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Thanks to Partnership affiliate FRESC’s leadership in the fight against wage theft, the Wage Protection Act (SB 5) passed out of the Colorado legislature yesterday and is headed to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk for signature!
“This is one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the world and will provide clean air, good jobs and recycling for all.” –Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Daily News
By a 12-1 vote of City Council, the City of Los Angeles just passed the new Zero Waste LA policy championed by LAANE and the Don't Waste LA Coalition!
In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide.
The reopening of the western line of FasTracks, the region’s light rail system, in July was a big victory for workers in Denver. 9to5 led a campaign supported by Partnership affiliate, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities, which collected more than 400 signatures for a petition calling on Denver’s Regional Transportation District to restore the recently cut bus lin
It has been called “the crime wave no one talks about.” FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities is changing that—getting Coloradoans talking about, and doing something about, the wage theft crime wave.
On Black Friday, shoppers looking for holiday bargains weren’t the only ones at Walmart. Walmart workers and supporters rallied in 1,000 protests across 46 states. The actions had two goals: educating shoppers about the abysmal working conditions in Wal-Mart stores and suppliers; and showing strong solidarity to prevent Walmart bosses from retaliating against participating workers.
The Partnership congratulates four members of our network who were selected as winners of the REVERB spring grants program. An initiative of the Progressive Technology Project, REVERB is designed to help social justice organizations develop effective ways to align their organizing, communications, and technology efforts.
Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will hold regional conferences throughout the country in 2012. The Partnership is proud to sponsor the gatherings and supports our partners from Boston, Los Angles, San Jose, Philadelphia and Atlanta who are participating or have organized sessions at the regional events.
In February, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities and the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council hosted a day-long training designed to deepen relationships between construction trades unions and their community partners.
Together, the Partnership for Working Families is building the next generation of leaders in our cities, leading change from the ground up.
That is exactly what is taking place in Denver.
You can see the power our movement has built in the recent results of the Denver municipal elections. FRESC and our allies will have four champions on City Council. Last month, Denver voters elected FRESC Program Director and Staff Attorney Robin Kniech as City Councilwoman At- Large, making her the first out LGBT elected official to serve in city government. On June 7th, in a run-off election District 1 voters elected Susan Shepherd, former Denver Area Labor Federation Political Director, to represent them. They both join former FRESC Executive Director and current City Council President Chris Nevitt and former union organizer Paul Lopez on Council. With these champions and several other allies on Council, we anticipate a majority on our 13 seat City Council. In addition, Mayor-elect Michael Hancock attended FRESC’s candidate forum and signed our pledge to prioritize good jobs and strong communities if elected mayor.
We seek an experienced organizer and manager with political campaign experience to become Managing Director of a new dynamic 501(c)4 sister organization to FRESC. The new Managing Director will report to the Executive Director of FRESC and will receive intensive and regular support and training from both FRESC and staff at the Center for Popular Democracy.