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Durham CAN wins big on Jobs & Living Wages

Over 600 Durham CAN leaders packed the sanctuary of Monument of Faith Church to declare Durham a living wage city. CAN leaders demanded and won impressive commitments on living wages, ban-the- box, local hiring, and job training. 
The Chair of the Durham Housing Authority committed to ensure all jobs required to renovate its properties, a $566 million project, will go up from $12.69 to $15/hour within the next two years. All contractors will also be required to pay at least $15 per hour.  The priority will be to hire its own residents. 
Mayor Steve Schewel promised to ensure all jobs generated under his $95 million bond referendum proposal and the Beltline Project will pay at least $15. The Mayor promised the city will work with Durham Technical Community College to ensure the training and hiring of local workers. 
Leaders from Go Triangle ratified their commitment to pay $15 for most of their jobs. 

Executives from Duke University announced they ban-the-box, boost wages to $15 per hour and will make workforce development a priority. Executives from Duke will soon travel to Baltimore to learn more about BUILD and its project Turn Around Tuesday, and the John’s Hopkins workforce development model.
The President of the Durham Technical Community College also pledged to train Durham workers to be connected into future living wage jobs.
The current campaign builds on a strong tradition of CAN victories on living wages. In previous years, CAN won living wage agreements from the City of Durham, the County of Durham, Durham Public Schools, Duke University and GoTriangle.

BUILD Celebrates Win at Port Covington Groundbreaking

On Monday, May 13th, 2019, nearly a dozen leaders and team members from BUILD and its jobs movement, Turnaround Tuesday, showed up at the groundbreaking ceremony for the official start of construction of Port Covington, a 235-acre, $5.5 billion redevelopment project in South Baltimore.
After long, hard-fought negotiations with city officials and Sagamore Development Company, BUILD leaders helped secure a $135 million community benefits agreement featuring a 30 percent local hiring mandate and a 10 percent on-site affordable housing requirement, as well as millions of dollars towards education, workforce development, youth jobs and empowerment, and environmental restoration (for the full 38-page agreement, click HERE).
Among the high-powered array of speakers (including Mayor Jack Young, City Council President Brandon Scott, Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, and Sagamore President Marc Weller) was our very own Terrell Williams, co-director of Turnaround Tuesday. Williams closed the ceremony with an inspiring speech, highlighting the importance of Sagamore’s community-mindedness: “Baltimore needed a grand vision,” he said, “and [Port Covington developers] had that vision and have set a precedent for how to use tax increment financing for the community.”
Williams then donned a hard hat, a shovel, and a gleaming smile and posed for the ensuing paparazzi alongside some of the most powerful people in the city. 
The event was rainy, but it was a shining moment for everyone involved. In the coming months and years, though, BUILD will have to work to maintain the pressure they have exerted on Sagamore and the city government. We are committed to holding them accountable to their agreement and ensuring that enough local workers are trained to fill the 30 percent mandate. 
Press Coverage

Durham CAN Demands Change in the Persistent Unemployment & Underemployment in Local Communities of Color

650 leaders connected with Durham CAN met with elected leaders form the Durham City Council, the President of Durham Technical Community College, the Chair of the Board of the Durham Housing Authority and Executives from Duke to start addressing the persistent unemployment and underemployment in local communities of color. 
During the public meeting, the Durham Housing Authority agreed that all jobs required for the redevelopment of 2,000+ properties downtown will go up from  $12.69 to $15 in the next two years. 
DHA promised to prioritize the recruitment, training, and hiring of its own residents by working in partnership with the Technical Community College. All contractors used for DHA re-development will be required to pay their workers $15 per hour.
Mayor Steve Schewel promised that all jobs generated by the proposed $95M bond referendum, and the $17.5M construction of the Durham Belt Line Project will pay wages of $15 per hour.  Furthermore, the Mayor promised to collaborate with Durham Technical Community College to identify, recruit and hire local returning citizens for those jobs.
During the meeting, the Mayor and his entire Council promised to double the size of the summer youth employment program. 
Duke University Executives announced that they will pay a living wage of $15. In addition to that, Duke has stopped asking job applicants to disclose their past criminal convictions and will make local workforce development a priority. 
Duke executives will travel to Baltimore to learn from Turn Around Tuesday about their public collaboration with Johns Hopkins University in hiring residents from distressed zip codes.

In Cleveland, GCC Wins Commitments to School Jobs Pipeline for Unemployed Public School Parents, Improved Learning Conditions for Students and Year-Round Education for Incarcerated Youth

GCC leaders in action, creating jobs for unemployed public school parents and winning commitments to improving learning conditions for all students.
On May 8th Greater Cleveland Congregations held an 185-person education action at New Tech Collinwood High School with Cleveland public schools CEO Eric Gordon.  The action was co-chaired by two 11th graders from Collinwood.  
At the action CEO Gordon committed to establish a jobs pipeline to connect unemployed Cleveland public school parents to entry-level jobs within the school system.  He also made school-specific commitments with four of the schools where GCC has been organizing: support for a new after-school initiative, help to upgrade classroom technology, improve access to healthy food options, upgrade an aging gym, and help to paint and beautify one of our schools.        
Mr. Gordon also provided an exciting update from our 2017 action about the Downtown Education Center (DEC), the CMSD school housed within the Juvenile Justice Center. During the summer months the youth who are incarcerated at the DEC have no access to learning opportunities.  They are essentially locked down on their units the whole summer.  Last year GCC fought to have summer school at the DEC.
Mr. Gordon managed to go farther, having just successfully gotten agreement to turn the DEC into a year-round school so that those young people will have access to education throughout the entire year.  This is a big victory, and GCC’s persistence played an important part.

In New Video, WIN Highlights Damages and Risk of Privatization in DC

WIN partnered with Center for Community Change to create a video that highlights the damages of privatization and what's at stake for DC Circulator workers. DDOT contracts out its hiring and management of the Circulator to the private multinational corporation, First Transit. Not only are circulator workers paid less for their hard work, but an audit revealed that First Transit had blatantly ignored the DC Paid Sick Leave Act, and even forced workers to violate District safety standards by taking out buses that did not pass pre-trip safety inspections. In fact, a 2015 safety audit of the DC Circulator found only 2, of the 42 buses inspected, fit to drive.
In 2016, ATU Local 1764 Circulator workers, Metro IAF, & WIN leaders organized for, fought, and won a new 3-year contract to increase maximum wages, triple First Transit’s contributions to employee 401(k) plans, and include language that will ensure drivers don’t have to operate buses that do not meet safety standards. Now the DC Government is putting the contract out to bid again, and more private companies whose interest is profit will compete to provide the DC Circulator service.

Watch the Video: WIN and ATU Leaders at the DC City Council talking to Councilmembers about Privatization of the Circulator

VOICE’s Fight for Dedicated Metro Funding in VA Leads to Approved $150+ Million Funding Bill that Protects Workers

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bulova responds to VOICE's demand for dedicated funding at the VOICE Fairfax Action in May 2017
Throughout the past year, VOICE and its sister Metro IAF organizations in DC and Maryland have called for dedicated funding for Metro transit service that does not come at the expense of working people. At actions in Fairfax and Alexandria, and then again at the state-wide action in front of 1,500 people with the gubernatorial candidates, VOICE demanded that dedicated funding for Metro was a paramount issue in Northern Virginia. However, VOICE leaders were not willing to get "funding at all cost", particularly if it meant taking retirement and benefits away from frontline workers. 
On March 10th, Richmond legislators approved a $150+ million Metro funding bill that will not turn middle class jobs into working poor jobs. 
Without those VOICE actions, and the local VOICE actions at the Metro Board, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and the half-dozen listening sessions with frontline workers, a funding bill that did not negatively impact working people would not have passed in the General Assembly.

Turnaround Tuesday Takes Action Against Unemployment in Baltimore

An early graduating Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) class in 2017
Turnaround Tuesday, a jobs movement, continues putting Baltimore back to work with its successful job readiness training, leadership development, and job placement. Turnaround Tuesday has collaborated with nine hospitals and a local Recovery Center as well as the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Health, none of which would have been possible without building critical relationships with area hospitals and taking action to pressure the Health Services Cost Review Commission to increase hospital reimbursement rates to fund community health positions.
Turnaround Tuesday has placed 79 individuals in three new positions: Community Health Workers, Peer Recovery Specialists, and Certified Nurse Assistants/General Nursing Assistants. Over the past two years, none of the Turnaround Tuesday-trained individuals have lost their jobs. All positions pay between $15 and $17 per hour with full benefits and 129 positions remain to be filled.

WIN Secures Commitments from DC Councilmembers to Raise Wages, Provide Better Healthcare for Workers of Privatized DC Streetcar and Circulator Bus

DC Circulator worker Kewana Battle-Mason Speaking at the Action

On Monday October 23rd, more than 215 faith leaders and workers with Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 and Local 1764 filled the sanctuary of Luther Place Memorial Church in downtown DC. WIN leaders and transit workers addressed Councilmember Cheh, Chair of the Transportation Committee, and Councilmember Evans, who is also a WMATA Board Chair. Both Councilmembers made public commitments to intervene to raise the wages and healthcare of the privatized DC Streetcar and DC Circulator bus workers to be on par with WMATA workers, the regional transportation authority. In the past, both councilmembers were influential in getting raises and improved healthcare in the 2015 Circulator bus contract. Specifically, they agreed to investigate and raise issues of privatization in council hearings including the upcoming confirmation hearings for a new Director of the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT). See more pictures of the action.

As a follow up, on October 31st, 30 WIN leaders and ATU workers marched into the DC Streetcar barn demanding to speak with the General Manager of the private company that operates the DC Streetcar. Leaders delivered demands, including that the company give operators, cleaners and mechanics healthcare, fair wages and retirement benefits befitting public employees.

WIN Leaders and ATU members praying at the action

DC Streetcar operators make among the lowest wages of any streetcar operators in the country. The employer provided “health insurance” is horrible. It is “fixed payment indemnity insurance” that for instance only covers $300 maximum per year for doctors visits, or $200/ day for a hospital stay. This leaves low paid DC Streetcar operators, cleaners and mechanics - who are public servants - paying medical bills out of pocket or going without health care.  Check out a VIDEO of part of the action.

Common Ground Expands; Becomes Only Organization in Milwaukee Able to Produce a Large, Diverse and Representative Turnout

Common Ground leaders discuss jobs and criminal justice during internal action at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church

On October 26th​, Common Ground held an internal action at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church on Milwaukee's North side centered on jobs, criminal justice and welcoming Tabernacle into the organization. Over 300 people were in attendance--including excellent African-American turnout and over 100 people from three South side Latino parishes that had affiliated earlier in the year--confirming Common Ground as the only organization in the Milwaukee area that can produce such a large, diverse and representative turnout. Dozens of people committed to a series of trainings and research actions. Sandra Taylor led a great meeting and Mimi Perez, Brianna Nelson and Patrick Davis offered powerful testimonials. Rev. Will Davis rocked the house with an inspirational call to action. Tabernacle's own Rev. Don Darius Butler finished off the evening with a moving presentation of why his church joined Common Ground. 

The action sets the stage for Common Ground's 10-year anniversary and celebration next year on April 29, 2018.

Relational Meetings during the Assembly

Turnaround Tuesday Receives 2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award

On October 7th, Turnaround Tuesday was awarded the 2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award. Turnaround Tuesday is a jobs movement associated with Metro IAF’s Baltimore affiliate, BUILD, training unemployed and returning citizens and placing them into living wage jobs with employers that have committed to hire graduates of Turnaround Tuesday. Each year, the John Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) selects a Baltimore-based community organization working in collaboration with John Hopkins University to promote the health and conditions of local community members. Additional press coverage here.


Seventh Annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award - Turnaround Tuesday Video HERE

Turnaround Tuesday Receives 2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award

On October 7th, Turnaround Tuesday was awarded the 2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award. Turnaround Tuesday is a jobs movement associated with Metro IAF’s Baltimore affiliate, BUILD, and helps unemployed and returning citizens gain the job readiness training needed to secure a living wage job. Each year, the John Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) selects a Baltimore-based community organization working in collaboration with John Hopkins University to promote the health and conditions of local community members. Additional press coverage here.

WIN Receives Commitments from DC Mayor on Returning Citizen Unemployment, Community Safety

650 leaders packed First Rock Baptist Church to address DC Mayor Bowser on key issues

WIN packed First Rock Baptist Church in Southeast DC with more than 650 faith leaders, returning citizens and workers to address DC Mayor Muriel Bowser around key issues in the city.

Mayor Bowser embraced the vast majority of WIN’s asks. Her commitment to WIN’s campaign to hire 5,000 returning citizens and people from high unemployment areas is an important first step. Next WIN will engage 5-10 CEOs between now and November and work to deepen relationships between returning citizens and WIN’s faith communities. The Mayor also committed to modest but real next steps on community safety, immigrant & Muslim rights, and affordable housing including getting a shovel in the ground on the redevelopment of affordable housing at Parkway Overlook in 2018.

At the action, Rev. Dr. Charlie Parker of Metropolitan Memorial UMC taught that, "God does not give us a victory simply because we are on the right side.  God invites us to be part of a struggle to bring about God's Kingdom." Together, WIN members will continue this important work towards living wage jobs, community safety, Muslim and immigrant rights, affordable housing and more. 

AIM Wins Commitments from MD State Sen. Madaleno to Fight WMATA Privatization, Preserve Worker Pensions

AIM leaders along with Mr. Freddie Brown (far left), who shared stories about the Civil Rights Movement and how to be strategic in campaign with WMATA.

AIM leaders from retirement communities in Montgomery County gathered with the Amalgamated Transit Union members who operate buses out of the Montgomery bus division to stand united against privatization and stand up for the right to retirement security. Mr. Freddie Brown from Asbury Village inspired those in attendance with stories from when he was a driver for Martin Luther King Jr. during key Civil Rights struggles. He encouraged attendees to be strategic in organizing power and picking targets in taking on this campaign with WMATA. Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno pledged to work with Metro IAF to fight privatization, preserve pensions and expand public transportation in the region and especially in the state of Maryland.  He pledged to pull together key legislators before Labor Day.  

BUILD: CUPs Coffeehouse Grand Opening in East Baltimore

CUPs (Creating Unlimited Possibilities) Coffeehouse, the first of its kind in the East Baltimore community of Oliver, held its grand opening in the Oliver community. BUILD organized with its community development entity, Development Partners, to recruit CUPS and finance and redevelop the building. CUPS trains and mentors youth to help them gain technical and social skills for working in the restaurant and hospitality industry and provides leadership skills through opportunities to plan, organize, and implement Community Engagement Projects. Twenty positions in culinary training will go to Turnaround Tuesday participants.


In the News

OCJU Organizes for Rural Jobs Access, Immigrant Student Resources in North Carolina

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Justice United

Lattisville Grove MBC leaders applaud candidates supporting Justice United’s Agenda
253 Justice United leaders filled the sanctuary of Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church for a public meeting with candidates for the Orange County Board of Education, the largest employer serving rural Orange County with close to 1,000 staff, and a key institution that shapes the futures and opportunities available to over 7,400 young people. 
Candidates committed to hire over 140 African American and Latino teachers within the next four years to resolve racial hiring disparities in the teaching staff, increasing access to jobs for people of color; as well as the hiring of bilingual front office staff for every school (currently only 2 of 12 schools have bi-lingual front office staff, and the student body is 20% Latino). Candidates also committed to develop a continuing education unit to assist guidance counselors in helping immigrant students navigate a path to higher education. 
Four of seven seats on the Board of Education are up for election this May. With only one incumbent running, it’s clear that change is coming to the leadership of Orange County schools. Justice United will continue to organize to hold Board members accountable to delivering on these solutions.


Community Purchasing Alliance Welcomes New Regional Director: Jessica Johnson

Friday, September 22, 2017
Community Purchasing Alliance

The Community Purchasing Alliance is an IAF affiliate working to ease the pain of non-profit facilities management across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This month CPA Co-op would like to highlight a leader from within our organization, our new Regional Director: Jessica Johnson. Jessica brings with her 13 years of management, sales, and contracting experience in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors. Already Jessica has put her skills and experience to good use, bringing in 20 new participants and building out a new paving program to add to our growing list of program areas. The fact that our co-op is in the position to hire a professional of Jessica's caliber is indication enough that our model is working, and that we can build meaningful financial power among the institutions that are already organized within the IAF. Best of all, CPA Co-op is committed to reinvesting 60% of our profits directly back into the IAF. (Last year this was $36,000 and this year we expect it to be more than $60,000). You can read more about CPA Co-ops roots in community organizing here. With excellent team members like Jessica onboard, CPA's growth is indicative of the kind of success we can expect from this new fundraising model for organizing. 

Barbara Kraft: From Union Household to Labor Lawyer, a Fighter for Living Wage Jobs

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Washington Interfaith Network

Barbara Kraft is a member of Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Strategy Team and chair of the Social Action Committee at Temple Sinai. Barbara grew up in the industrial Midwest cities of Cleveland and Detroit in a proud union household. Barbara is keenly aware of how union jobs provided stability for her family and community.

“There is a self-respect and sense of identity and self-worth that one derives from work that is meaningful and that supports one’s family.”

Barbara’s passion for living wage jobs led her to a career as a labor lawyer and then to begin volunteering with WIN to help drive WIN’s DC Water Jobs Campaign. In 2015 that campaign led to a historic agreement where DC Water committed to a goal that 51% of its new hires will be DC residents. DC Water will also open training programs to teach DC residents Skills that DC Water needs in its hires -- green infrastructure, commercial driver’s license (CDL) training, and other related skills.

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys life with her labor lawyer husband Peter, studies drawing and painting at the Washington Studio School where she currently serves as president of the board of directors, relishes her piano, and visits her rock-climbing son in Tucson and daughter who is part of a rock band in Brooklyn. WIN is grateful that Barbara is bringing her talent and passion to our Strategy Team and Jobs Team.

BUILD: Baltimore Youth Hold Mayor Accountable

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Founded by BUILD and NO Boundaries Coalition, the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project (BYOP) turned out 150 youth and accompanying adults to a Mayoral Accountability action to hold Mayor Catherine Pugh accountable to her campaign promises of 1000 year-round jobs for youth, fully funding recreation centers & community schools, and school funding.  The youth demanded – and got – recognition from the Mayor. Because of the disciplined and persistent pressure from youth, the Mayor committed to work with BYOP on the BUILD One Baltimore agenda and to continue to build a relationship between the Mayor and BUILD/BYOP.

He cleaned Nick Clegg's office – and was punished for wanting a living wage

Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Guardian

Every weekday Valdemar Ventura, a gentle man with impeccable manners, leaves his small flat in south London and, until July, made his way to Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, where his duties included cleaning the floors, lavatories and office of the deputy prime minister,Nick Clegg. "A good man," Ventura says. "He always said, 'Hello, good morning'." Acknowledgment matters to a workforce often rendered largely invisible. Ventura, 44, a former soldier, came to the UK from Angola 10 years ago. Now he is one of 150 Whitehall cleaners, supported by the community organisation Citizens UK, campaigning for a living wage, the minimum hourly wage necessary for housing, food and other basic needs, calculated annually.

The Olympic Games Help Londoners

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The New York Times

Britain last hosted the summer Olympics in 1948, just after World War II when we were broke and our aspirations were low. The Stadium was dominated by a quote from the founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin: “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” This time around, Londoners can do more than take part: we can win.

Before Games, Workers Win a Big Event

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The New York Times

LONDON — Enveloped in a warm, glimmering haze, the Olympic Stadium looks like a vast, silvery spaceship come to unlikely rest in the working-class East End.  Our viewing platform is no less unlikely. I’m standing with Lina Jamoul, a community organizer, at the top of a giant new shopping mall. It feels as though someone in Santa Monica should file a claim for grand-theft mall. Brutal, despairing riots swept across the ancient working-class neighborhoods near here less than a year ago, and vast public dollars devoted to sport could appear grotesque.  Except that Ms. Jamoul and her fellow thousands with the East London Communities Organization have turned these games into a triumph. In a few months, as tourists descend on these neighborhoods, every Briton working inside the Olympic perimeter, including tea fetchers and souvenir shop workers, will make wages worth about $4 an hour above this country’s minimum wage.

Community organisers help 1,200 people into Olympic jobs

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lina Jamoul from London Citizens argues that Work Programme contractors could learn lessons from London Citizens’ success in helping east Londoners to find jobs at the 2012 games.

In Gilded City, Living Wage Proposal Still Stirs Fears

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
New York Times

In 1996, the Industrial Areas Foundation, an organizing group that has built thousands of homes across New York City, proposed that private firms contracting with the city pay food service workers, security guards, cleaners and temporary office workers a wage that ranged at the time from $7.25 to $12 an hour. “We started with a pretty simple idea: If you work full time, you shouldn’t be poor,” recalled Jonathan Lange, an organizer with Metro I.A.F., the local affiliate.

Living Wage, Again

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Independent Budget Office Web Blog

Amid the uproar during the past few weeks over the proposed living wage law there’s one important point that you might have missed: the city already has a living-wage law. Its rules cover thousands of workers employed under more than $1 billion worth of contracts with the city.  In fact, New York City had one of the first living-wage laws in the country, though the city’s first bill covered just a couple thousand workers. Passed in 1996, over the veto of then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the legislation was championed by advocacy organizations such as the Industrial Areas Foundation as well as local unions. It required that private firms contracting with the city to provide food services, security guards, cleaners, and temporary office workers pay their employees a living wage that ranged at the time from about $7.25 to $12 an hour.

A message to Fenty and Gray: It's All About Jobs

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Washington Post

For several months, the focus of the District's mayoral campaign, and much of the media coverage of it, has been on the contrasting personal styles of the front-runners, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. We in the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) think it's time for the campaign and the candidates to focus on the issues instead. As an organization, WIN does not endorse candidates, but we do our best to hold those who run for office accountable to the people on the issues that affect their lives.

And this fall's election can be summed up in one issue: jobs...

'Major retailers' would pay employees city living wage under proposal

Monday, May 3, 2010
Baltimore Sun

Major retailers in Baltimore would be forced to pay employees the city's designated 'living wage' -- currently slightly more than $10 per hour -- under a measure introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke at Monday's council meeting. Retailers that are part of a chain that grosses more than $10 million annually would be required to pay employees the living wage rate under Clarke's proposal...

Cheers for the end of poverty pay

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Guardian

Cleaners will get a pay rise as Queen Mary College becomes the first living-wage campus in the UK.

They are an essential part of every university. They start work when everyone else leaves, and finish before most others get there in the morning. They are poorly paid, receive no holiday or sick pay and often take on two or three jobs to make ends meet. Contracted cleaners, security guards and caterers are academia's dirty secret. But last Thursday, Queen Mary, part of the University of London, voted to abolish "poverty pay" on campus...

East End to Strike Gold

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
London Evening Standard

Leaders of London's Olympic bid have pledged that the capital's residents will share the benefits of hosting the 2012 Games.

They have signed up to an "ethical contract", promising a "living wage" for workers, affordable new homes, skills training and better health care for communities around the proposed Olympic village in Stratford.

Mayor Ken Livingstone and bid chairman Lord Coe hope the commitment will boost London's chances as its battle to host the 2012 Games enters the final lap...

London 2012 Wins Local Seal of Approval

Friday, November 5, 2004
The Guardian

London's Olympic bid is to receive a massive boost with the signing of a "people's compact" which will guarantee jobs, training and homes for local residents.

The Guardian has learned that after weeks of negotiations, officials from the bid company, London 2012, the office of the mayor, Ken Livingstone, and the residents' pressure group, London Citizens, will sign a detailed agreement next week.

The breakthrough has been eagerly sought because it allows officials behind the bid to indicate a measure of support among grassroots communities...

Living Wage campaign marks 10 years of fighting for the poorest

The Guardian

It took on the banks and persuaded schools, hospitals and Westfield shopping centre to raise pay for workers. Now, on the eve of a 10th anniversary rally, the movement has Tesco in its sights too. Ken Livingstone calls them "the best example of the big society I've seen in the past decade". London Citizens, which started as a ragtag band of church groups and trade unionists appalled at the living conditions of many workers in the capital, will hold a mass rally in St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square tomorrow to celebrate 10 years of its Living Wage campaign...

In Howard, Ulman advocates push for summer environment jobs

Baltimore Sun

Pollution of the Chesapeake Bay can't be eliminated in one summer, and there's no apparent way to find a job for every unemployed youth in Howard County, but a faith-based county group says it has a plan to make a dent in both problems. People Acting Together in Howard, or PATH, is combining efforts with County Executive Ken Ulman to create summer youth jobs by training and paying students to build dozens of small rain gardens to help reduce polluting stormwater runoff...