CEJ Buffalo

CEJ Buffalo The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) wins dynamic campaigns by uniting labor, faith, and community organizations and activists that promote strong, sustainable communities and economic justice for all.
The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) is an ongoing coalition of labor, faith, community, academic and student activists and organizations. We engage in collective action to promote strong, sustainable communities and economic justice for all. Together, we build and win dynamic campaigns for living wages, rights at work, accountable economic development and health care for all, through education, public advocacy and mobilization of our members, communities, and allies.
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CEJ was formed in 1986 when religious and labor leaders organized a campaign together to stop good manufacturing jobs from being outsourced to Mexico by the Trico corporation. Since our founding, CEJ has collaborated with a wide array of partners to win local campaigns for corporate and government accountability, sustainable economic development, and worker justice. (link to our timeline) CEJ has also taken its fight to Albany, recognizing that too often decisions impacting our local communities are made at the state level. CEJ is the co-anchor of a statewide alliance of worker and community groups and has been at the forefront of the fight for reform of wasteful economic development programs. As an extension of our issue work we engage in voter education and engagement – registering new voters, encouraging occasional voters to become more active participants in our democracy, and providing all voters with information about where candidates stand on our issues. The Coalition for Economic Justice is one of 42 community-labor coalitions nationwide that comprise the national Jobs with Justice network, as well as the NY State Labor-Religion Coalition.

Mission: The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) wins dynamic campaigns by uniting labor, faith, and community organizations and activists that promote strong, sustainable communities and economic justice for all. CEJ imagines a Buffalo and Western New York region where good jobs, healthy communities, and engaged residents are the norm.

H/t WNYCOSH"Watching protests against policing and criminal justice disparities, mourning the murder of George Floyd and...
06/01/2020
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H/t WNYCOSH

"Watching protests against policing and criminal justice disparities, mourning the murder of George Floyd and the daily threats felt by People of Color across the United States, spread across the country and the world, we’re hopeful that this might be an important inflection point in our history.

We are inspired by the courage of those speaking out against the killing of George Floyd and countless others. At the same time watching the protests in a time of global pandemic, we are also very concerned about the risk of creating superspreader events.

For the next year every action, every protest should be planned with infection control in mind.
-Greater social distancing to allow for chanting and singing
-Distribution and enforcement of PPE
-Planning for adequate sound or broadcast systems to avoid crowding
-Finding new ways to demonstrate power that engages attendees with less chanting and singing.

Let’s care for each other as fight for a better world #blacklivesmatter"

#BlackLivesMatter
06/01/2020

#BlackLivesMatter

“There is no in-between. There is no neutral option. The only real way to dismantle racism and build the working-class p...
05/30/2020
Statement from the CWA Executive Board on the Need to Dismantle the Racism that Plagues Our Communities

“There is no in-between. There is no neutral option. The only real way to dismantle racism and build the working-class power we seek is for every worker to take on the struggle for justice for Black people in this country as their own and to embrace the actions that "an injury to one is an injury to all" demands of us.”"

As we reach a tragic milestone of 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19, we find ourselves confronting the other plague that has been rampaging through our communities since long before the pandemic: Racism.

"Leaders of 1199SEIU, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Professional Employees Federation, were among the 1...
05/28/2020
Labor unions call for increased taxes on wealthiest New Yorkers

"Leaders of 1199SEIU, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Professional Employees Federation, were among the 10 unions representing a collective 1.5 million employees across the state calling for lawmakers to pass “modest” tax increases on the most wealthy New Yorkers to shield “devastating cuts” in health care, education and social services." ✊

ALBANY - Some of the largest unions in New York are calling on state lawmakers to...

“Right Now, it honestly just starts with having enough PPE for everybody, not just a covid floor or a covid room, but ev...
05/15/2020
Local nursing home union and workers speaking out about the lack of PPE and hazard pay for facilities run by Centers Health Care

“Right Now, it honestly just starts with having enough PPE for everybody, not just a covid floor or a covid room, but everybody,” she said. “This isn’t a hospital, we don’t have those rooms that vent to the outside. We don’t have that. And as much as you want to protect everybody, you’re not protecting everybody by making them reuse PPE that’s not supposed to be reused.”

Wanda Wilson is one of many workers at the Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing on Buffalo’s west side, who says the working conditions are risky and stressful and they need hazard pay. “…

05/15/2020
NW Ohio DSA

PPE, paid sick leave, hazard pay = all things that go much farther than nice words from corporate ads

#PeopleOverProfits

Essential workers cooking fresh food with all the Thank You ads they’ve received from billion dollar corporations

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU
05/14/2020
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Great story from WBFO on our call to action for decision-makers during this pandemic. BTRU wants to hear from NFTA on how the authority will decide to reverse any of its measures to protect the health of riders and operators--namely its policy of rear-door boarding, which includes waiving fares.

https://news.wbfo.org/post/public-transit-rider-advocacy-group-voices-safety-concerns-bus-passengers?fbclid=IwAR0Iax6upuCsZUswu2M7jXfd1suqPmN3m1dv1pXh3PCNIwtgCDUQm8QPQmA

6 virtual training for organizations preparing to reopen
05/13/2020

6 virtual training for organizations preparing to reopen

After 2 months of New York on Pause many businesses are planning to re-open or planning for a transition. WNYCOSH is offering round 2 of our virtual training series. For those workers and organizations planning for a reopening or increased traffic we have a series of 6 trainings on the following topics:

COVID-19 & Communicable Disease: Workplace Fundamentals
Tuesday May 19, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm
https://bit.ly/2SXc7Al

Personal Protective Equipment and the Coronavirus
Wednesday May 20, 2020
10:00am – 11:00am
https://bit.ly/3clnjOU

Return-to-Work and COVID-19: How to Safely Reopen a Workplace
Thursday May 21, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm
https://bit.ly/3cojF6Q

Effective Cleaning & Disinfecting Practices and the Coronavirus
Wednesday May 27, 2020
2:00pm – 3:00pm
https://bit.ly/3bgrb2g

Occupational Stress & Working from Home
Tuesday June 2, 2020
10:00am – 11:00am
https://bit.ly/2Ajysl5

Ergonomics and the Remote Workplace
Wednesday June 10, 2020
2:00am – 3:00pm
https://bit.ly/3cmHpbz

Warehouse workers have lost job security during a public health crisis while reports are showing Bezos is on track to be...
05/12/2020
Revealed: Amazon told workers paid sick leave law doesn't cover warehouses

Warehouse workers have lost job security during a public health crisis while reports are showing Bezos is on track to become a trillionaire

"On 1 May, Amazon ended a policy allowing unlimited unpaid time off, a measure adopted at the start of the coronavirus crisis that allowed workers to take time off for any reason. They would forgo wages, but if they were concerned about their safety or had new childcare responsibilities due to lockdowns, they could stay home without losing their jobs.

Without the policy, workers say they could now be fired if they miss shifts. They worry the reversal will result in sick and vulnerable people showing up for shifts because they can’t risk termination."

https://amp.theguardian.com/technology/2020/may/07/amazon-warehouse-workers-coronavirus-time-off-california?__twitter_impression=true

California workers say the company is pressuring sick employees to show up – and flouting a California law meant to protect them from Covid-19

BTRU General (zoom) meeting tonight at 6pm! Erie County Leg Chairwoman April Baskin will be there to discuss the work sh...
05/06/2020
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

BTRU General (zoom) meeting tonight at 6pm! Erie County Leg Chairwoman April Baskin will be there to discuss the work she and her office have been doing to fight for transit justice!

How do we ensure the buses are safe for all, riders and drivers alike? What do will our transit system look like post covid? How do we combat stigma around buses? Join us in discussing these very important questions and more!

We're excited to learn that April Baskin will be joining in our virtual meeting today at 6PM. She and her office has poured an invaluable amount of attention to bus riders and operators since the local pandemic started.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81959885329

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU
05/05/2020
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

COVID-19 has vastly shifted BTRU's short-term priorities, as people who rely on transit stand to have plenty at risk in the aftermath of a public health and economic crisis of this scale. At BTRU, we want to hone in on five key areas of interest and suggest policy directions on how decision makers can best serve bus riders at large.

The full editorial is in the PDF linked below.

It is a long read, so over the next five days, we have a post dedicated to each policy goal.

Furthermore, we would love to talk to riders--those using and not using the service during this pandemic--about short term goals, concerns, and observations.

We've learned from the Great Recession. These are not times to be quiet and let status quos coast through.

The meeting over Zoom will start 6 PM, Wednesday, May 6.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81959885329

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GnyZORlSURdLgCu7TsyeTVXloMcWWOEb/view

"Tim Bray, a well known senior engineer and Vice President at Amazon has “quit in dismay” because Amazon has been “firin...
05/04/2020
Amazon VP Resigns, Calls Company ‘Chickensh*t’ for Firing Protesting Workers

"Tim Bray, a well known senior engineer and Vice President at Amazon has “quit in dismay” because Amazon has been “firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19.” In an open letter on his website, Bray, who has worked at the company for nearly six years, called the company “chickensh*t” for firing and disparaging employees who have organized protests. He also said the firings are "designed to create a climate of fear.""

Tim Bray says the company has become 'toxic' and the firings are 'designed to create a climate of fear.'

Happy May Day! Remember, don't cross the picket line!!
05/01/2020

Happy May Day! Remember, don't cross the picket line!!

It's International Workers Day or May Day! If you're looking for a way to celebrate while standing in solidarity with es...
05/01/2020
Workers to protest conditions at Amazon, Instacart and other retailers Friday

It's International Workers Day or May Day! If you're looking for a way to celebrate while standing in solidarity with essential workers, make sure you don't cross the picket line! Workers from Amazon, Target, Shipt, Instacart, and Whole Foods are on strike today and have asked for customer boycotts

"Workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Walmart, FedEx, Target, and Shipt say they will walk off the job on May 1 to protest their employers’ failure to provide basic protections for frontline workers who are risking and losing their lives at work. Meanwhile, these same companies are making record profits."

#PeopleOverProfits #Dontcrossthepicketline
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/3049180001

Organizers say they plan a strike, or sick out, to protest the "continuing failure to provide adequate protection in the workplace."

Take action in support of essential workers!
04/30/2020
WNY Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIO

Take action in support of essential workers!

Our members are risking their lives to help their fellow New Yorkers, keeping them healthy, fed and safe, and they desperately need their country’s support and protection. Too many have inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and lack clear and sufficient government standards to keep them safe.

The federal government has passed four rounds of COVID-19 emergency relief for essential workers as well as those whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted, but much more is required. Text CARES2 to 877877 to take action! We will connect you with your member of Congress.

Members’ jobs have been eliminated with no certainty they will ever return. The numbers are simply staggering. Looking at the hospitality workforce alone, 95% of the hotel industry and 100% of the gaming industry in New York have been laid off. Emergency leave protections will help those who remain on the payroll, but too many workers do not qualify and the benefit levels for those who do will prove inadequate the longer this crisis persists.

State and local governments’ budgets have been ravaged, threatening the vital services New Yorkers are relying on now more than ever. Although, federal aid will assist in maintaining some critical services, more money with greater flexibility will be essential for our long-term success.

With these challenges in mind, Congress and the President must address Labor's priorities for the next relief package. Learn more at nysaflcio.org/cares2



Stay Safe. Stay Union Strong.
New York State AFL-CIO

“We’re asking everybody to start with these basics: no work, no shopping, no rent, no mortgage, no school, no borders, n...
04/30/2020
Workers Plan May Day “People’s Strike” to Demand Safer Workplaces

“We’re asking everybody to start with these basics: no work, no shopping, no rent, no mortgage, no school, no borders, no prisons. Right? Let us all take joint action together.”

Workers at some of the biggest corporations in the United States are planning an unprecedented wave of strikes on May 1, International Workers’ Day. Employees of Amazon, Whole Foods, Walmart, FedEx, Target and Instacart will walk off the job demanding compensation for unpaid time off work, hazard ...

"A series of work stoppages, sick-outs, and protests in recent weeks will culminate on Friday, May 1 in a historic strik...
04/29/2020
Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart Workers Organize a Historic Mass Strike

"A series of work stoppages, sick-outs, and protests in recent weeks will culminate on Friday, May 1 in a historic strike organized by frontline workers at some of the country’s largest corporations.

Workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Walmart, Target, and Shipt say they will walk off the job on May 1 to protest their employers’ failure to provide basic protections for frontline workers who are risking and losing their lives at work. Meanwhile, these same companies are making record profits."

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/n7j8zw/amazon-whole-foods-instacart-workers-organize-a-historic-mass-strike

On May 1st, frontline workers at some of the biggest corporations in the country will lead a mass strike action, asking customers to boycott Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, and Target.

Ujima
04/28/2020

Ujima

What is healing you right now? Are you in need of healing? In an effort to come together as an art community to share in one another's healing, Ujima is launching our #ArtThatHeals project. We are desperately missing the love and healing that comes from our interactions with one another. Many of us have turned towards art to find that which we are missing right now. Help others share in that healing by submitting what art is healing you at this moment. This can be art of your creation or art that you admire and cling to. This is an ongoing project and we will accept and share pieces on a rolling basis. You can submit your #ArtThatHeals by using this link - https://forms.gle/AQoMxDTo5HR5dnNG7

WNYCOSH
04/24/2020

WNYCOSH

Join us on Tuesday 4/28 at 6 PM via Zoom as we honor workers we've lost over the last year while fighting to improve conditions for all workers including essential workers! YOU MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE: https://bit.ly/2Vavjfr

WNY Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIOBuffalo Central Labor Council Afl-Cio CEJ Buffalo PUSH Buffalo Resistance Voters WNY StandUp WNY Tri-Main Center

04/23/2020
Occupy Democrats

Occupy Democrats

LIVE: Earth Day commemorations continue.

04/23/2020

Tonight is our first trivia night!!! This event will happen every Thursday but you don't want to miss the first one! "The Office" is the topic for this evenings trivia game.

So brush up on your "Office" knowledge and come hang out with a bunch of like minded cool people and have a few hours of fun. A night of fun and self care. Ryan Gurnett is really excited about hosting his first virtual trivia night :) and we are excited to have him.
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU Struggling Productions #trivianight #isolatedsocialgathering #selfcare #takeabreakfromcovid #theoffice

Share with friends and have your friends share. This is NOT just a Buffalo thing! How many cities and states can we get to join us?

The zoom link is in the description of the event. See you at 7pm.

Help us in supporting Chairwoman April Baskin For Erie County and Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU by calling your l...
04/23/2020

Help us in supporting Chairwoman April Baskin For Erie County and Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU by calling your local legislature but the voting is at 11am so you have to act fast!!
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU #callyourlegislature #communityspeaksout #yourvoicematters #supporteachother #makeadifference #makeyourvoicecount

Help us in supporting Chairwoman April Baskin For Erie County by calling your local Legislature. Voting happens tomorrow morning at 11am so there's no time to waste in showing your support and having your voice heard and counted!
CEJ Buffalo #yourvoicematters #callyourlocallegislature #aprilbaskin #publictransportation #transitriders #wematter #communitysupportscommunity #ridersanddrivers

We've heard too many stories about employers taking advantage of or putting at risk their employees during the current p...
04/22/2020
The Fight of Our Lives

We've heard too many stories about employers taking advantage of or putting at risk their employees during the current public health crisis to take.

Learn more about how to protect yourself and your coworkers. Know your rights. Make a plan. Organize! Not sure how? Here is a great toolkit put together by the United Electrical Workers to help you get started

https://www.ueunion.org/fight

While employers are getting trillions of dollars in bailout money to offset the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis many workers are deemed essential and forced to continue working in unsafe conditions with little or no protection. Workers are fighting for and winning Personal Protective Equipment, addit...

WNY Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIO
04/22/2020

WNY Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIO

By popular demand we will have another "Color and Crafting" this evening at 6 p.m.. you can go to the link below or to t...
04/21/2020

By popular demand we will have another "Color and Crafting" this evening at 6 p.m.. you can go to the link below or to the page and click on the link there for the zoom access. @cejbuffalo
@buffalo_transit_riders_united
@buffalomutualaidnetwork @wnypoorpeoplescampaign @stronger_together_wny
We look forward to seeing you at either 2 p.m. or at 6 p.m. or at both let's get our crafts and our self care on!!

https://facebook.com/events/s/coloring-and-crafting-part-2-w/1323191891213852/?ti=cl

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to issue an executive order sending ballots to all registered voters in New York state so they ...
04/21/2020
Ballots to be Mailed to All New York Voters for June Elections

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to issue an executive order sending ballots to all registered voters in New York state so they can vote by mail in the upcoming election on June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources told NY1 on Monday afternoon.

Earlier this month, Cuomo expanded absentee voting for the election, but voters still had to apply for a ballot by mail. The new order will automatically send ballots to all registered voters."

This is meant to prevent crowding at poll sites.

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The Poor People's Campaign is anchoring this event in El Paso along with Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA), Repairers of the Breach and others. BE THERE THIS EVENING TO RESPOND TO THE CALL FOR SOLIDARITY https://www.facebook.com/events/469528420296780/ ElPasoFirme - Join us for a Solidarity Rally in Buffalo
solidarity with the strikers in Erie PA!
Erie PA - 4 hrs · 1700 members of UE Locals 506 and 618 went on strike today to preserve decent wages and working conditions at the GE Transportation locomotive plant in Erie, PA. Their new employer, Wabtec, took over the business on Monday and imposed "terms and conditions" that include mandatory overtime and arbitrary schedules, wage reductions of up to 38 percent for recalled and newly-hired workers, and the right to use temporary workers for up to 20 percent of the work in the plant. The UE negotiating committee worked long into Tuesday morning and were not able to convince the company to negotiate an acceptable short-term agreement that preserves the wages, benefits, and working conditions negotiated with GE over the past eight decades. “We are extremely disappointed that the company could not see its way to agree to continue the terms and conditions that we have worked under for decades. Their refusal leaves us with no choice but to go out on strike to protect our members' and our children’s future,” said Scott Slawson, President of UE Local 506. Karlene Torrance of UE Local 618 said, “We are gratified by the outpouring of support we have received from our friends, neighbors, and community in Erie. We will need their support now more than ever.”
Public Transit and Macro Social Work: A Case Study with Buffalo Transit Riders United, Holly Nowak from CEJ Buffalo and MSW intern Kendall Tubb. #MAcroSW Chat Thu. Feb. 21 at 9 PM EST! https://macrosw.com/2019/02/18/public-transit-and-macro-social-work-a-case-study-macrosw-chat-feb-21-2019/
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Buffalo Friends-- Interested in learning how to continue to make our community a more just, equitable, and prosperous place? Come see activist Chuck Collins, author of the best-selling book "Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good." Sponsored by the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo, the event will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Arthur O. Eve U.B. Educational Opportunity Center, located at 555 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY. Once an heir to the Oscar Mayer fortune, Chuck Collins gave away his inheritance at age 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. Born into the one percent, he uses his perspective to deliver a new narrative, inviting the wealthy to come back home and to invest their wealth in struggling areas. He also will discuss how communities like ours can make a healthy transition to a sustainable new economy. With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, you won’t want to miss his case for tackling inequality, bringing wealth home, and committing to the common good. Perfect for those interested in community organizing and social justice, this event is free and open to the public. It would also be ideal for student groups, book clubs, financial advisers, and religious leaders. Participants are asked to register beforehand at www.summerinstituteofbuffalo.org Light refreshments will be served. Parking is conveniently located at 555 Ellicott. For more information, contact event coordinator Jean Gunner at [email protected] Thank you for your support and will look forward to seeing you then! Drew Beiter Executive Director The Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo Training the Next Generation of Concerned Citizens, Activists, and Educators www.summerinstituteofbuffalo.org
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Miss Dennice Barr is a true warrior and she needs our help TODAY! Please give as you are able!
Unions are the last line of defense for working people. Earlier today, the Supreme Court sided with greedy corporations trying to take away workers' rights. This case was nothing more than a blatant political attack to further rig our economy and democracy against everyday Americans in favor of the wealthy and powerful. We need our progressive allies now more than ever to express your solidarity with labor! Please post your support for unions on social media with the hashtag #Union.