Friday, October 24, 2014

#WageExposed Top 5 Next Steps

1. Vote Early! You can find early vote locations at My Voter Page: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

2. Talk to your candidates! Call your state reps, senators, and statewide candidates and ask them these questions that matter to working families:
  • ATL Raise Up and Home Care Fight For 15: Will you do whatever it takes to help workers win $15 and hour and a union?
  • UNITE HERE Local 23: Do you commit to fighting for a living wage for all workers at the Atlanta Airport? Also, Where do you stand on raising the minimum wage and what steps will they take if elected to make it happen?
  • 9 to 5 Working Women Atlanta: Do you support policies like Ban the Box and other efforts to end employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated?
  • IATSE LOCAL 927: What will you do to address the misclassification of Georgian Workers?
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance Atlanta Chapter: If elected, what do you plan to do to address the gap in health care left by our state not expanding Medicaid?
3. Help get out the vote! Tell your friends and neighbors to early vote, and join some upcoming get out the vote events:
  • Souls to the polls this weekend, Sunday the 19th and the following weekend, Sunday the 26th, churches all over Atlanta will be getting members of their congregation and community members out to vote. Locations:
    • First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Ave SE
    • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave NE at 11am
  • Get out the vote phone banking every Tues & Thursday 1 to 7pm at the Rush Center at 1530 Dekalb Ave - contact charmaine@9to5.org to sign up
  • Get out the vote phone banking between 4pm and 8pm for the Clayton County Transit initiative - contact angeliawilliams@ymail.com to sign up
  • #TakeOverPolls a march to the polls on Tuesday October 28th
4. Connect with our organizations! You can get more involved with Jobs with Justice, ATL Raise Up, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, 9to5 Atlanta, UNITE HERE Local 23, IATSE 927, AFSCME Local 3 and Workers United. Check them out on facebook and follow them on twitter at:
To get more involved with Jobs With Justice you can sign up for our email list at our website: www.atlantajwj.org, join our monthly meetings every 4th Tuesday of the Month, (next one on October 28th 6 - 8 pm at the Georgia Hill Community Center 250 Georgia Ave Room 309 Atlanta, GA 30312) and finally, if you are a part of an organization reach out to our organizer Neil Sardana (neil@atlantajwj.org | 404-913-9595) if you are interested in having your organization, union, or church join our coalition.

#WageExposed Worker Speakout & Election Forum

Atlanta Jobs with Justice kicked off its Low-Wage Workers Table by hosting the #WageExposed Worker Speakout and Election Forum on October 16th.

To start the speakout we honored our great leader and one of the original founders of Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Reverend James Orange. Our Organizing Director, Neil Sardana read a statement from Atlanta Jobs with Justice detailing his legacy of organizing and building leadership within the Atlanta community and in particular in support in building the Atlanta Jobs with Justice coalition. Reverend Orange's son Cleon Orange was in attendance to receive the dedication and tribute to his father on behalf of the Orange Family.

Reverend Greg Fann from AFSCME Local 3 moderated the #WageExposed event and introduced the panel of workers struggling for higher wages and respect on their jobs. The worker panel consisted of 5 workers who shared their personal struggles and organizing efforts as members of worker organizations that are affiliates of the Atlanta JwJ Coalition.


Speaking on the Worker Panel:
(Pictured above from left to right)
Valerie Redmond - NDWA Atlanta
Bernice Hancock - UNITE HERE 23
Colleen Higgins - 9 to 5 Atlanta
Chanel Simpson - Home Care Fight for 15
Antwon Brown - ATL Raise Up

We had two candidates running for GA statewide elected offices in attendance listening to and hearing testimony from the workers: Robbin Shipp running for Georgia Labor Commissioner and Daniel Blackmon running for Georgia Public Service Commission.


After the worker panel, we hosted an election forum for the candidates in attendance. They were each asked 6 questions by the workers on the panel representing the concerns and issues facing the organizations those workers represent. 
  1. ATL Raise Up & Home Care Fight For 15: Will you do whatever it takes to help workers win $15 and hour and a union?
  2. UNITE HERE Local 23: Do you commit to fighting for a living wage for all workers at the Atlanta Airport? Also, Where do you stand on raising the minimum wage and what steps will they take if elected to make it happen?
  3. 9 to 5 Working Women Atlanta: Do you support policies like Ban the Box and other efforts to end employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated?
  4. IATSE LOCAL 927: What will you do to address the misclassification of Georgian Workers?
  5. National Domestic Workers Alliance Atlanta Chapter: If elected, what do you plan to do to address the gap in health care left by our state not expanding Medicaid?
  6. Atlanta Jobs with Justice: Are you willing to push for the reversal of unemployment benefit cuts to Georgia's School Workers? In what ways would you be willing to support these workers who will in crisis when they no longer will receive their unemployment benefits?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Low-Wage Economy Exposed: Atlanta Workers Speakout!

October 16, 2014 - 7:00 pm
First Iconium Baptist Church: 542 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Contact: neil@atlantajwj.org | 404-913-9595


In Atlanta, we workers will gather to speak out about the low-wages, the tough working conditions, and the lack of respect at our jobs, but also our dreams, our hopes, and our vision for a better future.

We invite all with under paying jobs to join us. We will come together from different community groups, workplaces, and unions to fight together to change our economy and our communities.

#WageExposed


Low-wage jobs have become the norm in Atlanta and across our nation. As our economy rebuilds after the economic collapse in 2008 caused by the big banks, low-wage service sector jobs are the majority of jobs being created with more Americans relying on these jobs to make a living. Its getting harder and harder to get by working these jobs due to their low-wages, lack of benefits, poor job security, short hours, and irregular schedules.

Every that goes by we workers in low-wage jobs are struggling to put food on the table, pay rent, afford transportation, and access healthcare. Our people are losing their homes, their cars, their health, and even in some extreme cases their lives, working on starvation wages. All while our corporate bosses of companies like Walmart, McDonalds, Gap, Target, Starbucks, and several others reap billions of dollars in profits and bonuses on the backs of we workers plus our families and our communities.

Enough is enough, we are worth more and we demand more! Corporate America needs to be held accountable and we the workers are the only ones who can make them. Make them pay for the exploitation and inhuman treatment that has caused us much stress and suffering all for their limitless quest for greed and profit. We are standing up fighting for a fair economy with jobs with justice for all. We won't stop fighting until our rights are respected, we are treated with dignity, and we are paid a decent living wage.

WE THE WORKERS WILL FIGHT AND WE WILL WIN!

#WageExposed