The Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs & A Healthy Community connects local community, labor, religious, and student leaders together with organizations in the fight against growing inequality and poverty in Long Beach. Our vision is to create a fair and sustainable economy in Long Beach where the community is an active and integral part of the city’s overall development process.
Our Coalition believes that workers’ rights are human rights, and that people should have a say in the political decisions that affect their everyday lives. Despite large subsidies and strong political support, Long Beach’s tourism and hospitality industry has historically failed to offer a fair return on the public’s investment, contributing to poverty in local communities with low-wage jobs that are unsafe and leave many workers unable to support their families.
We hope to counteract these unfair practices together by actively promoting living wages paired with responsible development and affordable housing, creating a fair and sustainable economy all while building thriving, healthy communities.
Our recent work: Measure WW
For over four years, hotel workers in Long Beach fought for protections against sexual and physical abuse in the workplace. After the City Council voted down an ordinance that would provide these much needed protective mechanisms in September 2017 and then refused to pass it again in 2018, workers took matters into their own hands and stood up to share their stories and organize with Long Beach residents and workers.
Through community and Coalition efforts, we knocked on over 87,000 doors, made over 72,000 phone calls, and ultimately Measure WW won by a landslide 65% of votes cast, receiving the support of nearly 85,000 Long Beach voters. Now these workers can have some peace of mind knowing that Measure WW will provide protections such as panic buttons, mandatory signage, and more humane workloads so that hotel employees can have dignity and respect as they make a living. This landmark win marks a historic turning point in the fight to end sexual and physical abuse in the Long Beach hospitality industry.
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