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NWJP’s Theory of Change

We focus our efforts in three main ways: outreach, rights enforcement, and policy advocacy – all working together to help build worker power.
(Click on each header for the full story)

Outreach:

It starts with our connections with communities of low-wage, contingent, and immigrant workers. Without those deep connections, we would not have the guidance we need for all of our work; we would not know what workers are struggling with.

We described our new project—the partnership with PCUN—an initiative to embed the provision of workers’ rights legal services into PCUN’s Latinx movement building efforts. Through this outreach, workers help us identify where to spend our efforts at enforcing workers’ rights.

Enforcement:

Two brave workers (now clients) were unjustly fired for trying to keep themselves and their coworkers healthy in the face of COVID.
That work around rights enforcement helps us understand in what ways our laws do not adequately protect our client communities from abuse or exploitation

Policy Advocacy:

We work with clients to bring policy proposals to the legislature or to regulatory agencies, like OSHA, to systematically improve protections for low wage and immigrant workers. In just the last year, we worked to win bold policy advances on workplace heat and smoke exposure that will have lasting affects as workers face more extreme climate events in the future.

But these important policy changes don’t happen in a vacuum – they come from our community outreach and our work to hold employers accountable. And once we secure a new victory, we go back to outreach to make sure workers know about the changes, leading to more enforcement and the next round of policy changes. With workers at the center of it all, we are truly helping to change the game.

BUT WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!
It takes a great deal of time and resources to build those relationships to the community, to make sure that workers have access to justice, and to make meaningful change at the policy level.

So, we are asking you to make a meaningful year-end donation to support our work. Please go here to donate today, if you haven’t already! We especially encourage supporters to sign up for a monthly, tax-deductible contribution here. That’s a great way to support our work in an ongoing way. 

December, 2021: Strategic Enforcement and Co-Enforcement with Labor Agencies

Trainers:
  • Janice R. Fine, Professor, Workplace Justice Lab@RU (Rutgers University)
  • Jenn Round, Senior Fellow, Workplace Justice Lab@RU (Rutgers University)

Strategic Enforcement and Co-Enforcement with Labor Agencies; (MP4) December 1, 2021. Program is 1:03:28 in length.

Materials:

Strategic Enforcement and Co-Enforcement with Labor Agencies Presentation (PowerPoint Presentation)

Rutgers Toolkit on Strategic Enforcement-Tool 7: Sharing Information with Community Organizations (PDF)

Rutgers Toolkit on Strategic Enforcement-Tool 9: Assessing and Maximizing Labor Standards Enforcement Powers (PDF)

Link to the entire Rutgers Toolkit on Strategic Enforcement: https://smlr.rutgers.edu/faculty-research-engagement/education-employment-research-center-eerc/eerc-programs/strengthening-0

November, 2021: Organizing in Conjunction with Class Actions (Part II)

Trainers:
  • Julia Solórzano, Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Carmen Martinez, Regional Project Coordinator, Centro de Los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

Organizing in Conjunction with Class Actions II; (MP4) November 3, 2021. Program is 56:32 in length.

Materials:

Organzing in Conjunction with Class Actions (PDF PowerPoint Slides)

Supplemental Materials provided by Joe Morrison - Columbia Legal Services

Please contact Joe for any questions on these materials below: joe.morrison@columbialegal.org

ECF 54 Plantiff's Brief Opposing Request to Reopen Deposition of Jose D. Gallegos (PDF)

ECF 61 Order re Discovery Dispute (PDF)

De La O v. Arnold-Williams (DOC)

A-C Privilege Class Action Sign-In Sheet (English DOC)

A-C Privilege Class Action Sign-In Sheet (Spanish DOC)

October, 2021: Class and Collective Action Litigation (Part I)

Trainer:
  • Christine E. Webber, Partner, Cohen Milstein

Class and Collective Litigation (1); (M4A) October 6, 2021. Program is 1:00:52 in length.

Materials:

Class & Collective Action Litigation Part 1 2021 (PowerPoint Presentation)

Brief Excerpt: Limiting Discovery of Opt Ins (pdf)

Ensuring Effective Class Action Notice (pdf)

Pre-cond Cert Discovery (pdf)

Stats in W&H Class Action Cases (pdf)

July 2021: Collecting Difficult Judgements (and an effective solution)

Trainers:

  • Nathaniel Norton, Staff Attorney, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
  • Andrea Schmitt, Staff Attorney, Columbia Legal Services

Judgment Collections; (MP4) July 7, 2021. Program is 58:08 in length.

Materials:

Judgment Collections 2021 (PowerPoint Presentation)

How to take an Effective Post-Judgment Deposition and finding Assets via Technology (pdf)

San Patricio County, Texas Judgment (pdf)

Northwest Workers’ Justice Project Seeks a Bilingual Staff Attorney

PDF here: Staff Attorney Job Description 2021

The Northwest Workers’ Justice Project protects workplace dignity by supporting the efforts of low-wage, immigrant and contingent workers to improve wages and working conditions and to eliminate imbalances in power that lead to inequity. We offer high-quality, direct legal assistance to workers and their organizations; support organizing efforts; educate workers, their leaders and the public about workplace rights; advocate for better employment laws; and promote greater access to low-cost employment legal assistance. For more information about NWJP, visit www.nwjp.org.

Our office is in Portland, Oregon. We are currently transitioning back to working in the office, and would prefer that the successful candidate spend at least one day a week in the office. This is listed
as a full-time, 40-hour a week position, but FTE is also negotiable.

Position description:
NWJP seeks a bilingual Staff Attorney to provide employment-related legal assistance to low-wage, contingent and immigrant workers as a way of dismantling structural racism and inequities. The central focus of the position is client representation in the areas of wage-and-hour violations, workplace discrimination, workplace health and safety, and employer retaliation in Oregon. There will also be opportunities to engage in policy advocacy, outreach and education, and to support worker organizing. We are looking for an attorney committed to strategically using their legal training to build power for working people.
The position requires the ability to work well with colleagues and a variety of external partners including unions, civil and immigrants’ rights organizations, and community and advocacy groups.
Because NWJP neither seeks nor accepts funds from federal or state government in order to maintain independence, the attorney must be willing to engage in some development and fundraising activity.

Required qualifications:
• Ability to establish trusting relationships with low-income clients and cultural competence to address the legal needs of immigrant workers;
• Excellent communication, writing, and research skills;
• Ability to work independently and as a team player;
• Ability to think creatively, and willingness to implement  unconventional legal strategies;
• Experience working with diverse communities;
• Strong organizational skills;
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice, as well as a desire to disrupt existing systems of oppression; and
• Oregon bar accreditation, or ability and willingness to obtain  admission in Oregon as soon
as possible.

Preferred qualifications:
• Proficiency in spoken and written languages commonly used by low-wage and immigrant workers in Oregon. While the majority of our clients speak Spanish and Central/South American/Mexican indigenous languages, we welcome candidates who speak other
languages or come from other potential client communities.
• Demonstrated litigation skills.
• Experience in employment law.
• Demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights.

How to apply:
Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three references to Corinna Spencer- Scheurich, Director, at  jobs@nwjp.org. Please include the posting you are applying for in the subject line.

NWJP strives to be an affirming, positive, diverse work environment and is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity and/or who come
from our client communities to apply.

Salary:
Flexible FTE with .8 FTE or more preferred. Salary is commensurate with salary paid by Oregon legal services programs, which depends on experience. As an example, a successful, bilingual candidate with 0-5 years of experience working full time would expect to make $64,850 to $72,350 a year, but applicants with more experience are encouraged to apply and would be paid according to experience.

NWJP offers a medical, vision and dental plan that is covered 100% for employees and offers a small contribution to child coverage. After 2 years of employment, NWJP has a bonus plan currently amounting to 4% of all payroll and distributed to staff based on FTE; employees are encouraged to contribute bonuses to an IRA  retirement plan. NWJP has a flexible work schedule, although this position will be asked to participate in meetings during regular office hours. NWJP provides paid vacation, sick days and holidays.

June 2021: Public Health Agency Enforcement of Worker Rights

Trainers:

  • Dilini Lankachandra, Director, Defending Local Democracy Project
  • Alice Berliner, Executive Director, SoCalCOSH
  • Isabel Lopez, Founder and Director, Brockton Workers Alliance

Public Health Agency Enforcement; (m4a) June 2, 2021. Program is 59:24 in length.

Materials:

Resources to help advocates understand what local authority looks like in each state

Signed LA County Ordinance (pdf)

DCBA’s page on retaliation protections in LA County

New model from NELP, EPI, and ABB with ideas for local policies to protect workers during and after COVID-19 (pdf)