National Jobs For All Coalition
The National Jobs For All Coalition is dedicated to the propositions that meaningful employment is a precondition for a fulfilling life and that every person capable of working should have the right to a job.
The National Jobs for All Coalition was founded in June 1994 at a National Leadership Consultation for Full Employment that brought together representatives from over 70 regional and national organizations. The convening group, New Initiatives for Full Employment (NIFE), consisted of an ethnically and racially diverse group of social activists and academics who had worked together since 1986 to develop a feasible plan for full employment, suited to the economic realities of the late twentieth century and to the new millennium that was then around the corner.
The mission of the Coalition is as follows:
- "The National Jobs for All Coalition is committed to building a new movement for full employment at livable wages. This goal unites a diverse group of otherwise divided, single-issue constituencies. The Coalition includes individuals and organizations with a wide range of interests--workers', women's, children's and seniors' rights, civil rights, and economic justice. Others work on health care, the environment, economic conversion, are academics, social workers and lawyers, artists or simply concerned individuals. The goals of all of us would be easier to reach if there were jobs for all at decent wages."
Affiliation with DSA
- "We are a coalition. We're in business to make a politics of full employment viable in this country. And I'm very glad to say that Democratic Socialists of America and Americans for Democratic Action are affiliates.
In addition to this, at least sixteen of the advisors and leaders of the coalition were members of Democratic Socialists of America, or of its predecessor organizations, Democratic Socialists Organizing Committee and the New American Movement.
Support for Conyers Jobs Bill
In May 2010, Rep John Conyers introduced a bill entitled "The 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act." The bill was "little noticed at the time but, today, after another 7 months of dismal jobs reports -- we have actually lost ground during 2010, creating fewer jobs than the growth of the labor force -- there was renewed interest in this legislation by a range of progressive groups". The Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee made mobilization around the Act a national priority; Progressive Democrats of America "is developing a similar effort, as are both the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and the (DSA controlled) National Jobs for All Coalition".
The following have worked for the organization:
- Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Chair
- Charles Bell, Vice-Chair
- Helen Lachs Ginsburg, Publications
- June Zaccone, Publications
- Greg Heires, Newsletter
- Charles Bell, Legislative Committee
- Marvin Rich, Fund Raising
- June Zaccone, Web
- Elaine Allen, M.D., former Pres., NY Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Eileen Appelbaum, Dir. of Research, Economic Policy Institute
- Barbara Arms, Exec. Dir., Campaign to Abolish Poverty (San Francisco)
- John S. Atlee, President, Institute for Economic Analysis
- Bill Ayres, Exec. Dir., World Hunger Year
- Elaine Bernard, Director, Trade Union Program, Harvard Univ.
- Frank Bonilla, Thomas Hunter Prof. (Emer.), Hunter College
- Ruth A. Brandwein, Prof. of Social Policy, SUNY-Stony Brook
- M. Harvey Brenner, Prof. of Health Policy and Mgt, Johns Hopkins Univ.
- Harold Chorney, Prof. of Public Policy, Concordia Univ. (Canada); Intern'l Research Group on Employment
- Noreen Connell, Past Pres., NOW, NY State
- The Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, former Genl. Sec., National Council of Churches
- Darryl Fagin, Leg. Dir., Americans for Democratic Action
- Jeff Faux, Past Pres., Economic Policy Institute
- Charlotte Flynn, former Chair, National Board, Gray Panthers
- Mathew Forstater, Director, Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
- James K. Galbraith, Prof. of Economics, Univ. of Texas, Austin
- Herbert Gans, Emer. Prof. of Sociology, Columbia Univ.; Past Pres., Amer. Sociol. Assn.
- David Gil, Prof. of Social Policy, Brandeis Univ.
- Woodrow Ginsburg, Chair, Economic Policy Com., ADA
- Jerome Grossman, Chair (Emeritus), Council for a Livable World
- Philip Harvey, Rutgers Univ. School of Law
- James Haughton, Dir., Harlem Fight Back
- Denis M. Hughes, President, NY State AFL-CIO
- Benjamin K. Hunnicutt, Sr., Prof. of Leisure Studies, Univ. of Iowa
- Walter Johnson, Sec/Treas, San Francisco Central Labor Council
- Rhoda H. Karpatkin, Pres. Emer., Consumers Union
- Gordon Lafer, Professor of Economics, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon (Eugene)
- Staughton Lynd, Lawyer and Historian
- Manning Marable, Dir., Institute For Research in African-American Studies and Prof. of History, Columbia Univ.
- Ray Marshall, Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economic and Public Affairs, Univ. of Texas and former U.S. Secretary of Labor
- Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
- Lawrence Mishel, Pres., EPI, co-author, The State of Working America
- Julio Morales, Prof., School of Social Work, Univ. of Connecticut
- Ward Morehouse, President, Council on International and Public Affairs
- Hon. Jerrold Nadler, U.S. House of Representatives
- Katherine Newman, Prof., Sociology, Princeton University
- Jocelyn Pixley, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Univ. of New South Wales, Australia
- Robert Pollin, Co-Dir., Political Economy Research Ctr. & Prof. of Economics, UMASS/Amherst
- Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Chair, Coalition for Abolition of the Death Penalty
- William P. Quigley, Janet Mary Riley Disting. Prof. of Law, Loyola Univ.
- Therese Rajaniemi, Unemployment activist (Sweden)
- Bernard Rapoport, Chairman and CEO of American Income Life Insurance Co.
- Rev. Charles Rawlings, Dir.(ret.), Urban Initiatives Program, National Council of Churches of Christ, USA
- Robert B. Reich, Prof. of Public Policy, Univ. of California, Berkeley; former Secretary of Labor former Secretary of Labor
- Markley Roberts, former Asst. Dir. of Econ. Research, AFL-CIO
- Frank Roosevelt, Prof. of Economics, Sarah Lawrence College
- Nancy Rose, Prof. of Economics, Cal. State Univ, San Bernardino
- Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, Chair, Puerto Rican Studies, Brooklyn Col.
- William E. Scheuerman, Pres., United Univ. Professions, NYS
- Juliet Schor, Prof., Sociology, Boston College
- Pete Seeger, Folk-singer and Environmentalist
- Ruth Sidel, Prof. of Sociol., Hunter College
- Victor Sidel, M.D., Dist. Univ. Prof., Albert Einstein Sch. Of Med.
- Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Prof. of Government and Sociology, Harvard Univ.
- Frank Stricker, Emeritus Prof, History, CSU-Dominguez Hills
- Mark diSuvero, Sculptor
- Marc R. Tool, Past Pres., Association for Evolutionary Economics
- Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
- Joseph B. Uehlein, Pres., Labor Heritage Fdtn, & former Dir., Strategic Campaigns, AFL-CIO
- Most Reverend Rembert G.Weakland, O.S.B. ,Archbishop of Milwaukee [retired]
- Cornel West, Univ. Prof., Ctr for African American Studies, Princeton Univ.
- Charles J. Whalen, Instit. for Industry Studies, Cornell Univ.
- William Julius Wilson, Prof. of Social Policy, Harvard University
- Kent Wong, Director, Ctr for Labor Research & Education., UCLA
Late Advisers and Leaders
- Winifred Bell, social policy scholar
- Alice H. Cook, labor educator; advocate for working women
- Robert Eisner, Past President, American Economic Association
- Ossie Davis, playwright, leading actor, civil rights activist
- John Kenneth Galbraith, Past Pres., American Economic Association, noted author
- Bertram Gross, chief drafter of the Employment Act of 1946 & Humphrey-Hawkins Act
- Hon. Augustus Hawkins, U.S. House of Representatives, co-author, Humphrey/Hawkins "Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978"
- Robert Heilbroner, author, The Worldly Philosophers
- Jörg Huffschmid, a founder, Alternative Economic Policy for Europe
- Seymour Melman, scholar-critic of the Permanent War Economy
- Rudolf Meidner, architect of Swedish full-employment, welfare state
- Sumner M. Rosen, scholar-activist
- Jack Sheinkman, President–Emer., Amalgamated, Clothing Workers of America, AFL-CIO
- Robert J. Schwartz, co-founder, Economists Allied Against the Arms Race
- Herbert Simon, Nobel Laureate, Economics, pioneer in artificial intelligence
- Sir Hans Singer, innovator, development economics
- William Vickrey, Nobel Laureate, Economics, and advocate of "chock-full" employment
- Elizabeth Wickenden, social welfare and Social Security policy consultant
The following is a list of member organizations of the coalition:
- Alliance of Hispanic Social Workers
- American Orthopsychiatric Association
- American Public Health Association
- Americans for Democratic Action
- Black Concerns Committee, New York Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends
- Campaign to Abolish Poverty/Full Employment Coalition (San Francisco)
- Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
- Chicago Political Economy Group
- Committee on Economic Insecurity (MA)
- Committees of Correspondence
- Council on International and Public Affairs
- Democratic Socialists of America
- Economic and Social Human Rights Advocacy Network
- Gray Panthers
- Green Party, New York State
- Harlem Fight Back
- Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
- Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
- Long Island Coalition For Full Employment
- Massachusetts Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
- Miami Valley Unemployed Committee (Ohio)
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Rainbow Coalition
- New York City Chapter, NASW
- New York City Friends of Clearwater
- New York Labor and Religion Coalition
- New York Unemployed Committee
- Planners Network
- Queens Coalition for Political Alternatives
- Socialist Party
- Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee
- United Neighborhood Houses of New York
- Urban Initiatives Program, National Council of Churches
- War Resisters League
- Welfare Law Center (formerly Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law)
- Westside Peace Action
- World Hunger Year
- National Jobs For All Coalition: Our Work (accessed on Nov. 16, 2010)
- National Jobs For All Coalition video: Sumner on full employment, 1997 (accessed on Nov. 16, 2010)
- New Ground, 134, Jan./Feb. 2011
- National Jobs For All Coalition: Who We Are (accessed on Nov. 16, 2010)