We look forward to seeing all of you next Friday!
We look forward to seeing all of you next Friday!
On Wednesday, July 13, nearly 150 representatives of community organizations, unions, think tanks, and universities gathered to look closely at the success of the “Fix LA” movement and discuss the state of Bargaining for the Common Good efforts around the country.
The event was hosted by the Kalmanovitz Initiative and the Rutgers SMLR Center for Innovation in Worker Organization. We are grateful to AFSCME, AFT, NEA, SEIU, the Center for Popular Democracy, People’s Action, Jobs With Justice, and PICO National Network, whose support made the event possible.
The event also marked the release of the Kalmanovitz Initiative’s report on the groundbreaking “Fix LA” campaign, titled Fixing Los Angeles and Remaking Public Sector Collective Bargaining: A Case Study of “Bargaining for the Common Good. The report chronicles the successful efforts of Los Angeles city workers and community activists to unite under a “Common Good” agenda in order to win back thousands of jobs and restore public services. It explores the many challenges and innovations of the campaign and draws lessons for the labor movement going forward. The report was authored by Patrick Dixon, a research analyst at the Kalmanovitz Initiative.
AFT President Randi Weingarten offerred opening remarks.
Panelists and moderators also included:
To connect with this network and find resources that can help your community organization or union plan a Bargaining for the Common Good campaign, visit http://www.
You can catch a glimpse of the event via the photos below.
The Kalmanovitz Initiative invites you to a celebration for the 125th anniversary of Rerum Novarum, the nineteenth century Catholic encyclical that laid the foundation of the Church’s teachings on labor and worker rights. The event will take place on Sunday, May 1, at the historic Our Lady of Queen Peace Church in Arlington and is being sponsored by the parish’s Labor & Income Inequality Team. KI Director Joe McCartin will be speaking about the significance of Rerum Novarum and Catholic social teaching on the dignity of workers more broadly. Dinner and drinks will be provided for those who attend.
The celebration, which will take place on the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker, will include a simultaneous Spanish Headset Translation. Please email Laura Bandini at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or requests related to disability as soon as possible. We hope you can join us!
Sunday, May 1st, 7:15pm
Our Lady Queen of Peace
2700 S. 19th St. Arlington VA 22204
On November 5, 2015, Georgetown students, alumni, staff, faculty, and administrators gathered in Riggs Library to reflect and celebrate the way the university realizes its Catholic identity and Jesuit heritage to the men and women who sustain our campus: the Just Employment Policy (JEP). For the past ten years and counting, the policy has guaranteed a living wage, the right to freely associate and organize, freedom from harassment or retaliation, and access to community resources such as bus shuttles and ESL courses for all university employees and subcontracted workers on the Hilltop.
The Just Employment Policy is a product of the courage and collaborative spirit of several components of the Georgetown community: immigrant janitorial workers who risked their livelihood by speaking out about their working conditions; student activists who led a three-year campaign and launched a nine-day hunger strike to force the university to address these issues; clergy, faculty, and community allies who stood in solidarity with workers and students; and devoted, forward-thinking faculty members and administrators who brought stakeholders together to find a meaningful solution to the crisis. We were honored to host several of the individuals who helped establish the JEP at our celebration, as well as many of those who have upheld the policy since then and updated it to meet the demands of a growing campus.
Anyone who could not attend the event is welcome to relive our dialogue about the origins of the Just Employment Policy, its impact on the campus community, and the future of the Just Employment model.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Dr. Joseph A. McCartin and Provost Robert M. Groves
Origins of the Policy
Erik Smulson, VP for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President
Virginia Leavell, Director for DC Action Lab
Fr. Raymond Kemp, Professor in the Georgetown Department of Theology
Moderator: Dr. Joseph A. McCartin, Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative
Impact on the Campus Community
Lisa Krim, Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations
Donte Crestwell, Warehouse Receiver at Leo J. O’Donovan’s Dining Hall
Dr. Kerry Danner McDonald, Professor in the Georgetown Department of Theology
Caleb A. Weaver, Member of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee
Moderator: Nick Wertsch, Program Coordinator at the Kalmanovitz Initiative
Future of the Just Employment Policy
Dr. Robert Stumberg, Director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law
Chris Kerr, Executive Director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network
Natalie Yoon, National Organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops
Hannah Cook, Member of Students for Worker Justice at Loyola University of Chicago
Moderator: J. Callahan Watson, Director of Business Policy and Planning
Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor develops creative ideas and practical solutions for working people that are grounded in a commitment to justice, democracy, and the common good.