Southeastern Michigan Jobs with Justice
Southeastern Michigan Jobs with Justice is affiliated with Jobs with Justice.
In the late 1990s, workers at the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press went on strike to demand living wages and decent benefits. The strike mobilized rank and file workers and reinvigorated the labor movement with the understanding that workers can't win alone.
The strikers toured different cities to talk about their struggles. In many places they met Jobs with Justice coalition members. Several of the newspaper strikers attended the 1999 Jobs with Justice annual meeting in Kentucky. They were inspired by the solidarity and power that coalitions demonstrated and returned to launch Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice (SEM-JWJ).
Since SEM-JWJ was formed, we have rallied with Operating Engineers protesting firings at a leading downtown Detroit hotel, mobilized labor unions and the community to support health care for all, helped laundry workers with UNITE/HERE win a contract, helped pass living wage ordinances in Detroit, Southfield and other Southeast Michigan communities, organized Workers Rights Boards to call attention to the plight of unemployed workers and oppose privatization in Detroit public schools and organized support rallies for workers at a suburban auto dealership and helping them win union recognition through the UAW.
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Southeastern Michigan Jobs with Justice Executive Board
As of September 2015;
- Steve Babson, Treasurer
- Jackie Dick, Secretary
- John Dick, Labor Co-Chair
- James Hunter, Trustee
- Barb Ingalls, Trustee
- Jim Rehberg, Trustee
- Glenn Shelton, Community Co-Chair