[URPE] New Dates for "Jobs for All Week" -- URPE speakers welcome
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Wed Sep 12 19:02:04 MDT 2007
To URPE Members and Friends,
URPE has signed on as a supporting organization of the National Jobs for
All Coalition's Drive for Decent Work.
See below for a description of this project, and also see their website:
Also see the article by Trudy Goldberg and Helen Ginsburg on p. 4 of the
Spring URPE Newsletter, on URPE's website:
Logan Martinez is organizing educational events on
economic/labor/political issues, in communities and on campuses,
starting in early November, but also continuing throughout the year; his
letter is below. He will be contacting some URPE members, but if you
particularly want to be involved, please let me and Logan know.
We have decided to push back the Jobs for All Week to the first week in
November. (Nov. 2 - 9) Many groups around the country have expressed
for the Jobs For All Week and THE DRIVE FOR DECENT WORK, but need more
to organize. We are encouraging groups to do local actions for the First
Friday in November and to do ongoing events and actions in support of the
unemployed and THE DRIVE FOR DECENT WORK.
For Job and Peace, Logan Martinez
Miami Valley Full Employment Council / National Jobs For All
937-275-7259 / americassafetynet at hotmail.com
Jobs for All Week
November 2nd to November 9th
The National Jobs for All Coalition is calling for events and actions to
highlight the fight for jobs and economic justice November 2nd through
November 9th. Jobs for All Week is being organized to support THE DRIVE FOR
DECENT WORK. This program will provide needed human services and
infrastrucuture and other investment, and at the same time create decent
jobs. Over 16 million Americans are unemployed or involuntary part-time
workers, or among the "hidden unemployed"--those who would like a job but
aren't currently looking. Other millions more are working at poverty wages.
And millions more, even college graduates, are without pensions, health
insurance, or job security.
The need for for public investment was highlighted by the Katrina disaster
and the recent bridge collapse in Minneapolis. All over the country, there
are Katrinas and Minnesotas waiting to happen. Our proposal is a Win/Win
Solution to deal with our double deficits in DECENT WORK and PUBLIC
INVESTMENT in human and physical resources.
THE DRIVE FOR DECENT WORK campaign supports legislation in the US Congress,
bills that correct the underinvestment in vital human and physical
and at the same create millions of decent jobs. Legislation includes the
National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act, Bringing America Home Act (HR
4347), Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a legislative proposal to
hire 100,000 new teachers, proposals on renewable energy, youth employment,
a Living Wage Jobs for All Act (HR 1050), and proposals for improving
transportation and the environment. For the complete list, please consult
THE DRIVE FOR DECENT WORK at http://www.njfac.org/sharedpros.htm or
We are also supporting national Health Care for All and have included
proposals for legislation repairing the losses and investing in protections
for the Gulf coast.
The National Jobs for All Coalition is calling for activities in the fall
"Jobs for All Week", including educational events at community centers and
union halls. Universities might feature panel discussions highlighting
conditions, lay-offs, plant closings as well as the job opportunities in
providing services and investments needed by their communities. Panels
should included laid-off workers, those whose jobs or incomes are
threatened, educators, trade unionists and low income advocates. We see
these events as the kick-off of a national debate on jobs and needs for
public investment and services which have gone unmet for so long.
We encourage groups to organize actions at employment offices and Job
Centers on Friday November 2, 2007. Informational picket lines and rallies
will bring attention to the plight of working people. November 2nd, is the
first Friday of the month, the day unemployment figures are released by the
Dept. of Labor. We will have just a brief time to organize this effort but
we believe we can get this off to a good start now. We could have a major
impact on national politics.
We are seeking endorsements and resolutions by city governments and other
governmental bodies in support of Jobs for All Week and THE DRIVE FOR
We are also seeking endorsements from both organizations and individuals
for this drive.
For more information contact Logan Martinez,
Miami Valley Full Employment Council / National Jobs For All Coalition
937-275-7259 / americassafetynet at hotmail.com / www.njfac.org
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