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Tue Jul 24, 2012

Many middle and high -skill jobs in Iowa will be increasingly difficult to fill because of demographic changes, structural change in the economy and divergent skill distribution in Iowa.  To address this impending shortage, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS) established Project IOWA to train participants in advanced manufacturing and healthcare.  Thirty six workforce development trainees graduated in 2012 with 86% now established in career-track jobs with full-benefits and earning as much as $20 per hour.

Fri Jul 20, 2012

In San Antonio, COPS/Metro Alliance leaders applauded the decision of Ramen noodle producer Maruchan to withdraw its application for tax incentives.   Leaders fought the proposal because the company was asking for $8 Million in taxpayer money to subsidize minimum wage jobs, undermining the wage standard set by COPS/Metro with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County.  When Maruchan changed its mind, leaders welcomed the company to town.  [Photo of Fr. Steven Gamez by KENS5]

Mon Jun 4, 2012

Two participants of W/SWIAF labor market intermediary Project Quest took top honors at a statewide vocational nursing contest, demonstrating “through their achievements both their individual commitment as well as the value of this program in generating highly skilled workers from within our local community,” said Dave Marttala, Project Quest’s executive director.  Project QUEST was the first W/SWIAF labor market intermediary established; based in San Antonio, it was created through collaborative relationships initiated by COPS / Metro Alliance , the San Antonio business community leadership, employers of high-skill workers and other private and public entities.

Thu May 5, 2011

On 2nd May 2011, Trust for London announced to the 2,000 citizens at Citizens UK's Living Wage 10th Anniversary Assembly the new rate of £8.30 per hour. A new figure was also agreed with Loughborough University and Rowntrees at £7.20 per hour for employers outside London.  A focus on the retail sector was agreed by the Living Wage Steering Committee and ‘Lush’ from the private sector offered to lead the way across their 20 outlets. It was also agreed to explore the four major supermarket chains and to seek a working relationship with them for the long term. 


Mon Nov 8, 2010

London 2012 from its inception has been an organising opportunity for TELCO, and the work continues. Over 700 people gathered at an Assembly in November 2010 to focus on the Olympics. We negotiated publicly with officials from all three Olympic Games agencies (the Delivery Authority, the Organising Committee, and the Legacy Company).

A month after our action, LOCOG (the Organising Committee for the Games) announced that all 130,000 jobs during the Games will be paid at least a London Living Wage.

During April, TELCO schools took advantage of the International Olympic Committee visiting London and organised a celebration rally of the Ethical Guarantees that were struck between TELCO and the Olympic agencies. Over 300 students from East London schools attended the celebration rally; gave ‘Civil Society’ awards to the Chief Executives of the Olympic agencies; reminded them of their commitments to the organised people of East London and asked LOCOG to work with TELCO to ensure that local people are given job opportunities during the Games. We have since held two successful pilot jobs fayres, spearheaded by St Thomas More in North Hackney and St Katherine’s in Bow.

In September, the TELCO team plans to roll out ten jobs fairs, clustered around anchor institutions.


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living wages, Community Organizing in San Antonio, Texas IAF

COPS / Metro Fights for Higher City Worker Wages at Budget Session

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
San Antonio Express-News & KSAT 12

The tone at most of San Antonio's big City Council budget goal-setting sessions historically may have been positive, but that tone shifted notably at a most recent session.

COPS / Metro leader Robert Cruz, pointedly asked the city’s budget director what the city intends to do with the $24 million in revenue it received in excess of forecasts when the 2015 budget was adopted last year.


Community Organizing in Baltimore, Maryland IAF, Local Hiring, Hopkins

BUILD Leverages Local Hiring in Baltimore

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
WYPR

Johns Hopkins University plans to hire more city residents and do more business with local companies.

University President Ronald Daniels announced the beginning of the Hopkins Local Initiative Monday during Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development's One Baltimore Assembly at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Sandtown.

Daniels said the initiative is an expansion of the university's economic inclusion program and pledged "firm and measurable commitments" to increase local hiring, local purchasing and contracting with more local minority-owned and women-owned businesses.


living wages, Mayoral Election, Judge Wolf, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio

COPS Metro & County Officials Announce Wage Hike & Urge Vote

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Rivard Report & More

Days before the San Antonio mayoral election runoff, church and state united to urge voters to the polls and while there, to remember that San Antonians need a living wage.  COPS / Metro leaders and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, with Commissioners Tommy Calvert and Paul Elizondo, held a joint press conference announcing that the County would do their part to increase wages, and that the City should as well.


COPS / Metro Alliance, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio, Wages, Workforce Development

COPS / Metro Raises the Stakes: Wages Now Mayoral Campaign Issue

Sunday, April 19, 2015
San Antonio Express News & More

Over 400 leaders of COPS / Metro Alliance assembled at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, to confront the top candidates for Mayor and City Council (Districts 2, 3, 5 and 7) on wages, workforce development and housing in the City...


ATU, Union, Local 689, Assaults, WMATA, Metro Transit Workers

WIN & Amalgamated Transit Union Combat On-The-Job Abuse

Thursday, March 26, 2015
WAMU 88.5

“We are afraid.”

Cynthia Gary, a Metro employee for 29 years, choked on the words as she testified at a public hearing on safety organized by her union in the basement of a historic church in downtown D.C.

“I will say it again. We are afraid.”


Community Organizing in Jackson, Mississippi IAF, Kroger, Relocation, Food Desert

Jackson Clergy Stand With Kroger Workers

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Clarion Ledger

After Kroger announced last week it would be closing its south Jackson grocery store, leaders and community activists are scrambling...


Capital IDEA-Houston, David Brooks, Workforce Development, organizing in Houston, Texas IAF

TMO Responds to David Brooks: Programs You Call For Exist in Texas!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Houston Chronicle

Responding to David Brooks’ assertion that the President’s proposal to provide cost-free community college access is not enough, TMO leaders Rev. Kevin Collins, Mr. Franklin Olson and Mr. Bob Fleming offer initial agreement and the good news that the types of programs Brooks calls for already exist in Texas...


March on Washington, Jobs, Wages, living wages, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio

COPS Metro: March for JOBS and Freedom Still Relevant

Monday, January 19, 2015
San Antonio Express News

On the heels of a succeeding campaign to raise the wages of San Antonio’s lowest paid public workers, COPS / Metro leaders Fr. Steven Gamez and Sr. Consuelo Tovar assert that the March on Washington for JOBS and Freedom is still relevant today.


San Antonio, Wages, Economic Development, Community Organizing in Texas

COPS Metro Raises Wages of Lowest Paid Workers in San Antonio

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
San Antonio Express News

In a win that COPS / Metro is calling “a beginning,” the Board of the Alamo (Community) Colleges approved wage raises for its lowest paid workers including an $11.50 minimum for full-time employees.  This represents a $1.38 / hour raise  for approximately 49 long-time housekeeping staff now making the lowest wage...


living wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio, Bexar County

COPS / Metro Leverages County Support for Living Wages in San Antonio

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
San Antonio Express News

300 COPS / Metro Alliance leaders gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to announce a campaign to boost the wage floor for city and county employees from $11.47  per hour to almost $15 / hour over the next three years.  Elvira Adame shared how it angers her to see her daughter earning only $8.50 per hour at a public community college, leaving her “stressed and tired all the time from working so hard...."  


Project Quest, DOL, Homegrown IT, Workforce Development, San Antonio

Project Quest Wins $6M DOL Award

Thursday, October 16, 2014
San Antonio Express News & More

Workforce development programProject QUESTwon an award of $6 Million from the US Department of Labor to train 475 adults in the San Antonio area for living wage IT careers.  Project Quest’s “Homegrown IT” program is backed by local employers including Rackspace, Zachry Holdings and WP Engine. 


Capital IDEA-Houston, Chase Bank, Carolyn Watson, Workforce Development, Economic Development

Chase Bank Applauds Capital IDEA-Houston & Invests $100K

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Carolyn Watson

Carolyn Watson, Chase Bank VP of Corporate Responsibility, announced the award of $100K to Capital IDEA-Houston at a meeting of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. Capital IDEA-Houston, established by leaders of TMO as a labor market intermediary...


Capital IDEA-Houston, Workforce Development, Economic Development, TMO, Liz Valdez, Community Organizing in Houston, Community Organizing in Texas

TMO Leverages Additional Half Million for Job Training in Houston

Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Houston Chronicle

Less than a month after Capital IDEA Houston won a Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) grant, TMO leaders asked the City of Houston to invest local dollars.  The Council responded, with an additional $500K for Capital IDEA-Houston. 


Living Wage, Economic Development, Community Organizing in Texas, community organizing in Austin, AISD, Jacob Cortes

Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Vote on School Construction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Close to midnight, Austin Interfaith leaders prevailed upon AISD school board member to support a resolution pegging construction worker wages to federal Davis Bacon prevailing wage standards.  


living wages, AISD, Davis-Bacon, Minerva Camarena-Skeith, Workforce Development

Austin Interfaith Fights for School-Construction Wage Standard

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Telemundo Austin

Asserting that adoption of the federal Davis-Bacon wage standard will raise the negotiating power of construction workers, Austin Interfaith leaders testified at an AISD school board meeting that the current 200-based wages are inadequate for families to affords to live in Austin.


Arizona IAF, community organizing in Arizona, Workforce Development, higher education, Maricopa Community Colleges, Monica Dorcey, Joe Rubio

VIP Supports Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Republic

Says VIP leader Monica Dorsey:

"If you don't have a skilled workforce you're not going to have an economic recovery for everybody."


Workforce Development, Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Houston, Capital IDEA-Houston, Elizabeth Valdez

TMO's Capital IDEA Praised by Texas Representatives Zerwas & Turner

Friday, May 23, 2014
National Public Radio

Republican State Representative John Zerwas had high praise for TMO's Capital IDEA-Houston, stating that he could find no better use of $500,000 than the new workforce development program.   TMO leaders celebrated the Accelerated Contiuing Education (ACE) award, the program of which was established with the help of Texas IAF sister organizations....


Workforce Development, Economic Development, Public Accountability, Maryland IAF, PATH, Community Organizing in Maryland

Maryland IAF Public Action Geared Towards Jobs, Not Jabs

Friday, May 23, 2014
The Baltimore Sun

Why can't the big televised debates be run this way?

"We want your responses to these questions, not your critiques of each other," the Rev. Nancy Ladd warned the three gubernatorial hopefuls seated in the front pew of a packed St. Matthew Catholic Church.
The Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation promoted its May 14 candidates forum in Baltimore as being geared toward "jobs, not jabs."


Workforce Development, Economic Development, Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, EPISO, Border Interfaith

ARRIBA Celebrates 1,000th Grad & ACE Award of Half Million

Thursday, May 22, 2014
El Paso Times

The same week Project ARRIBA celebrated its one thousandth graduate from its workforce development program, leaders celebrated the announcement that it had won $500,000 to expand access to training to 300 more individuals in El Paso...


JobPath, community organizing in Arizona, Community Organizing in Tucson, Kevin Courtney, Workforce Develoment

JobPath's Design as 'Bridge Out of Poverty' is Durable

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

After PCIC leaders heard the stories of families during a massive listening campaign, they researched ways to address the need for good-paying jobs and created JobPath to provide financially-assisted education, hands-on guidance during the academic career and assistance with job placement upon graduation...


Community Organizing in Baltimore, Workforce Development

BUILD Targets Mayor: Don't Arrest, Hire!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
CBS Baltimore

BUILD has raised $1.2 million and has asked the city to contribute $600,000 over three years to fully fund a program which would employ people and keep them out of prison.  Rev. Calvin Keene says he and 200 other BUILD leaders from 40 congregations and schools across Baltimore City are ready to put people back to work.  "But the Mayor says no."


Workforce Development, Labor Market Intermediaries, Job Training, Joe Biden, Project Quest

NP Quarterly Recommends Biden See Project Quest for Training Ideas

Thursday, February 6, 2014
NonProfit Quarterly

“So here’s a suggestion for the Vice President: If you want to get the best possible advice on the job training programs that work, the ones that meet the needs of both employers looking for employees with skill sets and of job seekers who are looking for work, convene the nation’s best locally-focused job training nonprofits, put their leaders in a room, and have them hammer out the elements of the programs that really work based on their on-the-ground experience. Pull in the likes of Project Quest in San Antonio…”


living wages, economic justice, Work with Dignity, Executive Order, Minimum Wage

Executive Order BUILDs on IAF Living Wage Tradition

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
West / Southwest IAF
The IAF is happy to see attention being paid at the national level to the issue of wages. The President has announced plans to sign an executive order mandating a minimum wage of $10.10 / hour for all jobs that emerge from federal contracts.
 
An IAF affiliate, Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD), designed and passed the nation’s first living wage ordinance in 1994, requiring that City service contract workers be paid a living wage. Affiliates across the West / Southwest IAF soon launched successful living wage campaigns of their own....
 

Organizing in Arizona, Arizona Interfaith, Valley Interfaith Project, Justice for Immigrants, Joe Rubio

AZ Bishops and Business Leaders Lend Voice to Call for Immigration Reform

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Catholic Sun & ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy

At a press conference convened by Valley Interfaith Project, Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted signed a letter to the Arizona congressional delegation for immigration reform, attesting that “the cost of inaction is too high.”


Economic Incentives, living wages, Economic Development, Living Wage Fight in Texas, Jacob Cortes

Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Requirement for Economic Incentives

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Austin American Statesman

...Austin Interfaith and the Austin-based Workers Defense Project had been pushing the city for more than a year to adopt stricter pay standards to accompany any incentive deals.... 


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