The St. Joseph Valley Project stands for saving and creating jobs with dignity and wages that improve the quality of life in our communities; environmentally sustainable and socially responsible development; and economic and social justice for working people in the region.
I just received another call about wage theft at the Workers' Center. In light of that, this story seemed appropriate.
On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.
Today, that same demand is electrifying people across Indiana and all of America. It’s the demand of all people – black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.
Thanks to Allison and Fran from Jobs with Justice for getting the Rally in Indianapolis off to a great start and providing the signs and JwJ stickers. JwJ was well represented.
Some great pictures from the Indianapolis Star of the Rally in Indianapolis. Take special note of picture #51 our own Gregor! It was cold but it was fun and inspiring.
The attacks in Indiana are not just labor's fight; not just an attack on women; not just gays' and queers' fight, or immigrants standing alone. We are all standing together in seven days of solidarity, from the first fight to the last, against the hateful attack on Hoosier families and workers.
Attend as many of these Statehouse events as you can. Check out Central Indiana JwJ’s facebook page for more info
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce claims that "Right to Work" legislation is what is needed for Indiana families to enjoy a rising standard of living, but their study is based in politics, not reality. Click here for a good discussion of what the data really says about "Right to Work" (here is a hint: it does not make our lives better).
I am sure that you all know that the evidence is against the claim that Wisconsin workers are paid too much. Click here for a great report which details how state workers are, in fact, underpaid in Wisconsin (and most other places, I would hazard a guess).
Across the country, politicians are pushing laws to limit worker rights and curtail union power. Click here for a map of what is happening across the country.
As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Click here for the full story.
by Jackie Smith
After three decades of stagnant wages, declining opportunities to join unions, and rising income inequality, American workers are being bullied into making even more sacrifices to their health and well-being so that the super-rich and corporations can continue to enjoy large profit margins.
Click here to read the full piece.