Public forum Dec. 13 Should OWS Demand Jobs for ALL?

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Should Occupy Wall Street

Demand JOBS FOR ALL?

PUBLIC FORUM

(RADIO AND WEBCAST)

Tuesday, December 13, 8-10 PM

66 West 12th Street (room 407)

 

Since October, Occupy Wall Street has debated what, if anything, the movement should demand. The Demands Working Group, The Labor Outreach Committee, OWS en Espanol, The Jobless Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, the People’s Organization for Progress and Occupy Harlem have all endorsed the proposed demand: “Jobs for ALL—a Massive Public Works and Public Service Program.” This demand has been twice debated by the OWS General Assembly and will soon go back to the GA for a decision.

Join the discussion! Come to the open forum, hear discussion from the panel and participate from the floor—for and against this demand, other demands, any demands. This forum will be webcast worldwide and broadcast on WBAI.

Text of the proposed demand:

 

Jobs for ALL—A Massive Public Works and Public Service Program

 

We demand a democratically-controlled public works and public service program, with direct government employment, to create 25 million new jobs at good union wages. The new jobs will go to meeting the needs of the 99%, including education, healthcare, housing, mass transit, and clean energy. The program will be funded by raising taxes on the rich and corporations and by ending all U.S. wars. Employment in the program will be open to all, regardless of immigration status or criminal record.

 

THIS IS A PROPOSAL, NOT AN OFFICIAL DEMAND OF OWS

 

For more info: Demandsows@gmail.com 504-520-9521 http://www.nycga.net/groups/demands/

Forum Sponsored by Demands Working Group of OWS, Labor Outreach Committee of OWS, OWS en Espanol

2 Responses to “Public forum Dec. 13 Should OWS Demand Jobs for ALL?”

  1. J P McMahon

    You folks might be shooting yourself in the foot a bit with this demand. Virtually all of the infrastructure work in this country is done by private contractors, many of them small businessmen incidentally, hired by state and local governments. In other words, the people who actually know how to do this work, teach others how to do it, and have the equipment, are all corporations in the private sector. Their mouths will be watering at thought of more government contracts. Some of their workers are union members, and some are not. Most infrastructure workers are highly skilled. Few people use a pick and a shovel now like in the romanticized CCC days of old, and quite honestly I have met quite a lot of college grads who don’t know how to use either. Dumping a bunch of unskilled and questionably motivated workers into the process will not only degrade the quality of the work, but will also drive down the wages of both union and non-union members. A union concrete worker or pipe fitter makes good money because there aren’t a whole lot of other people who can do what they do. We aren’t in Ancient Egypt trying to build the pyramids here.

  2. Susan Schneider

    I think the proposal is great. Clearly written and accessible. Good, practical stuff like this will stir constructive debate.