Workers Advocating for Greater Equality (WAGE) is a group workers, many of whom learned about EJC from our Workers’ Rights Clinic, who participate in the EJC’s broad-based campaigns. In addition to attending regular trainings in media, testifying, and other advocacy skills WAGE members have spoken to the media, councilmembers, and community allies and testified before the D.C. Council.
In recent years, WAGE members have authored blog posts, were photographed and quoted in a New York Times story on the working “near poor,” and testified before the D.C. City Council on numerous occasions. WAGE members also began building cross-class alliances with higher income allies by jointly participating in a teach-in on the campaign to expand paid sick leave.
EJC and WAGE members fight hard to improve the lives of unemployed D.C. residents. In November, 2011, the DC Council passed an EJC-supported bill to improve the city’s “First Source” hiring requirements and establish a “workforce intermediary,” increasing the chance that D.C. residents will be able to find good jobs.