Call Austin City Council and Support Paid Sick Leave

Call Austin City Council and Support Paid Sick Leave

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Can you call your city council member and ask them to vote YES in support of the resolution item 55 (Paid Sick Leave)?   Dear Council Member - My name is ____________, and I live at ______________. I'm contacting you to ask your support for Item No. 55, which will allow the community to have a stakeholder process about earned sick days. Earned sick days are good for families, businesses and public health . When more families are self-sufficient, we all benefit. Workers in Austin should be able to take time off from work when they are ill or to take care of a sick family member, workers earned it!   Find your city council member here.  
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WDP Featured in Rolling Stone

WDP Featured in Rolling Stone

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How Undocumented Texas Immigrants Are Preparing for President Trump   Community gather in front of mural on the wall outside the Workers Defense Project, where they meet to discuss the incoming president. "We have to have every single paper in place," says one organizer. Ilana Panich-Linsman for Rolling Stone By Annamarya Scaccia January 31, 2016 Every weekday at 6 a.m., Virginia Badillo gets up and makes breakfast for her son, David. It's usually a healthy meal – eggs with a side of mixed fruit. David dozes in the bedroom while Badillo cooks, his small frame sprawled across the mattress they share with his father, Francisco Guzman, a landscaper. The three live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in a North Austin multiplex. There's no space for a second bed. Badillo wakes David up…
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Workers Defense Statement on DACA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258 WORKERS DEFENSE STATEMENT ON DACA   VIDEO: This should be a moment of moral clarity   More than 800,000 young immigrants are protected by DACA   Texas economy would lose $6.1 billion annually with removal of 120,000 DACA recipients   AUSTIN, TX - The following statement was released by Jose P. Garza, executive director of the Workers Defense Project in response to today’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).   “DACA has made our state and our workforce stronger. The destruction of DACA will hurt our state’s economy and Texas Families. This is a call to action. We are calling on everyone to demand and stand up for our values. This should be a moment of moral…
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Work Strong Austin Launches Earned Paid Sick Campaign

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​ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258 Work Strong Austin Launches Earned Paid Sick Campaign Advocates and Business Owners to ask City Council to pass Earned Paid Sick Days City-wide campaign to benefit one out three Austin workers 9/28: City Council to consider resolution for stakeholder process AUSTIN, TX - Today, Work Strong Austin, a coalition of working families and community groups, along with small businesses,  labor organizations, human services agencies, and elected officials announced the launch of a city-wide campaign for earned paid sick days. Approximately 223,000 Austin worker, 37% of the total workforce, are at risk of losing wages or being fired if they follow doctor’s orders when they or a family member is ill. “Austin workers are building our highrises, they are welcoming travelers to…
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America Ferrera joins Workers Defense Project and Voto Latino to release SB 4 video

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258   America Ferrera joins Workers Defense Project and Voto Latino to release SB 4 video VIDEO release in response to SB 4 preliminary injunction SB 4 will NOT go into effect 9/1   AUSTIN, TX - Today, in response to the preliminary injunction America Ferrera lent her voice to an explainer video created by Workers Defense Project and Voto Latino to shed light on work that still needs to be done to push back against SB 4.   “Yesterday’s decision was possible because an organic movement of immigrant workers and texas families fighting back against SB 4 has spread across the of Texas,” said Jose P. Garza, executive director of Workers Defense Project. “As this fight continues, we need…
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BREAKING: JUDGE GARCIA HALTS TEXAS SB 4

BREAKING: JUDGE GARCIA HALTS TEXAS SB 4

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles, Workers Defense sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258     BREAKING: JUDGE GARCIA HALTS TEXAS SB 4 SB 4 will not become effective Sept. 1st Workers Defense Project vows continues to fight for immigrant families Undocumented families are the backbone of the Texas economy AUSTIN, TX - Today, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halts Senate Bill 4, signed into law by Governor Abbott,  and has blocked the provisions on questioning immigration status, mandatory ICE detainers in local jails, and restrictions on freedom of speech of local officials. The ruling comes days before the law is scheduled to go into effect. “Today, Texas families won the first of many battles against Gov. Abbott and his racist agenda,” said Jose P. Garza, executive director of the Workers…
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WDP Stands with DACA-mented Workers and Texas Families

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2017 Contact: Sam Robles sam@workersdefense.org (512)466-9258       WDP Stands with DACA-mented Workers and Texas Families We will fight alongside community to defend and protect immigration programs More than 800,000 young immigrants are protected by DACA and nearly 305,000 families have Temporary Protected status (TPS) AUSTIN, TX -  Today, DACA-mented youth, workers, immigrant families of United We Dream and Worker's Defense Project will gather on the 5th anniversary of the program’s existence to defend and protect DACA from the attacks lead by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who seeks to dismantle the program as soon as September 5th. An action will be held today at 3:00 PM outside the Office of the Attorney General, on 209 W 14th St, Austin, TX 78701. “DACA…
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Seeking Workers’ Rights Advocates!

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Workers Defense Project is looking for volunteers & interns to assist in our Employment and Legal Services Department! You can support local low-wage workers, who have experienced wage theft and other abuses on the job, at WDPs weekly Tuesday night worker meeting, by collecting information and assisting in completion of paperwork required to file a claim. Volunteers will gain experience in legal and nonprofit fields. Class credit opportunities available. Must attend an initial three (3)-hour training, and two (2) Tuesday night juntas/month. Fluency in Spanish is required. To RSVP or for more information, please email Maura at maura@workersdefense.org or at (512) 289-7634 for more information. Breakfast and snacks will be provided.   Date: Saturday, July 22nd   Time: 10 AM - 1:30 PM Place: 5604 Manor Road, Austin, TX, 78723
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Call Dallas City Council!

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Ask Dallas City Council to Support Litigation against SB 4 and to stand with Texas Families!   Hi my name is ____________ I am a constituent of district ____. I'm calling to urge council member ________ to vote in support of litigation against the state for the law that the Governor signed on May 7th, SB4, putting more burden on our police officers in Dallas and across the state. Our police force is already understaffed and asking them to act as immigration agents would add to their already stressful job. My council member needs to vote to start the litigation process against this law.   Mayor Michael Rawlings - (214)670-3301 Council Member Scott Griggs, District 1 - (214) 670-0776 Council Member Adam Medrano, District 2 - (214) 670-4048 Council Member…
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White House Worker Summit

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On September 15th, The White House and U.S. Department of Labor held the final and only southern Worker Voice Summit in the offices of Workers Defense Project. #StartTheConvo: Austin Edition By Chris Lu on September 22, 2016 In October 2015, the White House convened the first Worker Voice Summit to start a conversation about the relationship between worker voice and a thriving middle class. At the end of the day, President Obama challenged us to keep the conversation going across the country to highlight the innovative ways middle-class Americans are sharing in the broad-based economic growth that they’re helping to create. Since then, the Department of Labor has hosted a number of regional summits around the country. Last week, in Austin, Texas, the Department of Labor partnered with the Workers…
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