Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On March 14, 2013, Philadelphia City Council passed a bill providing the opportunity for most workers in the city of Philadelphia to earn paid sick days. Mayor Michael Nutter has until April 4, 2013, to sign the bill into law or to let it leave his desk unsigned.

Either choice will pave the way for nearly 200,000 workers in Philadelphia to have access to earned sick days for the first time.

Until April 4, or until the Mayor signs the bill, NutterWatch will be here to give you the latest updates and to share the latest stories. To add your name to a petition asking Mayor Nutter to sign the bill, please click here.

posted by gwen at 7:33pm
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yesterday, we blogged our emergency action alert asking you to call State House Representative John Taylor and demand that he vote no on HB 790, which would privatize state liquor stores.

Well, HB 790 is moving quickly--we're hearing from Representatives that vote will probably happen tomorrow. And unfortunately, John Taylor is still leaning towards a yes vote on privatization.

We still need folks to call Representative Taylor--

Call (717)-787-3179

Tell him to vote NO on HB 790 and liquor privatization!

We also sent out yesterday's message via Twitter, Facebook, and our e-mail blast list, and want to share answers to some of the questions we got from folks about liquor privatization.. Yesterday's message generated some of the most passionate conversations and responses we've ever seen grow out of an action alert. We're lucky to have such an engaged base, and love that these blasts often generate such interesting discussions, both by e-mail and on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

Conservatives are railroading this bill through the state legislature, and there's still a lot of confusion over the facts behind our opposition to liquor privatization. We've had great conversations with many of our supporters on and offline about the topic, and we want to make sure we get the most important questions and answers out to everyone. So let's get to it! 

You asked: When JwJ says that privatization will increase drunk driving and underage drinking, is it accurate, and is it coming from a reliable source?
Answer: This is for real.

The Community Preventative Services Task Force-- a nonpartisan subsidiary of the CDC-- conducted a meta-study on privatization of alcohol retail sales and their impact on alcohol-related heath issues, using data collected in states and countries that underwent privatization. The CDC found that liquor privatization strongly correlates with increases in underage drinking, excessive consumption, and drunk driving. Based on the results of this study, Mothers Against Drunk Driving also strongly opposes privatization of liquor sales.

We've seen multiple pro-privatization websites cite a study showing that the rates of drunk driving in Pennsylvania are similar to those in states with privatized liquor. The thing is, the issue here isn't about how many Pennsylvania drivers drive drunk right now in comparison to elsewhere. The real question we need to ask is whether privatization would INCREASE the rate of drunk driving in the state--and the data says it almost certainly will.

You asked: Jobs with Justice is about labor stuff, right? Why talk about drunk driving and underage drinking? Is this just cynical fearmongering? 
Answer: Jobs with Justice fights for economic justice in workplaces and communities--and this bill negatively affects both.

We're a coalition full of active faith and community group membership in addition to our sisters and brothers in organized labor. During our work on the the last liquor privatization fight, constituent faith leaders from churches in lower income communities told us that while they sympathized with the plight of UFCW workers, they also wanted to see Jobs with Justice talk about the effect liquor privatization would have on the safety and health of the neighborhoods they served. We listened, and this time around we're talking about both workplace issues and public health issues.

You asked: what gives with using that picture of a teenager behind the wheel downing a forty in the email yesterday? Seriously, it looks like a still from an especially cheesy 1980's drivers ed video.
Answer: Yeah, you're right. That was picture was kind of ridiculous. Sorry.

Thanks to all the folks we've been talking to for helping us make sure that we're giving you the information you need.

So one more time, with feeling: don't forget to call State Representative Taylor if you haven't already--and maybe even if you already have!

posted by gwen at 8:35pm
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Liquor store employees and their families need your help urgently.

Each year, conservatives find a new way to approach dismantling our state liquor system. And each year, we've been able to save these stores and the jobs they provide because the public knows the truth: liquor store privatization would mean more drunk drivers in the street, more booze slipping into the hands of our children, and the destruction of family-sustaining, living wage union jobs.

But the right wing of won't let up. Funded by big businesses greedily eyeing the Pennsylvania liquor market, they've introduced the same bill with a new name: HB 790.

We need our legislators to vote according to their consciences, not their campaign finances. Today, we need your help getting that message to State Representative John Taylor of Philadelphia, who seems to be wavering on the issue.

Call John Taylor's office at (717)-787-3179 NOW!

Tell him to VOTE NO on HB 790 and any similar liquor store privatization legislation

--for the sake of working families and children.

This bill has legs, and it's not walking--it's running. Conservatives are pushing HB 790 through as quickly as they can, attempting to shut the public out of the process and railroad liquor store privatization, ignoring the harm this legislation would do to working families and their children.

Time is running out--a vote could happen as early as tomorrow, and we need your help today.

posted by gwen at 7:27pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Friends, thank you for your overwhelming support last week as we pushed to save our city's schools. Along with Randi Weingarten, seven Jobs with Justice members and eleven other allies made national headlines protesting the SRC's efforts to dismantle public education.

But our communities and our public services are still under attack. Tomorrow is crucial for both public sector and low income workers. Tomorrow, Mayor Nutter delivers his budget address, and City Council votes on paid sick days.

We need you there to show your support for AFSCME workers and Paid Sick Days. Join us at City Hall tomorrow at 8:30 am to pack Council. Let's make sure our elected officials know that Philadelphia believes in paid sick days for working families and fair contracts for public sector workers.


In the meantime, we desperately need your help on paid sick days. Several councilpeople are still on the fence, and we need your help to convince them to do the right thing.

Here is what you can do:

  • Call City Council (9 to 5, +Monday through +Friday) to show your support. We even give you a sample message when you call using 888-376-5807.



  • Tweet your support! Here are some sample tweets:
    -Everyone gets sick - but not everyone can afford to get better. (Councilmember), please vote for #paidsickdays via @EarnedSickTime
    -Workers need #paidsickdays. (Councilmember), let's make it happen+Thursday! via @EarnedSickTime
    -send these tweets to @BobbyHenon, @JimFKenney, @CouncilwomanBRB, @cmcbass, @CouncilOBrien

posted by gwen at 5:15pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It's action time.

Tomorrow is our last chance to tell the School Reform Commission that Philadelphians want a one year moratorium, whether Corbett and Nutter want it or not.

Join parents, students, school staff, teachers, and community members as we stand up to the SRC, Mayor Nutter, and Governor Corbett and demand better- for our communities and our schools.


March 7th, 3:30 pm
 or anytime after (SRC meeting begins at 5:30 PM)
440 North Broad Street, Philadelphia School District Building

click here to RSVP on facebook. Hope to see you there.

posted by gwen at 9:55pm
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The fight for paid sick days continues, and we're out there on the front lines. Tomorrow, we're asking folks to stand there with us at City Hall.

Back in 2011, we and other coalition members fought for and won a major victory--City Council passed the paid sick days bill. But despite 78% approval ratings from Philadelphians, Mayor "1%" Nutter vetoed paid sick days--and had the nerve to hold the press conference announcing the veto at the Chamber of Commerce.

Tomorrow, Councilman Greenlee will be reintroducing the Philadelphia paid sick days bill--and this time, we're determined to win with a veto-proof majority. But with Comcast lobbyists fighting hard to shut this down, we're going to need to push even harder than we did in 2011.


Let's show Mayor Nutter and big business that we mean business. Join us:

Support Paid Sick Days Now!

Thursday, January 23, 10:30 am

Council Chambers in City Hall


Let's win this. 

posted by gwen at 8:12pm | tags: paid sick days
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 9:46pm
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 11:11pm
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 6:11pm