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Public Transportation, Bus Routes, Neighborhood Connectivity, ATU

Metro IAF & ATU: "Leave the Bus Lines Alone"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Washington Post

In Washington, D.C., 300 workers and riders turned out to the latest hearing on budget cuts to tell the WMATA Metro Board to 'leave the bus lines alone."

Metro IAF has been working in collaboration with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to increase public investment in the DC region's metro transit system.


Turnaround Tuesday, Baltimore, Jobs, Employment, Training

BUILD's Turnaround Tuesday Movement Hits Milestone of 240 Employed

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
BUILD

BUILD has been at the forefront of the jobs movement in Baltimore and has leveraged its 4 decades of organizing experience to cultivate partnerships to promote jobs for returning citizens.   Aso f early December the movement has employed 240 individuals.


Labor Organizing, ATU, Union, Transit, Transportation

IAF Organizer J. Lange Addresses Amalgamated Transit Union

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Johnathan Lange

An entire generation of union leadership has been forced to play defense.  But now, standing before the 2016 Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union, I am here to tell you that this is the time to start playing offense.  Yours is the union to show the rest of us how to do it.  Your leadership is the leadership best equipped to throw the ball far down the field and score.


Job Training, ACTS, QUEST, Economic Development, Lady Carlson

Northern & Central LA Interfaith Launches ACTS to Combat Poverty

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
KTBS

With Louisiana as the state with the third highest number of poor people, many of them working full-time, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith leaders are devising new ways to tackle poverty.  Says Pastor Clayton Moore, “If you work, how is it that you’re poor?”

NCLI leaders have launched Another Chance to Succeed (ACTS), modeling itself on Project QUEST in San Antonio and...


JobPath, Workforce Development, living wages, Kevin Courtney

PCIC Leverages 16% Increase in County Funding for Job Training

Sunday, August 7, 2016
Arizona Daily Star

After a campaign that included educating County Supervisors about the economic (and life) impact of JobPath workforce development program, leaders of Pima County Interfaith won a 16% increase in funding for the program, from $423 thousand to $500 thousand.  Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 for the increase after Pastor Steve Springer of Dove of Peace Lutheran Church and Lindsay Leonard, a JobPathgraduate, spoke.

Former students like Patty Popp


SAISD, living wages, San Antonio, Texas IAF

COPS / Metro Wins Wage Hike for Lowest Paid School Workers

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Rivard Report & More

Thanks to the intervention of COPS / Metro Alliance leaders that stood with San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD)’s  lowest paid workers and the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, the SAISD Board unanimously approved a wage increase of 20% for the district’s lowest paid , from $10/hour to $12/hour....


Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, Bishop Miles, Metro IAF, $69M Initiative

BUILD Wins Jobs for Baltimore -- Johns Hopkins Leads $69M Initiative

Monday, April 4, 2016
Washington Post & Baltimore Sun

From the Washington Post:

As the news conference ended at Zion Baptist Church in East Baltimore, Bishop Douglas Miles stepped forward and grabbed the mic to say, “This is historic.”

He shared a memory from the late 1960s: A young woman on a bus asked him what school he attended, and when he replied, “Hopkins,” she stopped talking to him.

That was the distance, he said, between the city and the university.

“I stand proudly today as a Hopkins alumnus,” he said, “because my institution is taking the lead in something major in this state.” God doesn’t call us to be the richest or the smartest, he said, but to step forward. Miles closed with a prayer, and shouts rose: “Amen! Amen!”


Jobs, after-school programs, accountability assembly, mayoral candidates

BUILD Secures Commitments from Baltimore Mayoral Candidates

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Baltimore Sun

Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, or BUILD, asked the leading mayoral candidates to commit to creating more jobs and expanding after-school programs for children before about 700 people at Coppin State University. At BUILD's urging, the candidates agreed to create the jobs over four years and to spend an additional $8 million annually on afterschool programs by their final year in office.

"We look forward to holding them accountable," said Rob English, the lead organizer of BUILD.

Community Leaders Pushing Voter Registration, WYPR

Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Pledge to Create Jobs, Assist City Youth, WBALTV


Andrew Conners, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Jobs for Prison Returnees

Hospitals to Create Up To 375 Jobs for Disadvantaged City Residents

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Baltimore Sun

"We really see systemic challenges in Baltimore, and someone just saw the ability to address it," said Andrew Foster Connors, senior pastor at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. "It's less than the number of jobs we wanted, but it's a great start."

The pastor is also co-chair of the interfaith community organization Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, or BUILD, which had rallied for the jobs and brought supporters to meetings of the state Health Services Cost Review Commission, which sets hospital rates and approved the jobs plan Wednesday.

BUILD officials said they hope other businesses in Baltimore follow suit and create the other 625 jobs.


Baltimore, Jobs, Healthcare, Distressed Neighborhoods, English

One Quarter to BUILD One Baltimore

Monday, November 16, 2015
BUILD

BUILD fights for 1,000 healthcare jobs for unemployed, underemployed and people transitioning from prison.  Video link below: 


Project Quest, Rackspace, Workforce Development, Labor Market

Open Cloud Academy Expands in San Antonio, Texas

Friday, November 13, 2015
San Antonio Express News

For years, Rackspace co-founder and Chairman Graham Weston heard complaints that San Antonio’s growing data storage company had to search far and wide for qualified talent. He and others thought, “These were jobs that should have been taken by San Antonians.”

An “aha” moment happened one day when he went to...


living wages, Economic Development, Jorge Montiel, Surya Kalra

In Conservative Town, Faith-Based Group Tackles Minimum Wages

Monday, November 9, 2015
National Public Radio

In Texas, one of the most conservative right-to-work states in the country, a church-based organization has begun to make headway in enacting a "living wage" for San Antonio city employees.

In addition to having no state-mandated minimum wage for the private sector, the Legislature has made it illegal for any Texas city or local jurisdiction to pass its own minimum wage.

But after a year of intense organizing and lobbying, the Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance (known as COPS/Metro) in September celebrated San Antonio's City Council vote that mandated a $13-an-hour minimum wage for all city employees.


JobPath, Bond election, Workforce Development, Pima County

PCICEO Educates Pastors on on Pima County Bonds

Thursday, October 8, 2015
New Vision

Bishop Kicanas fires off a powerful volley in a friendly competition between Pima Community Colleges and religious leaders of PCIC-CEO in Arizona....


Texas IAF, Organizing in Austin, living wages, contingency workers

Austin Interfaith Wins Historic Wage Increase for Municipal Workers

Friday, September 11, 2015
Austin Chronicle & Telemundo

At a press conference held the day after the passage of the new City budget, Austin Interfaithleaders celebrated a historic living wage win and other ‘budget priorities’ that were included.  Austin Interfaith leaders thanked the Mayor and specific council members for acting as “budget champions.”

As a result, the City of Austin will now pay their workers an increased living wage of $13.03 per hour (up from $11.39) and for the first time will include temporary AND contracted workers in that wage standard.  Workers employed for at least 12 months will additionally qualify for healthcare benefits.  Employees of private corporations receiving public subsidies will also benefit from the wage increase...


Texas IAF, living wages, COPS / Metro Alliance, Jorge Montiel, organizing in Texas

Statewide Press Recognizes Texas IAF Work on Wages

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Texas Observer

COPS / Metro AllianceAustin InterfaithBorder Interfaith & EPISO, and Dallas Area Interfaith leaders are deservedly getting statewide recognition for their work in support of living wages in San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and Dallas.

 


living wages, Public Sector Wages, Jorge Montiel, Michael Taylor

Says Business Columnist: Public Sector 'Living Wage' Proper

Monday, August 24, 2015
San Antonio Express-News

According to business columnist Michael Taylor of San Antonio Express-News:

"public employers have a greater obligation to address the moral issue of 'a living wage' than do private employers. Unlike private companies, public entities (such as governments) explicitly purport to represent the “public good” in everything they do. The public good should reasonably include paying workers so they can live above the federal poverty level. Nobody really asked my opinion, but these wage hikes seem not only reasonable, but providing a “living wage” for public-sector employees seems like an essential step."


Workforce Development, Job Training, Skills QUEST, DFW, Priscilla Kimmery

Skill QUEST Curbs Dallas Poverty

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Dallas Morning News

More than 400 people have been helped by Skill QUEST since it was launched by Dallas Area Interfaith in late 2010.

A subcommittee of the interfaith group did extensive research among 3,500 people in its 40 member congregations, schools and community organizations in Dallas and Collin counties. It found workforce issues...among the biggest concerns....


Texas IAF, living wages

Luckless at Texas Capitol, Wage Advocates Go Local

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Texas Tribune

"In Austin, a minimum wage hike to $13.03 an hour for full-time employees will be up for consideration in September as part of the city’s proposed budget. San Antonio leaders will consider a minimum wage of $13 an hour next month. Bexar County is also poised to increase its minimum wage to $13 an hour, while El Paso County could vote next month to boost pay for its lowest-paid employees to $10 an hour. Minimum wages in those localities currently range from $9.45 to $11.66 an hour.

Local organizers affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation are hopeful all four proposals will be approved, saying they’ve received assurances from city and county officials. But for these advocates, the wins could mean sending a message to state lawmakers."


Living Wage, Economic Development, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio

COPS / Metro Gains Support of City Manager on $13 / Hr Living Wage

Monday, August 3, 2015
San Antonio Express-News and KENS5

Living Wage, City of Vancouver, Deborah Littman, Inequality

City of Vancouver to Become Living Wage Employer

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Vancouver Courier

Gloria Roque earns a living wage as a teacher, but since she works at an inner city school, she knows many parents who don’t.

That’s why Roque was among those who rallied at city hall Wednesday morning in support of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s motion for the City of Vancouver to become a certified living wage employer. The motion passed unanimously.

Metro Vancouver Alliance and Living Wage for Families staged the rally, which was timed to precede council’s discussion on the motion.


living wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF, Jorge Montiel

COPS / Metro Fights Battle to Raise Wages in San Antonio

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
San Antonio Current

Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance, or COPS/Metro, one of the leading wage advocacy groups in San Antonio, started its living wage campaign about a year ago. The goal is to raise hourly wages for public workers to at least $14.91 — the average amount needed for a family four to stay off government assistance such as food stamps.

Father Mike DeGerolami, pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church and a member of COPS/Metro, said the group maintains that "if you're working full time, especially for a public entity ... you shouldn't have to seek public assistance."


Austin Interfaith, Texas IAF, community organizing in Austin, Job Training

Austin Interfaith Launches Jobs Training Program for Teens

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Austin American Statesman & Community Impact

Austin Interfaith and Austin Independent School District (AISD) jointly announced the launch of a high school job training program targeted at students from three local high schools: Travis, Crockett and Lanier.

 

Modeled off the Summer Youth Employment program, created by Austin Interfaith 20 years ago in partnership with the City and County, this program will teach high schoolers leadership and soft skills like timeliness, and professional conduct;


Workforce Development, Sr. Pearl Ceasar, Sr. Gabriela Lohan, Project Quest

Catholic Sisters Combat Poverty, Impact Thousands in San Antonio

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Global Sisters Report

The speakers offered words of eloquence and encouragement. Moments later came handshakes, hugs and tears as students crossed the stage. But this was not a typical graduation ceremony. There were no diplomas, no gowns and no hats tossed into the air.

Instead, this ceremony celebrated completion, not from a high school or university, but from job-training programs that varied from associate degrees in nursing to technology certifications. For Erica Espinoza, who went from being a cashier at Bill Miller’s Bar-B-Q to a registered nurse, it opened up a new path, one that leads away from a life of unpaid utility bills, late rent checks, couch surfing and at times, hunger.

“When I crossed the stage, I was really happy. I was smiling; I was shaking every hand,” Espinoza said. “I couldn’t believe I had gotten through everything. It was just pure joy.”

Espinoza was one of 200 students being honored at the graduate recognition ceremony for Project Quest, a labor market intermediary that partners with San Antonio community colleges and local companies offering job-training programs. Its mission: to lead participants like Espinoza out of low-paying jobs and into new, more lucrative careers.

On stage that May evening were Executive Director Pearl Ceasar, a Sister of Divine Providence, and Holy Spirit Sr. Gabriella Lohan, a board member who helped create and implement Project Quest in 1992.


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.


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