ways to limit the damage and save the planet and our future. We believe that our collective discussion of the book is bound to stimulate some important conversations that can help us all become more effective advocates for an equitable and sustainable world.
Share the Facebook event page, here!
There will be six sessions, all held on the second and fourth Wednesdays, February through March, starting Wednesday, February 9th. The sessions are one hour long and start at 6:30pm.
To join the group, please send your name and email address, with “Reading Group” in the subject line or body of the message, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Action to Divest Oregon from Fossil Fuels!
Oregon should be at the leading edge of climate-safe investments to support a sustainable future for us all. That is why JwJ supports the upcoming Treasury Transparency Bill that requires the treasury to:
- make a public accounting of investments under its management so Oregonians can see if their funds are in climate risky investments.
- make public any climate risk assessment conducted by the Treasury.
Send a quick 1-click email to your Reps in support of 2022 Oregon Bill for Treasury Transparency!
Contact Your Senators! Do you live in Senator Beyer, Findley, Wagner, or Anderson's district? If so, please send your legislator an email to explain why you think Treasury Transparency is important and how you hope they will support it. Be sure to include that you are a constituent and if you're a PERS member!
Urgent: Call Sen. Wyden Today, Tell Him to Protect Medicare from Profiteers!
Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) are a pilot program started under the Trump Administration to further privatize traditional Medicare, draining money from the public coffers to Wall Street profiteers. There will be a Senate hearing TODAY on DCEs at 11:30 am PT. You can watch online HERE. Sen. Wyden is a member of this subcommittee, and you can bet that supporters of privatization will be testifying - so we need to show that the public wants DCEs stopped!
Call Wyden’s office at 202-224-5244. Mention if you are on Medicare! Here’s a sample script: “I’m very concerned about Direct Contracting Entities harming traditional Medicare, and want this pilot program stopped. It is an unnecessary insertion of private insurers and investors into our public health care program, and will cheat Medicare out of necessary funds”.
Our friends at PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program) are leading this fight at the national level, and will be testifying at the Senate hearing today.
Health Care for All Oregon Presents: A Virtual Discussion with Mark Dudzic
The HCAO Union Caucus has invited Mark Dudzic National Coordinator for the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer to share why Labor should want a publicly financed healthcare system. His knowledge and vision will help us in our strategy here in Oregon to win Health Care for All Oregon. Unions have a long history of bargaining health and retirement benefits for their members. However, what we have seen is double to triple inflation in the medical industry with no relief in sight. This is costing Union members and their employers more and more every year. There is little in the way for pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, hospitals, or medical devices to charge astronomical prices. The market treats health care as a commodity instead of a public good.
Mark Dudzic has been a leader in fighting for a better healthcare system in this country for over 20 years. As a Union Activist, HCAO is inviting you to join a virtual discussion with Mark.
Wed, March 9, 7pm
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89816845245
Are you organizing campaigns for workers' rights + intersectional social justice, and looking for community support? Join us for JwJ"s Monthly Steering Committee Meeting, to get support for your struggle!
Portland Jobs with Justice Steering Committee meets on the first Monday of each month. At this meeting we discuss and vote on supporting, endorsing, and organizing events that fit into the mission of Jobs with Justice.
Request support here and share with us at our monthly Steering Committee, next upcoming on Monday, February 7th from 5:30-7pm. Click Here to send an email to Sarah for information on how to join! All requests must be submitted by Noon on Friday, February 4th.
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. Interested in working with us on our current programs and helping to develop new ones?
Get involved or join the mailing list, please email email@example.com.
Health Care Committee
The JwJ Health Care 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 held Tuesday, February 15th at 5:30pm!
The Health Care Committee and Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program encourage you to attend Conversations with Candidates. At each session, an Oregon gubernatorial or Congressional candidate will talk about healthcare policy. Ask questions after the presentation about their support for Medicare 4 All!
Tuesdays through May, from 8-9pm.
Register for the series here: https://bit.ly/ORcandidates2022
For more information, check out this flier!
Faith Labor Committee
Our Faith Labor Committee's next meeting is Wednesday, February 23rd at Noon. 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 international solidarity work. Currently, committee members are actively supporting efforts to uplift the welfare and working conditions of global seafarers, and mobilizing in support of the "TRIPS" Waiver to unblock global access to vaccines.
TAKE ACTION! This week the Global Justice Commitee asks you to take Urgent Action for Guapinol 8 Water Defenders in Honduras. They are accused of trumped up charges for defending the Guapinol and San Pedro rivers from a mining operation led by Honduran mining company Inversiones Los Pinares. Friday marks a critical time in the trial. Follow this link to write your member of Congress - ask them to call or email the State Department and/or the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and ask them to attend the trial this Friday.
February 3, join Global Exchange for a conversation about the present and future challenges to rebuilding democracy in Honduras: "Honduras: What's Next?"
If you want to get involved in this impactful work, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Climate Jobs Committee
The Climate Jobs Committee 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 working in coalition to create stronger safety standards to protect workers from extreme weather.
Click Here to send an email to the Climate Jobs chairperson to join the email list and for information to join our next meeting Wednesday, February 16th at 5:30pm!