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LOCAL COALITION STARTER KIT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION TO JOBS WITH JUSTICE
WHAT IS JOBS WITH JUSTICE? 3
HOW TO START & BUILD A JwJ COALITION 4
WHAT IS A WORKERS' RIGHTS BOARD? 8
WHAT IS THE STUDENT LABOR ACTION PROJECT? 9
BUILDING A LOCAL JOBS WITH JUSTICE COALITION
SAMPLE MISSION STATEMENT 10
SAMPLE STRUCTURE 11
SAMPLE ORGANIZATIONAL PLEDGE CARD 12
SAMPLE KICK-OFF MEETING AGENDA 13
SAMPLE RECRUITMENT LETTER FOR JwJ KICK-OFF MEETING 14
CENTRAL INDIANA JwJ PLEDGE RAP 15
SAMPLE LISTS OF MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS OF LOCAL JwJ COALITIONS
Eastern Massachusetts JwJ Member Organization List 16
St. Louis JwJ Member Organization List 17
Portland JwJ Member Organization List 18
JOBS WITH JUSTICE LOCAL COALITION STRUCTURE
Chicago JwJ By-Laws 19
DC JwJ By-Laws 22
St. Louis Elected Leadership Job Descriptions 24
Chicago Executive Committee Officers 26
Cleveland Steering Committee Meeting Agenda 27
Kentucky Membership Agreement 28
DECIDING WHAT TO WORK ON
Request for Support from a Portland Jobs with Justice 30
Cleveland JwJ Policy for Responding to Requests for "911" Assistance from 34
Unions or Other Organizations
THE NATIONAL NETWORK
JwJ CHARTER PROCESS AND APPLICATION 35
JwJ NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 40
JwJ NATIONAL UNION CONTRIBUTORS 41
JwJ NATIONAL STAFF 42
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JwJ STRATEGIC PLAN 2003 - 2006
JwJ ANNUAL TRACKING REPORT
INDIVIDUAL PLEDGE CARDS
ANNUAL MEETING REPORT & BROCHURES
NATIONAL WORKERS' RIGHT SDIRECTORY
RECENT NATIONAL NEWSLETTERS & PUBLICATIONS
DON'T FORGET TO CHECKOUT OUR
WEBSITE AT WWW.JWJ.ORG!!!
Take Action on current campaigns
Join the national e-action alert list
Read about JwJ victories
Find out where there are other JwJ coalitions
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WHAT IS JOBS WITH JUSTICE?
Jobs with Justice is a national campaign for workers’ rights. Working through local coalitions of labor
unions and faith-based, community, civil rights, women's, student, farm, organizations, Jobs with Justice
is fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice. While the work of Jobs with Justice varies from
community to community, there are commonalities that bind the work being done by over 40 local Jobs
with Justice coalitions and the national organization. Jobs with Justice coalitions create change by
fighting for the right to organize, mobilizing for global justice and organizing for social justice.
In the appendix you’ll find the most recent Annual Report on campaign that local JwJ coalitions have
been engaged in. You’ll see that just this year Jobs with Justice has supported thousands of workers in
bargaining fights and organizing drives, and has led or supported campaigns for living wage
legislation, farmworker justice, health care reform, contingent workers’ rights, immigrant rights,
criminal justice, and much more!
HOW DOES JOBS WITH JUSTICE WORK?
If we stand together, we’ll all start winning!
Broad Local Coalitions:
Local Jobs with Justice coalitions are at the heart of the Jobs with Justice network. Coalitions are made
up of member organizations that commit to work together to support each others’ struggles around
economic justice and workers’ rights. By bringing together unions, community and faith-based
organizations, civil rights groups and student activists, we’ve got more power to win concrete victories for
Local coalitions make all of their own decisions, establish a structure, and implement their own plans and
Individual Commitment is the cornerstone of Jobs with Justice. For ten years, we’ve been building that
personal commitment through the "I'll Be There," pledge cards. Organizations that join a local Jobs with
Justice coalition commit to getting their own members to sign pledge cards. Each local coalition also
distributes the cards at meetings rallies, demonstrations and other events. The pledge commits signers to
"be there," for at least five community/workplace-based actions in support of workers' rights and
economic justice. This provides the core of activists for a strong grassroots movement.
As part of the national Jobs with Justice network, your local coalition will gain strength through solidarity
by joining together with over 40 Jobs with Justice coalitions across the country that are also working for
economic and social justice.
The national Jobs with Justice Board meets twice annually to determine overall priorities for the network.
The Board is made up of representatives from national stakeholders and local coalitions.
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HOW DO WE START A LOCAL COALITION?
There are four steps to putting together a local Jobs with Justice Coalition:
STEP 1. Identify a core group of supporters.
STEP 2. The JwJ Organizing Committee.
STEP 3. Build the coalition through action.
STEP 4 Be strategic.
STEP 1: IDENTIFY A CORE GROUP OF SUPPORTERS
First, you need to identify a core group of institutions – unions, community groups and faith-based
organizations - which are potentially interested in building Jobs with Justice.
Make a list of all the possible organizations that might be interested in Jobs with Justice. Take a look at
the sample lists of member organizations and the members of the national board (see appendix) - they
might give you some ideas of local affiliates that you can approach.
Narrow down your list to those organizations and/or individuals who should be a part of the Jobs with
Justice movement from the start (the most prominent union locals, largest community organization, most
popular religious figure, etc.). Keep in mind that in any community there are certain organizations which,
if involved from the beginning, will lend your effort both credibility, staffing and other important resources.
You know your community better than anyone in the national JwJ office. However, there are a few things
we can do to help during this initial stage. For example, we can assist you in contacting the local affiliates
of unions, faith-based organizations or community groups that are members at the national level.
Contact the national office to find out who is the field organizer assigned to your region.
Have initial conversations with the leaders and/or key staff of each organization on your list to gauge their
interest. Explain what Jobs with Justice is and how a local Jobs with Justice coalition can strengthen the
work of each of its members. Examples of campaigns or victories from other cities may be helpful there.
Enclosed are newsletters and monthly updates full of stories of good work local JwJ coalitions are doing.
Once you have had these discussions and determined that sufficient interest exists to move forward -
then its time for a planning meeting!
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STEP 2: THE JWJ ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Put together an organizing committee of a few organizations committed to building JwJ. Make sure
labor, community and faith-based groups are represented on this committee. The organizing
committee’s first tasks are to:
• Develop a proposed mission statement and structure that can be adopted by the local
Take a look at the sample mission statement and structures attached to this kit. Amend it
for your coalition or start from scratch. Jobs with Justice was never meant to be overly
bureaucratic but it is a good idea to have a set of guiding principles of the coalition and
some type of organizational structure.
• Recruit organizations for a Jobs with Justice kickoff meeting.
Each participant at the organizing committee meeting should agree to outreach to at least
two other unions, community groups or faith-based organizations and try to recruit them to
the Jobs with Justice kickoff meeting.
• Begin gathering pledge card signers
Make a plan for getting individual pledge card signers. Each organization already
participating should look to its own membership for pledgers. Also think about community
events where you can get cards signed. Decide who will maintain the database of
• Help develop Jobs with Justice's issue agenda.
This is the easy part. Organizations sent representatives to the meeting because there are
issues that they want Jobs with Justice to address. Issues should reflect Jobs with Justice's
national priorities, including fighting for the right to organize, demanding a decent standard
of living, calling for social justice and mobilizing for global justice. If Jobs with Justice is in
the process of conducting a national mobilization and that is what has brought the group
together, we will be able to provide resource materials for planning event(s). If there is a
pressing issue in the community you may ask representatives from organizations directly
involved in the issue to develop a plan of action for the next meeting.
Developing resources for your local coalition.
One question that is bound to come up (you might want to raise it if others do not) is the
question of money. A dues structure, determined by the group, will give you funds to pay
for coalition activities (postage, printing, etc.). In some cases, a particular union local might
agree to cover postage costs or donate staff. In any case, the inability of an organization to
contribute monetarily should not mean that they cannot be a part of Jobs with Justice. But
certainly, for many money demonstrates a commitment.
After the initial organizing committee meetings you should agree to hold a Jobs with Justice Kickoff
meeting where many more organizations are invited to participate in Jobs with Justice. Remember that
each participant at the initial planning meeting should agree to outreach to at least two other unions,
community groups or faith-based organizations and try to recruit them to the Jobs with Justice kickoff
meeting. The goal of a kickoff meeting is to involve more organizations in Jobs with Justice, approve a
mission statement and structure, and start planning the activities of the coalition.
A charter application is included in the appendix. This sets out the basic guidelines for becoming a
Jobs with Justice coalition. Work with your region’s field organizer to meet these goals and decide when
to submit an application to the national board.
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STEP 3: BUILD THE COALITION
ACTION IS KEY!
A key part of the Jobs with Justice strategy is imaginative direct action. The Jobs with Justice coalition is
not built by holding meetings (though the initial meetings are critical) but in the street through
mobilization. Local Jobs with Justice coalitions have employed hundreds of different tactics to put
pressure on employers and organize for social & economic justice.
Shop-ins Sit-downs Community picketing Boycotts Rallies
Teach-ins Delegations to management Call-in days
Workers’ Rights Board hearings Sign-on letters Candlelight vigils
Whatever it takes!
What ever you decide to do - Do It! The best way to build your coalition is to have people see it
as an active, vibrant force in the community and not as another meeting they have to go to.
Also a very important part of building your coalition! There are many opportunities in the network for
leadership development and to learn from what other local JwJ coalitions are doing.
Annual Meetings: Join with several hundred JwJ activists and leaders from around the country
for skills workshops, inspiring speakers, music, and of course, a local ACTION!
Cross-trains: If you are interested in visiting another local coalition to learn about how their
steering committee makes an annual plan, or how they raise money from a fundraising dinner, or
how they mobilize their activists using a phone tree—your national field organizer can help make it
National trainings: Every year we hold national trainings for local staff and leaders. Topics for
past trainings have been: Building JwJ (for new staff and leaders), Grassroots Fundraising,
Strategic Campaigns for the Right to Organize, Women’s Retreat, Regional Workers’ Rights
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STEP 4: BE STRATEGIC
Local Coalition Priorities Checklist
Of course being there for other people’s struggles and creative direct action are the heart and soul of
Jobs with Justice. There is also a growing emphasis among local coalitions on strategic support for
organizing above and beyond being there. Because there are so any requests for help coalitions must
prioritize. And rather than always spreading ourselves so thin that we can be there but not be decisive,
some coalitions are looking more carefully at what to work on and really asking themselves, what can we
contribute here and how will this lead to a victory?
Is the action part of a strategic, industry wide, well resourced new organizing campaign?
Do you have a say in the strategy?
Is the campaign winnable?
What is the unique contribution that JwJ can make? How will our participation be decisive?
Does this campaign provide us with an opportunity to build any new relationships?
Are there financial resources available for work on the campaign?
The Organization asking for help:
Is the organization making the request a key stakeholder?
Is the organization asking for help a financial contributor?
Does this organization turn-out for other people’s fights?
Is this organization getting pledge card signers from its own membership?
Does the organization give credit to JwJ?
Do you have enough lead-time to do a great job?
Is there a cut on these issues that draws in community and religious allies?
How will you use this action to expand your activist and volunteer base?
What is the union doing to help with this action?
Are there financial resources available to help with this action?
How much time will this really take?
How will you get credit for your work?
How will JwJ be better off after the action?
See more under “Deciding What To Work On” in Appendix I.
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WHAT IS A WORKER’S RIGHTS BOARD?
Workers’ Rights Boards are a project of Jobs with Justice coalitions. They are committees made up
of local labor, religious, political and community leaders who lend strategic support to unorganized
workers fighting for justice. Over 20 local Jobs with Justice coalitions have organized Workers’
Rights Boards in their city or locality.
During a campaign for workers' rights, members of a WRB are called upon to exert moral and
political persuasion aimed at turning around an unfair employer. When initial efforts fail, the WRB
spearheads direct action, media blitzes and other highly visible and aggressive tactics to compel a
boss to meet protest demands -- or face widespread public exposure and scrutiny.
Obviously, the most important benefit of the various strategies used by the Workers’ Rights Board is
the community support and power it provides for workers in the midst of campaign struggles. But
there are many other benefits as well. The WRB can increase consciousness in the community
about the centrality of workers to their communities and the extent to which abuses of workers’ rights
impact on everyone in the community. It increases community awareness of the positive social role
played by unions, and contributes to the ability of unions and community groups to work together
toward common victories. It provides much-needed publicity for labor issues that are often under-
represented in the media. And it increases awareness on the part of everyone involved of the
profound long-term benefits of building solidarity.
The national Jobs with Justice staff can assist your local coalition in strategic planning to develop a
Workers’ Rights Board.
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WHAT IS THE STUDENT LABOR ACTION PROJECT?
SLAP CORPORATE GREED!
A new generation of student activism is on the rise. Whether supporting worker organizing on their
campuses and in their communities, standing up against corporate bailouts and increasing layoffs, or
fighting for living wages, immigrant rights, and an end to sweatshops, students everywhere are organizing
for social and economic justice with renewed vigor. In 1999, Jobs with Justice and the and the United
States Students Association joined together to create the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) to
support, advise, and solidify the student-labor work that is energizing campuses and communities across
the country. SLAP has maximized the depth and breadth of this new student movement by facilitating
networking, training, material development and technical assistance for student activists.
On April 4th, 2000, SLAP took the lead coordinating the first-ever National Student Labor Day of Action
to commemorate the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by organizing student labor actions on
59 campuses. Dr. King was assassinated while he was in Memphis supporting the 1968 Sanitation
Workers' strike. The Student Labor Day of Action links the wide range of student interests in worker
justice and organizes support for student actions from unions and local Jobs with Justice coalitions. In
2001, SLAP along with the United Students Against Sweatshops and the Prison Moratorium Project
worked together to help organize over 80 actions on and around April 4th. In 2002, the number of actions
has grown to over 100! The growth of this day of action signals the growth of the campus movement for
economic and social justice as students demand immigrant workers' rights, living wage jobs and the right
to organize, no more sweatshops, and an end to private prisons!
Join SLAP to:
Connect with students running anti-sweatshop, code of conduct, Living Wage,
"Boot Sodexho", and worker solidarity campaigns across the U.S.
Link-Up with student, labor, community, and faith-based activists fighting for
workers' rights and economic justice
Learn about organizing training, internship, and job opportunities.
The national SLAP coordinator can help you form a local SLAP group.
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JOBS WITH JUSTICE MISSION STATEMENT
Jobs with Justice is a coalition of union and community organizations working together to build unity and
support for the struggles of working people.
Jobs with Justice is a campaign for economic justice and workers' rights. Our mission is to protect our
right to organize, to defend working peoples standard of living, fight for job security, and support contract
campaigns and strikes. Jobs with Justice is there in struggles for immigrant rights, against inhumane
workfare programs and demanding living wage jobs. Jobs with Justice opposes racism, sexism, classism,
homophobia and anti-Semitism and will actively support struggles against any form of discrimination.
Jobs with Justice is action oriented. During each year, member organizations take the Jobs with Justice
pledge "to be there" at least five times for someone else's fight as well as their own. That means joining
picket lines, attending contract rallies, demonstrating for living wage jobs and protesting against the out-
sourcing or downsizing of good jobs.
Jobs with Justice will not accept the political status quo. Too many elected politicians ignore the needs of
working people. The erosion of secure, stable jobs; the decline in living standards; cuts in wages and
benefits; and the deterioration of the right to organize and strike are political problems. We will work
together to hold all elected officials accountable.
Jobs with Justice believes that government should provide progressively financed public education and
services. State and national budget priorities should address the pressing needs of our communities and
put people to work rebuilding our communities. Jobs with Justice will defend public workers, the services
they provide and the people they serve.
Jobs with Justice is part of a national support network for workers' rights. (your state/locality) Jobs with
Justice will participate in nationally coordinated activities and support JwJ coalitions in other parts of the
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JOBS WITH JUSTICE STRUCTURE
Unions as well as faith-based and community organizations that agree with the Jobs with Justice mission
statement are invited to join in Jobs with Justice campaigns. Coalition participants must respect the
diversity of political and social views held by coalition members, while uniting to defend and promote
workers rights and economic justice.
A (your state/locality) Jobs with Justice steering committee will meet quarterly--or more often if
necessary--to review and evaluate past work and plan for future activities. The steering committee may
establish ground-rules for participation in the coalition to ensure unity and orderly decision making.
The steering committee will include: Representatives from each participating union and organization.
The steering committee will organize ad-hoc committees to plan and carry-out the program goals,
strategies and specific tasks of the organization. Committee chairs will be drawn from members of the
An executive committee will be elected as a standing committee by the steering committee to oversee
the coalition between steering committee meetings. The executive committee will also regularly report to
the steering committee on coalition finances. Membership on the executive committee will be one-half
representatives from sponsoring unions and one-half representatives from participating organizations.
Other standing committees can be created by the steering committee as needed.
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ORGANIZATIONAL PLEDGE CARD
Jobs with Justice Organizational Pledge
Our Organization wants to be a part of the (your state/locality) Jobs with Justice Coalition.
We support the mission statement for the (your state/locality) Jobs with Justice Coalition.
We Pledge to mobilize our members/constituents to support Jobs with Justice Actions.
Name of Organization: _____________________________________________________
Phone: ______________ Fax: ____________ E-mail: ___________________________
Steering Committee Representative (name and title):
Prefer to receive reminders of meetings by:
Phone Fax E-mail
(You may want to include a space regarding levels of dues.)
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JOBS WITH JUSTICE KICKOFF MEETING AGENDA
I. Why we are here
II. Introduction to Jobs with Justice - JwJ Video
III. National JwJ Activities
IV. Proposed Structure
V. Proposed Mission Statement
VI. Issues/Activities (have representatives directly involved in these campaigns attend and present)
VII. Next Meeting
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RECRUITMENT LETTER FOR JOBS WITH JUSTICE
Dear Community Leader:
We invite you to participate in an exciting new initiative in location.
Coalition Founding Meeting
Date & Time
Labor and community organizations in the location area have a good history of working together
around common interests. Let's build on that track record and form a permanent coalition to fight for
workers' rights and economic justice.
In over 40 communities around the country, Jobs with Justice coalitions bring together labor, faith-
based, community, civil rights, and student organizations to work on workplace justice campaigns.
These campaigns have included:
Standing in solidarity with workers who want to organize a union
Organizing to pass community living wage ordinances
Defending access to affordable health care
Supporting an effective public safety net
Mobilizing support for striking workers
Saying no to global trade agreements that put profit before people
Supporting increased rights and protections for immigrant workers
JwJ coalitions are made up of member organizations and individual activists who sign the Jobs with
Justice pledge to be there five times a year for someone else's struggle as well as their own.
By standing together we increase our community power to win concrete victories for our members
and neighborhoods. With broad participation, coalitions are an effective moral voice for justice.
JwJ coalitions focus on issues of concern to member organizations. Being non-profit and non-
partisan, coalitions do not endorse candidates or get involved in political races.
JwJ coalitions are locally autonomous, but have the advantage and support of being part of a
national network and movement.
We expect broad participation from labor, community, and faith-based organizations. Your
leadership and dedication to the interests of working people would greatly strengthen this effort.
Please RSVP to name, phone, e-mail.
Union Leader Community Leader
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CENTRAL INDIANA JOBS WITH JUSTICE PLEDGE
(Distribute Pledge Cards)
Jobs With Justice
1. Central Indiana Jobs With Justice is an COALITION of labor organizations, community
organizations, and individuals to build a broad and long-term coalition to support worker rights
and social justice.
2. The overall GOALS of the Central Indiana Jobs With Justice include:
Support workers in the right to organize and collective bargaining, and in achieving a viable
and healthy standard of living, dignity and freedom from discrimination and oppression, and
the ability to be productive and contributing members of society locally, nationally, and
Support social and economic justice for all workers locally, nationally, and globally.
MOBILIZE COMMUNITY SUPPORT for social and economic justice for all workers locally, nationally,
3. General operating PRINCIPLES for the coalition include:
Solidarity in standing together for worker and social justice.
Reciprocity in building mutually beneficial relationships.
Social, political, economic, and other actions in support of worker rights
W E WILL BE THERE FOR YOU, and we ask that YOU BE THERE FOR OTHERS
Jobs with Justice Pledge (Pledge Card)
1. I'll Be There… by signing the JwJ Pledge, you promise to:
Turn out at least FIVE TIMES A YEAR for JwJ actions
2. These actions include:
Rallies and demonstrations
Letter and email campaigns
3. How the Pledge actions work:
Your CONTACT INFORMATION will be entered into a database
This information will not be shared with anyone else, except:
For only occasional newsletters and notices
Your own organization/union
If they wish this information
And if they are a JwJ member organization
When an ACTION has been approved by JwJ
You will be emailed or called and asked to participate
You are asked to commit to participate or indicate this is not possible
The PLEDGE BASE is what enables us to MOBILIZE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR WORKER RIGHTS
Your rights and others' rights
Together we can do it!
(Collect Pledge cards)
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Thank you... we look forward to seeing you at JwJ actions!
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS JwJ
MEMBER ORGANIZATION LIST
ACORN IUE-CWA Local 201
AEEF IUOE Local 877
AFGE Local 1164 LCLAA
AFGE Local 948/NCFLL Labor Guild Archdiocese of Boston
AFSCME Local 1153 Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee
AFSCME Local 1730 Advocacy Coalition
AFSCME Local 1736 Massachusetts Senior Action Council
APWU Local 4553 Museum Independent Security Union
American Friends Service Committee Massachusetts Nurses Association
Association of Haitian Women Massachusetts Teachers Assocication
Brazilian Immigrant Center Nationa1 Association of Social Workers
Campaign on Contingent Work National Lawyers Guild
Carpenters Local 40 National Organization of Women
Central Mass. Central Labor Council North Shore Central Labor Council
Centro Presente Painters District Council 35
Chinese Progressive Association Pressmens Local 3
CIR/SEIU House Officers SEIU Local 509
CISPES SEIU Local 615
City Life/Vida Urbana SEIU Local 2020
Community Church of Boston Somerville Living Wage Campaign
CWA District 1 STEP
CWA Local 1051 T Riders Union / Alternatives for Community
CWA Local 1365 and Environment
CWA Local 1400 Teamsters Local 25
Democratic Socialists of America Teamsters Local 42
Dorchester/Roxbury Labor Committee Teamsters Local 122
East Boston Ecumenical Council UAW Local 1596
GALLAN UAW Local 2324
Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor UE District Council 2
Council UE Local 204
Green-Rainbow Party UE Local 223
HERE Local 26 UE Local 262
HUCTW UE Local 271
IAM Local 1271 UFCW Local 791
IATSE Local 182 UFCW Local 1445
IBEW Local 2222 Union of Minority Neighorhoods
IBEW Local 2322 UNITE New England Joint Board
Italian American Labor Council United for a Fair Economy
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ST. LOUIS AREA JwJ MEMBER ORGANIZATION LIST
ACEE - Association of Catcholic Elementary IUOE - International Union of Operating
Educators Local 1312-Carpenters District Council Engineers Local 148
ACORN - Asociation of Community IUPAT - International Union of Painters and
Organizations for Reform Now Allied Trades District Council 2
AFGE - American Federation of Government Jews United for Justice
Employees Local 3354 LCLAA - Labor Council for Latin American
AFGE Local 96 Advancement
AFSC - American Friends Service Committee Manos Unidas
AFSCME - American Federation of State, Missouri AFL-CIO
County and Municipal Employees Missouri Coalition on Budget and Policy Priorities
District Council 72 Missouri Rural Crisis Center
AFT - American Federation of Teacher Local Missourians for Tax Justice
420 Missourians for Single Payer Health Care
Alliance for Democracy-St Louis National Farm Worker Ministry
APWU - American Postal Workers Union National Organization for Women, St. Louis
Gateway District Local Organization for Black Struggle
BCTGM - Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Peace Economy Project
Workers and Grain Millers Local 4 SEIU - Service Employees International Union
APRI - A. Phillip Randolph Institute Local 2000
CAPCR - Coalition Against Police Crimes and SEIU 1 - Missouri Division
Repression SEIU 880
Catholic Action Network Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
CBTU - Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Show Me Equality
CLUW - Coalition of Labor Union Women Southern IL Central Labor Council
CWA - Communications Workers of America Southwestern IL Central Labor Council
Local 4217 St. Louis Area Nurses Coalition
CWA 6310 SWA - Student Worker Alliance at Washington
CWA 6320 University
CWA 6350 Teamster Local 600
CWA 6355 Teamster Local 610
CWA 6377 The St. Louis Newspaper Guild
CWA District 6 UFCW - Meatcutters 88
CUCA - Churches United for Community Action UFCW - United Food and Commercial Workers
Ethical Society Social Action Committee Local 655
Feed My People UFCW 881
Friends of the People's Weekly World UHCW - United Health Care Workers
Gateway Green Alliance UNITE-HERE St. Louis - Union of
GCIU - Graphic Communication International Needletrades, Industrial and Textile
Union Local 505 Employees - Hotel Employees and
Greater Madison County Federation of Labor Restaurant Employees
GRO - Grass Roots Organizing in Missouri USWA - United Steelworkers of America Local
Healthcare Justice Education Fund 9014
Human Rights Action Service USWA District 7, Subdistrict 2
IBEW - International Brotherhood of Electrical UWUA - Utility Workers Union of America Local
Workers Local 1 335
IBEW Local 2 Veterans for Peace
Immigration Project Women's International League for Peace and
Interfaith Committee on Latin America Freedom
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PORTLAND JOBS WITH JUSTICE MEMBER ORGANIZATION LIST
A Philip Randolph Institute NW RAGE
AFSCME local 88 Oregon Action
AFSCME local 189 Oregon Education Association
AFSCME local 328 Oregon Farm Worker Ministry
AFSCME local 3336 Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health
AFSCME local 3580 Professionals
AFT local 2277 Oregon Health Action Campaign
AFT local 3922 Oregon Human Rights Coalition
Alliance for Democracy Oregon Nurses Association
Allies: People to People Oregon School Employees Assoc.
American Association of University Professors ORTech
American Federation of Musicians local 99 Pacific Green Party - Portland Metro Chapter
American Postal Workers Union Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters
AWPPW Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
Basic Rights Oregon Pena Cultural
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Portland Association of Teachers
Campaign for Peace with Cuba Portland Federation of Teachers & Classified
Carpenters local 247 Employees local 111
Cascadia Forest Alliance Portland Firefighters Association local 43
Community Alliance of Tenants Portland Rainbow Coalition
CWA local 7901 Portland State University Faculty Association
Environmental Justice Action Group Reed Student Labor Action
Firebrand SEIU local 140
Franklin High Student Union SEIU local 49
IAM Lodge 1005 SEIU local 503, OPEU
IAM Lodge 63 SEIU State Council
ILWU local 4 Sisters in Action for Power
ILWU local 5 street roots
ILWU local 8 Students for Unity
Industrial Workers of the World 670 Teamsters local 162
Industrial Workers of the World — IDC Teamsters local 206
Inland Boatmens Union Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union local 1660
Int. Assoc. of Theatre Screen Employees UNITE
Jews for Global Justice United Auto Workers local 492
Laborers Int Union, local 483 United Food and Commercial Workers, local
Lake Oswego Education Association 555
Laughing Horse Books VOZ
Metanoia Peace Community Washington County Uniserve Council
National Association of Letter Carriers branch Women's International League for Peace and
National Writers Union, UAW dist 65
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CHICAGO JOBS WITH JUSTICE BY-LAWS
CHICAGO JOBS WITH JUSTICE
NAME AND PURPOSES
Section 1.01. Name. The name of the Organization is CHICAGO JOBS WITH JUSTICE.
Section 1.02. Purpose. Chicago Jobs with Justice is a non-profit coalition of unions, community organizations,
religious and student groups working to promote workers’ rights and support workers’ struggles.
STEERING COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS
Section 2.01. Steering Committee and Membership. There shall be one class of members: Organizational.
All Members shall have a seat on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will function as a body to
oversee the general direction of the organization, hear about and enlist support for campaigns, elect the
Executive Committee, and take such other actions as it deems necessary.
Section 2.02. Qualifications. Membership may be granted to any union, community organization, religious or
student group that supports the mission and purposes of the Organization, and who pays the annual dues.
New memberships are effective upon approval of the next regular Steering Committee meeting.
Section 2.03. Termination of Membership. The Steering Committee may, by a majority vote or those present
at any regularly constituted meeting, terminate the membership of any Member who becomes ineligible for
membership, or suspend or expel any Member who shall be in default in the payment of dues.
Section 2.04. Resignation. Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Secretary;
however, such resignation shall not relieve the member so resigning of the obligation to pay any dues or other
charges theretofore accrued and unpaid.
Section 2.05. Dues. Minimum annual dues are set at:
Other Organizations: $100
Sustainer level: $2,500
Members are encouraged to pay dues at as high a level as possible. The Executive Committee may waive or
reduce dues in case of financial hardship.
Section 2.06. Meetings. Steering Committee meetings will be held four (4) times each year. Meeting dates
will be determined at the beginning of the calendar year, and a reminder notice sent at least fifteen (15) days
before the meeting date. A minimum of 10% of the members present in person shall constitute a quorum for
transaction of business at a Steering Committee meeting. Meetings may be called by the Officers or at the
request of at least 10% of the members by notice mailed, telephone, or emailed to each member not less than
thirty (30) days before such meeting. Program Committee Chairs and staff of the Organization shall be invited
to attend meetings of the Steering Committee.
AUTHORITY AND DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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Section 3.01. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is the policy-making body and may exercise
all the powers and authority granted to the Organization by law. It will make necessary decisions on campaign
and financial strategy and oversee the staff and Program Committees to ensure that the strategic plans of the
organization are carried out.
Section 3.02. Number, Selection, and Tenure. The Executive Committee shall consist of the five (5)
Officers and five (5) At-Large Executive Committee Members. Elections for the Executive Committee will be
held once a year at a regular meeting of the Steering Committee. The outgoing Executive Committee shall
propose to the Steering Committee at the election meeting a slate for the incoming Executive Committee that
represents the breadth and diversity of the membership of the organization. However, any representative of a
member organization shall be eligible to run for Executive Committee positions. Vacancies existing by reason
of resignation, death, incapacity or removal before the expiration of his/her term shall be filled by vote of the
Section 3.03. Resignation. Resignations are effective upon receipt by the Secretary of the Organization (or by
any other Officer in the case of the Secretary’s resignation) of written notification.
Section 3.04. Removal. An Executive Committee member may be removed by a two-thirds vote at a Steering
Committee meeting whenever in the Steering Committee’s judgment the best interests of the Organization will
be served thereby. Any such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the person so
Section 3.05. Regular Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet regularly between meetings of the
Steering Committee. Meetings shall be determined quarterly, and a reminder notice shall be given at least
fifteen (15) days before the scheduled meeting.
Section 3.06. Special Meetings. Special meetings shall be at such dates, times and places as the Officers
shall determine with notice emailed or telephoned to each member of the Committee not less than forty-eight
(48) hours before such meeting.
Section 3.07. Quorum. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Committee attending in person or through
teleconferencing. All decisions will be by majority vote of those present at a meeting at which a quorum is
present. If less than a majority of the Committee is present at said meeting, a majority of members of the
Committee present may adjourn the meeting without further notice.
Section 3.08. Action Without a Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the
Executive Committee may be taken without a meeting if all the members of the Executive Committee consent in
writing to taking the action without a meeting and to approving the specific action. Such consents shall have the
same force and effect as a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee as the case may be.
Section 3.09. Participation in Meeting by Conference Telephone. Members of the Executive Committee
may participate in a meeting through use of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, so
long as members participating in such meeting can hear one another.
Section 3.10. Program Committees. The Executive Committee may, by resolution adopted by a majority of
the elected Committee members, establish Program Committees of the Organization composed of at least two
(2) persons which, except for an Executive Committee, may include non-Members. The Executive Committee
may make such provisions for appointment of the chair of such committees, establish such procedures to
govern their activities, and delegate thereto such authority as may be necessary or desirable for the efficient
management of the property, affairs, business, activities of the Organization.
Section 3.11. Meeting Participation. The Executive Committee may invite staff, Program Committee Chairs,
or others to participate with voice but not vote at meetings of the Executive Committee as appropriate.
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AUTHORITY AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 4.01. Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall be a Labor Co-Chair, a Community Co-Chair, a
Religious Co-Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Section 4.02. Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs shall be members of the Executive Committee and will have the
option of presiding at all meetings of the Executive Committee. The Co-Chairs shall perform all duties
attendant to that office, and shall perform such other duties as on occasion shall be assigned by the Executive
Section 4.03. Secretary. The Secretary shall be a member of the Executive Committee and shall keep the
minutes of all meetings of the Executive and Steering Committees, or choose a representative to do so, in the
books proper for that purpose. The Secretary shall work closely with any paid staff of the Organization as
appropriate and shall perform such other duties as occasionally may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
Section 4.04. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Executive Committee and shall also report
to the Executive Committee at each regular meeting on the status of the Organization’s finances, or choose a
representative to do so. The Treasurer shall work closely with paid staff of the Organization to ascertain that
appropriate procedures are being followed in the financial affairs of the Organization, and shall perform such
other duties as occasionally may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
Section 4.05. Paid Staff. The Executive Committee may hire such paid staff as they deem proper and
necessary for the operations of the Organization. The powers and duties of the paid staff shall be as assigned
or as delegated to be assigned by the Executive Committee and Officers. The Executive Director shall
regularly report to the Officers and the Executive Committee.
Section 5.01. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be January 1 – December 31.
Section 5.02. Checks, Drafts, Etc. All checks, orders for the payment of money, and any other money, goods
or services to be paid out by the Organization shall be signed or endorsed by such officer or officers or agent or
agents of the Organization and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the
Executive Committee or of any committee to which such authority has been delegated by the Executive
BOOKS AND RECORDS
Correct books of account of the activities and transactions of the Organization shall be kept at the office of the
Organization. These shall include a minute book, which shall contain a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation,
a copy of these Bylaws, and all minutes of meetings of the Executive and Steering Committees.
AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the Steering Committee, provided prior notice is given of
the proposed amendment in the notice of the meeting at which such action is taken.
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WASHINGTON, DC JOBS WITH JUSTICE BY-LAWS
Washington DC Jobs with Justice By-Laws
Name: Washington DC Jobs with Justice
Purpose: The purpose of the Jobs with Justice is to work as a coalition of labor unions, community
organizations and faith based organizations to protect the rights of working people and support community
struggles to build a more just society. We are committed to the creation of living wage jobs, supporting
organizing here and abroad, and maintaining pressure to demand corporate accountability in our communities.
We are committed to creating an organization that is fully inclusive and welcoming to everyone.
Membership: The membership shall be open to all labor unions, community groups and faith based
organizations that promote social justice. All member organizations shall be membership or constituency
based. An organization shall become a member of the Washington DC Jobs with Justice Coalition upon an
affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Steering Committee.
Steering Committee: Decisions of the Coalition shall be made by the Steering Committee. Each member
organization shall have one vote on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee shall give final approval
on programs/speakers at events, location and times of events, and issues to promote. The Steering Committee
shall make final approval of the annual budget, set annual priorities, make strategic plans and elect Coalition
officers. The Steering Committee shall meet at least four times a year.
Coalition Committees: The Coalition shall have these committees, and each committee shall make a report
at each Steering Committee meeting. Membership in committees is open to volunteers and members of the
Steering Committee, and each Coalition Committee shall elect a representative for the Executive Committee.
The committees include:
A. Student Labor Action - This committee shall be responsible for student based outreach,
mobilization and campaign development.
B. Finance and Fundraising - This committee shall be responsible for developing and organizing
regular coalition fundraising activities.
C. Workers Rights Board - This committee shall have primary responsibility in organizing Workers
Rights Board activities and developing WRB programs.
D. Outreach - This committee shall take primary responsibility in identifying additional coalition
partners and developing recruitment strategies.
E. Other - Additional standing or ad hoc committees can be created by the Steering Committee at
any regular meeting.
Executive Committee: Decisions between Steering Committee meetings shall be made by the Executive
Committee. The Executive Committee shall be composed of: 2 representatives from labor organizations, 1 from
a community organization, and 1 from a faith based organization, all of whom shall be elected from the Steering
Committee on an annual basis. Additional representatives shall be elected by each of the standing committees
and each representative must be a member of an affiliated organization. The executive Committee shall be
responsible for developing agendas and providing leadership for Steering Committee meetings. For decisions
between meetings, the Executive Committee may be polled by phone or e-mail. The Executive Committee shall
recommend to the Steering Committee annually, two co-chairs, a secretary and a treasurer, to be voted on by
the full Steering Committee. The Executive shall approve all expenditures in excess of $100. The treasurer
shall have authority to approve expenditures under $100. The Executive Committee shall meet once a month or
more often if necessary.
Decision-Making: Decisions by the various committees shall be done on a rough consensus basis, with loose
Roberts Rules of Order and Majority (50% + 1) voting employed for official decisions relating to principled
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positions of the organization and campaigns. Individuals who do not belong to an affiliated organization may
participate in the work of the Coalition Committees, but may not vote at the Steering Committee or Executive
Dues: The Steering Committee will set policies regarding membership dues at regular meetings.
Adoption and Amendment
A. These Bylaws and Organizational Structure shall be adopted upon approval of two-thirds of the
B. Amendments to these Bylaws can be made by a two-thirds majority vote at a Steering
Committee meeting called for that purpose, after discussion at two consecutive meetings.
These Bylaws shall be reviewed at least every three years.
Union Label: All Jobs with Justice literature and promotional materials shall bear a union bug and be
manufactured by union shops.
An annual contribution will be paid each year by each organization that is a member of Washington DC Jobs
with Justice. Each member organization gets to participate on the Steering Committee and gets one vote.
Suggested minimum dues are based on the following guidelines:
1. Regional entities of national unions or denominations (e.g. SEIU District 1199 or Catholic Diocese) and
Locals with over 10,000 members = $2,000 per year
2. Local unions with 5,000-9,999 members and annual budgets of $250,000 or greater = $1,000 per year
3. Local unions with memberships between 2,000 and 4,999 and annual budgets of $250,000 or greater;
and local churches and community organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater = $400
4. Local unions with memberships between 2,000 and 4,999 and annual budgets under $250,000 = $250
5. Local unions with memberships under 2,000 or annual budgets under $250,000; and local churches
and community organizations with annual budgets under $250,000 = $100 per year
Organizations can choose to contribute on an annual basis (by January 30 of each year) or on a quarterly
basis. Organizations can also submit proposals to the Steering Committee to replace dues with an in-kind
contribution (i.e. office labor or other volunteer contribution). Individual contributions to Jobs with Justice are
also gladly accepted.
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ST. LOUIS ELECTED LEADERSHIP JOB DESCRIPTIONS
Organizing Committee Chair
All JwJ Pledgers are eligible to be Organizing Committee Chair and may self-nominate.
Elected by majority vote of the Organizing Committee, on odd years, for a term of two years
Prepares agenda for OC assemblies in collaboration with JwJ staff and runs those meetings
Complete two one-on-ones a month to build and strengthen an Organizing Committee with strong reps
from very member organization
Participates in other JwJ-related meeting and activities as needed
Time commitment: 8 hours a month
All JwJ Pledgers are eligible to be Treasurer and may self-nominate.
Elected by majority vote of the Organizing Committee, on odd years, for a term of two years
The Treasurer is chair of the Fundraising Committee
Handles the finances for the organization; Reports on them quarterly to Org Cmtee & Leadership Team
Complete two one-on ones a month to build and strengthen the Fundraising Committee
Participates in other Jwj-related meetings and activities as needed
Time commitment: 8 hours a month
All JwJ Pledgers are eligible to be Secretary and may self-nominate.
Elected by majority vote of the Organizing Committee, on odd years, for a term of two years
Responsible for recording and distributing the minutes of the JwJ Organizing Committee and
Participates in other JwJ-related meetings and activities as needed, and as time permits
Complete two one-on-ones a month to build and strengthen an Organizing Committee with strong reps
from every member organization
Time Commitment: 8 hours a month
Workers Rights Board Co-Chairs
All WRB Core Committee members are eligible and may self-nominate
Elected by mafority vote of the WRB Core Committee
Is a member of the Leadership Team and Organizing Committee
Prepares agendas for WRB Core Committee meetings in collaboration with JwJ staff and runs those
Complete two one-on –ones a monthe to recruit and develop WRB & WRB Core Committee members
Participates in other JwJ-related meeting and activities as needed
Time Commitmenr: 8 hours a month
All Jwj Mobilization Committee members are eligible to be its chair and may self-nominate
Elected by majority vote of the Mobilization Committee annually
Member of the Leadership Team and Organizing Committee
Responsible for tracking and reporting on the development of the Be There base-including pledgers,
phone steward, and action captains.
Complete two one-on-ones/month to develop a committee to carry out the broadening and
strengthening of the mobilization network.
Time commitment: 8 hours a month
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There will be two (2) chairs elected for each sector JwJ draws from: community, labor, religion and
Candidates must be JwJ Pledgers and may self-nominate
Elected by majority vote by Member organization in their sector, on even years, for a term of two years.
The vote of each Member Organization is cast by their Organizing Committee representative. Member
Organizations choose which sector they consider themselves part of.
Sector chairs are members of the Organizing Committee and Leadership team.
Play a key role in facilitating JwJ support for the campaigns of member organizations in their sector,
they will be part of developing solidarity plans for campaigns from their sector.
Responsible within their sector for coordination on-going plans for outreach to new member
organizations, and inreach within current member organizations for new JwJ Pledgers. They will report
to the Organizing Cmtee periodically on outreach and recruitment.
Turn out their bases for the Organizing Committee Assemblies
Two one-on-ones month to build the base of organizations and activists, and the campaigns in their
Participate in other JwJ-related meetings and activities as needed
Time commitment: 8 hours a month
Organizing Committee members (Reps from Member Organization)
Represent the interests and views of their organization
Bringing solidarity work back into their base
Builds the ―Be There‖ pledge base in their organization
One-on-ones with members of their home organization about he importance of movement building,
Time Commitmenr: 4 hours a month, not including joining other JwJ committees, which is encouraged
Worker Right Board Core Committee Members
Develop Strategic contributions WRB members can make to member organizations’ campaigns
Complete two one-on-ones a month with WRB members, current and prospective to get/keep them
engaged in current campaigns
Time commitment: 4 hours a month
Oversee the development of execution of the JwJ Annual Fundraising Plan, including
Collection of Member Organization Dues
Fundraising from individual pledgers, including Phone a Thon
Special Events, including Grinch and Bread & Roses
Time commitment: 4 hours a month
Oversee the expansion and improvement of JwJ’s mobilization capacity, including
Recruiting, training Phone Stewards
Recruiting, training Action Captains
Building the base of ―Be There‖ Pledgers
On-going evaluation and strategizing around how effective our mobilizations are in support of campaign
Time Commitment: 4 hours a month
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CHICAGO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
Chicago Jobs with Justice Executive Committee 2004-2005
Labor Co-Chair: Tom Balanoff
President, SEIU Local 1
Religious Co-chair: Rev. Calvin Morris
Executive Director, Community Renewal Society
Community Co-chair: Ed Shurna,
Executive Director, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Secretary: Carl Rosen
President, UE District Council 11
Treasurer: Cynthia Rodriguez
Vice President, SEIU Local 73
Chief Operations Officer, Bethel New Life Inc.
President, UFCW Local 881
Executive Director, UFCW Local 1546
IBT Local 703
International Vice President, UNITE
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CLEVELAND STEERING COMMITTEE AGENDA
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KENTUCKY MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT & DUES STRUCTURE
Kentucky Jobs with Justice Membership Agreement
Please fill out this form and return it to KY JwJ at 3330 Pinecroft Dr. Louisville, KY 40219; fax 502-625-
3724; email@example.com. We will return a copy to you.
As a JwJ Member Organization, ____________________________________________ commits to
Attending Quarterly JwJ Coalition Membership meetings
Paying $_______ in Annual Dues
Promoting and Publicizing JwJ events (In newsletters, emails, etc.)
o Newsletter deadline: _______________________________________________
Building JwJ activist base through soliciting pledge cards from members
In addition, _______________________________________ will
Co-sponsor an event with JwJ
Make In-kind contributions (photo copying, staff time, host a phone bank, etc.)
Recruit members to join JwJ Working Groups and Committees
Recruit members to be JwJ volunteers
Invite JwJ to do a presentation to membership
DELEGATE NAME: ___________________________TITLE________________________________
City: ___________________________________State: ____________Zip: _____________
Phone 1: _________________________________Phone 2: ___________________________
Email: ___________________________________Fax: _______________________________
Kentucky Jobs with Justice commits to:
- Promote member organizations’ events and activities through monthly Solidarity Calendar
(deadline: last Friday of each month); quarterly newsletter, called Action Lines (2003 deadlines
are Apr 11; Jul 18; Oct 24.); and email updates (by request).
- Mobilize activists to support member organizations’ campaigns (submit request for support to
JwJ by the second Monday of each month or as soon as possible).
- Hold Quarterly Membership meetings where member organizations can share information on
campaigns and events and learn about JwJ issues and campaigns.
- Build a Workers’ Rights Board to bring strategic support to workers’ campaigns
- Hold periodic workshops on specific topics (living wage, globalization, etc.)
- List member organizations in publications, including the Annual Economic Justice Journal.
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(for JwJ) (for member organization)
Kentucky Jobs with Justice
RECOMMENDED DUES CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
1. An annual contribution will be paid each year by each organization that is a member of Kentucky Jobs with
Justice. Annual dues contributions are due on July 1 of each year.
2. Suggested minimum dues for labor organizations are based on the following schedule:
a. Regional or statewide entities of national unions, and local unions with over 10,000 members
…...................................................................................................................................$2000 per year
b. Local unions with 5,000 – 9,999 members and annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
…...................................................................................................................................$1000 per year
c. Local unions with memberships between 1,000 – 4,999 and annual budgets of $250, 000 or greater
…...................................................................................................................................$400 per year
d. Local unions with memberships between 1,000 – 4,999 and annual budgets under $250,000
…...................................................................................................................................$250 per year
e. Local unions with memberships under 1,000 members and annual budgets under $100,000
…...................................................................................................................................$100 per year
3. Suggested minimum dues for community and religious organizations are based on the following schedule:
a. Regional entities of denominations..........................................................................$2000 per year
b. Local religious and community organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
…..............................................................................................................................$400 per year
c. Local religious organizations and community organizations with annual budgets over $100,000
…...............................................................................................................................$100 per year
d. Local religious and community organizations with annual budgets below $100,000
…...............................................................................................................................$50-100 per year
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REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FROM PORTLAND JWJ
Request for support from Portland Jobs with Justice
Name of requesting organization _______________________________________________
Contact person ________________________________________ Phone _______________
Nature of the workers’ rights or community struggle and how it fits with JwJ criteria
(criteria are printed on the back of this sheet)
What are you requesting?
(see accompanying brochure for details)
___ Announcement/Sign-up sheet to recruit volunteers
Make announcement and circulate sign-up sheet at meeting
___ Hot list turnout
Phone and mailing lists are available for our 200 most active members. Your organization is
responsible for doing the mailing or making the calls
(maximum of 4 approved per month)
___ Full mobilization/Phone bank
Mailing and activation of the phone tree lists of more than a thousand members. You must provide
some volunteers for mailing and defray mailing expenses when possible.
(maximum of 1 approved per month)
___ Strategic planning
JwJ has extensive experience in planning campaigns and actions, including theater and the use of
giant puppets. If you would like help in designing an event or a campaign, call the office at 236-5573.
Requests must be returned to the JwJ by the Wednesday before the Steering Committee meeting
where decisions are made. Requests can also be faxed to 239-9441, or the request form can be
filled out over the phone by calling the office at 503 236-5573. Requests that come in later will be
considered on an emergency basis. Groups are expected to mobilize their own members for the
event and provide volunteers to help with mailings or phone-banking.
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What can your organization provide?
___ volunteers to help with a full-mobilization mailing. How many?
___ money to defray the cost of the mailing. How much?
___ volunteers to make signs. How many?
___ volunteers to build puppets or work on theater pieces. How many?
___ someone to distribute JwJ pledge cards to your members?
Criteria for choosing actions
How the action fits into JwJ’s organizational priorities
Impact of JwJ’s support on the campaign
Impact on building JwJ and local coalitions
Amount of rank and file participation
In its work JwJ gives priority to struggles involving the most vulnerable workers in our community.
low wage workers
people of color
Who we are
Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of 56 labor organizations and community groups dedicated to
protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just
society. We are committed to:
the creation of family wage jobs
support for organizing both here and abroad
support for community economic and civil rights struggles
maintain pressure to demand corporate accountability in our communities
We are also committed to creating an organization that is anti-racist and fully inclusive and
welcoming to everyone.
Jobs with Justice
123 NE 3rd Avenue Suite 505
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 236-5573 • (503) 239-9441 fax
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Jobs with Justice
In addition to the criteria for supporting actions, JwJ also takes into
consideration what the staff and organization can realistically do. Jobs with
Justice has extremely limited resources. We have a small budget with one
full-time and one part-time staff member. For that reason, and to avoid
pledger burn-out, no more than one major mobilization can be approved per
month. Because the increasing number of requests is greater than our ability
to respond, Jobs with Justice also gives priority to the requests of member
organizations and on-going campaigns that we are participating in.
In making decisions about endorsements, how closely the action or position
endorsed corresponds to our organizational mission to protect workers’ rights
will be taken into account. There are many things that the majority of people
in Jobs with Justice may support, but because we are a coalition of
organizations, it is not always possible to endorse them. We prefer to endorse
actions and campaigns that will build ongoing relationships with JwJ because How to Get Support
building connections that go beyond a single action are critical to building a
movement to protect workers rights and build a just society.
Organizations seeking support from JwJ should make requests by the
How Jobs with Justice works Wednesday prior to the Steering Committee meeting where the decisions
about what actions to support will be made. Requests made to JwJ after
Jobs with Justice is currently a coalition of 56 labor organizations and this time will be considered on an emergency basis. Requests should
community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and indicate what level of support you are requesting and what resources your
supporting community struggles to build a just society. There are more than organization will provide. Materials explaining the issues of your action
40 Jobs with Justice chapters nationwide. JwJ mobilizes support for labor and or campaign should be provided to the staff and to the Steering
community struggles at rallies, on picket lines, in educational settings and at Committees. Decisions will be based on our criteria for supporting
meetings and hearings. The basic building block of JwJ is a pledge that actions and our organizational resources. Our criteria (full set attached)
people sign agreeing to turn out in support other people’s struggles 5 times a include:
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How the action fits into JwJ’s organizational priorities
Jobs with Justice is governed by a Steering Committee that meets on the first
Impact of JwJ’s support on the campaign
Monday of the month. The committee is composed of officers, committee
chairs, staff, representatives of each member organization, and seven at-large Impact on building JwJ and local coalitions
members elected annually. The Steering Committee meets each month and Amount of rank and file participation
makes decisions about what actions to support. Meetings are open, but only
Steering Committee members are eligible to vote. Pledgers are mobilized Jobs with Justice
through mailings, e-mail, and a phone tree. An Executive Committee made 123 NE 3rd Avenue Suite 502
up of officers and committee chairs meets on the third Monday of the month. Portland, OR 97232
These meetings are also open with Steering Committee members having a (503) 236-5573
right to vote. The Executive Committee and staff sometimes make
recommendations about which actions to support. Please return the enclosed request form to
Jobs with Justice as soon as possible.
Levels of Support from Jobs with Justice Full Mobilization/Phone Banking
Jobs with Justice is currently has more requests for assistance than it can Full mobilization involves a mailing to the full roster of pledgers (currently 1500)
respond to with our limited resources. The best way to assure getting our and the activation of the e-mail and phone trees. Phone tree stewards will contact
support is to provide us with good supporting information well in advance of individual pledgers prior to the action. Full mobilizations are expensive
when you want our support. Another way to gain our support is to take your (approximately $500 a mailing) and time consuming. You will need to provide
request to the appropriate JwJ Committee first. The Committee for Sustainable volunteers to help with the mailing and in some cases Jobs with Justice may ask
Jobs and the Economy is a good entry point for support on living wage or local the requesting organization to contribute to the cost of the mailing as well.
corporate accountability campaigns. The Cross Border Labor Organizing Generally, it takes two weeks lead time to do a full mobilization. Full
Coalition deals with international organizing efforts, including sweatshop mobilizations are usually done for significant on-going campaigns or important
issues. one time events that directly affect workers rights.
Endorsement or Co-Sponsorship In the case of emergencies when two weeks notice is not possible, phone banks can
be used to reach pledgers. The requesting organization will be asked to provide
Jobs with Justice endorses, and sometimes co-sponsors, calls for meetings, people to do the phone banking with the help of Jobs with Justice. As with the use
demonstrations, hearings and educational events. The decision to endorse of the hot list, having actual workers involved in campaigns do the calling
something is based on whether or not it is consistent with our mission and increases the turnout and helps build the connection between the campaign and
criteria. To get an endorsement , it is important to ask well in advance and to Jobs with Justice and its pledgers.
provide us with information about the event, campaign, or initiative. If the
committee doesn’t feel it has enough information, the endorsement may be Strategic Planning
To build a powerful social justice movement, Jobs with Justice believes that
Announcement/Sign-up Sheet developing ongoing relationships with its member organizations and with major
campaigns is critical. The goal is to use our resources to be proactive, rather than
It is also possible to get on the Steering Committee agenda to report on a current reactive, in helping campaigns for worker and community rights. In addition to
campaign and to circulate a sign-up sheet to get volunteers to work on a mobilization support, JwJ can also help develop campaigns and plan actions that
particular activity. are effective, educational, and fun.
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Use of the Hot List Our staff and Steering Committee have a lot of experience from the union hall and
the community to the legislature and the streets. We have worked with organizing
In addition to its full phone tree, Jobs with Justice also has a hot list of the 200 committees, strike committees, locals negotiating their first contract, and in
most active pledgers. These are people who have agreed to be contacted, within statewide minimum wage and tax justice campaigns. It is sometimes possible to
reason, more often than once a month. You may request the mailing list and/or have someone from Jobs with Justice work with the campaign as a liaison to help
the phone list. You are responsible for doing the mailing and phoning, develop campaign strategy and make actions more fun and more effective.
including the cost of the mailing. Having people from the campaign do the
calling increases turnout and helps build connection to Jobs with Justice and its We also work closely with a group called Art and Revolution who will work with
pledgers. In some cases, Jobs with Justice will help with the mailing or you to add street theater and giant puppets to your actions to make them more
phoning. entertaining and memorable for participants and the general public. For more
information on our strategic planning resources, call the Jobs with Justice office at
The hot list is a good option if the action or event is taking place during the day, 236-5573.
when most pledgers are at work, or outside the immediate Portland area.
CLEVELAND JWJ POLICY FOR RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR
"911" ASSISTANCE FROM UNIONS OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Approved by the Cleveland JwJ Steering Committee on October 20, 1999
"911" assistance is defined as appeals by JwJ to our constituency to act on behalf of a union or other
organization that is involved in an organizing campaign, contract struggle, or other campaign in which
activities like mobilizations, letter-writing, etc. would be of material assistance. These are one-shot,
short-term projects, as opposed to larger, ongoing strategic partnerships.
911 has been an important part of our activity. It will continue to be one of our important areas of
work, and it should be. It allows us to mobilize support for struggles of various kinds, to make
connections among our members and constituents, and to raise our visibility in the movement and in
Cleveland Jobs with Justice handles these requests in the following way:
1. Whenever time allows, 911 requests, just like requests for more strategic relationships, should
be brought to the Steering Committee for approval. Sometimes this may be an approval in
principle, long before the specifics of a projected action are known.
If there is not enough time to wait for a Steering Committee meeting, the Executive Committee
should be consulted. If time is too short, Co-Chairs should be consulted.
2. When a member organization needs 911 help, the procedure will be:
The organization will call the office to give us all the pertinent information, including when
they will be available to do the physical work of doing the mailing
Our staff will design and produce the mail piece/handbill. Our staff will also produce a set
of mailing labels and make sure we have sufficient postage.
At the agreed upon time, the volunteers or staff from the member organization will
assemble the leaflet and attach the labels and stamps (ie) prepare the mailing. If this is
done at the JwJ office, we can take responsibility for getting it to the post office if
3. If the group asking for the 911 is not a member organization, the procedure is the same,
except that the group will provide their own postage by bringing stamps with them, bringing
payment for the stamps, or taking the mailing to run through on their own postage meter, etc.
This procedure allows for some flexibility, If the organization requesting the 911 prefers to do a
mailing to the entire mailing list, rather than the key list, they can do so, providing the necessary
volunteer help and if they are not members, the postage. If they would like a set of labels according
to a certain criteria (e.g. everyone in certain zip codes, or living wage supporters), that can be done
as well. Staff will look into the possibility of setting up a relationship with a mailing house in the area,
to allow the work to be done more expeditiously, especially for larger mailings.
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JOBS WITH JUSTICE CHARTER APPLICATION
APPROVED BY THE JOBS WITH JUSTICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON 10-8-02
Process of Application for Charter
1) Before you send in a charter application for a new coalition, the leadership of your group must
meet with a Jobs with Justice field staff person.
2) Applications for charter are reviewed at national board meetings of Jobs with Justice.
3) The board votes to accept or reject applications for charter by a majority vote.
4) Every coalition will be expected to renew their charter with this same application process every
5) If a charter application is rejected, the group has 6 months to improve the application and re-
6) While in the organizing stages, before official charter has been approved, a group can use the
name ―Jobs with Justice Organizing Committee.‖
7) Groups who don’t meet the criteria for a chartered coalition, but would like to be part of the
network to participate in the annual meeting and get information about national days of action
are welcome to.
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Criteria for Jobs with Justice Charter
Local Jobs with Justice coalitions are made up of member organizations that work together to play a
major role in building community power for working people. Local coalitions are autonomous and
have their own structure, leadership, funding, and culture.
However, Jobs with Justice is also a national network, and as such asks that groups wishing to
become a Jobs with Justice coalition agree to the following:
1) Support the principles on the Jobs with Justice pledge card in your mission statement.
2) Commit to using the Jobs with Justice name, both internally and externally (this can be in
addition to an already existing name).
3) Have at least 10 member organizations total, including 5 labor unions and 5 community, faith-
based and student groups. Please attach your member organization list to this application.
4) Because we are non-profit and non-partisan, we do not endorse candidates or engage in
5) Commit to using the JwJ pledge card, and have at least 100 pledge cards signed.
6) Periodically share the coalition’s individual pledge database with the national office. Please
send an electronic copy of your database with your application. The national database will be
used only for the national JwJ newsletter and notices regarding the Annual Meeting. The
database is never shared with or sold to other organizations nor is it used for fundraising.
7) Have passed a set of by-laws or decision-making structure. Please attach a copy with your
8) Take part in the Annual Meeting and national days of action, where possible.
9) Regularly communicate activities and press coverage to the national office.
10) Participate in twice-yearly reporting of activities, campaigns, organizational growth and budget.
Sample forms are attached to this application.
11) Communicate and coordinate with the national office regarding foundation and national union
12) The local coalition is solely responsible for its finances and any financial obligations it incurs.
The national organization does not assume financial responsibility for the chartered coalition’s
debts, liabilities, or other financial obligations, unless expressly authorized in advance and in
13) Participation in activities with the national organization or other chartered coalitions is
voluntary. Therefore, the chartered local coalition is solely responsible for activities or
statements, or commitments made in furtherance of its activities or statements. The national
organization does not assume responsibility for local coalition efforts because of its
relationship and contact with, or recommendations to, chartered coalitions. The national
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organization does not assume responsibility or liability for any chartered local coalition activity
or statements, unless expressly authorized in advance and in writing by the national
As part of the national Jobs with Justice network, your coalition can:
1) Participate in national trainings (some past trainings have included: Building JwJ, Fighting for
the Right to Organize, Grassroots Fundraising, the JwJ Women’s Retreat, and coalition-to-
2) Receive support and technical assistance from national staff for campaign strategy, coalition
outreach and building, fundraising, and long range planning;
3) Receive JwJ signs, pledge cards, and other materials; the national office provides multi-
lingual materials where possible;
4) Participate in the national network through the monthly mailing, periodic conference calls, e-
mail list serve, and the newsletter;
5) Be listed as a local JwJ coalition in the National Workers’ Rights Directory and on our
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We agree to the charter criteria and apply for recognition as a local Jobs with Justice coalition.
Name of Coalition:
The following contact information should be listed in the directory:
Staff/ Leader: ______________________________________
Phone: ____________________ Fax: _____________________
Additional Leader: ______________________________________
Phone: ____________________ Fax: _____________________
Checklist of attachments:
List of member organizations (see form)
List of current officers and their contact information
By-laws, including dues policy
Pledge database (on a disk) Total on database: ________
Total active pledgers: ________
List of member organization financial contributions and Budget
Co-chair Signature Co-chair Signature
Date approved by National JwJ Board:
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Member Organization Category
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JOBS WITH JUSTICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AS OF FEBRUARY 2005
Fred Azcarate, JwJ Executive Director
Paul Booth, AFSCME International Union
Margaret Butler, Portland JwJ staff
Larry Cohen, CWA International Union
Russ Davis, E. Massachusetts JwJ staff
Mary Finger, UFCW International Union
Michael Guererro, Grassroots Global Justice
Sara Mersha, DARE and Rhode Island JwJ Executive Cmte.
Rev. Calvin Morris, Community Renewal Society and Chicago JwJ Co-chair
Njoki Njehu, 50 Years is Enough Network
Allie Robbins, United Students Against Sweatshops
Monica Russo, SEIU 1199 Florida and S. Florida JwJ Co-chair
John Ryan, Cleveland Labor Council and Cleveland JwJ Co-chair
Chris Sanders, Kentucky State AFL-CIO and KY JwJ Executive Cmte.
Stewart Acuff, AFL-CIO Director of Organizing
Ajita Talwalker, US Student Association
Tim Waters, USWA International Union
Tom Woodruff, SEIU International Union
Carin Zelenko, IBT International Union
Currently there are three unfilled board positions.
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JOBS WITH JUSTICE 2004 NATIONAL UNION CONTRIBUTORS
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NATIONAL JOBS WITH JUSTICE STAFF
(all staff is based in DC unless otherwise noted)
1325 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
tel: 202.393.1044 fax: 202.393.7408
Allison Fletcher Acosta
Communications & Technology Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org - 202.393.1044 x224
email@example.com - 202.393.1044 x230
Midwest Regional Field Organizer
firstname.lastname@example.org - 202.393.1044 x222
Southern Regional Field Organizer
email@example.com - 202.393.1044 x226
firstname.lastname@example.org - 202.393.1044 x227
Western Regional Field Organizer
email@example.com - 202.393.1044 x225
firstname.lastname@example.org - 202.393.1044 x229
Student Labor Action Project Coordinator
email@example.com - 202.393.1044 x221
Northeast Field Organizer (based in W. Mass.)
firstname.lastname@example.org - (413) 534-4407
email@example.com - 202.393.1044 x228
Media & National Workers' Rights Board Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org - 202.393.1044 x231
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