February 18, 2016

Ethan Miller

At the Jobs With Justice National Conference, Gaining Tools and Inspiration for Change

On February 12, 750 Jobs With Justice leaders, activists and allies converged on Washington, D.C., for the 2016 Jobs With Justice National Conference. Conference attendees, who came from across the country and as far as Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, India and Indonesia, spent two days learning from each other, strategizing for future campaigns and taking action with retail and restaurant employees in D.C.

Conference attendees were inspired by plenary sessions throughout the conference, featuring Jobs With Justice leaders, bold worker-organizers and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, all of who emphasized the importance of making the connection between the fight for racial justice and the fight for economic justice.

Attendees took to the streets of D.C. on Friday afternoon to show solidarity with retail and restaurant workers fighting for fair scheduling and living wages. Together with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, we called on the National Retail Federation and D.C. Chamber of Commerce to end their opposition to sensible workplace policies.

Throughout the conference, attendees participated in workshops and discussions to develop new skills and bring ideas back home to their own communities and campaigns.

We closed out the conference with a banquet where we honored JWJ co-founder and former Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen, celebrated our amazing network and remembered leaders we recently lost.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this conference a success! Check out our full photo album below.

Jobs With Justice 2016 National Conference

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