CAMPAIGNS

One Pennsylvania was formed to hold corporations accountable for paying their fair share, and to stand up for good, family-sustaining jobs, and well-funded public services. Since its inception, One PA has always taken creative action to earn media coverage and influence the public discourse of opinion makers, thought leaders, and our elected representatives. For six years, we’ve been hitting the streets and the halls of power to make the case for justice.

We collaborate with partner organizations and coalitions to share campaign expertise, and build a more strategic, unified, and intersectional justice movement. Below are several of the campaigns and coalitions with which One PA is actively involved.

Coalition Campaigns

Fight for $15 Pennsylvania
One PA organized the first fast food strike in Pennsylvania in 2014. That effort is now Fight for $15 PA, which raises expectations for workers at hospitals, fast food restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail business all over the state. One PA has been the community partner for low-wage worker organizing for three years, and we’ve succeeded or are on a path to a $15/hour minimum wage in many cases.
Great Public Schools: The Schools Our Children Deserve

One PA is a founding member of Great Public Schools (GPS) Pittsburgh. GPS believes that every child is exceptional and deserves every opportunity to excel, and that all students should have the great public schools that families want and children deserve. To achieve this vision, we must address long-standing disparities–often driven by poverty and racism–and we must reinvest in public schools as the hearts of our neighborhoods.

Strong public schools make strong communities. Excellent schools not only create opportunities for students from all backgrounds and abilities, but also keep our neighborhoods vibrant, retain young families, promote property values for homeowners, and serve as focal points for our communities.

Our Water Campaign

One PA is a key member of the Our Water Campaign, a coalition of local Pittsburgh organizations committed to ensuring that safe, affordable water is provided to all residents through a publicly controlled water authority. Water rates at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) are going to increase over the next few decades to help curb the costs of rebuilding our infrastructure. However, these increases will put low-income residents at risk. As PWSA works to address aging infrastructure and replace lead water lines, it is critical that low-income residents are protected.

United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN)
United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN) is a parent-led action network of parent leaders and parent leadership initiatives across the nation, coming together to build a powerful voice to influence policies and programs that matter to families and children, especially families with young children. UPLAN parent leaders are low and moderate-income parents, parents of color, immigrant, grandparents raising grandchildren: parents who truly know what families and communities need in order to succeed and thrive. One PA is working with UPLAN to create a policy platform that strengthens the national programs and policies that impact children’s lives.
The People's Budget

To get Pennsylvania back on track, we need a budget that reflects the priorities of working families. It’s time to hold corporations accountable so that we can provide quality community services, affordable health care, good, family-sustaining jobs, and a safe and healthy environment. It’s time for our representatives and senators to tell us whose side they’re on: Pennsylvanians, or corporations. Learn more about our campaign for a People’s Budget.

Fed Up Campaign
We are Fed Up! The Federal Reserve has tremendous influence over our economy. Although our communities continue to suffer through a weak recovery and economic inequality keeps growing, corporate and financial interests are demanding that the Fed put the brakes on growth so wages don’t rise. For the first time in recent memory, community organizations like One PA, unions, and consumer advocates are mobilizing around the Federal Reserve for a national economic policy that prioritizes full employment and rising wages.

One PA is one of 70 non-profits, community based organizations, and unions representing millions of people from every region of the United States who have recently called upon the Federal Reserve to reject recent efforts to raise interest rates and to instead adopt all the policies necessary to rapidly reach a full employment economy. The corporate bankers who together make the decision to set interest rates are flexing their muscles and claiming the economy has fully recovered to justify raising interest rates and slamming the brakes on the economy. Those bankers refuse to see how bad the economy still is for most of us.That’s why our coalition has come together: the Fed needs to hear our voices. The Fed’s job is too important for us to let bankers and financial interests dominate the conversation. The Fed needs to know it’s not just the rich who are watching them, but now, we are too. The millions of people represented in our campaign call on the Fed to adopt pro-worker policies for the rest of us: keep interest rates low, give the economy a fair chance to recover, and prioritize full employment and rising wages. Learn more about the campaign here.

Restoring a Fair Work Week

Low-wage workers and their families continue to struggle, even as the US economy recovers from the Great Recession of 2008. While stable, middle-income jobs were lost in significant numbers, the recovery to date has been built on the dramatic expansion of low-wage, no-benefit jobs in industries like retail, restaurants, and healthcare, which rely on large part-time workforces. These fast growing low-wage industries are shifting to just-in-time scheduling practices, which in turn fuel massive under-employment and attendant economic insecurity for workers.

A just-in-time workforce experiences profound insecurity: workers cannot predict their hours or pay from day to day, make time for schooling or to care for children or family, secure a second job, or qualify for promotions to full-time employment. The negative impact on earnings is not simply due to fewer hours of work: America’s 28 million part-time workers earn on average a third less per hour than their full-time counterparts, and do not qualify for critical employer-provided benefits. Low-wage women and workers of color, especially in Black communities, are especially hard hit by this trend.

The Fair Workweek Initiative (FWI), a collaborative effort anchored by the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), is bringing together leading worker-organizing and community-based organizations across the country and allied research and policy groups to develop, drive and win policy solutions at the local, state and federal level that concentrates on the priorities of low-wage women and women of color and puts those impacted communities at the forefront of this fight.

We are working to shift employer practices and advance transformative policy change that achieves:

  • Predictable, stable, transparent schedules
  • Access to full-time employment
  • Equitable part-time work and opportunities to advance
  • A voice in our work schedules
  • Using technology for a high-road in workforce management
  • A 21st Century social safety net for today’s workforce.

With this new baseline, we can provide working families with stable employment, a livable income, and family-sustaining scheduling that will ensure that our recovering economy is built on quality jobs for all. Learn more about the campaign here.