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CFL Initiative and JMA receive $4 million award for workforce development in Chicago

The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce and Community Initiative and Jobs to Move America (JMA) are excited to announce […]

By Alaa Milbes|December 20th, 2016|

Workforce development webinar educates bus manufacturers

Los Angeles — Representatives of bus manufacturing companies joined community and labor groups on Thursday to learn about […]

By Alaa Milbes|November 4th, 2016|

Transit and Labor Leaders from Across the U.S. Address the Power of Transportation Investment for Transforming Lives and Communities

As transit agencies across the country aim to build and rebuild infrastructure, among the issues they face is finding […]

By Alaa Milbes|September 15th, 2016|

MTA Commits to U.S. Jobs with New $3.2 Billion Subway Car Purchase

NEW YORK, July 27, 2016 – The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for […]

By Alaa Milbes|July 27th, 2016|

Coalition to Transit Companies: Create jobs with taxpayer-funded transit projects

By Alaa Milbes|April 18th, 2016|

JMA statement on USDOT Ladders of Opportunity initiatives

Transportation is essential to every American’s life. Each day, millions of Americans rely on it to participate in society.  For years, […]

By Alaa Milbes|March 31st, 2016|

CTA Chooses Manufacturer for Newest-Generation Rail Cars

CSR Sifang America proposal will create 170 jobs; Company will build new, $40 million assembly facility in Chicago

By Alaa Milbes|March 9th, 2016|

JMA and Caltech celebrate International Women’s Day

Pasadena, March 8, 2016—Jobs to Move America (JMA) teamed up with the California Institute of […]

By Alaa Milbes|March 9th, 2016|

Jobs to Move America Launches as New National Organization

Jobs to Move America Launches as New National Organization Focused on Economic Opportunity in Transportation

By Alaa Milbes|March 3rd, 2016|

UPDATE: US Dept of Transportation Secretary Foxx to Transit officials: Maximize Impact of $305 Billion FAST Act to Create U.S. Jobs

Late last year, President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (Fast Act) approving $305 billion […]

By Alaa Milbes|February 26th, 2016|

BYD Timeline in California

Check out the full view of the timeline here.

By Alaa Milbes|February 3rd, 2016|

JMA holds “Know Your Rights” action in front of BYD headquarters

On Wednesday, January 27th, the Jobs to Move America (JMA) coalition organized a “Know Your Rights” action in front of the Build Your […]

By Alaa Milbes|January 27th, 2016|

JMA to LA Metro on $1 billion purchase of heavy railcars

Hold manufacturers accountable and ensure they commit to creating good manufacturing jobs for U.S.

January 11, 2016
Los Angeles

On May 29, […]

By Jobs To Move America|January 11th, 2016|

Experts Release Report on Reviving U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

New study examines real impact of  “Buy America” and public procurement initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015 – […]

By Alaa Milbes|December 10th, 2015|

Experts to Release Report on Reviving U.S. Manufacturing

New study examines real impact of  “Buy America”, other public procurement initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015 – […]

By Alaa Milbes|December 7th, 2015|
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    Protest Denounces Broken Promises by BYD Motors, Inc., Chinese Electric Bus Manufacturer to Taxpayers of LA

Protest Denounces Broken Promises by BYD Motors, Inc., Chinese Electric Bus Manufacturer to Taxpayers of LA

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Jobs to Move America protested outside the headquarters of BYD Motors, Inc., a […]

By Nadine Levyfield|December 1st, 2015|
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    Live from APTA 2015 – Dept. of Transportation Promotes Second Chances through Manufacturing Job Training Opportunities

Live from APTA 2015 – Dept. of Transportation Promotes Second Chances through Manufacturing Job Training Opportunities

This week the Jobs to Move America team is at APTA’s Annual Meeting 2015 in San Francisco to learn […]

By Nadine Levyfield|October 6th, 2015|

WBEZ-FM Radio on Nippon Sharyo

WBEZ-FM radio — Chicago’s NPR station — broadcast on Nippon Sharyo’s firing of a safety whistleblower: 

By Marc Garber|June 16th, 2015|

Illinois Jobs to Move America Coalition Offers Workforce Development Expertise to Railcar Manufacturers Vying for $2 Billion Chicago Transit Authority Contract

Chicago, IL -- On Friday, June 5, the Illinois Jobs to Move America coalition will host an informational webinar with a panel of experts, to help major global railcar manufacturing companies demonstrate their commitment to good jobs, career tracks, training and community investment in their proposals to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), competing for an estimated $2 billion contract to manufacture up to 846 new railcars. The Illinois Jobs to Move America coalition -- a national coalition uniting community, civil rights, faith-based, philanthropic, labor, academic and environmental groups – seeks to support manufacturers’ efforts to recruit and develop a skilled workforce and invest in the Chicago community, as they compete for the CTA contract for the 7000 series railcars. CTA’s Request for Proposals includes an innovative policy called the “U.S. Employment Plan” requiring all bidders to provide the number and type of jobs related to the production of the new rail cars, and to outline to outline commitments to jobs, recruitment and workforce training. The CTA will score the responses and evaluate competing bids on a number of criteria, including U.S. jobs.
By Jobs to Move America|June 5th, 2015|
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    Workers Memorial Day Observed Tomorrow in Chicago, As U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration Hits Nippon Sharyo with 11 Violations in Illinois Factory

Workers Memorial Day Observed Tomorrow in Chicago, As U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration Hits Nippon Sharyo with 11 Violations in Illinois Factory

Media Advisory for: April 27, 2015 /  Contact: Rachele Huennekens, rhuennekens@laane.org

On Tuesday, April 28, the Illinois Jobs to Move […]

By Jobs to Move America|April 27th, 2015|
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    Jobs to Move America Coalition Comments on U.S. Department of Transportation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking DOT OST-2015-0013-0002

Jobs to Move America Coalition Comments on U.S. Department of Transportation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking DOT OST-2015-0013-0002

Dear Secretary Foxx: We are writing on behalf of the Jobs to Move America Coalition (hereinafter “JMA”), an alliance of over 40 organizations from across the United States that is dedicated to the creation and improvement of jobs and opportunity for low income communities through the investment of public transportation dollars. Specific organizations signing onto this letter are listed below. We submit these comments in response to the DOT’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (hereinafter “NPRM”) ID number DOT-OST-2015-0013-0002, Geographic-Based Hiring Preferences in Administering Federal Awards. Because the collective work of JMA is focused on the creation of good manufacturing jobs in the transit vehicle manufacturing industry, our comments relate primarily to strengthening the final rule....
By Madeline Janis|April 6th, 2015|

As U.S. Department of Transportation extends comment period for historic initiative opening federal transit contracts to local job creation, experts from Jobs to Move America coalition submit comprehensive input

On April 6, 39 member-organizations of the Jobs to Move America coalition – including community, labor, civil rights, academic, philanthropic, and environmental groups – submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in favor of allowing job-creation incentives connected to federal transportation contracts, at the scheduled conclusion of a 30-day public comment period. The DOT then announced it would extend the comment period to May 6.
By Alaa Milbes|April 6th, 2015|
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    Delegation of 15 Illinois Community, Faith, Labor Leaders Visits Nippon Sharyo Railcar Factory to Express Severe Concerns over Workplace Hazards

Delegation of 15 Illinois Community, Faith, Labor Leaders Visits Nippon Sharyo Railcar Factory to Express Severe Concerns over Workplace Hazards

On Monday, March 9, a delegation representing eight Chicago-area community, faith and labor organizations traveled to the Nippon Sharyo rail car factory in Rochelle, Illinois, to express in-person their grave concerns over alleged unhealthy and dangerous working conditions inside the factory. The delegation was organized by the Illinois Jobs to Move America coalition, and included 15 people from 8 organizations.
By Jobs to Move America|March 12th, 2015|

Statement: California High Speed Rail

Jobs to Move America urges all companies that are bidding for the contract to build America’s first modern high-speed […]

By Jobs to Move America|February 25th, 2015|
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    National Transportation Expert and Labor Leader Ed Wytkind to Receive LAANE City of Justice Award

National Transportation Expert and Labor Leader Ed Wytkind to Receive LAANE City of Justice Award

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2014

Contact: Rachele Huennekens, 703-470-2454, rhuennekens@laane.orgElizabeth Weinberg, 202-628-9262,

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    OSHA Complaints Reveal Dangerous, Unhealthy Working Conditions at Nippon Sharyo Railcar Factory in Illinois

OSHA Complaints Reveal Dangerous, Unhealthy Working Conditions at Nippon Sharyo Railcar Factory in Illinois

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2014

Contact: Rachele Huennekens, 703-470-2454,  rhuennekens@laane.org

OSHA Complaints Reveal Dangerous, Unhealthy Working Conditions at […]

By Jobs to Move America|November 10th, 2014|

Nippon Sharyo Railcar Manufacturing Workers to Ask OSHA to Investigate Dangerous Plant Conditions

On Monday, November 10, workers will speak out against dangerous and unhealthy conditions in the Nippon Sharyo passenger train factory in Rochelle, IL, and announce the filing of U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) complaint. Workers at the plant build railcars for Metra and other public transit agencies around the country. The workers will be joined by members of the Illinois Jobs to Move America coalition. The complaints show that Illinois workers building railcars for Nippon Sharyo are exposed to serious, unsafe conditions on an ongoing basis; including broken scaffolding that has caused worker falls and injuries, poor ventilation while working with chemicals, and unsafe train moving procedures.
By Jobs to Move America|November 7th, 2014|

Sept. 30 Media Telebriefing: City/State Leaders Harness $4.4 Billion Transportation Spending for Quality Jobs, Leading National Shift

On Tuesday, September 30, experts in economics, sociology, and urban planning will convene a media telebriefing to discuss a new nationwide trend toward cities creating good manufacturing jobs through transportation spending. Since July, three major U.S. transit purchases by Amtrak, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Maryland Transit Administration – collectively worth an estimated $4.4 billion – have included innovative U.S. jobs incentives. Los Angeles adopted similar job-creating policies in 2012 on two railcar and bus manufacturing contracts. As more public transportation agencies use their purchasing power to boost job creation, the Jobs to Move America coalition estimates they could support up to 53,000 good American jobs with decent wages and career pathways.[i] In conjunction with the telebriefing, the Jobs to Move America coalition will also release a new interactive online map detailing 34 current and upcoming purchases of buses and trains in 25 states, as well as locations of bus and train factories, a powerful research tool.
By Alaa Milbes|September 26th, 2014|

Chicago Transit Authority Restarts $2 Billion Rail Car Procurement with Strong Manufacturing Job-Creating Approach

On July 24, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will restart its procurement of up to 846 railcars worth up to $2 billion with a new approach that can create thousands of good jobs manufacturing the trains. The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) partnered with Mayor Emanuel’s office to sponsor this new job-creating initiative. “The jobs disclosure and evaluation tools used in this purchase can improve Chicago’s transit system, create good jobs, and revive Illinois’ manufacturing economy, all at the same time,” said Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor. “This approach to transit procurement, as outlined by the Jobs to Move America coalition, creates more competition between companies vying to create good American jobs.”
By Jobs to Move America |July 24th, 2014|
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    World’s Biggest Railcar Manufacturers Learn About U.S. Workforce Development, Prepare Bids for Amtrak and California High Speed Trains

World’s Biggest Railcar Manufacturers Learn About U.S. Workforce Development, Prepare Bids for Amtrak and California High Speed Trains

On April 7, representatives of the world’s largest railcar manufacturing companies learned about best-practices in American workforce development, diversity, […]

By Alaa Milbes|April 8th, 2014|