Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Say NO to Fast Track!

Photo by Stop Fast Track
Photo by Stop Fast Track
Given that we’re used to a slow moving Congress, it’s understandable that “Fast Track” legislation sounds promising. Unfortunately, Congress will soon consider “Fast Track,” which would limit debate and prevent amendments in Congress on trade deals. Such expedited authority would make it much easier to pass future trade agreements, including the proposed anti-worker Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Jobs With Justice opposes “Fast Track”  because it is a license to continue trade policies written by the 1% for the 1% without an ability to hold our country’s negotiators accountable for provisions that hurt working families.
Trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted by special interests in the backrooms of power, should be subject to vigorous democratic debate. “Fast Track” limits Congress’ ability to oppose specific provisions within trade agreements that would never pass on their own. We know from the record of failed trade deals like NAFTA that these provisions have a devastating impact on workers and their communities.
Americans deserve a fair process that gives Congress the opportunity to influence trade deals and to send bad trade deals back to the negotiating table for improvement. If you agree, join with Jobs With Justice and groups across the country who are calling on Congress this week to say NO to fast track.
Call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 right now and tell them to vote NO on S.1900/H.R. 3830, the Baucus-Hatch-Camp “Fast Track” legislation. (You can look up them up here!)

Monday, January 27, 2014

GA Politicians are at it again, introducing HB 714 to eliminate schoolworkers' unemployment benefits

Extreme politicians in Georgia are at it again. Attacking those in our state who have the least! Last year, these legislators pushed a bill to try and deny unemployment to tens of thousands of bus drivers, food service workers, private school teachers, and all other contracted school workers, but we stopped them from passing it due to a huge public outcry from families and communities across our state.

Now, they are back with HB 714, the same bill from last year, that eliminates unemployment benefits for hard working families. The House Industry and Labor Committee is considering this measure. If we can stop it in committee, we can make sure it doesn’t see the light of day.

Call GA House members TODAY and express your opposition to this mean spirited and anti-worker bill.

Mark Hamilton (R) - 404-656-5132
Jimmy Pruett (R) - 404-656-7857
John Meadows (R) - 404-656-5141 

These cuts originally imposed by Mark Butler, put workers in a dire situation. When cuts were previously enacted, workers struggled to put food on the table to feed their families, many were not able to afford medical care, and most struggled to pay their rent or mortgages putting them at risk for eviction. We stopped this situation from continuing last year, but we must all come together to stop it again in the legislature.

Please lend your voice to these struggling workers and tell our politicians that enough is enough! We will not stand for anymore attacks on those who struggle the most and have to live paycheck to paycheck making the hardest of decisions to survive.

Unemployment benefits are a safety that these workers rely upon while they’re laid off during the school breaks. Unlike public school teachers, who are on a 12 month contract, these workers are only paid on a 9 month schedule and laid off for winter and summer breaks.

This bill will make working for contracted school companies unsustainable and cause great deal of employee turnover. Instead of veteran school bus drivers driving our children to school, companies will have to hire and re-train novice drivers, putting our children at risk, and increasing costs for the companies that will inevitably by passed on to taxpayers.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

MORAL MONDAY GA: Jan 13 Rally for Medicaid Expansion! 4-6 pm

Moving GEORGIA Forward

Join Atlanta Jobs with Justice as a part of Moral Monday GA at the Georgia State Capitol for our first rally, 4-6 pm on January 13, 2014.

Medicaid expansion has the potential to provide access to health insurance to 650,000 of our most low-income Georgians, prevent over 3,600 deaths each year and create nearly 70,000 more jobs for the state of Georgia.

Join us at the rally and help us demand that Governor Deal expand Medicaid NOW! Guest speakers include spokespeople from our Georgia community, labor and faith-based organizations.

Moral Monday Georgia is a statewide coalition of concerned community groups and individuals working for policies and legislation that work for all the people of Georgia. We are building the collective voice of the people to be heard over the voices of big money and repressive government. Learn more at


Jan 13 Moral Monday GA Event Schedule:
10 am Training on how to lobby your representative at the Capitol with Coffee and pastries served Capitol Mezzanine, 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30334
10 - 12 pm Lobby your representative on Medicaid expansion. In The State Capitol
12 - 1 pm Bagged lunch Capitol Mezzanine
1 - 3 pm Workshops with Rev. William Barber from NC Moral Monday on building the Moral Monday movement and next steps. Plus enrollments in Health Insurance from the Affordable Care Act. Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30303
4 - 6 pm Mass rally for Medicaid expansion with speakers, music, and more. In front of State Capitol on Washington St side