Stopping the Elimination of Public Sector Employment and Union Jobs

As a result of union organizing, public sector employment has raised the bar on wages, benefits, and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws to create an integrated workforce. During the 2008 economic recession, the budget crises in state and local governments allowed employers to lay off public sector employees, and slash wages, benefits, and pensions, which disproportionately impacted African American and Latino workers. During the current economic recovery period, those workers are not being recalled for political reasons and to reduce wage competition in the private sector.

a. Campaign to Stop the Use of Welfare-to-Work Programs to Displace Public Sector Jobs

Counties are using welfare-to-work program participants to do the work of laid off public sector employees. Not only does this prevent the recall of laid off employees, but it also eliminates permanent civil service positions and opportunities for long-term employment for welfare-to-work participants. (Read more)

b. Campaign to Save the U.S. Postal Service

As one of the strongest unions in the country, the U.S. Postal Service has been a source of family-supporting jobs, and an equal opportunity employer for African Americans and Latinos in the United States. Republicans in Congress are working to dismantle one of the original public institutions of the country by fighting for the privatization of USPS. They are forcing the closure of post offices, encouraging the layoff of postal workers, and are seeking to transfer post offices to Staples office supply stores, where employees are paid minimum wage and unskilled in the postal industry. (Read more)

c. Fight for $15 and the Right to a Union Without Retaliation

Fast food workers have inspired a movement around the globe by demanding $15 per hour from McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, and other fast food restaurants. We are supporting fast food workers in San Francisco and nonunion janitors who are telling employers to “get used to it,” and start paying $15 per hour now instead of waiting until 2018 when the local minimum wage increases to that amount. (Read more)

d. Justice for Janitors

We are assisting janitors in pursuing charges against abusive employers who engage in wage theft and retaliate against workers who collectively organize. (Read more)