Thursday, June 22, 2017

VICTORY! CITY OF ATLANTA WORKERS WON 15!!! #FIGHTFOR15


City of Atlanta Restores Commitment to Living Wages, Passing $15 minimum wage for City Workers

(Atlanta, GA) – The City of Atlanta unanimously approved raising all city workers to a $15 minimum wage as a part of the FY2018 Budget vote. City of Atlanta workers will receive at least $13 per hour on July 1, 2017, $14 per hour in 2018, and finally to a $15 minimum wage in 2019. Over 1000 firefighters, sanitation, parks & recreation, watershed, and other employees will now see their wages move up to at least $15 an hour, moving many of them out of poverty.

Seven year Atlanta parks and recreation worker Marquee Scales who earned just $12.85 before the move said “I am abundantly thankful that the Council and the Mayor have decided to prioritize the needs of all workers in this budget”.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice held the first fight for $15 rally in 2013 to support fast food workers going on strike for $15 and a union. The courage of workers that day showed that today’s victory for workers was possible. Atlanta Jobs with Justice has been working with city workers, community, labor, and faith organizations since 2016 to advocate that the City of Atlanta restore its promise of living wages from 2005.

“Now with this vote, city workers can see a brighter future that provides for their basic needs, especially as the cost of living in the city has been rapidly increasing.”, Neil Sardana Atlanta Jobs with Justice Coalition Coordinator.

Atlanta is the latest victory in the Fight for $15 movement which has swept the nation with workers of all backgrounds standing up for fair wages and the right to unionize. per hour for their employees. This win today is proof that Georgia and the South are still moving forward with a commitment to living wages and working families.

“Let this victory tell all working people that we must continue our fight for progressive values and our community’s needs in spite of the recent surge in conservative ideology.”, Shannan Reaze Executive Director of Atlanta Jobs with Justice

This policy stands in stark contrast to Georgia’s minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, one of the lowest state minimum wage policies in the nation. It also raises a concern over Georgia’s Minimum Wage Preemption Law which forbids city and county governments from raising the minimum wage in the private sector. Atlanta Jobs with Justice will continue to fight to make sure all workers earn a living wages.

The Atlanta $15 minimum wage ordinance championed in partnership between Atlanta Jobs with Justice, ATL Raise Up, AFSCME 1644, PACE Atlanta, Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters, individual city workers, Councilmembers Felicia Moore, Andre Dickens, and Carla Smith.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#MAYDAYATL 2017 A Historic & Record Breaking* Success


Concerned Atlanta Residents came together for #MAYDAYATL 2017 on April 30th & May 1st to celebrate #MayDay, International Workers Day and speak truth to power in The City of Atlanta.

On April 30th, Atlanta Jobs with Justice and the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council hosted the #MAYDAYATL Prep Rally & Workers Memorial Day to honor the memory of Georgia Workers who lost their lives working on the job. We also educated our community on the history of May Day, our many historic labor and social justice heroes, and share the work of our many partner organizations.

On May 1st, #MayDay2017 Atlanta Jobs with Justice and GLAHR hosted the historic #MAYDAYATL 2017 Rally & Speakout in Atlanta City Council. We made history on May 1st, 2017 by having the most people in Atlanta's history speak in the Atlanta City Council meeting.

Hundreds of workers, immigrants, women, youth, and other Atlanta residents united behind demands for $15 for City of Atlanta Employees, Atlanta to be a sanctuary city, affordable housing and a community benefits agreement for the Turner Field development, decriminalization of marijuana and criminal justice reform, and the city to shift to 100% renewable energy.

These concerned residents took action to speak truth to power by braving the wind and rain at the outdoor rally in the morning, waiting for up to an hour to sign up to speak in Atlanta City Hall, and participating in about 5 hours of public comments to voice their concerns and demands for justice in Atlanta.

*Media Source: "May Day in Atlanta; history-making crowd attends City Council meeting", Tim Darnell, 11 Alive News, May 1, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

#MAYDAYATL 2017 CALL TO ACTION!!!


#MAYDAYATL 2017 Rally & City Council Speakout

WHEN: Monday, May 1st: International Worker's Day

WHERE: Atlanta City Hall: 68 Mitchell St. SW Atlanta, GA 30303

11 AM - #MAYDAYATL Rally Outside City Hall

1 PM - #MAYDAYATL Speakout in City Council Meeting

TAKE THE DAY OFF & WEAR RED FOR MAY DAY!

Workers, immigrants, women, LGBTQI, Formerly Incarcerated, artists, activists; EVERYONE TAKE THE DAY OFF to unite and stand up together at Atlanta City Hall for a historic day of action on #MayDay, May 1st International Workers Day!

The resistance of working people is more critical this year than it has been all of our lives. Join us in making the #MAYDAYATL 2017 a moment for resistance and worker power that this city won't forget.

Share the Event: bit.ly/MAYDAYATL2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

March Rewind

Atlanta JwJ Leader Chartisia Featured on WABE on GA Fair Scheduling Preemption Bill

Our leader, Chartisia Griffin, was featured by WABE Atlanta's NPR News for speaking out about the need for fair scheduling for shift workers! She was speaking out against HB 243 a bill proposed in the GA State Assembly that would prevent local municipalities from requiring businesses to compensate their employees when they send workers home early or cancel their shifts with little to no notice.

Read the full report at: http://news.wabe.org/post/workers-schedule-woes-likely-continue-under-bill

ATL Economic Freedom Leader Training

This march Atlanta Jobs with Justice kicked off our ATL Economic Freedom Leader Training. We have workers and community members of all ages who have committed to a 6 week training series that covers the basics of organizing, winning economic justice and $15 in Georgia, the JwJ Way model for winning campaigns, mind/body/soul leadership in organizing, the legislative process and more.  We're excited to offer our community this training and look forward to building new leaders within our movements. This won't be the last training, look for announcements for additional training opportunities in the future!

#MAYDAYATL Organizing Kickoff at GA Beer Garden

In Mid-March, Atlanta Jobs with Justice kicked off our #MAYDAYATL with community and labor leaders from across Atlanta with an exciting gathering at the Georgia Beer Garden. People are getting fired up and ready to take action at #MAYDAYATL May 1st International Workers Day. We are continuing to organize for #MAYDAYATL 2017, check out the plan of action at Atlanta City Hall and look for info on #MAYDAYATL Organizing Meetings above.

Atlanta March for Farmworker Justice: #BoycottWendys

Atlanta JwJ joined Freedom University in welcoming the the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to Atlanta. We all came together to call on Wendy's to return to the fields of Florida and make a real, verifiable commitment through the Campaign for Fair Food to guarantee respect, dignity, and justice for farmworkers.

Solidarity with Teamsters 728 Zep Workers

Atlanta JwJ stood with Teamsters 728 Zep Workers on March 17th to help defend their jobs. New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm based in NY, is attempting to rob black Zep workers in Atlanta of living wage jobs and a union contract. We stand with Teamsters 728 and Zep workers in being able to keep their jobs, maintain their wages, and have New Mountain Capital respect their union.

International Women's Day March

Atlanta Jobs with Justice stood with women leaders from across the Atlanta area leading the resistance against Trump and his right-wing cronies on March 8th International Women's Day. As a part of A Day Without Women, women leaders from the environmental, economic justice, criminal justice reform, movement, and Black Lives Matter spoke out about the injustices facing our communities. They then led a march in the streets to demonstrate their resistance to attacks on women both locally in the GA State Assembly and from US Congress and the Trump Administration.

Monday, March 20, 2017

February Rewind

College Park City Rally and Community Prayer

Atlanta JwJ stood with employees of College Park and AFSCME 1644 as workers rallied to have the city recognize their union on Feb 23. The workers were joined by the International President of AFSCME Lee Saunders to show unequivocal support for workers organizing in the Atlanta area. Also joining these workers were faith leaders and local politicians encouraging the City of College Park to respect their employees decision to unionize.
Rally Against ICE Raids on Day Without Immigrants

Atlanta JwJ stood with our partners the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights to call for an end to ICE Raids across targeting residents across the State of Georgia. This all happened as we saw immigrant workers take off work and businesses shutting down as a part of A Day Without Immigrants. We stand firm calling on our elected leaders to put an end to mass detentions and deportations of immigrant workers in our communities! #Not1More
Economic Justice Day at the Capitol


Atlanta JwJ joined the Economic Justice Day at the Capitol on February 15th to advocate for $15 Minimum wage in Georgia. In addition the the rally outside the capitol, Atlanta JwJ members were able to meet with a few of their elected representatives to voice their position on several bills impacting working Georgians.