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Janus Picket & Housing March

August 28, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Thank you for your interest,

Workers at Harry’s Mother (a youth shelter set up by Janus Youth Programs) are in the midst of wage negotiations. So far these talks have been quite difficult with workers facing layoffs which will translate to inadequate staffing patterns. Workers are additionally being presented with the prospect of only miniscule increases to already substandard wages. These programmatic changes and cutbacks will cause enormous difficulties for staff and youth being served.

Workers have effectively been presented with accepting even a miniscule wage increase or forgoing that in order to remain fully staffed.

Parallel to these struggles workers have watched, not only recently but historically, as the Executive Director takes thousands in base wage increases and bonuses annually. While we fully understand the difficulties of securing funding sources for non-profits we find this growing economic disparity to be rather troubling.

Members of the Industrial Workers of the World, Portland Solidarity Network, PDX 15 Now, Jobs With Justice, and Black Rose Federation will be gathering at the Janus Youth Programs office located at 707 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232 at 2:30-4:30 PM on Friday, August 28th (8/28).

Provided below is historical background to the previous struggles of Janus workers. While some in positions of power at this agency publicly note the mythology of Janus, a Roman god signifying transition and doorways, we remind them that a transition in treatment of workers is long overdue.

We hope to see you there.

Major Victory for Janus Workers March 21, 2011
http://portlandiww.org/2011/03/major-victory-for-janus-workers-and-the-portland-iww/

Regular updates as the 2011 action progressed:
http://portlandiww.org/tag/janus-youth-programs/page/2/

A look back at Janus’ 2011 attempts to subdue worker power and deny wage increases:
http://www.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/02/07/workers-picket-city-shelter-for-sex-trafficking-victims

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Afterwards, folks will be invited out to My Father’s Place (523 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214), a nearby restaurant, to recharge ourselves before taking part in Housing Rights For All Rally & March. We will meet at the 4th Street entrance to Portland’s City Hall in downtown at 6 PM. After hearing from some speakers, we will march across the Hawthorne Bridge to the Multnomah County Building just on the other side, where we will hold an assembly for individual stories, group discussion, and music making.

The event page for this action can be located here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/881313648603046/

We encourage those who can attend both events to do so! Come to all of them if you can! Lets take up the chants and the streets on this exciting day of action!

Details

Date:
August 28, 2015
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/420695788138139/

Venue

Janus Youth Programs
707 NE Couch St.
Portland, 97232 United States
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