20 Jan #BlackWorkersMatter Documents
On January 19, 2015, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NOCWRJ, Stand with Dignity, and the Community Evaluation Commission held #BlackWorkersMatter: The People’s Summit on the Black Jobs Crisis, at Southern University at New Orleans.
The summit convened a broad group of community, labor, and faith organizations, together with employers and public officials, around four priorities for equitable economic development in New Orleans:
- Community Monitoring and Oversight – the creation of a permanent Public Construction Oversight Commission;
- Career Ladders – the utilization of Certified Apprenticeship Programs in all trades;
- Saving Wages – a minimum wage of $15 for all workers on city construction projects; and
- Worker Health and Safety – worker safety committees on city construction sites to ensure clear mechanisms to address basic health and safety standards.
Download key documents from the summit below:
- Full Summit Program (PDF, 4 megs)
- Key Priorities to Address the Black Jobs Crisis in New Orleans
- Priority 1: Community Monitoring and Oversight
- Priority 2: Career Ladders
- Priority 3: $15/Hour Minimum Wage for All Workers on City Projects
- Priority 4: Safety Committees and Dispute Resolution
- Key Speech Excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.