Reflections on an Exciting Summer

    The Employment Justice Center (EJC) is unique in that it combines policy advocacy and community organizing efforts with legal services to protect worker’s rights and secure workplace justice. As part of my Summer Fellowship at EJC I not only had the opportunity to develop my legal skills in areas such as client intake,…

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Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future

Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future This week, a jubilant group of D.C. workers, business owners and community supporters braved the searing summer heat to celebrate the first scheduled minimum wage increase to $9.50 per hour, and the District’s paid sick days law expansion to more workers at a press conference in front…

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National Coverage of Workplace Justice Issues

The Employment Justice Center has been fighting hard for more workplace justice in the D.C. metro area, and has achieved several recent, important successes that will help improve the lives and livelihoods of many workers and their families. We got an increase in the minimum wage, which is going up to $9.50 on July 1…

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The Employment Justice Center is proud to be part of the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as “One of the Best” community-based nonprofits in the region. The EJC was selected as one of 74 organizations to be featured in the 11th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, raised more than $21 million…

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The glass simply needs more water: Report from the Field from Howard Mayo

Is the glass of water half empty or is it half full?  This is a tale of two communities, mine and theirs.  This is a tale of a week long journey with no expectations other than to take a global look at community issues.  High unemployment, job insecurity, high cost of living, ethnic discrimination, frayed…

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Day Two – Report from El Salvador from Yvonne Johnson

Welcome to this adventure!! I am so blessed to be going on this journey with the EJC. Everyone in El Salvador has been so friendly. Their population is about 6 million people, and 60% live in urban areas. The Salvadorans who live and work outside of the country send billions of dollars in remittances back…

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EJC’s Amazing June Wins for Workers

June was the biggest month yet for EJC victories. Here’s a glimpse at all we’ve accomplished with your help this month. DC Council Acts to Prevent Wage Theft Last Wednesday, DC workers scored some major victories when the DC Council passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act as part of this year’s District budget. For years,…

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DC Auditor: Paid Sick Days Law A Success, But There’s a Need to Expand Protections for DC Workers

Washington DC’s local paid sick days law is a success, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA).  The report examined the 2008 law’s impact on businesses, workers, and the economy and found that the percentage of businesses that offered paid sick days increased by 18 percent,…

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