John Dodds received the Anna Burger Award for his life’s work with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. In his acceptance speech, Dodds discussed some of his life’s work and some of the challenges facing low-wage workers in today’s economy.
Here is an excerpt of his bio from the 2015 PA Progressive Summit program:
John Dodds has been the director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) since 1975. PUP is an organization of the unemployed and low wage workers that works in coalition with various organizations concerned about economic justice, including labor unions, the religious community, social service and community organizations.
In his role as director Dodds has led successful organizing campaigns on a variety of economic issues that have resulted in concrete gains for poor and working families. Those campaigns have fought for extending unemployment benefits, preventing mortgage foreclosures, raising the minimum wage, increasing access to health care, preventing plant closings, and creating public jobs.
You can hear Dodds’s talk in full right here: