Erin Johansson of JWJ inspires and educates at WNDC’s first ever “Table Talk”

On Thursday, January 25, 2024, Jobs with Justice Research Director Erin Johansson inspired and educated the audience at the inaugural “Table Talk” organized by the Women’s National Democratic Club. Erin is also the coordinator of the Labor Rights Action Network (LRAN) and a member of the DC LERA board.

WNDC’s Table Talks are designed to bring experts from various walks of life to speak to WNDC members in an informal and interactive discussion. In April, WNDC’s second Table Talk featured Barbara Briggs, who spoke about moving from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Erin’s remarks focused on how she got her start in the labor justice field and on the history and work of Jobs With Justice. Jobs With Justice was established in Miami in 1987. Some of the organization’s aims are to stand up for the rights of working people, support workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively, and fight to secure family wage jobs. In addition to the national office, JWJ consists of a network of local organizations advocating for worker rights in communities throughout the United States. In 2012, JWJ merged with American Rights at Work, another worker advocacy organization.

After her remarks, Erin led the audience to discuss work and workplace rights. She observed that one thing we all have in common is that we have a job. The first jobs held by audience members included restaurant busgirl, newspaper writer, call center customer service representative, seamstress, housecleaner, Ma Bell operator, factory worker, and union organizer.

 

Stacy Hickox elected as Board Secretary after joining DC LERA board

 

Stacy Hickox

Stacy Hickox joined the DC LERA board after being elected at a member meeting on February 14, 2024. On February 21, 2024, the board elected Stacy to serve as Board Secretary.

In March 2024, Stacy became Staff Counsel with the National Educational Association. She also serves as a facilitator for Cornell University’s online DEI courses.

Previously, Stacy taught for the Business College at University of Maryland and for the professional development unit of Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources & Labor Relations (MSU SHRLR).  Until August 2022, she was an Associate Professor in MSU’S SHRLR, where she taught in the human resources & labor relations programs.

Stacy’s research has focused on barriers to employment for people with disabilities and a criminal record, as well as arbitration as a means to support accommodations and address harassment and bullying in the workplace. Stacy also practiced law with private law firms including Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch in Washington, D.C., and Disability Rights Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.