NOWCRJ CAMPAIGNS & EVENTS
The Workers' Center has accomplished many great things over the course of its 17-year organizing history. With the support of our members, allies, and community members, we monitored wage theft reports, revived the project to expand and share a New Orleans Black Worker Organizing History Timeline, and partnered with the National Black Workers Center to craft and launch the Black Workers' Bill of Rights. Below are just a few of our most active campaigns and recent events
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT
Our most active campaign in four years for the just and equitable allocation of over $380 million American Rescue Plan dollars.
For the latter part of 2022, NOWCRJ, along with our members, partner organizations, and allies, have continuously advocated for the equitable allocation of American Rescue Plan funds. During the New Orleans City Budgeting Process, we also asked for a seat at the table for the community, expressly the workers deemed “ESSENTIAL” during the heights of the global pandemic, to inform the city’s approach to the recovery process. This campaign is about equity, inclusion, and about getting what is fair and just for the workers of this city.
Click here to review the joint proposal, "Investing In Thriving Communities," which was presented to the City Council.
ESSENTIAL WORKER SURVEY
Workers around this country have fought for and won the power to control health and safety conditions at work. Just look at the creation of an Essential Workers Board in nearby Houston, Texas. We in Louisiana have this power too. To seize it, we must first begin with this survey - with telling the REAL truth and shattering illusions.
BLACK WORKER TIMELINE
The New Orleans Black-led Labor History Timeline was developed through a collaboration between Stand with Dignity, a branch of the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, and Tulane University students beginning in 2014. Stand organizers Colette Tippy, Alfred Marshall, and Toya Ex Lewis partnered with Prof. Sarah Fouts and her courses (through the Center for Public Service and Stone Center) at Tulane. Stand members and students conducted archival research at the Amistad Research Center and Tulane's Howard-Tilton Library. Additionally, Stand members documented oral histories with labor organizers across the city.
Historically, and especially these past few years struggling through the pandemic, the workers of New Orleans have kept our city afloat while ensuring its citizens' safety, well-being, and care. They provide food, shelter, health care, ride services, operate businesses, and much more!
We’ve spent years hearing how New Orleanian Workers were “essential,” yet we continue to see the same poor conditions in city workplaces: low wages that do not match the cost of living, lack of dignified jobs, lack of benefits, etc. We’re #WorkedUp! This photo campaign shows how worked-up workers are.