Announcing a New Chapter for Workers’ Rights
June 12, 2012
We are proud to announce a new chapter in Jobs with Justice’s 25-year history.
Unions are about the collective being stronger than the individual – that together we can achieve what we cannot on our own. What’s true for construction workers and nurses, for janitors and teachers, is also true for Jobs with Justice. That’s why we’re joining together with our friends at American Rights at Work by merging.
By this fall, American Rights at Work and Jobs with Justice will emerge as one organization united by a common mission to advance workers’ rights and social and economic justice.
By combining forces, we will broaden our reach and deepen our impact to achieve what we all care so deeply about. It’s about making two well-established groups even stronger by adding capacity to our core programs (in the areas of research, direct action, advocacy, and communications) and amplifying our effectiveness. American Rights at Work will continue serving as independent and credible resource on labor law reform and organizing and bargaining rights through the production and release of strategic research, and timely rapid response and critical public education work. Jobs with Justice and its network of 45 locally autonomous coalitions in 24 states will continue partnering with community, faith, and student organizations to build a broader global progressive movement for economic and social justice through solidarity, mobilization, strategic campaigns and, of course, direct action.
I will be stepping up to lead this new entity. We will be bringing together the very talented staff of both organizations over the next couple of months and build out a senior team which will include the following people: JwJ’s Operations Director Scarlet Jimenez, Field Director Treston Davis-Faulkner, Development Director Akosua Meyers, and Senior Field Organizer and Campaigns Lead Erica Smiley, and American Rights at Work’s Communications Director Liz Cattaneo and Research Director Erin Johansson
Collectively, we are greater than the sum of our parts – and that’s why we are so excited to build this bigger, bolder, and brighter future for workers with you! Thanks so much for your continued support of Jobs with Justice and its network. We look forward to counting you as a committed partner in building out the unified vision and mission of both Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work.
Stay tuned--we can’t wait to share more news with you in the coming months!