About Colorado Jobs with Justice Colorado Jobs with Justice is a long-term, formal coalition of labor, community, faith, and student and youth organizations that come together to advance workers’ rights and social justice through building sustained relationships and taking direct action to create concrete change in the lives of working families. We are one of the oldest of the more than forty local, autonomous chapters of the Jobs with Justice network, which has a twenty-five year history of fighting for working families and their communities. Across the network, Jobs with Justice works on a range of issues from labor law reform to healthcare, from organizing campaigns to immigrant rights. In Colorado, we focus on those places where other social justice issues overlap with economic justice.
What We Fight For Our coalition advocates, organizes and mobilizes around living wages, health care for ALL, fair trade, immigrant rights, Global Justice, safe working conditions, equal pay, unions, worker power, corporate accountability, climate justice, green jobs, racial, gender and economic equity, student power, refugee rights, transit justice, job security, international solidarity, organizing the unorganized, and JOBS WITH JUSTICE!
Our main issue areas are: Anti Gentrification, Worker Rights and the Public Good. Currently, our main campaign areas are economic, gender and racial justice for workers, immigrant rights at the workplace, and housing as a human right
Jobs with Justice History Since its founding in 1987, Jobs with Justice has been winning campaigns that build power for working people; advancing a sustainable and powerful network of grassroots coalitions; supporting the growth and leadership of local leaders and activists; and developing strategic alliances nationally and globally that strengthen the movement for workers’ rights, economic justice, and our democracy.
On July 29, 1987, more than 11,000 individuals participated in the first ever Jobs with Justice convening in Miami and together recited the “Jobs with Justice Pledge.” The pledge commits each participant to be there at least five times a year for someone else’s fight, as well as their own. Since then, over 100,000 individuals have signed the pledge in order to
Stand up for our rights as working people to a decent standard of living;
Support the rights of all workers to organize and bargain collectively;
Fight for secure family-wage jobs in the face of corporate attacks on working people and our communities;
Organize the unorganized to take aggressive action to secure a better economic future for all of us; and,
Mobilize those already organized to join the fight for jobs with justice.
The pledge highlights the organization and its network’s deep-rooted history and commitment toward organizing and direct action, promoting solidarity among members, and collectively working to win victories for workers everywhere. Throughout our history we have taken action to stand with workers and communities to win workers’ rights and economic justice. We have experienced unprecedented attacks on the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain, a crumbling health care system, job losses due to trade policy, and the growing exploitation of immigrant workers. From the beginning, Jobs with Justice coalitions worked on building resistance on all these fronts and linking the struggles around health care, immigrants’ rights, and global justice to the struggle for bargaining rights.