People. Power. The two do not always connect. UUJM’s Economic Justice Action Team is working to address the issues of injustice in our system from a UU-grounded approach. Primarily focusing on wage inequality, housing and homelessness and systemic oppression, UUJM is working with partners across the state and country to make the world more just.
Currently we are planning and hosting a series of Economic Justice Summits across California, bringing together often diverse community-based groups to form partnerships as we seek to make changes in our communities and at the Capitol. There are opportunities to get involved as well!
The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California (UUJMCA), through its Economic Justice Action Team, has endorsed bills pending in the Legislature that will honor workers whose work has for too long been treated as menial and unworthy. The bills are described below. We urge you to take the action described to support this legislation soon, as the Legislative session will end this month.
Thank you for joining us for this powerful event, bringing together workers, advocates and people of faith from around the Bay Area as we learned ways to advance affordable housing and worker justice from community partners and leaders.
The November 2015 webinar on Low Wages and Costly Housing presented by the Economic Justice team outlined innovative ideas for housing plus the current state of wages and inequality. Below are suggested actions for two current wage efforts. Download the PowerPoint! Dignity at Work-The Moral Imperative of a Living Wage.
SUPPORT WALMART WORKERS--www.makingchangeatwalmart.org
• Sign a letter supporting the campaign
• Visit one of the actions at your local Walmart
• Put an article in your church’s newsletter about the experience
• Invite a Walmart worker to speak at your church
• Lift up the struggles of Walmart workers living in poverty during your congregation’s Joys and Sorrows
SUPPORT STATE LEGISLATION
California SB935 (Leno): Calls for $13.00/hour by 2017 And indexed to inflation in 2018. It passed the Senate this year, but failed in an Assembly committee, with a couple of key Democrats not voting. It will be reintroduced next year.
The November 2015 webinar on Low Wages and Costly Housing presented by the Economic Justice team outlined innovative ideas for housing. Below are just some of the examples shared at the webinar on innovative housing. Download the Powerpoint! Housing for All
“No labor is menial unless you’re not getting adequate wages.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.There is clear public support for increasing the wages of the lowest paid workers in California. To date almost 30 cities and counties have passed minimum wage or living wage laws that lift the take home pay of California workers. Other proposals are pending: in El Cerrito in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a hearing next week on a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020, with Cost of Living increases thereafter, plus paid sick days and insurance that workers benefit from so-called “service charges” or “hospitality fees.” Interfaith coalitions which include UUs have been vocal in their support for this proposal.