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.