Category Archive: story

Community First Alliance

The High Road Economic Development (HRED) Table has made significant strides over the past couple of months. Resident groups within the Fruit Belt, along with HRED Table allies from across Buffalo, have adopted the name “Community First Alliance” (CFA), in order to …

Buffalo fast-food workers go on strike, join national Fight for $15 movement

Thank you everyone who joined in solidarity with fast-food workers who went on strike here in Buffalo for the first time on December 4. Brave fast-food workers in Buffalo joined the nationwide Fight for $15 movement last Thursday by going on …

Somebody, somewhere, always has our back: Reflections on the JwJ Future of Work Seminar

by Josh Warden, Union Representative for SEIU Local 200 United As a newcomer to the Coalition for Economic Justice I was blown away by the degree of organization, skill and dedication readily apparent at the recent three-day “Future of Work” …

Reflections on the Advanced Leadership Institute

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the AFL-CIO’s Advanced Leadership Institute in San Diego. Representatives from state labor federations and central labor councils from across the country as well as organizations like ours to talk about best practices for developing powerful labor-community coalitions. 

BALLE Conference Helps Build a New Local Economy

Starting next week, Buffalo will host an exciting conference that will bring together hundreds of business and community leaders, localists, socially conscious entrepreneurs, and progressive-minded individuals all focused on growing Main Street, strengthening local economies and communities, and creating good jobs.

Duane Diggs and Canal Side Negotiations

Duane Diggs, a representative from VOICE Buffalo talks about the current negotiation between the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and the Canal Side Community Alliance. Duane talks about the goals of the negotiation, some of those being employment opportunities for all workers as well as living wages.

Abraham McKinney

“I work for the City of Buffalo as a seasonal sanitation worker.  Despite my title I work full-time year round picking up garbage on Buffalo’s city streets.  Until 2008 I earned only $8.15 an hour with no benefits.”

25 Years, 25 Stories: Dan Cross-Viola, former CEJ Staff Member and Student Leader with UB Students Against Sweatshops

In celebration of CEJ’s 25th Anniversary, we are telling 25 stories through this blog, at our25th Anniversary Awards Banquet, and with a newsletter coming out in June. CEJ has been blessed to work with so many incredible people throughout our …

Abrahan McKinney, CEJ Board Member and Seasonal Sanitation Worker shares his CEJ story

In celebration of CEJ’s 25th Anniversary, we are telling 25 stories through this blog, at our 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet, and with a newsletter coming out in June. CEJ has been blessed to work with so many incredible people throughout our years, …

Long Time CEJ Activist, Member, and UAW Member Ron Bassham Shares His Story

In celebration of CEJ’s 25th Anniversary, we are telling 25 stories through this blog, at our 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet, and with a newsletter coming out in June. CEJ has been blessed to work with so many incredible people throughout …