On Tuesday, the Common Council’s Civil Service Committee held a public hearing on a resolution authored by Delaware District Councilman Mike LoCurto urging the administration of Mayor Byron Brown to heed a court decision declaring that the city’s so-called “seasonal workers” are covered by the city’s living wage statute—a law that Brown championed when he was a councilman—and consequently were due back pay to compensate for the years 2004 to 2007, when they were paid less than the statute requires.
As Congress and the White House enter budget negotiations in the lame duck session, Jobs with Justice local coalition leaders from around the country traveled to Washington, D.C., to make sure working families have a voice in the deliberations.
“It is important that we make smart investments that build a better future for us all,” said Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby, lead organizer at the Coalition for Economic Justice. “This holiday season, people can invest in and support a more equitable and sustainable economy by shopping at local small businesses, which create more jobs and keep more money local.”
A lockout, once a nearly unthinkable management tactic, is growing more and more common across the country. Although a great deal of public attention and media scrutiny is given to the lockouts of NFL and NBA players last year, and NFL refs and NHL players this year, lockouts of workers in less visible sectors are increasing without much notice by the general public.
Whether the Coast Guard is still watching Occupy Buffalo or not, it probably won’t keep them and others—like the Western New York Peace Center, the Coalition for Economic Justice, and various labor unions—from pressing forward as lobbyists for the people who can’t afford to hire their own. Members are looking for the movement to evolve into focused areas of activism, where members draw from the pool of consensus within the group to work on individual topics—for example, student loan debt.