Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Right to Organize in the South. Justice for School Workers.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice travelled to the School of the Americas (SoA) Protest at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA to stand with unlawfully fired school bus drivers that were organizing for better working conditions on the job.  Taylor Motors, a contracted company on the military base fired Miss Glenda and Miss Olivia for their leadership in the work place.

This effort is part of the Justice for School Workers campaign that aims to reinstate all earned unemployment benefits (WITH FULL BACK PAY) for Georgia School Workers as well as organize Georgia school workers in a broad, transformative way.  The Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler unilaterally denied earned unemployment benefits to 64,000 Georgia School Workers for the first time this summer (many school workers get laid off over the summer and other school breaks), throwing many workers into economic devastation.

We will not tolerate any employer that blatantly violates protected union organizing activity in our state of Georgia.  Taylor Motors is a federal contractor and therefore must be held to basic standards outlined for all federal contractors.

We met with Taylor Motors bus drivers including Miss Olivia as well as UNITE HERE to collect petition signatures in support of the bus drivers.  We collected over 1300 petition signatures in support of the drivers in just 1.5 days!

We would like to thank the good people of SoA Watch for their consistent and effective organizing against US imperialism in the Southern Hemisphere and their willingness to support a broad agenda for economic and social justice. With no prior notice, SoA watch listened to the plight of the bus drivers and gave a big shout out to the work here:

And we want to give a big shout out to Connie Jones who collected 168 petition signatures in support of the school bus drivers !!!!!!  Check out Connie working her magic below: