Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thank the US DoL for Standing up for Georgia's Schoolworkers and Hold Butler Accountable

Action Alert: Join us to Thank the US Dept of Labor for Standing up for Georgia's Schoolworkers and hold GA Labor Commissioner Mark Butler Accountable
Friday, December 21 12:00pm
US Department of Labor at Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Building. 
       61 Forsyth Street, SW (Get Directions) 

This is part of the Justice for School Workers Campaign. 

The Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler unlawfully cut off unemployment benefits to laid off school workers this summer. The US Department of Labor (DoL) called him out for violating state and federal guidelines and threatened to cut off $72 million in federal administrative grants to the GA DoL if he did not immediately reinstate the benefits. Butler has since replied to the US DoL with the help of GA attorney general Sam Olens claiming that he is following state and federal guidelines and asking the US DoL to reconsider their stance.

Please join us this Friday, we will be gathering at the regional US DoL office in Atlanta to thank them for their initial stand against Butler's attack on Georgia's school workers (bus drivers, food service workers, janitors, crossing guards). However, it is imperative for the well being of tens of thousands of school workers and their families that this issue is resolved expediently. We need the US DoL to press Mark Butler to follow basic state and federal guidelines.

If you can make a sign please do! Otherwise we will have some signs for folks.

Sign Examples:
"US DoL, Right the First Time"
"Butler hurts school workers"

Directions By MARTA: go to Five Points station and exit on the Forsyth street side. The Sam Nunn Federal center is about 200 yards to the left after exiting the station.


  1. Ok can someone please help me understand, groome transportation is contracted with hbcu..i drive the shuttle for college students.i recieved my letter today 12-26-2012 saying i was Not eligible for benefits. When i took this job it was part of agreement but i cant do this, i have 3 kids and to wake up every morning wondering what bill is about to get cut off is heartbreaking. Jobs not easy smh lord

    1. Dear driver, can you please send an e-mail to admin@atlantajwj.org with your contact information so that we can follow up with you directly?

      -Roger Sikes
      Organizing Director
      Atlanta Jobs with Justice


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