As many as 30 or 40 percent of the short-haul truckers who normally move containers from docks to railcar terminals at the Port of Seattle have stopped working. The work stoppage comes after one of the drivers was retaliated against for attending a hearing in Olympia last week on a proposal to improve their working conditions. They’re independent contractors, who are predominantly immigrants, and say the conditions they’re forced to contend with make the job unsafe. Community groups are now rallying in their support.
Faith and Community Groups Rallying for Short Haul Truckers
by Bellamy Pailthorp
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart's effort to open a 33,000-square-foot grocery store on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Chinatown has hit a speed bump, with a City Councilman surprising many with a recent introduction of a retail-related motion.
Although the motion authored March 16 by First District Councilman Ed Reyes does not specifically mention Wal-Mart or any retailer, local observers and even Wal-Mart representatives say it could impact the Bentonville-Ark.-based company's plan to open its first outpost in Downtown Los Angeles. Reyes denied that the motion, which is scheduled to go before the full City Council for a vote on Friday, March 23, is intended to target the proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.
Los Angeles for a New Economy (LAANE) announced the appointment of Roxana Tynan as the new executive director, succeeding founder Madeline Janis, who moves into a newly created role as the organization’s first National Policy Director. The Partnership welcomed the leadership transitions and new role for Tynan, who has been instrumental in the expansion of LAANE’s work and impact over the past decade.
When government services shift to private contractors, taxpayers not only pay the bill, they risk losing once public information and the ability to oversee public services. To expose this disturbing national trend, In the Public Interest (ITPI), a project of the Partnership, released a report in mid-March during Sunshine Week 2012.
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.
Waging campaigns across the country on behalf of working families, we are keenly aware that connecting national outrage with broad-based local movements is the key to change. Already in 2012 we have seen major victories where civic leaders are standing up and changing the way our cities do business.
In recent years, New Haven has experienced a “renaissance” fueled by billions in public and private investment, aimed at attracting new affluent people and businesses, yielding high-end downtown development and the expansion of the education, research and medical sectors. This growth generates wealth for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and defense industries. However, not enough of that wealth stays in New Haven, where neighborhoods have not recovered from the thirty-year exodus of manufacturing jobs.
It’s hard to imagine or believe that in a region like New York City having access to quality food is challenging. However, millions of New Yorkers live in “food deserts,” neighborhoods in which the absence of full-service supermarkets denies residents access both to affordable healthy food and to quality jobs with decent wages and benefits.