Jobs with Justice is active on numerous campaigns across Massachusetts that affect workers locally, nationally, and globally.
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is committed to fighting for an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%. We support the efforts by workers, whether in unions or not, to organize to fight for a better life for their families and a more fair economy for their communities.
Corporations like Walmart have launched full-fledged attacks on good jobs and workers’ rights, while simultaneously tanking our economy and not paying their taxes. Bosses are profiting off the hard work of immigrant workers by exploiting their immigration status. Big banks get bailed out while working families are thrown out of their homes because of unjust evictions.
Enough is enough.
In order to have a strong working class, we need a strong labor movement. That’s why we are fighting alongside local unions to make sure all workers are ensured good living wage jobs. We support the nationwide Fight for a Fair Economy and locally, Wage Action. Together, we are all fighting back against corporate greed and taking back our country for the working people of the United States.
Campaign to Protect Public Education
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice has joined with unions, community groups, and students to stand up against the corporate attacks on public education. As part of Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, we work with communities statewide to ensure that public schools are driven by community voices. We engage parents, teachers, and community members across the state to fight for quality public education and against attacks on students, working families, and teachers.
We believe that education should be accessible to all. Charter schools can often be a divisive issue for local communities. As urban areas and gateway cities now contend with multiple charters, the reality of what they do to public education is harder and harder to deny. Particularly in high-poverty areas, the only way charters can produce high test scores is by selectively picking and choosing their students — ultimately benefitting small numbers of students at a cost to the entire community. We seek to highlight these inequalities and ensure that all communities have quality public education that benefits all children. This includes statewide efforts to fight charter schools coming into communities, fighting proposals to lift the charter cap, and promoting stories of students and parents who have gone through the charter experience.
The best way to improve our schools is through a collective community process. Teachers, parents, students and community residents have a common interest in a quality, well-funded public education system. Together, teachers and community members are working to enhance their neighborhoods and their schools by collaborating on issues that affect their communities, like improving access for English Language Learners and special needs students.
This initiative is a joint project of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
Campaign for Immigrant Workers' Rights
At Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, we believe all workers deserve equal rights on the job, regardless of their immigration status. Our immigrant brothers and sisters are a vital part of our workforce and our community, and we stand with them as they fight for the dignity and respect they deserve.
Wage theft is a serious issue in the immigrant community — many employers try to get away with illegal practices like these because their employees are undocumented. In our continued fight to ensure good jobs for all, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice has teamed up with the Attorney General’s Office and local immigrant rights groups to make sure that workers get paid and justice is served to bad bosses. We have helped win hundreds of thousands of dollars in owed wages for immigrant workers in Massachusetts.
The best way to fight workplace abuse is to make sure all workers know their rights on the job. We put together a “Know Your Rights!” training, which educates workers on their basic rights at work, such as minimum wage, workplace safety, and the right to organize. If you would like us to bring this training to your organization, please contact us.
The Committee for Better Banks
The Committee for Better Banks is a coalition of bank workers, community and consumer advocacy groups, and labor organizations, working to improve conditions in the bank industry. Join with neighbors, community and advocacy organizations, and labor groups fighting for just wages for front-line bank workers, reform of the banking industry, and an end to predatory lending.
Campaign for a Debt-Free Future
Student debt now surpasses credit card debt as the largest form of debt in this country. The debt burden is forcing more students into low-wage jobs, more families into foreclosure, and continues to make higher education out of reach. As the amount of unpaid student debt soars past $1 trillion dollars, our country can address the chokehold student debt has on our economy by reforming Sallie Mae’s predatory loan practices.
The Campaign for a Debt-Free Future is uniting students, alumni, faculty, and workers in the fight to lower our student debt and make higher education accessible and affordable to all. We are working to pass legislation that will help us get out of debt, spread financial literacy to help us manage our debt, and hold accountable the corporations that profit from our debt.