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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's hard to believe it, but this year Philly JwJ is turning fifteen. That's fifteen years of fighting for worker justice-- and we think it's an occasion to celebrate with old friends.

So on May 7th, we'll be using our annual Solidarity Awards dinner to celebrate our founding supporters.

Jobs with Justice Solidarity Awards Dinner
May 7th, 5:30 pm
1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

honoring some of our founding member organizations:

• AFSCME 1199c
• CWA District 2-13
• SEIU 32BJ Local 1201
• USW 10-1

…and two special individuals:

• Liz McElroy, former Philadelphia Jobs with Justice labor co-chair 
• John Braxton, Philadelphia Jobs with Justice founder

We hope you'll join us as we celebrate fifteen years of fighting for justice!

posted by gwen at 5:06pm
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Excited for next week's labor law reception, featuring Craig Becker? We are too!

 The reception will be hosted by Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC in Suite 2900 of 2001 Market Street, Philadelphia, on Thursday, February 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

 Not a labor lawyer? Me neither. 

 Don't be intimidated--like all Philly JwJ parties, it's a friendly, fun evening with snacks, beer, and wine. And it's interesting stuff!

 Remember when Congress conservatives blocked all the nominees to the NLRB, trying to shut down labor justice? Remember when Obama went and appointed some great folks during recess? Remember how conservatives went bonkers and sued the NLRB?

 Craig Becker was one of those recess appointments!

 The Supreme Court is hearing the conservatives' case this year, and the decision will deeply impact workers. How will it impact workers? I have a vague idea-- but I bet Craig Becker can explain it a lot better than I can.

 Individual tickets are available for a suggested donation of $75 each (sliding scale for low/fixed income folks). If you'd like to attend, just reply to this email and let me know how many tickets you would like to purchase.

Hope you can make it!


PS: While we're on the subject of labor law, local charters like Khepera are breaking it. First they stalled on union negotiations by flaking out on bargaining sessions; now they can't even be bothered to come to the table. 

Want to support hardworking teachers? Show your solidarity-- sign this petition urging Khepra to return to the table and bargain in good faith!

posted by gwen at 1:04pm
Friday, January 24, 2014

Hey, JwJers--

 The state legislature just got back from recess, but conservatives in Harrisburg aren't losing any time in pushing forward an aggressively anti-worker agenda.

One push is for HB 1507, an insidious bill that could literally decimate unions in our state. Drafted by the corporate masterminds at ALEC and backed by the money and muscle of the Koch brothers, HB would prevent unions from collecting dues via payroll the way charities like United Way collect donations-- forcing unions to spend an enormous amount of money and time on a process that's easily automated.

 We'll be heading down to Harrisburg next Tuesday, January 28th, to rally at the Rotunda and let our legislators know we won't stand for HB 1507. 

Can you join unions, workers advocates, and community allies in telling Harrisburg to vote with the workers, not the Walmarts? Click here to reserve a ride on buses donated by AFSCME 1199c.

Buses will leave from AFSCME 1199c (1319 Locust St) at 7:00 am, 1/28-- please arrive at 6:30 am.

Meanwhile, another bill, HB 1960, would prevent local governments like Philadelphia from requiring paid sick days. If it passes, it would prevent our city from doing the right thing for public health and worker rights.  

Whether you can make it to Harrisburg or not, we need you to take action today and tell legislators they work for the people, not for corporations:

Email your legislators and tell them NO WAY on HB 1507!

Call members of the House Labor Committee and tell them NO to HB 1960!

We hope you can join us as we remind our legislators that in a true democracy, the government serves the people-- not the corporations.

posted by gwen at 3:27pm
Thursday, December 12, 2013

This is the night: Scrooge of the Year is tonight at 6 pm, at Bards (2013 Walnut)!


At our first annual Scrooge of the Year, we need you to come and vote for 2013’s major villain. In the spirit of American campaign financing, a dollar buys a vote-- and you can vote as many times as you’d like.

Right now, the race is tight. Gov. Tom Corbett is trailing Gov. Scott Walker by only 3 votes, and the other nominees are close behind. Most voting happens in person at the party itself, so anything could happen.Your nominees:


  • Governor Tom Corbett
  • Mayor Michael Nutter
  • David L. Cohen, Comcast Exec. VP
  • ASPIRA Charters
  • Post Brothers
  • Philadelphia School Reform Commission
  • Governor Scott Walker

Be sure you’re there tonight-- it's anyone's game!

December 12th, 6pm
The Bards (2013 Walnut St.)


Can’t make it tonight? You can still have a voice! go online and vote now!

posted by gwen at 11:58am
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

We're one week out from our 12/12 Scrooge: THE RECKONING party, which means it's time for a final vote on our villains!

 We're proud to present: Scrooge 2013: The Ballot! In the spirit of America's current electoral system, every dollar buys a vote-- you can pay for them online or pledge a check or cash.


  • Governor Tom Corbett
  • Mayor Michael Nutter
  • David L. Cohen, Comcast CFO
  • ASPIRA Charters
  • Post Brothers
  • Philadelphia School Reform Commission
  • Governor Scott Walker

CLICK HERE TO VOTE-- and don't forget to come to the final tally party: 

December 12, 6:00 pm
The Bards, 2013 Walnut Street.


posted by gwen at 1:18pm
Monday, November 18, 2013

First, in case you missed it-- we're having a happy hour at Bards (2013 Walnut) at 6 pm tonight. Good people, Guinness (union-made!), and a chance to get caught up on all the exciting stuff happening at JwJ-- be sure to stop by.

Now, on to business: The Scrooge of the Year contest marches on!  

Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations-- it's time to vote in the Scrooge runoff and narrow down the options to our final candidates.

You nominated:

• Mayor Nutter

• Governor Corbett

• Philadelphia School Reform Commission

• Post Brothers

• Eric Cantor

• David Cohen (of Comcast)

• Ballard Spahr

• ASPIRA Charters

 Guys, you know Scrooge-ness when you see it!

 So let's get to it and pick the final seven--be sure to vote in the runoff and at the end of the week, we'll announce the final candidates. 

 Final voting will work kind of like US elections: every dollar buys you a vote. Once we get the final seven candidates, it's on to the final election! From Wednesday until THE RECKONING (12/12, 5:30pm @Bards), we'll open the polls (online and by check) for voting for the Scrooge finalist. 

 Solidarity, and happy hunting!

posted by gwen at 12:33pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This December, Philly JwJ will be hosting our first annual Scrooge of the Year-- a holiday party with attitude. Now through Friday, we're accepting nominations for our Scrooge of the Year award by email and on Facebook.

How do you spot a Scrooge? Dickens tells it like it is: “a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone… a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" 

Is there a particularly evil and Ebeneezer-like character you'd like to see visited by the Ghost of Injustices Past?  

Be sure to get your nomination in via email or Facebook by Friday!  

After a runoff to determine the final candidates, make sure to vote for your final choice of Scrooge, to be announced at...

Scrooge of the Year: THE RECKONING.

December 12th, 5:30 pm

Location: Bards (2013 Walnut Street, Phila)

Tickets: $15.00 per person (votes $1.00 each)

RSVP on Facebook.

Oh, and by the way: in the spirit of true American democracy, every dollar will buy you a vote. So get your nominations in, put the party on your calendar, and then get set to join us for the Scrooge of the Year: THE RECKONING. There, we will serve our final judgment. Also, buffalo wings!

posted by gwen at 3:50pm
Monday, October 21, 2013

Our Good Neighbor campaign to make mega-nonprofits pay their fair share is gaining serious traction. Stories about making local mega-nonprofits pay their fair share have been recently featured in the Inquirer, the Daily News, KYW, and several other local news sources.

And mega-nonprofits are getting nervous. Last week, they released a report (funded and commissioned, of course, by them) claiming they shouldn't have to pay their fair share. Mega-nonprofits are on the defensive, and we need to keep the pressure on.

Join us tonight for our monthly happy hour, and find out how to get involved:

Monthly Happy Hour at Bards!

 2013 Walnut Street

6:00- 7:30 pm


posted by gwen at 12:40pm
Saturday, October 5, 2013

Last week, Penn SLAP announced a second victory in their Justice on the Menu campaign! On Monday, September 30, they announced that the rest of the non-unionized full time Bon Appetit employees won union recognition after a card check with Bon Appetit Management Company. 

Here’s an excerpt from Penn SLAP’s announcement:

“This victory is the product of a unique partnership between students and dining hall workers who have come together to demand change on their campus and in their workplace. Using creative tactics and building strong relationships, Pennstudents and workers built a strong alliance that enabled this victory.

“What has happened today shows that worker and student power is built through relationships, community-building, and a  shared vision of a better future” said Eliana Machefsky, a senior at Penn and organizer in the PennStudent Labor Action Project. “When students and workers stand together, real power is built.”

This comes as the second round of union recognition this year. In the spring semester, students in the PennStudent Labor Action Project worked alongside members of the Falk Dining Commons as they went public with their concerns about the workplace and then unanimously voted for union recognition by Teamsters Local 929 last April. The card check this morning formalized Teamsters Local 929 as the union representation for the latest round of workers as well.”

Find out more here:


posted by penny at 8:04pm
Saturday, October 5, 2013

The 2013 Taproot Training was a huge success!
Taproot Training 2013

A diverse group of students, representatives from organized labor, community organizers, and trainers spent the weekend of September 20-22 learning the basics of the JwJ model of social change.

The training covered a wide range of topics from the components of a successful meeting, to understanding what motivates our opponents, to what makes up a long term strategy. Two important points from the training were that power and money are neutral. It is the values of the people who have power and money that determines whether they are good or bad. 

Armed with these tools, we are ready to grow our organized people and organized money to build power here in Philadelphia! 

 **Interested in participating in the training next year? Be on the lookout for more information soon for the 2014 Taproot Training. If you have immediate questions, contact Gwen at director at 

posted by penny at 7:49pm


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