National Jobs For All Coalition

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Template:TOCnestleft 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.[1]


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.[1]

The mission of the Coalition is as follows:[1]

"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

At a National Jobs For All Coalition event in 1997, Vice Chair of the organization, Sumner Rosen stated,[2]

"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".[3]


The following have worked for the organization:[4]

Executive Committee

  • [[Gertrude

Goldberg]], Chair

At large:

Advisory Board

Late Advisers and Leaders

Member Organizations

The following is a list of member organizations of the coalition:[4]