Friday, November 20, 2009

Conference Presentations

Much thanks and gratitude to all who attended, endorsed and supported the November 13-14 conference to create Living Wage Jobs.

We hope to post more materials from the conference program very soon, along with photos and video. In the meantime, here are copies of speeches and presentations from some of the conference speakers that we've collected so far.

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Our Practical Dream (Opening remarks)

Robert Pollin, The Economic Logic and Moral Imperative of Full Employment

Bill Barclay, A Permanent Jobs Program for the U.S.: Economic Restructuring to Meet Human Needs

Chloe Tribich, Green Jobs New York

Bill Quigley, Human Rights and Living Wage Jobs

Mel Rothenberg, Presentation on Political Strategy

Philip Harvey, Learning from the New Deal (Powerpoint)

Philip Harvey, Learning from the New Deal (Draft Paper)

Friday, November 13, 2009

National Jobs Conference Set For Nov. 13-14 in New York City!


Friday & Saturday, November 13-14, 2009, New York, NY

Friday, Nov. 13: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY -- Map
Saturday, Nov. 14: District Council 37, 125 Barclay Street, New York, NY -- Map

Register Now! Registration fee includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch for both days

Conference Brochure with Agenda as of 11-11-09 (Word)

Conference Promotional Booklet with Call to Action & Endorser List (PDF)

11/6/09 News Release

Join Cause and publicize through Facebook

Confirmed speakers include:

Barbara Arms
, Treasurer and Community Organizer, Coalition for Economic and Social Justice, Belleville, IL

Bill Barclay, Chicago Political Economy Group

Cassandra Barham, Ohio Empowerment Coalition/ Cincinnati Contact Center

Charles Bell, Conference Chair, Vice-President, National Jobs for All Coalition, and Programs Director, Consumers Union

Pres. Barbara Bowen, Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, AFL-CIO

Larry Bresler, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

Sheila Collins, Professor of Political Science, William Paterson University. Author, Let Them Eat Ketchup: The Politics of Poverty and Inequality; co-author, Washington's New Poor Law: Welfare Reform and the Roads Not Taken, 1935 to the Present.

Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, and Professor of Religion, Columbia University, author of many books, including Social Ethics in the Making: Interpreting an American Tradition, and Imperial Designs: Neoconservatism and the New Pax Americana

Glen Ford, Editor, Black Agenda Report

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Professor of Social Policy and Chair, Ph.D. Program in Social Work, Adelphi University. Poor Women in Rich Countries: The Feminization of Poverty over the Life Course (editor and co-author). Washington's New Poor Law: Welfare "Reform" and the Roads Not Taken, 1935 to the Present (co-author)

Helen Lachs Ginsburg, Professor Emerita of Economics, Brooklyn College, CUNY. Author, Full Employment and Public Policy: The United States and Sweden; Jobs for All: A Plan for the Revitalization of America (co-authored)

Philip Harvey, Professor of Law and Economics, Rutgers School of Law. Author, Securing the Right to Employment: Social Welfare Policy and the Unemployed in the United States; co-author of America's Misunderstood Welfare State: Persistent Myths, Enduring Realities.

Christine Firer Hinze, Professor, Christian Ethics, Fordham University. Author, Comprehending Power in Christian Social Ethics

Peter Knowlton, President of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), Northeast Region, and Vice-President on the General Executive Board of the UE National

Myles Lennon, Laborers Union, Local 10

Dedrick Muhammad
, Senior Organizer and Research Associate, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies

Ed Ott, Joseph Murphy Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies, CUNY

Bill Perkins, Senator, New York State Senate, 30th District

Joe Persky, Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago Political Economy Group

Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, co-author, Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy

Bill Quigley, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Loyola University School of Law. Author of Ending Poverty as We Know It: Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage and Storms Still Raging: Katrina, New Orleans and Social Justice .

Elce Redmond, South Austin Community Coalition, Committee for New Priorities and Executive Committee, Chicago Job With Justice

Lillian Roberts, Executive Director, District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO

Paul Sherry, former President, United Church of Christ

Holly Sklar, policy advisor, Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, author, Raise the Floor: Wages and Policies That Work for All of Us.

James Thindwa, labor and community activist, and former Executive Director of Chicago Jobs With Justice. James recently joined the American Federation of Teacher's Strategic Campaigns Team, a national campaign to organize charter school employees. He writes for, and is a board member of In These Times magazine, and serves on the board of directors of Illinois Labor History Society

Chloe Tribich, Senior Organizer, Center for Working Families

Ricardo Valadez, Program and Communications Director, Jobs with Justice

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs, Washington, DC

TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED during the two-day conference include:

-- the current crisis in unemployment and underemployment;
-- faith and community perspectives on the need for living wage jobs and decent work;
-- America’s “other deficit” of underinvestment in physical infrastructure and public services, and opportunities to create jobs that fix America and put unemployed people back to work;
-- labor union initiatives to create jobs, raise wages and improve working conditions;
-- policy options to promote green jobs and environmental sustainability;
-- developing a transformative legislative program for job creation and economic renewal; and
-- organizing and building a broad-based social movement to create living wage jobs for everyone who wants to work, and achieve full employment.


Our country is in the throes of an economic crisis—the most severe since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Unemployment is at the disaster level. And even before the onset of our current, deep recession, chronic unemployment, low and stagnant wages, myriad unmet needs and unprecedented environmental degradation were endemic.

Current Job Crisis

* Nearly 30 million workers fully or partially jobless (June 2009)
* Most rapid job less of any downturn since the Great Depression
* 5 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy since the onset of the recession.
* High unemployment expected to persist, even if the economy “recovers.”
* Many of the long-term unemployed will lose benefits, their savings, their homes and more

Weak Stimulus

By the Administration’s own estimate, the economic stimulus will make up for a fraction of the millions of jobs lost since the recession began. Nor will the Stimulus stem the continuing job hemorrhage.

“Good Old Days”

Even in “good” times: 5 million or more women and men were officially jobless; hidden unemployment afflicted many millions more; and poverty wages were rampant. Inequality reigned, our infrastructure was crumbling, and human services fell far short of needs. We must not go back to those “Good Old Days.”

Instead, we should be guided by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933): We cannot be content, no matter how high the general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people … is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

Real Reform

Now is the time to organize and mobilize to create a just economy--one that assures living wage jobs for all, sustains the environment, and repairs our social and physical infrastructure.



Registration is $60 for general admission (or $50 Early Bird rate through Nov. 6) and $35 for students. The fee includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch for both days.

One day registration is $35 for general admission, and $20 for students.

NOTE: The Friday dinner/social event is NOT included in the registration fee and will be an extra charge).

To register for the conference, visit: and the registration page at: If you need more information or have suggestions for the program, please email us at


Adelphi University School of Social Work
Americans for Democratic Action, Darryl Fagin, Legal Director
Ron Baiman, Chicago Political Economy Group, Director of Budget and Policy Analysis, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Chicago
Bill Barclay, Chicago Political Economy Group, Oak Park Citizens for Truth and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America
Charles Bell, National Jobs for All Coalition, Conference Chair
Center for Constitutional Rights, Bill Quigley, Legal Director
Center for Media and Democracy
Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU
Coalition for Economic and Social Justice, San Francisco & Belleville, IL, Barbara Arms, Community Organizer
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Hartford, Ct Chapter
Coalition on Human Needs, Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director
Sheila Collins, National Jobs for All Coalition, Professor of Political Science, William Paterson University
Committee For New Priorities/Chicago Jobs With Justice
NY Administrative Employees CWA Local 1180
University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Cornell ILR Extension Programs, New York City
Deborah D'Amico, Murphy Institute of CUNY
DC 37 AFSCME, Lillian Roberts, President
Democratic Socialists of American, NYC Chapter
Bill Fletcher, Jr., Executive Editor,
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, Riverside Church of New York, Pres., Healing of the Nations Foundation
Helen Ginsburg, National Jobs for All Coalition, Professor Emerita of Economics, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church
Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Director
Green Party, NYC Local
Philip Harvey, Professor of Law & Economics, Rutgers School of Law
Howie Hawkins, Green Party, Teamsters Local 317, Syracuse NY
Hospitality House Inc [Maine]
Hunter College School of Social Work
Haydar Kurban, Chicago Political Economy Group, Associate Professor of Economics, Howard University
Garth Mangum, Max McGraw Professor Emeritus, Economics & Management, Univ. of Utah
Logan Martinez, Miami Valley Full Employment Council/Organize Ohio
Mass Welfare Rights Union
Muntu Matsimela, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, African American Studies Dept.
Martin Morand, Emeritus, Indiana U of PA, Industrial-Labor Relations
Joseph Murphy Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies, CUNY
National Council of Churches
National Jobs for All Coalition, Trudy Goldberg, Chair
New Priorities/Chicago Jobs With Justice
Ohio Empowerment Coalition
Jeanette Mott Oxford, Missouri House of Representatives, State Representative, 59th District
Joseph Persky, Chicago Political Economy Group, Professor of Economics, University of Illinois, Chicago
Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign
Presbyterian Public Policy Network of the Synod of the Northeast (PPAN)
Presbytery of New York
Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, AFL-CIO
Elce Redmond, Chicago Political Economy Group, South Austin Coalition, Chicago
Nancy E. Rose, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, California State University, San Bernardino
Marguerite G. Rosenthal, National Jobs for All Coalition, Professor Emerita of Social Work, Salem State College
Shalom Center, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Director
Stony Brook University, School of Social Welfare, Social Justice Center
Frank Stricker, Emeritus Professor of History, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Rekindling Reform
Mel Rothenberg, Chicago Political Economy Group, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of Chicago
Rutgers University School of Social Work
Dr. Peg Strobel, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago
Survival News
Union of Radical Political Economists (URPE)
UAW Local 2110
David Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council
Rev. Marcel Welty, Conference Coordinator
Women in Transition [Louisville]
Workers Defense League
Working Families Party
Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University
June Zaccone, National Jobs for All Coalition, Associate Professor Emerita of Economics, Hofstra University

October unemployment rate hits 10.2%: dozens of organizations launch national campaign for job creation

National Jobs for All Coalition
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October unemployment rate hits 10.2%: dozens of organizations launch national campaign for job creation.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Media Contacts:

Media Contacts:

Chuck Bell, National Jobs for All Coalition (914) 830-0639
Dr. Trudy Goldberg, National Jobs for All Coalition (203) 856-3877
Dr. Melvin Rothenberg, Chicago Political Economy Group (773) 573-0727
Dr. Sheila Collins, National Jobs for All Coalition (914)560-6485

With official unemployment now in the double digits, a unique coalition of labor, religious, community, social welfare, educational and anti-poverty organizations will launch a national campaign to place the need for job creation at the center of the nation’s agenda November 13-14 in New York City.

Spearheaded by the National Jobs for All Coalition and the Chicago Political Economy Group the conference will take place in two different venues: Friday, November 13 from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM at the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., Manhattan and on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at District Council 37 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers (AFSCME).

This conference follows on the Labor Department’s announcement today that official unemployment rose to 10.2 percent in October, the highest rate in almost three decades.

According to Dr. Melvin Rothenburg of the Chicago Political Economy Group, “the official unemployment rate doesn’t begin to tell the story of what’s happening to the American people. We should really be talking about a 19% unemployment rate,” he said. “If you include all the discouraged workers who have given up looking for work, part-time workers who want full-time jobs, and others who want a job but are not looking for a variety of reasons the figure comes to almost twice the official unemployment rate.”

Using the Labor Department’s estimates of the number of job vacancies, there are now nearly 13 job-wanters for each available job. Until lobbied by the National Jobs for All Coalition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not keep track of this kind of statistic, a more graphic way of illustrating how serious the unemployment situation is.

“31 million unemployed people in the richest nation in the world is not only an economic issue, it is a moral crisis,” said the Rev. Marcel Welty, conference coordinator. “People without jobs suffer spiritually as well as economically.”

“Without a productive workforce none of the things we want to accomplish in this country—health care for all, quality education for our children, social security and elder care protection, greening our economy, or infrastructure repair—can be achieved,” said Dr. Gertrude Goldberg, Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University and Chair of the National Jobs for All Coalition.

Conference organizers hope to catalyze the kind of political spirit that existed during the Great Depression when millions of the unemployed were put to work by the government, building America’s infrastructure, providing necessary goods for the indigent, conserving the country’s degraded natural resources, and producing historical archives and works of art that became part of the nation’s national cultural treasury.

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