SAVE THE CENTER CAMPAIGN UPDATE
The lease on the city-owned property where the MLK Jr. Worker Center sits is expiring. We are asking Mayor Charlie Hales to transfer the ownership of the property to Voz so that the Center has a permanent home.
ON JUNE 6, MAYOR HALES TOLD US THAT HE WILL MAKE A DECISION IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!
What you can do to convince the Mayor to say YES:
1. Send in a Letter of Support for the MLK Jr. Worker Center to the Mayor.
2. Sign our online petition to the Mayor: https://pvoz.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=1&reset=1
For more information, contact:
Romeo Sosa– email@example.com or 503-233-6787
We need volunteers with transportation 9am-12pm to help day laborers distribute flyers to help promote the Worker Center. Participants will meet at the MLK Worker Center at 240 MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland at 9am.
Flyering will be ongoing starting April 10th and will be done every other Wednesday.
Click this link if you are interested.
Contact Francisco our Worker Center Coordinator if you have more questions: 503-234-2043 or his email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a brief update on the hearing in the House Business and Labor Committee on our package of the Wage Theft bills (HB 2976, HB 2977, and HB 3142) March 13th, 2013. The hearing room was so packed (with supporters and opposition, mainly from temp agencies) that the majority of us were in an overflow room. Because of the sheer volume of community members signed up, testimonies were cut off before everyone had a chance to speak. A number of workers did a wonderful job testifying about their experiences around wage theft. Romeo Sosa, Executive Director of Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project and Ignacio Paramo, Director of the MLK Jr. Worker Center, testified at the hearing along with allies and partner organizations in the Oregon Coalition to End Wage Theft. These folks included Lee Mercer (Main Street Alliance), Karen Nettler (Oregon Center for Christian Voices), Janet Bauer (Oregon Center for Public Policy), Michael Dale (Northwest Workers’ Justice Project), and Ramon Ramirez (PCUN).
This is the first step in winning institutional change to better protect workers and their rights. The hearing was successful in establishing that wage theft is a serious problem that significantly affects our families on a daily basis. We need a solution. The temp agencies were well prepared and expressed their opinion on how the legislation would hurt good employers. Our allies from NWWJP and the Coalition plan write to the committee to address misunderstandings of the bills’ language and propose solutions.
Thank you to all the workers, community members, and people who turned out to testify and who showed the strength of the working class.