Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO | Nikki Fortunato Bas, PWF | President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO | Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, PWF
Photo Credit: Les Talusan/Partnership for Working Families
Last night we packed the house at the AFL-CIO in Washington DC to launch the 2x2 Campaign, our plan to improve the lives of two million people in the next two years. Setting an ambitious, measurable goal for our work reflects our commitment to having real impact, and having it soon. Listening to Richard Trumka, Tefere Gebre, Mary Kay Henry, Darlene Lombos, Deborah Scott, Bob Shull and Bishop Dwanye Royster talk about our plan last night, I can see that commitment is broadly shared in our movement.
Here are just a few of the ways the Partnership is focusing our impact:
- We are lifting up the floor – by turning the tide in conservative regions like Atlanta, Phoenix, Orange County, and the Central Coast of California. We're taking on hard to organize, climate critical industries like waste and recycling, where immigrant workers put their lives at risk for the low wages paid by temp agencies; and port trucking where workers are routinely misclassified as independent contractors while hauling global freight through communities of color.
- We’re growing the middle – by winning community benefits policies that create career pipelines into the construction trades, working hand in hand with hotel workers, security guards, janitors, truck drivers, fast food workers, retail workers and food processing workers who are fighting to join a union. We all agree that the path into the middle class is through a union.
- We’re raising the roof – In LA we're campaigning for a comprehensive minimum wage that will create a path to $15 for a whopping 800,000 workers. In Massachusetts, we're pushing for the first statewide law to rein in the subcontracted economy, redefining what we want the future of work to be. And, we're challenging cities to lead on climate through campaigns like Climate Works in hard-hit New York, and community led transit investment in Denver and Seattle.
Thank you to everyone who joined our campaign launch event last night, and if you missed it, stay tuned for our campaign video and photos next week. We hope you'll continue to walk with us down this road. As Richard Trumka said last night, "the success of the movements for economic, racial, and environmental justice are bound together as one."
Nikki Fortunato Bas, Executive Director
Partnership for Working Families