We strive for a society where all people are treated with respect and dignity, a society where honest labor is rewarded with honest and equitable compensation.
The Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network / Jobs with Justice brings together labor unions, religious congregations, student groups and community organizations and activists to support the civil and economic rights of all working people - especially the right to a decent standard of living, the right to a stable job, and the right to organize.
The Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network was started in 1989, after union members turned out in solidarity over an eighteen-month period to show support for 300 members of the Western Council of Industrial Workers who went on strike at Springfield’s Morgan-Nicolai door factory. The strike ended when the plant closed and shipped its manufacturing overseas but the men and women who waked the picket line in solidarity day after day, week after week, decided to form and organization that would stand up for workers and promote social justice in the form of decent jobs with living wages and good benefits.
ESSN has always been there provide support for workers and our local unions, weather It’s turning out our members and allies to rally for better wages and benefits, walking a picket line or promoting and educating the community on the benefits of unions. As a grass roots organization we do not suffer the constraints placed on many unions when it comes to direct actions campaigns which allows us to bring community pressure to bear on employers who refuse to bargain in good faith
When workers are respected, treated fairly, and provided a fair living wage our community is stronger and ESSN encourages good faith bargaining between employers and workers by keeping the community involved and informed.