From Los Angeles to New York, Seattle to Boston, and may places in between, the Partnership for Working Families and our affiliates have developed some of the most successful local hire programs in the country.
Regardless of how you feel about this week's election results overall, there’s no doubt that when voters got a chance to decide on working family issues, we won big. We won on minimum wage, paid sick days, mass transit, and democracy. We also achieved important gains in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform. Across our network, our affiliates organized hundreds of thousands of voters around key issues that concretely impact our lives.
This Labor Day, as I take the helm of the Partnership for Working Families, I’m reflecting on the value and dignity of our labor, and also the value and dignity of our lives.
My heart has been heavy since the events of Ferguson. A mother senselessly lost her child, and Michael Brown’s killing has exposed the brutal fact that our lives are not equally valued.
From 2006 to 2012 in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week. That black people in our communities must proclaim that #blacklivesmatter reminds us that there are fundamental issues of inequality based on race that we must overcome before fully achieving the worker rights that we celebrate on Labor Day.
Nearly two million people have been deported by the current administration, separating countless families. That immigrant communities must declare #Not1More deportation is another reminder of the unequal value placed on different lives and the underlying issues that prevent many from fully participating in our economy. Read more...
Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO | Nikki Fortunato Bas, PWF | President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO | Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, PWF
Photo Credit: Les Talusan/Partnership for Working Families
Last night we packed the house at the AFL-CIO in Washington DC to launch the 2x2 Campaign, our plan to improve the lives of two million people in the next two years. Setting an ambitious, measurable goal for our work reflects our commitment to having real impact, and having it soon. Listening to Richard Trumka, Tefere Gebre, Mary Kay Henry, Darlene Lombos, Deborah Scott, Bob Shull and Bishop Dwanye Royster talk about our plan last night, I can see that commitment is broadly shared in our movement.
Making progressive change begins in our cities. Cities are where income inequality is most concentrated, and where we’re challenging it by creating living wage jobs and high road economic development. Cities are where we can build resiliency through new investment in transit, waste systems, and energy efficiency. And, cities are where we’re organizing a permanent base of low income, people of color, union and environmental voters to ensure our cites’ decisions reflect our communities’ values.
The Partnership for Working Families and its Honorary Committee and Host Committee are pleased to invite you to a reception to launch our ambitious 2x2 Campaign on Thursday, January 29th, 5:30 – 7:30pm at the AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, DC. Help us advance our shared vision of building power to reshape our economy, improve our environment and rebuild our democracy for workers and communities. REGISTER NOW!
Tweets from the Network
Building a New Economy for All
- Building a powerful network of urban affiliates
- Forming strong alliances with organizations and advocates
- Winning campaigns to bring good, safe jobs to low income communities & communities of color
Resulting in green cities, and healthier living for working families