Welcome to Philadelphia Jobs with Justice
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Is it important to you that the working families of this city receives fair wages and benefits?
This Saturday, January 19th, stand with teachers, librarians, street cleaners, students, and community members at the Stand Up Now Rally, from 10 am to noon at Independence Mall (5th and Chestnut), and remind Mayor Nutter that Martin Luther King of a better tomorrow for ALL--not just big corporations and their CEO's.
Mayor Nutter has refused to negotiate with firefighters and other public workers, endorsed the closing of 39 schools in Philadelphia, and continues to implement and support new anti-worker policy in Philadelphia. Workers and community groups will join forces and demand change, now.
There is no better time than Martin Luther King's Day Weekend to come together as a community and stand up for public workers. Dr. King put his life on the line for the organizing rights of sanitation workers, and this Saturday, we will celebrate that legacy.
We need to hold Mayor Nutter accountable to the promises he made to our city.
Unless we organize together and win, seventeen thousand students will lose their schools. Public employees will continue to work for yet another year without a contract.
Join Rev. Al Sharpton, AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, and many more. Bring your energy, take your friends and family, and let your voice be heard.
Join us and thousands of others this Saturday, January 19th at 10 am.
We hope to see you there--RSVP on Facebook!
posted by gwen at 3:46pm
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Get ready. This Friday, on the busiest retail shopping day of the year, Walmart workers throughout the country will risk their jobs and walk out on the job. These folks are about to make labor history.
Don't miss this moment: come out and stand in solidarity with these brave folks.
This Friday, 8 am, come and join us at the Walmart at 1675 South Columbus Blvd. in South Philadelphia.
Let us know you're coming--RSVP NOW on Facebook.
Walmart needs to know: America stands beside these workers.
#TGIBF, folks--get ready for Black Friday.
posted by gwen at 5:11pm
Monday, November 5, 2012
Six months ago, the Pike County court decision empowered cities to tax mega-nonprofits like Penn and Jefferson when they use land for commercial purposes. Mayor Nutter's administration still has yet to obey the law and issue assessments to such institutions, and refuses to commit to doing so.
What Mayor Nutter apparently DOES have time to do is to engage in silly publicity stunts like rappelling down skyscrapers.
Can you think of a caption for this photo that gives a sense of Mayor Nutter's misplaced priorities? Help us out and submit your entry on Facebook! We'll be posting submissions on our website throughout November.
The author of the best caption gets a styling JwJ tee!
Deadline is 11/30.
posted by gwen at 12:11pm
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Dear Mayor Nutter,
As you know, we are a city in crisis. For the past few years, our schools and essential services have suffered as a result of budget shortfalls.
We the undersigned believe that everyone needs to pay their fair share so that our city can resolve this crisis. Yet according to a recent PhillyPlan/Inquirer study, the nonprofits that own 10.8% of property in Philadelphia pay nothing in property taxes due to now-obsolete tax exemptions. Every year, tax exemptions cost our city $528 million in lost revenue.
That’s why we are calling on you today to make sure that large nonprofits pay their fair share, as required under Philadelphia tax law in light of the Pike County State Supreme Court decision.
This April, in its Pike County decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that all property-owning nonprofits must demonstrate that they qualify as charitable under the 5-prong HUP test in order to qualify for property tax exemption. Under the Philadelphia City Charter, that means that your administration is legally required to issue tax assessments to all property-holding nonprofits this December.
Many nonprofits will still qualify as charitable, and will simply need to take a few moments to file for property tax exemption under the new rules. We have no quarrel with property tax exemptions for houses of worship, or for important services like health clinics, emergency rooms, educational facilities, and other important properties used to serve the public good. But when nonprofits lease their property to for-profit corporations, let vacant land lie fallow, or run for-profit enterprises like parking garages and hotels, your administration not only should but is legally required to tax those properties at their most recently assessed value.
Mayor Nutter, we are calling on you not only to pledge to do what is right, but to pledge to do what is legally required of your office. We call on you to issue tax assessments to all nonprofits this December, regardless of past (now obsolete) exemptions.
We call on you to help us save this city.
Gwen Snyder, Executive Director, Philadelphia Jobs with Justice
Bishop Dwayne Royster, Living Water United Church of Christ
Reverend Jesse Brown, Lutheran Church
Philadelphia Teacher Action Group
Pete Matthews, President, AFSCME District Council 33
Cathy Scott, President, AFSCME Disctrict Council 47
Kahim Boles, President, AFSCME Local 2187
Louise Carpino, President, AFSCME Local 590
Paul Dannenfelser, President, AFSCME Local 1723
John Braxton, President, Faculty Federation of CCP (AFT)
Art Hochner, President, TAUP (AFT)
Bill Gault, IAFF Local 22
Louise Carpino, President, AFSCME Local 810
Kathy Black, President, Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women
Fabricio Rodriguez, Executive Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center
John Dodds, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
posted by gwen at 6:36am
Monday, September 24, 2012
If you live in Philly, you've probably noticed a pattern in the way that our mayor talks about money. Every budget cycle, he tells us soberly that as much as he would like to fund everything. there just isn't enough money. We need to make cuts. Some years it's to our libraries and pools. Some years it's our schools.
He tells us that the cuts are our only option.
What if I told you that there were at least 107 million dollars in institutional property taxes that Mayor Nutter is legally obligated to tax--and isn't? Bear with me--this is a little detailed, but it's important:
This April, the State Supreme Court decided that all property-holding nonprofits need to meet a stringent set of criteria--the HUP test--in order to qualify for property tax exemption.
Now, we're not saying that every nonprofit should pay property taxes. But when a university like Penn buys a hotel and runs it for profit, or a hospital lets land lie vacant and undeveloped--then, Mayor Nutter is legally obligated to collect property taxes.
Under this Supreme Court ruling, the Nutter administration is legally required to issue tax bills to all property-holding nonprofits this December. It's on the nonprofit to take a few minutes and re-file for tax exemption under the HUP test criteria.
Last year, $528 million in property taxes went uncollected due to exemptions. The budgetary shortfall that threatened to destroy our schools was $90 million.
So what is Nutter's administration planning to do? Apparently, wait for nonprofits like Penn to come to them. When asked by WHYY, senior administration tax attorney Christine Bak stated, "I would hope very much some of those would contact us and want to get into some kind of tax contribution agreement again."
Call 215-686-2181 today, and demand that Mayor Nutter obey the law and issue tax bills to all property-holding nonprofits this December. He needs to hold big institutions like Penn and Jefferson accountable to the same rules he holds working people to.
posted by gwen at 10:03am
Monday, August 20, 2012
a straight tapering root growing vertically downward and forming the center from which subsidiary rootlets spring.
"Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root.'"- Angela Davis
At Jobs with Justice, we believe that all successful social justice organizing and personal development must spring from our values--our roots. The Taproot Training focuses on the importance of forming relationships based our root values, and provides a broad array of strategies to move together in relationship and create change.
We are now accepting applications to the training. To find more information, and to apply, please visit our Taproot Training information page.
posted by gwen at 11:39am
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
We'll be joining ROC and Fight for Philly today at 4:00 pm, marching from the Liberty Bell to the Gallery Mall as a part of today's National Day of Action around the minimum wage. Here's a great explanation why, from our friends at AFSCME:
"It’s time for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. The last time they did, in 2009, it rose to $7.25 an hour. That’s just $15,080 a year for someone employed full time – hardly enough to support a family of four.
In fact, it’s $7,000 less than the federal poverty line for such a family. [...] Meanwhile, CEO pay has risen 725 percent over the last 30 years and 80 percent of all real income growth has gone to the richest 1 percent of Americans. The gap between the 1 percent and the 99% has never been higher. [...]
We call on Congress to support the Rebuild America Act introduced this year by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA). “A higher minimum wage is the simplest thing we can do to help struggling families become self-sufficient and join the middle class,” the bill states.
We here at Philly Jobs with Justice say, amen.
AFSCME.org | The Minimum Wage is Outdated
posted by gwen at 2:45pm
Friday, July 20, 2012
As a longtime supporter of and believer in the work of Philadelphia Jobs with Justice, I'm excited to host and announce the date and location of this year's annual Philly Jobs with Justice Sustainer Soiree:
Saturday, September 8, 7 pm
The Drake (1512 Spruce Street, Philadelphia)
$50 suggested onetime donation / free for sustainers
We hold our sustainer soiree in celebration of individual sustaining sponsors, whose monthly giving helps allow Jobs with Justice to do the important work of organizing for economic justice. Join us for light fare, an open bar, and live music.
I'm a monthly sustainer for Jobs with Justice. Are you?
Join the monthly giving movement, and attend the soiree free!
posted by gwen at 3:31pm
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tomorrow night is our Solidarity Awards Reception, and I hope you'll join us then.
In the meantime, however, I want to call on you to join us in putting our belief in solidarity into action around one of the most urgent crises our working communities face right now.
Our schools are under attack. Under Tom Knudsen, the School District of Philadelphia is threatening to:
- Close 64 public schools;
- Force 40% of students into private charters;
- Turn all our schools over to outside operators;
- Lay off twenty-seven hundred education workers unionized by SEIU 32BJ.
We can't stand for this. We ask you to join us tonight at Bright Hope Baptist Church at 6:30 (12th and Cecil B. Moore Ave.) for an emergency education community meeting hosted by our allies at Action United. Chief Recovery Officer Tom Knudsen and Mayor Michael Nutter have both been invited.
Tomorrow, we stand with 32BJ members and working families, fighting for the jobs of 2,700 bus drivers, janitors, bus attendants, engineers, and maintenance workers. These critical education workers have already received layoff notices from the School District, and we will be rallying with them in solidarity starting at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at MSB Plaza (15th & JFK), then joining them in marching at noon sharp.
Let's stand up for our children.
Let's stand in solidarity with the workers who serve our schools.
Let's stand up for education.
posted by gwen at 12:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
On April 22, the New York Times reported that Walmex, Walmart's largest foreign operation, had passed more than $24 million in bribes to politicians to grease the wheels of its expansion in Mexico. The article described how, after discovering the corruption, the retail giant's U.S. management moved to cover up the scandal. A call for the resignation of the company’s top executives is mounting nationally.
What: UFCW Rally: Change Walmart Now!
When: May 9, 2012-- 5 to 7 pm
Where: Walmart Store #5891
2200 Wheatsheaf Lane (off Aramingo Ave.)
Philadelphia, PA 19137
posted by jwjadmin at 11:09am