#BlackWorkersMatter to Petition Major Contractor, Rally at City Council to End Black Jobs Crisis
What: 1) Community March on Woodward Design+Build to deliver petition for local hiring on its construction projects;
2) #BlackWorkersMatter Rally to end the Black jobs crisis in New Orleans
When & Where:
1) Community March on Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2:45pm, from Job 1 (3400 Tulane Ave) to Woodward Design+Build (1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy)
2) Rally on Thursday, Oct. 1, 10:30am, at City Hall (1300 Perdido St.) before City Council hearing
Who: Low Wage workers, Members of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice’s (NOWCRJ’s) Stand with Dignity, the Community Evaluation Commission, Show Me $15, UNITE HERE Local 2262, One Voice, SEIU, Alliance Institute, among others.
On September 30 and October 1, 2015, members and allies of NOWCRJ’s Stand with Dignity will hold two days of actions to make #BlackWorkersMatter. City Council will be voting on a Local Hire ordinance Thursday for city construction jobs that will help provide jobs and career ladders to address New Orleans’ Black Jobs Crisis.
Black families are in deep crisis in New Orleans, earning only 50% of white families, with 52% of Black men facing unemployment and more than 50% of Black children living in poverty. The estimated $160 Billion in post-Katrina reconstruction has only deepened this crisis because of the exclusion of Black workers. Worse, giant contractor Woodward Design+Build is now actively seeking to derail a proposed Local Hire Ordinance that would help provide jobs and career ladders to Black New Orleanians.
On Wednesday, Stand with Dignity’s #BlackWorkersMatter Campaign will march on Woodward’s New Orleans headquarter to deliver hundreds of petitions calling on the company to follow Lemoine Company’s lead from the New Orleans East Hospital construction and employ 80% local workers on city construction projects. The petition also calls for Woodward to implement apprenticeship programs, pay at least $15/hour, and agree to community oversight.
On Thursday, the #BlackWorkersMatter Campaign will rally at City Hall ahead of an expected City Council vote on the ordinance. Members will testify on the consequences of the Black Jobs Crisis in New Orleans and the need for local hiring guarantees to build lives, careers, and communities.