Fighting beyond the contract
Shop Steward and Member, UFCW Local 400
“We had to realize as a local that we had to go start fighting outside of the contract. Because it was just things that, you had the retailers — they weren’t signing up for. So we had to go beyond that. And I feel like with DC Jobs with Justice, that’s what you do. You work outside those spaces. We’re on the same road just different paths.
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Together, legislative leaders in the District, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County worked in concert to pass minimum wage increases that would take all three jurisdictions to $15 on similar timelines.
DC Jobs with Justice helped anchor the Respect DC coalition, which fought to make sure Walmart could only come to neighborhoods after signing legally binding community benefits agreements that would make sure residents would benefit from new development.