October 3, 2013. The Labor and Economic Development Committee had the first hearing on Ban The Box in Louisville on October 3rd, 2013. After an hour of discussion, the committee hearing came to a close without a vote. The Labor and Economic Development Committee will meet again on October 17th at 2pm. The chairperson of the Committee has stated that testimony will be heard from business for and against Ban the Box. We will be asking everyone to join us again for this Committee hearing.
You can watch the Committee hearing below. If you would like to watch specific pieces,
2:18 - Bonifacio Aleman, Executive Director, KY Jobs with Justice
6:48 - Rev. Sykes, C.L.O.U.T.
18:36 - Bonifacio Aleman, Executvie Director, KY Jobs with Justice
House CIR Bill Released!
October 2, 2013. Today, the U.S. House released their version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Kentucky Jobs with Justice released a statement today in response to this legislation:
"This bill recognizes the importance of strong worker protections as a critical piece of immigration legislation. It requires that employers and their foreign labor recruiters disclose the conditions of employment visas and work contracts to potential immigrant workers and prohibits companies from charging the workers recruitment fees. The bill also expands the availability of the U visa to include victims of serious workplace abuse, slavery, or other serious violations of workers' rights. These critical provisions protect workers against retaliation when they exercise their labor and civil rights, make U.S. employers and foreign recruiters jointly responsible for abusive practices and regulation, and allows full enforcement of federal labor and employment laws. When workers blow the whistle on bad employers, they are raising standards for all workers and providing a level playing field for employers who play by the rules." read more...
Ban the Box for Metro Louisville!
September 13, 2013. This legislation has been moved to the Labor & Economic Development Committee.
Metro Louisville needs Ban the Box Legislation that will:
Remove the question, “Have you been convicted of a crime?” from the job application process prior to the conditional offer of employment for employment with Metro Government and Vendors that do business with Metro Government. Metro Louisville would join 14 states, 32 cities and counties in enacting Ban the Box Legislation.
Still allow employers to ask the question, but only after a conditional offer of employment**.
Provide a fair interview process to applicants. (A 2010 Center for Economic and Policy Research report noted, "a history of incarceration reduces a worker’s chances of being hired by 15 to 30 percent, with minorities and the under-educated affected most. The report estimated lost economic output at $57 to $65 billion annually." Post incarceration unemployment additionally disproportionately impacts communities of color and low income populations.)
**Ban the Box legislation will include exceptions for specific jobs (LMCO 112.30(C))
August 2, 2013. No One Should Live in Fear! You may have heard this phrase by now. For far too long, folks in Metro Louisville have been living in fear. Living in the very real fear that as they call for help from public safety officials, their very freedom may be taken away from them. And it is this fear that motivates people not to call on public safety officials in times of need. A home fire, domestic violence, witnessing a crime, and in many other circumstances, we need everyone living in Metro Louisville to feel safe enough to interact with officials. And so long as this is a real fear in our community, Metro Louisville will never have a chance at being a safe community.
Help Paint the Picture of the Restaurant Industry
July 25, 2013. Restaurant workers in Louisville are standing up to mistreatment, wage theft, and harassment in the workplace. Service Workers for Justice is conducting an anonymous survey to track the data in order to create better working conditions. “Louisville is ... a huge restaurant town. There should be a clear picture of what this industry is like,” said Bonifacio Aleman, the executive director of the nonprofit Kentucky Jobs With Justice and the sponsor of the survey. “We have noticed there are some common themes as far as nonpayment of wages to workers.”Read the full article in the Courier-Journal here...
"Felons Need Not Apply"
July 24, 2013. Are you ready to stop some of the employment descrimination that happens in Louisville? Do you want to know more about Ban the Box Louisville? "...a 2010 Center for Economic and Policy Research report noted a history of incarceration reduces a worker’s chances of being hired by 15 to 30 percent, with minorities and the under-educated affected most."Read more coverage by the LEO Weekly here...
"United We Serve"
July 24, 2013. Our Service Workers for Justice campaign is hard at work for restaurant workers in the Louisville/Lexington area. Le Bossier Cafe has vowed to remain neutral in the organizing process, and is very welcoming to treating their workers fairly, realizing that allowing workers the freedom to decide to organize without retaliation is the best way for that to happen.Read more from the LEO Weekly here...
Show YOUR Support
July 16, 2013. Kentucky Jobs with Justice has been fighting for Workers' Rights for the past 21 years. There have been several major victories for workers. We have to have several victories for Workers' Rights in 2013-14. We believe, that with your support, these possibilities can become a reality.
These campaigns are in addition to the work that Kentucky Jobs with Justice does in solidarity with organized labor, with community, faith, & students groups, as well as with direct policy change. In all of our work, we raise the value of the workers, seeing the intrinsic worth of workers, both at the workplace and outside the workplace.
As part of being transparent with our work, there are several folks who are fundraising champions for KYJwJ. Will you join us in making either a one-time contribution, or a recurring contribution monthly, to Kentucky Jobs with Justice?
Statement on Senate Passage of S. 744
June 27, 2013. Louisville, KY – Kentucky Jobs with Justice issued the following statement: following the U.S. Senate’s vote on the immigration reform bill:
“The passage of the bipartisan immigration reform bill marks a historic, but no less bittersweet moment for our nation. The legislation takes us two steps forward on realizing a long-awaited roadmap to citizenship for millions of immigrants and securing stronger labor protections for all workers. Yet S. 744 takes our country a step backwards with its bloated enforcement provisions.
“Nothing less than access to citizenship will provide a solution to the lack of rights and dignity that has plagued our country under the current immigration system. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” S. 744, finally provides us with a broad pathway to citizenship. It will bring millions of people out of the shadows, create an accelerated path for Dreamers, and eliminate the family visa backlog to allow deported parents to reunite with their families.
“S. 744, will also raise the floor for all workers and boost our economy. The Senate immigration bill’s specific inclusion of protections for workers who are victims of serious workplace abuse, exploitation, or retaliation is a huge victory for immigrant and U.S. workers alike. Drawn from a previous bill called the POWER Act, these provisions allow immigrant workers to blow the whistle on exploitative employers without fear of deportation. Too often, employers use threats of retaliation and deportation to silence immigrant whistleblowers and get away with abuse. Immigrant workers become trapped in captive labor, and U.S. workers are trapped in a race to the bottom as employers coercively use immigration status to drive down wages and conditions for all....read more
Louisville Celebrates 'Collective Liberation'
June 14, 2013 Join us in Louisville, on Sunday, July 28, 2013 3-5pm, Anne Braden's 89th birthday, as we celebrate the release of "Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis,and movement building strategy" by Chris Crass. Drawing lessons for social justice organizing through personal story telling and case study interviews of leading anti-racist organizations, Chris Crass gives us a book that Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: the Black Radical Imagination, describes as "essential reading for anyone who believes a different Revolution is possible." Harsha Walia, co-founder of No One Is Illegal, explains “His essays and interviews provide tremendously valuable and concrete lessons for all those deepening social, political, economic, and spiritual change.” "Collective Liberation" also includes a chapter by Louisville's own Carla F Wallace outlining history and analysis of the Fairness Campaign.
The Price of Poverty in Kentucky, pt 2
June 13, 2013 Please join us in watching the second installment of "The Price of Poverty in Kentucky" on KET on Monday, June 17th at 8pm Eastern. "Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw examine Kentucky’s "working poor" and middle-class income earners who are struggling to make ends meet." Our Executive Director will be on a panel of experts talking about why we need to raise the minimum wage in Kentucky. Click here to find channel details.
Majority of Kentuckians Support S. 744
June 13, 2013 "For years I have believed Kentuckians were on the right side of the tracks," says Bonifacio Aleman, executive director of Kentucky Jobs With Justice, which supports the bill. "What everyone agrees on is we cannot deport 11 million people. And for many Kentuckians we see the direct effects of a broken immigration system and we want one that works in America, and this is one of the only chances."Read the full article by Phillip M. Bailey and WFPL here
NO BORDERS: an art show
June 11, 2013 We invite you to join us on June 15th, from 4-7pm at Americana Community Center for NO BORDERS: art show for immigrant and refugee justice. There will be music by Yaredsound, words from the UofL Chapter of the Kentucky Dream Coalition, a screening of "One Rise, One Fall", and a quick presentation on the Friendly City Campaign moving in Jefferson County, Kentucky. We hope to see everyone there!
Louisvillians Who Lead (art exhibit)
June 10, 2013 We are asking everyone in the community to make it out to this art exhibit, which features our Executive Director. "Louisvillians Who Lead has been an ongoing project since 2008 with four installments and is based on the Americans Who Tell the Truth project by artist Rob Shetterly.
Students from Maryhurst and Bellewood are paired up with a civic leader.
Next, they learn how to conduct an interview and proceed to interview their leader.
After, the interview, the student learnshow to use a camera (manual and digital) to photograph the leader.
The student paints a portrait of the leader based on their photograph and in the style of Rob Shetterly. In the portrait they include one powerful/meaningful quote from the interview they conducted.
Finally, the student writes an essay on their leader.
The goal of this several month-long project is to encourage and empower the students to imagine themselves ascending to similarly vital roles. This experience provides the students a unique opportunity to see the passion and heart it takes to be a leader.
June 8, 2013 If you have been following the news in Louisville, you may have noticed that there is a lot of talk about the contract negatiations between the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) and the Jefferson County School Board. We believe that our teachers need our support, and that part of that support is realizing that teachers are workers, and that they deserve the same workers' rights as we all fight for. Listen to the latest radio ad by JCTA, responding to outside attacks:
Listen to Striking Walmart Associates
June 7, 2013 Listen in as Striking Walmart Workers share their stories with our Friends at WFOR Radio, while in Louisville, caravanning to Walmarts' Annual Shareholders Meeting in Bentonville, AR. Listen here on WFOR Radio
Louisville Ban The Box Campaign
June 5, 2013 Louisville Ban the Box Campaign! Kentucky Jobs with Justice, along with a host of Organizations are urging the Metro Louisville Community to pass County legislation that would “Ban the Box.” This ordinance will allow convicted felons the opportunity to fair hiring practices like every other citizen. Without this legislation approximately 235,000 Kentuckians are more often than not eliminated from being considered for jobs in which they are extremely optimal candidates... read more
Louisville Stands Up with Walmart Associates
May 30, 2013. ""We see the inherent value in Walmart showing their workers, especially their associate workers respect," said Flaco Aleman, executive director of Kentucky Jobs with Justice." Read the rest of the coverage by WDRB here
No One Should Live In Fear
May 29, 2013No One Should Live in Fear! You may have heard this phrase by now. For far too long, folks in Metro Louisville have been living in fear. Living in the very real fear that as they call for help from public safety officials, their very freedom may be taken away from them. And it is this fear that motivates people not to call on public safety officials in times of need. A home fire, domestic violence, witnessing a crime, and in many other circumstances, we need everyone living in Metro Louisville to feel safe enough to interact with officials. And so long as this is a real fear in our community, Metro Louisville will never have a chance at being a safe community.
We believe that Metro Louisville can be a Compassionate and Friendly City. You have taken the first step in making this a reality! You are creating change in our community! We are pushing for a Friendly City Ordinance to be passed into law in Metro Louisville. This will prohibit random immigration checks in our community by Metro Government Employees (Police, Fire, EMS, and others), which will take away this fear, which will eventually lead to a safer community. We need your continued help in the final leg of this fight. Join the fight by Signing the Petition!
CIW Solidarity Action
May 18, 2013. Louisvillians stood in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers who are engaged in a campaign to urge the fast food chain Wendy’s to agree to the terms of the Fair Food Agreement. Those involved in the action here in Louisville not only took their message to the streets, but also into the Wendy’s located on the corner of Grinstead and Bardstown Rds, where they served management with information intended to be passed to higher management and ultimately to the CEO.
Content (audio and written) coverage are courtesy of yaredsound.
"Noise and Notes"
May 18, 2013. Our Executive Director, Bonifacio Aleman, was on Noise and Notes, a radio show hosted by Phillip Bailey on WFPL 89.3 in Louisville, Kentucky. Aleman and Bailey talked Workers Rights, Immigration reform, Right-to-work-for-less, our Friendly City Campaign, and our Ban the Box Campaign. Take a few minutes and listen here:
Make Louisville a Friendly & Compassionate City
May 8, 2013. We are urging Metro Louisville and Jefferson County to take a stand by supporting the Friendly City Ordinace. The Friendly City Ordinance will significantly increase the safety of the county, while recognizing the human dignity of each person. Louisville will be aligning with over 134 cities nationwide by initiating this ordinance and this will be one more reason why Louisville is truly the leader in being a Compassionate City. Learn more...
Workers' Rights and Citizenship for ALL!
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