Call For End To 1935 Exclusion Of Nations Farmworkers and Domestics From Protections Of NLRB

LABOR JUSTICE ANNOUNCEMENT - WE INVITE YOUR PARTICIPATION - THANK YOU! - CO-FOUNDERS, JERRY COHEN & LEROY CHATFIELD



LABOR JUSTICE Message from LeRoy Chatfield & Jerry Cohen

When we published Jerry Cohen’s letter to Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, calling for an end to the 1935 exclusion of our nation’s farmworkers and domestics from the rights and protections of the National Labor Relations Act, we did not know what reaction to expect. Were we alone we asked each other? Now we know! The wave of positive reaction can be summed up in three words, “it’s about time!” One domestic worker said it in one word, “finally!”

Today, Cesar Chavez Day 2009, we launch a national initiative to reverse 74 years of government-sanctioned racial and economic discrimination directed at farmworkers and domestics. As our letter to Hilda Solis stated, “if not now, when?”

We are not alone – the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (FLOC) and Teamster Local 890 (Salinas) are co-sponsors. These are the heroes who work every day helping to empower and organize farmworkers and domestics. In addition, 222 like-minded and committed people from 25 states have already written to us asking  to be included  as founding members of LABOR JUSTICE.

We are not naïve. Calling for a national initiative to erase racial discrimination and bring justice to farmworkers and domestics is easy, but as Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from his jail cell in Birmingham, the work of developing the constructive and nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth to right these wrongs will be difficult, but it can be done!

Empowered by the words of Dr. King, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” we look forward to the day when this last vestige of slavery and segregation will forever be erased from our nation’s history.

¡SI SE PUEDE!    

Now down to business! We need 1000 Founding Members for LABOR JUSTICE. Today, we have 222. Will you come in with us? Can we count on you? Are you willing to speak out against this government-sanctioned racial discrimination directed at farmworkers and domestics?

If your answer is YES! – email laborjustice2009@hotmail.com. Give us your NAME, your TITLE or OCCUPATION, your CITY & STATE.  - -  WE WILL RESPOND.

LABOR JUSTICE Mission Statement:

The 1935 exclusion of farmworkers and domestics from the protections of the National Labor Relations Act is one of our nation’s last vestiges of slavery and segregation. Now is the time to bring labor justice to farmworkers and domestics by including them in a reformed, fair and workable Act.

 LABOR JUSTICE Disclaimer:

(1) It is not the responsibility of LABOR JUSTICE to write the words of federal legislation to include farmworkers and domestics in the National Labor Relations Act. When that time comes – hopefully, as a result of our national initiative – the task of writing/negotiating the words of legislation will be the responsibility of those, such as FLOC and the National Domestic Worker Alliance and others, who throughout this nation work day-to-day organizing/helping farmworkers and domestics. (2) LABOR JUSTICE is a volunteer organization and will remain so.

 

LABOR JUSTICE Founding Members (a work in progress):

* (institutions listed for identification purposes only, no endorsement is implied)

DouglassAdairPato's Dream Date GardensThermalCA
RudyAhumadaCFO Loaves & FishesSacramentoCA
Jose Celso de CastroAlvesAssistant Professor of History and Black StudiesAmherstMA
LupeAnguianoExecutive Director, Stewards of the EarthOxnardCA
JoseArtigaExecutive Director, SHARE FoundatinWashingtonDC
J. CamiloArtiga-PurcellUniversity of San Francisco Law SchoolSan FranciscoCA
DavidAverbuckJazz Disc Jockey at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Radio StationNew OrleansLA
JoaquinAvilaAssistant Professor of Law, Seattle University School of LawSeattleWA
ElfieBallisCo-Director/Producer SunMt Movement Multimedia CenterPratherCA
MaiaBallisCo-Director/Producer SunMt Movement Multimedia CenterPratherCA
FrankBardackeAdult School TeacherWatsonvilleCA
Richard  BarreraVice-President, San Diego Unified School DistrictSan DiegoCA
AlejandroBeltranAttorneyNew YorkNY
DeniseBergezDevelopment OfficerOaklandCA
Ana MariaBidegainAssociate Professor Florida International UniversityMiamiFL
JeffBlum
WashingtonDC
Pat  BlumenthalJewish Communal ProfessionalDenverCO
PaulBooth
WashingtonDC
HeatherBoothPresident, Midwest AcademyWashingtonDC
Rev. GeneBoutilierMinister, United Church of ChristClaremontCA
TimBowmanLecturer/Ph.D. Candidate Southern Methodist UniversityDallasTX
Msgr. Eugene J. Boyle
Palo AltoCA
GregoryBoyle, SJFounder and Executive Directory Homeboy IndustriesLos AngelesCA
Jeffrey S.BrandDean/ Professor of Law, University of San Francisco Law SchoolSan FranciscoCA
Msgr. JohnBrenklePastor, St. Helena ParishSt. HelenaCA
JerryBrown  Attorney General, State of CaliforniaSacramentoCA
Jerry B.Brown, Ph.D.Founding Professor, Florida International UniversityMiamiFL
JohnBurtonCalifornia Senate ProTem (Ret.)San FranciscoCA
Roberto  BustosCaptain, 1966 March To Sacramento/Delano Grape StrikerTulareCA
Mary QuinnByrne, Ph.D.Field Education Coordinator, Salem State CollegeCambridgeMA
Roberto R.Calderón, Ph.D.Associate Professor, History, University of North TexasDentonTX
DuaneCampbellProfessor Bilingual/Multicultural Education Sacrament State Univ.SacramentoCA
TerenceCannonRetired Writer/ ActivistSanta MonicaCA
MikeCaseyPresident, UNITE-HERESan FranciscoCA
JimCassellFounder Berkeley AgencyBerkeleyCA
Carlos  CastanedaStudent, Santa Ana CollegeSanta AnaCA
BillChandlerMIRA! Mississippi Immigrants Rights AllianceJacksonMS
LeRoy ChatfieldCo-Founder LABOR JUSTICE /  www.farmworkermovement.usSacramentoCA
Federico "Freddy"ChavezAdministrative Law Judge California Unemployment InsuranceOaklandCA
BorenChertkovFormer General Counsel,  CA Agricultural Labor Relations BoardSacramentoCA
EdChieraUnion ConsultantOaklandCA
SherriChiesaExecutive Vice-President HERE-UNITESan FranciscoCA
Emmon M.ClarkeRetiredRohnert ParkCA
MikeClementsVice-President, Justice In EducationFullertonCA
Gary Clements, Esq.
New OrleansLA
Jerry  CohenAttorney / Co-Founder LABOR JUSTICECarmelCA
Marc ColemanLaw Offices of Marc ColemanLong BeachCA
KateColwell MD
KensingtonCA
ErnieCortesSouthwest Regional Director, Industrial Areas FoundationAustinTX
GuyCostello
MilwaukeeWI
GerryCoxDirector, Anderson Valley Farmworker Housing AssociationNavarroCA
Kathleen  CoxVice-President, Anderson Valley Farmworker Housing AssociationNavarroCA
Sister Mary AnnCoyleLoretto Community/ Editor, Loretto Earth Network NewsDenverCO
Sister Mary AnnCunningham SLLoretto Women's Network/Editor, CouRAGEDenverCO
RonD'AloisioConsultant - Education & OrganizingAshlandOR
BobDatzMarketing Communications and Publicity ConsultantBrimfieldMA
AminDavidLos Amigos of Orange CountySanta AnaCA
Susan PackerDavis/Hille Esq.Director, Concord High SchoolSanta MonicaCA
Mark R.DayDay ProductionsVistaCA
PetraDeJesusAttorneySan FranciscoCA
MargaretDolan MDFamily DoctorChicagoIL
Sister DianeDonoghue SSSSister of Social Service Development OfficerLos AngelesCA
MariaEchavesteFormer White House Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill ClintonBerkeleyCA
ChristopherEdley, Jr.Dean and Orrick Professor of Law, Boalt Hall UC BerkeleyBerkeleyCA
Donald B.EdwardsRetiredAjijicMX
Ellen J.EggersPublic DefenderSacramentoCA
Sister Marie L.EgoLoretto CommunityLakewoodCO
JeanEilersCommunity Organizer SEIU Local 49PortlandOR
ElaineElinsonEditorSan FranciscoCA
NancyElliott
Santa CruzCA
BernyEnriquezOrganizer, SEIU-UHWSanta AnaCA
AlbertoEscalanteOrganizer/Political-Social Cartoonist/Graphic ArtistPort HuenemeCA
MartinEspadaPoetAmherstMA
BobEvertsCo-President, Equal ExchangeCambridgeMA
Joseph J.Fahey, Ph.D.Chair, Catholic Scholars for Worker JusticeNew YorkNY
MikeFarrellActor / Producer / AuthorLos AngelesCA
FrancisFernandezLawyer   San FranciscoCA
Dr. Jason M.FerreiraAssistant Professor, Race and Resistance Studies, SFSUSan FranciscoCA
Alfredo CostaFigueroaAuthor: "Ancient Footprints of the Colorado River"BlytheCA
R. MichaelFlynnLabor/Employment Law AttorneyOaklandCA
Lotus YeeFongCaregiverSan Francisco CA
LarryFrancisTeacherApplegateOR
LindaFullertonAttorneyPoint RichmondCA
HermanGallegosFounding Executive Director, National Council of La RazaGaltCA
GuadalupeGamboaLabor AttorySeattleWA
MarshallGanzLecturer in Public Policy Harvard Kennedy SchoolCambridgeMA
JesusGarciaFounding President, Latino Policy ForumChicagoIL
Jose   GomezMember of Faculty, Evergreen State CollegeOlympiaWA
JimGonzalezFormer San Francisco SupervisorSacramentoCA
JenniferGordonLaw Professor, Fordham Law SchoolNew YorkNY
JohnGoveaOn Behalf of Jessica Govea and Govea Family
NJ
Sister JeannineGramick, SLExecutive Coordinator, National Coalition of American NunsMt. RanierMD
JulieGreenfieldSchool NurseCastro ValleyCA
James N.GregoryProfessor, Department of History, University of WashingtonSeattleWA
VictorGriegoPresident, Diverse Strategies For OrganizingLos AngelesCA
Elise SalaamGuillotTeacherAngwinCA
Gary HamelinProfessor, Southern Maine Community CollegeSouth PortlandME
Rev. ChrisHartmireFormer Director, National Farm Worker MinistryClaremontCA
Sister KathleenHealySisters of the PresentationSan FranciscoCA
Zeke HernandezLULACSanta AnaCA
FredHirschExecutive Board/Delegate, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor CouncilSan JoseCA
SuzanneHolland Ph.D.Chair, Department of Relgion, University of Puget SoundTacomaWA
JackHolmgrenCenter for Citizenship and Immigration CommunitiesMontereyCA
George D.HorwitzAuthorChapel HillNC
Father KenIrrangRetired Catholic PriestSt. CloudMI
Kathleen H.JacksonTeacherSan AnselmoCA
FahariJeffersCo-Founder, Past Secretary-Treasurer United Domestic WorkersSpring ValleyCA
CharlesJeffersonProject ManagerMascoutahIL
NickJonesChief Negotiator, SEIU Local 1021OaklandCA
Olivia FloresJourdane  Educator, Cesar Chavez Service ClubSan DiegoCA
Hon. MauriceJourdane (Ret)
San DiegoCA
Mary QuinnKambicCatholic Labor Network/Adjunct Professor Baltimore City CCBaltimoreMD
PeterKardasDirector, Labor Education & Research Center, Evergreen StateOlympiaWA
RonKayeFormer Editor Los Angeles Daily NewsLos AngelesCA
Mary KellerAssistant Director Programs and Services, San Francisco State U.San FranciscoCA
JackieKendallExecutive Director, Midwest AcademyChicagoIL
ElizabethKeoghFormer UFW Volunteer/Retired Social WorkerBakersfieldCA
Rev. CharlesKyle, Ph.D.Priest and EducatorChicagoIL
Ellen  LakeAttorneyOaklandCA
Sister MaribethLarkin, SSSOrganizer, Industrial Areas FoundationLos AngelesCA
Daniel C.LaveryRetired Civil Rights AttorneyGranada HillsCA
KenLeapRetiredMercedCA
Carlos E.LeGerretteExecutive Director, Cesar Chavez Service ClubSan DiegoCA
LindaLeGerretteDeputy Director, Cesar Chavez Service ClubSan DiegoCA
CarolynLopez MDFamily DoctorChicagoIL
Mary FranLottesProfessor of TheologyNerinxKY
EmmaLozanoExecutive Director, Centro Sin FronterasChicagoIL
DiannaLyonsLawyer with Kazan, McClain, Lyons, Greenwood & Harley, PLCOaklandCA
Cardinal Roger MahonyLos Angeles ArchdioceseLos AngelesCA
Sister Mary AnnMcGivern, SLLoretto CommunitySt.LouisMO
JessicaMcGuirePublic DefenderSacramentoCA
DickMeisterFreelance columnistSan FranciscoCA
SueMinorNational Farmworker MinistryLos AngelesCA
RamonMiramontesDean, Los Angeles Community College DistrictPasadenaCA
BillMonningAssembly Member 27th Assembly DistrictMontereyCA
ShelleyMoskowitzPublic Interest AdvocateWashingtonDC
Isadora  MouraMotaArchivistAmherstMA
Rev. JohnMoyerUnited Church of Christ
ME
PatrickMullinsFilmmaker/EducatorEl PasoTX
MarcosMunozOriginal Striker for the United Farm WorkersChicagoIL
Andrea O'MalleyMunozRetired, Health Care AdministratorChicagoIL
Alderman RicardoMunozChicago City CouncilChicagoIL
Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr.Professor Emeritus, University of California, BerkeleyAlbanyCA
CathyMurphyPhotographerBisbeeAZ
MargaretMurphyRN Case ManagerMilwaukeeWI
ThomasNagleRetired Deputy Labor Commission, State of CaliforniaSan DiegoCA
GeorgeNeeSecretary-Treasurer Rhode Island AFL-CIOProvidenceRI
Rev. DonaldNevinsPastor, St. Agnes of BohemiaChicagoIL
GavinNewsomMayor of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA
DeniseO'MalleyEducatorBrocktonMA
JackOrtegaFormer California State Legislative Advocate, MAPASan RafaelCA
Gilbert C.PadillaCo-Founder/Former Secretary-Treasurer United Farm WorkersFresnoCA
Esther N.PadillaFormer Council Member, City of FresnoFresnoCA
AlisonPeasePublic DefenderDavisCA
Sister Lydia M.Pena, SLEducator/Fundraiser, Sisters of LorettoDenverCO
Professor Juan F.PereaUniversity of Florida School of LawGainsevilleFL
JulioPerezOrange County Federation of LaborSanta AnaCA
JanisPetersonEducatorEl CerritoCA
BerlindaPhillipsCivil Rights OfficerDenairCA
DenisePlunkettCounselor for Gambling AddictionsChicagoIL
Sally KellyPorterRetired School TeacherHinghanMA
Esther  PreciadoLegal Secrtary/WorkerBeniciaCA
LuzPrietoWidow of Dr. Jorge PrietoChicagoIL
Sister Mary   Priniski OPMidAtlantic Chapter Prioress, Adrian DominicansRoswellGA
CarolynPurcellNurseMountain ViewCA
EileenPurcellSEIU OrganizerSan FranciscoCA
Michael B.ReaganGraduate Student, San Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoCA
AdamReichPh.D. Student  Sociology, UC BerkeleyBerkeleyCA
ClintReillyClint Reilly HoldingsSan FranciscoCA
EricReyesExecutive Director, Institute for Socio-Economic Justice, Inc.BrawleyCA
Alex A.RezaEducatorNewhallCA
Abby F.RiveraLibrary LiteracyKingsburgCA
DavidRobinsonExecutive Director, Pax ChristiEeriePA
Al RojasVP, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement AFL-CIOSacramentoCA
Rev. JuanRomeroCatholic PriestPalm SpringsCA
FredRoss Jr.SEIU OrganizerBerkeleyCA
SalRosselliInterim President National Union of Healthcare WorkersSan FranciscoCA
Sarah RyanMember of Faculty, Evergreen State CollegeOlympiaWA
FrancesRyanSocial WorkerAshlandOR
JuanSalgadoDirector, Instituto del Progresso LatinoChicagoIL
Mary HelenSandovalCo-Member, Sisters of LorettoDenverCO
Alfredo RodriguezSantos c/sEditor, La Voz NewspapersAustinTX
PaulSchradeUnion/Community Organizer (60 years)/UAW Local 887Los AngelesCA
Arthur Z.SchwartzGeneral Counsel of ACORNNew YorkNY
KenSeaton-MsemajiFounder/Past President United Domestic Workers of AmericaSan DiegoCA
ReubenSernaPhotographer/ Retired Union RepresentativeSacramentoCA
Teresa   SharpePh.D. Candidate, Sociology, UC BerkeleyBerkeleyCA
MarkSharwoodUFW Volunteer 1976-1982/SEIU Local 1877 SacramentoCA
RandyShawActivist and AuthorSan FranciscoCA
GeorgeSheridanTeacherGarden ValleyCA
JeanStokanPolicy Director, Pax ChristiWashingtonDC
David J. StumpProfessor  San FranciscoCA
JeffSweetlandAttorneyMilwaukeeWI
HughTagueSelf-Employed/Not Affiliated With Any Church or UnionSoudertonPA
PeterTappeinerVolunteer Organizer, National Union of Healthcare WorkersSan FranciscoCA
RonTaylorAuthor: "Chavez and the Farmworkers" & "Sweatshops in the Sun"Walnut CreekCA
DorothyTaylorTeacher and Education ConsultantWalnut CreekCA
RickTejada-FloresFilmmakerEmeryvilleCA
HarrietTellerManager Stewardship/Events University of Michigan LibraryAnn ArborMI
RaymondTellesFilmmakerOaklandCA
Ken ThorbourneEditor, The Jersey Journal Hudson CountyWest OrangeNJ
FernTiger Professor and President, Fern Tiger AssociatesOaklandCA
HelenTirbenGift Shop ManagerNapaCA
Senator ArtTorres (Ret.)Chairman, California Democratic PartySan FranciscoCA
LarryTramutolaCEO/President Tramutola CompanyOaklandCA
Sister Hilda MolinaUrreaSt. Agnes of BohemiaChicagoIL
Luis MiguelValdezFilmmaker & Playwright/ Founding Artistic Dtr El Teatro CampesinoSan Juan BautistaCA
Lupe TrujilloValdezScreenwriter & Producer/Founding Member El Teatro CampesinoSan Juan BautistaCA
DavidValladolidPresident & CEO Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)San DiegoCA
Teresa PasqualValladolidCoordinator, Change That Works Campaign SEIU Local 221San DiegoCA
JulieVan PeltWriter/EditorPort TownsendWA
DonVillarejoFounder/Director Emeritus California Institute for Rural StudiesDavisCA
Father LouieVitale OFMFranciscan Province of Santa Barbara Peace and JusticeSan FranciscoCA
EulaWalshRetired EducatorBostonMA
DonWatsonBay Area Labor History WorkshopOaklandCA
EllenWidessRosenberg FoundationSan FranciscoCA
Chris Woods
WashingtonDC
KrissWorthingtonBerkeley City CouncilBerkeleyCA
Fr. RobertWright, OMICatholic Priest / ProfessorSan AntonioTX
Richard M.YbarraSenior Consultant, Ybarra Company Public AffairsSan DiegoCA
Albert "Abby"YbarraEnvironmental Education Specialist-OrganizerChesapeake BeachMD
Daniel  YbarraAttorneySan DiegoCA

 

LABOR JUSTICE Co-Sponsors: (a work in progress):

NATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS ALLIANCE (NDWA)  CO-SPONSOR LABOR JUSTICENew YorkNY
Mujeres Unidas Y Activas (NDWA)San FranciscoCA
POWER (NDWA)San FranciscoCA
San Francisco Day Labor Program Women's Collective of La Raza Central Legal (NDWA)San FranciscoCA
Filipinos for Affirmative Action (NDWA)OaklandCA
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (NDWA)Los AngelesCA
Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California (NDWA)Los AngelesCA
CASA de Maryland (NDWA)Silver Spring MD
Damayan Migrant Workers Association (NDWA)New YorkNY
Domestic Workers United (NDWA)BronxNY
Unity Housecleaners Cooperative (NDWA)HempsteadNY
Las Mujeres de Santa Maria (NDWA)Staten IslandNY
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (NDWA)New YorkNY
Andolan (South Asian Workers) (NDWA)Jackson HeightsNY
Houston Interfaith Worker Justice (NDWA)HoustonTX
Southwest Workers Union (NDWA)San AntonioTX
CASA  Latina (NDWA)SeattleWA
Centro Humanitario (NDWA)DenverCO
Fuerza Laboral (NDWA)Central FallsRI
Wage Theft Task Force (NDWA)MiamiFL
Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (NDWA)MiamiFL
South Florida Jobs With Justice (NDWA)MiamiFL



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TEAMSTER LOCAL 890 (Salinas) - Cresencio Diaz, President



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