9to5 California Info
In 2006, Los Angeles women organizing in protest of discrimination against working women, formed 9to5 Los Angeles. The fledgling chapter took its first steps by “adopting” the Crenshaw Wal-Mart and hosting a candlelight vigil just before the Christmas holidays, gathering hundreds of petition signatures calling for fair pay and treatment for Wal-Mart associates. Soon members opened a one-room office near the Wilshire/Vermont Metro, on the top floor of the UFCW Local 770 building, which is still home to the 9to5 LA chapter.
Since San Francisco won city-wide paid sick days in 2004, 9to5 members across California have campaigned to win CA paid sick leave, working with our allies from the California Work & Family Coalition. Members have organized to win policy campaigns for ending caregiver discrimination, closing a pregnancy discrimination loophole, instituting a city-wide wage theft ordinance, and protecting the rights of immigrant and LGBT community members. Year-round voter registration and education efforts culminated in the November 2012 election, with outreach to over 5,000 families from South Los Angeles, the majority of them 9to5 contacts from our CalWORKS Job Club weekly presentations.
9to5 Los Angeles is known for its annual regional leadership conferences, annual planning and evaluation retreats, and monthly “Know Your Rights” library presentations across the city. Our yearly participation in state-wide safety-net budget fights offers opportunities for members to testify in legislative hearings as well as street rallies, and to be interviewed by both national and local media outlets. Interns from Phoenix University this past year both learned and then taught the community organizing and policy advocacy skills to the wider membership. 9to5 is seen as the “go to” place for women to learn how to speak up for their rights.
9to5, California is also comprised of the Bay Area chapter, organized in 1999, and the 9to5 Sacramento which was established in October 2011 in our state capital.
9to5 San Jose
2302 Zanker Road, San Jose, California 95131
Phone: (408) 678-3351
9to5 Los Angeles
630 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone:( 213) 201-7029
Special Thanks to Our Funders
Agape Foundation– Fund for Nonviolent Social Change; California Community Foundation; Presbyterian (SDOP) – Committee on the Self-Development of People; Unitarian (UUFP)– Unitarian Universalist Funding Program; Southern California War Tax Resistance; Common Counsel Foundation, RESIST, People’s Life Fund of Northern California