Non-profit

Jobs With Justice Education Fund

Website:

www.jwj.org/

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

52-1865575

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $3,957,969
Expenses: $3,833,245
Assets: $3,188,928

Formation:

1987

Executive Director:

Erica Smiley

Type:

Nonprofit

Jobs with Justice Education Fund (JWJEF) is a project of Jobs with Justice (JWJ), a left-of-center labor group primarily funded by labor unions[1] that focuses on promoting left-of-center causes. The Fund maintains a network of left-of-center organizations that utilize in-person and online strategies to support labor unions’ policy goals across the United States.

Programs

Jobs with Justice Education Fund attempts to create organizing coalitions both nationally and locally, conducts research and policy analysis, gathers supporters, builds alliances within the left-of-center labor, and works on leadership development for labor organizers. [2]  JWJEF promotes labor unionization and collective bargaining and supports left-wing policies on immigration, economic change, and labor regulation. [3]

The Fund organizes campaigns to reach targeted policy goals, and as of January 2021, JWJEF has four active campaigns: Change Walmart, Change the Economy; POWER; Caring Across Generations; and Debt-Free Future.

In partnership with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), community groups, and Walmart employees, Change Walmart, Change the Economy is an attempt to push Walmart to adopt left-of-center business practices and force changes to wages and benefits policies across the retail sector. JWJEF accuses Walmart of currently maintaining poor labor practices and standards. [4]

Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) is a campaign that aims to allow illegal immigrant workers to organize and seeks to remove the power of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to enforce immigration law against immigrant workers and businesses. [5]

JWJEF has partnered with National Domestic Workers Alliance and over 200 other organizations for Caring Across Generations, a campaign that seeks to implement left-of-center public policy regarding the long-term care system in the United States. [6]

In partnership with U.S. Student Association, JWJEF created the Debt-Free Future campaign, which pushes for federally mandated student loan debt forgiveness and also demands a reduction in college tuition rates. [7] JWJEF, in cooperation with labor unions including the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), created Forgive My Student Debt, a website which provides information about how to enroll for student loan debt forgiveness programs, in association with the Debt-Free Future campaign. [8]

Activity

In 2020, Jobs with Justice Education Fund, along with Jobs with Justice and Driver’s Seat Cooperative, administered a survey to app-based ride-hailing and food and grocery-delivery workers in the San Francisco area to understand how they were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing the results of the survey, JWJEF has demanded that gig workers be able to access health insurance and unemployment benefits, increased safety and public health protections, and paid sick leave. [9]

In August 2019, JWJEF signed and issued letters to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) urging him to veto a bill that would require North Carolina sheriffs to assist ICE in enforcing immigration laws. [10]

In 2018, JWJEF released a report along with Good Jobs First alleging that large corporations were stealing wages from their employees. The report consists of a compilation of cases, primarily from California due to the state’s restrictive left-of-center labor codes. [11] JWJEF officials blamed the Trump administration for the alleged “thefts,” claiming that the United States Supreme Court under the administration took away unionization privileges which allegedly prevented so-called wage theft. [12]

Partnerships

JWJEF has a long list of left-leaning partners, including unions and nonprofits. [13]

JWJEF’s other labor union partners include the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSMCE); the American Federation of Teachers; Communications Workers of America (CWA); the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Iron Workers) ; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT); the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA); the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW); United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW); and UNITE HERE. [14] 

JWJEF has partnered with a wide range of left-of-center organizations that are not labor unions as well, including Alliance for a Just Society, Alliance for Justice, the Center for Community Change, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Economic Policy Institute, the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Family Values @ Work, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the National Partnership for Women & Families, National People’s Action (NPA), the National Priorities Project, the Partnership for Working Families, the National Employment Law Project, OUR Walmart, the PICO National Network, United Students Against Sweatshops, and the United Worker Congress. [15]

In the fall of 2020, JWJEF teamed up with the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies and Morehouse College International Comparative Labor Studies to create a joint project referred to as the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative. The Initiative aims to create a group of economic change and pro-organized labor individuals that would advocate for and advance left-leaning policies around unionization, particularly in the South. [16]

Funding

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a left-of-center grantmaking organization, allocated $200,000 and $250,000 in December of 2020 and $75,000 in December 2019 to Jobs with Justice Education Fund. [17]

In 2015, JWJEF received a $5,000 contribution from the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). [18]

In 2014 and 2015, JWJEF received grants from the left-wing Solidago Foundation. [19]

Financials

In May 2020, Jobs with Justice Education Fund received a COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) totaling $436,700. [20]

In 2017, JWJEF paid $110, 833 to a contractor from Global Labor Justice, a left-of-center workers’ rights organization. [21] JWJEF gave an additional $131,125 to Global Labor Justice for a program conducted in South Asia,[22] along with an additional $115,000 grant.

In 2017, JWJEF allocated numerous grants to left-wing organizations that supported similar policies, including the Alliance for Greater New York and MichUHCAN. JWJEF also provided grants to its own JWJ local affiliates across the country. [23] In addition, JWJEF provided a cash grant of $16,937 to Labor Research Action Network (LRAN), a left-of-center organization that brings together academics and labor union advocates to support left-of-center labor policy. [24]

References

  1. “Special Report: CA Labor Groups Flack Unrepresentative Gig Survey They Helped Write.” Labor Pains. July 9, 2020. Accessed January 16, 2021. https://laborpains.org/2020/07/09/special-report-ca-labor-groups-flack-unrepresentative-gig-survey-they-helped-write/ ^
  2. Jobs with Justice Education Fund. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 10, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/about-us/jobs-with-justice-education-fund ^
  3. Our Work – Issues. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 17, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/our-work/issues ^
  4. “Change Walmart, Change the Economy.” Our Work. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 16, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/our-work/change-walmart-change-the-economy ^
  5. Our Work – Power. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 17, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/our-work/power ^
  6. Our Work – Caring Across Generations. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 17, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/our-work/caring-across-generations ^
  7. Our Work – Debt Free Future. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 17, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/our-work/debt-free-future ^
  8. Forgive My Student Debt. Accessed January 17, 2021. http://www.forgivemystudentdebt.org/how-to-apply/ ^
  9. McNulty, Jennifer. “Already Vulnerable, Gig Economy Workers in San Francisco Suffer During Coronavirus Pandemic, Survey Reveals.” UC Santa Cruz. May 5, 2020. Accessed January 16, 2021. https://news.ucsc.edu/2020/05/benner-workers.html ^
  10. Schofield, Rob. “Legislature Sends Immigration Bill to Cooper; Scores of Nonprofits and Businesses Call for a Veto. The Progressive Pulse. August 20, 2019. Accessed January 17, 2021. http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/08/20/legislature-sends-immigration-bill-to-cooper-scores-of-nonprofits-and-businesses-call-for-veto/#sthash.TvTZOBf2.dpbs ^
  11. Kramer, Sasha. “For Big Corporations Like Walmart, Wage Theft Penalties Are Just the Price of Doing Business.” In These Times. June 8, 2018. Accessed January 17, 2021. https://inthesetimes.com/article/walmart-corporations-wage-theft-labor-settlements-firms ^
  12. Mattera, Philip. “Grand Theft Paycheck: The Large Corporations Shortchanging Their Workers’ Wages.” Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First and Jobs with Justice Education Fund. June 2018. Accessed January 16, 2021. https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdfs/wagetheft_report.pdf ^
  13. Partnerships and Projects – About Us. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 30, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/about-us/partnerships ^
  14. Partnerships and Projects – About Us. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 30, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/about-us/partnerships ^
  15. Partnerships and Projects – About Us. Jobs with Justice. Accessed January 30, 2021. https://www.jwj.org/about-us/partnerships ^
  16. Bayard, Marc. “Black Labor Leaders Are Needed Now More Than Ever.” The Nation. September 4, 2020. Accessed January 16, 2021. https://www.thenation.com/article/economy/black-labor-movement-strategists/ ^
  17. Grantees – Jobs with Justice Education Fund. Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Accessed January 18, 2021. https://www.rbf.org/grantees/jobs-justice-education-fund ^
  18. Union Profiles – AFL-CIO. UnionFacts. Accessed January 18, 2021. https://www.unionfacts.com/payeeDetail/AFL-CIO/1668548 ^
  19. Partners Directory. Solidago Foundation. Accessed January 16, 2021. https://solidago.org/partners/?_sf_s=jobs%20for%20justice%20education%20fund ^
  20. PPP-Loan Data – Jobs with Justice Education Fund. FederalPay.org. Accessed January 18, 2021. https://www.federalpay.org/paycheck-protection-program/jobs-with-justice-education-fund-washington-dc ^
  21. Jobs with Justice Education Fund, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2017, Part VII, Section B, Line 1. Accessed January 17, 2021. https://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/521/521865575/521865575_201712_990.pdf ^
  22. Jobs with Justice Education Fund, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2017, Schedule F, Part I, Lines (1). Accessed January 17, 2021. https://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/521/521865575/521865575_201712_990.pdf ^
  23. Jobs with Justice Education Fund, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2017, Schedule I, Part II. Accessed January 17, 2021. https://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/521/521865575/521865575_201712_990.pdf ^
  24. Jobs with Justice Education Fund, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2017, Schedule I, Part III, Lines (1). Accessed January 17, 2021. https://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/521/521865575/521865575_201712_990.pdf ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: October 1, 2005

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $3,957,969 $3,833,245 $3,188,928 $100,157 N $3,892,058 $82,502 $3,380 $62,999 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $3,337,760 $3,811,737 $3,056,440 $92,350 N $3,140,745 $189,347 $3,071 $58,444 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,625,337 $3,989,687 $3,707,471 $269,404 N $4,304,317 $317,481 $2,867 $56,107 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $4,303,523 $3,383,229 $2,453,675 $43,145 N $4,242,652 $53,558 $2,807 $112,350 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $2,888,055 $2,941,715 $2,023,544 $533,308 N $2,790,237 $45,599 $3,064 $75,184 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $2,219,499 $1,780,069 $2,395,746 $851,850 N $2,140,773 $58,480 $4,424 $95,232 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,615,109 $1,604,287 $2,059,563 $955,097 N $1,069,055 $319,475 $5,380 $89,520 PDF

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