Partnership Blog & News

Partnership for Working Families | June 17, 2011

Elected officials need to do a better job of asking the right questions before they make a decision that we'll live with for decades.

Too often, a mayor, governor or other public official proposes to sell off a public facility, privatize a public good or contract out a vital service, but fails to answer basic questions that decision makers and voters need to decide whether it's a good idea.

Partnership for Working Families | June 17, 2011

 

Pittsburgh UNITED | June 17, 2011

In May, citizens from across the state of Pennsylvania gathered to participate in the Rally for a Responsible Budget.

Pittsburgh UNITED participated to show support of a balanced approach to the state budget that includes finding efficiencies, smart budget savings and long-term revenue solutions to effectively address Pennsylvania's budget crisis.

View photos of the rally. 

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable... | June 17, 2011

EBASE is excited to share their new strategic plan. In the next five years, they will take their work to the next level. EBASE will impact key industries in the East Bay to create better and more accessible jobs and partner intentionally with community groups and labor allies to improve community health and the environment.

Community Labor United | June 17, 2011

Are green jobs good jobs? Two years ago, everyone thought so. Home weatherization was going to create thousands of jobs. We could pull ourselves out of the recession, cut our energy bills, and save the climate. It was a win-win-win.

Then reality set in. Weatherization today is a low-road industry. Profit margins are low. Small contractors fight each other for the work. Pay is low, training is minimal, safety is often ignored, and labor laws are frequently violated.

But the hard work of the Green Justice Coalition has been changing that reality. In Massachusetts, after a two-year campaign, the Green Justice Coalition – which brings together building trades unions, community and environmental organizations –recently signed breakthrough agreements with the leading weatherization vendor and utility company in the state.

Central Arizonans for a Sustainable... | June 17, 2011

This month, CASE is kicking off Phoenix Rising 2011, a campaign to change the political culture of the nation's 6th largest city by increasing the participation of working families--particularly Latino families--in this year's municipal elections and by fighting for a more just and sustainable jobs policy in the city of Phoenix. We believe these victories are necessary steps to raising living standards for working people throughout our state and to fighting back the attack on working families nation wide. The campaign launch includes:

FRESC | June 17, 2011

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.

Louisa Abada | May 18, 2011

 

New Haven Independent

Church Street South Tenants Organize
by Allan Appel

Louisa Abada | April 22, 2011

 

Mass. Labor-Community Coalition Protests Corporate Tax Scofflaws at Financial District Demonstration
by Jason Pramas

Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel | March 15, 2011

It's been an incredible few weeks for labor, and the progressive movement more generally, in Wisconsin. By now, it seems everyone in the US and beyond knows what's been happening here.

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