Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.
Interfaith Worker Justice:
Protects Worker Rights
IWJ believes workers should have the right to organize and to engage in collective bargaining. Because many U.S. workers are being denied these rights, IWJ has a joint partnership with the Department of Labor to help guarantee and enforce these basic rights.
Too often the religious community and the labor communities have worked in isolation from one another. IWJ promotes opportunities for labor leaders and people of faith to work together, including workshops and field placement for seminarians, novices, and rabbinical students. For more information, contact April McGlothin-Eller.
IWJ develops resources on worker justice issues for congregations. Materials such as Faith Works, Why Unions Matter, Living Wage resources, What Faith Groups Say About the Right to Organize and more can all be downloaded. To order quantities of materials, e-mail us.
Engages Religious Employers
Religiously-affiliated non-profit institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, should model the highest standard of employer-employee relations. Unfortunately some religious institutions hire union-busting "consultants" and engage in unethical, and sometimes illegal behavior toward workers when they attempt to form a union. IWJ has developed resources to educate people of faith about this issue.
Organizes Local Interfaith Committees
Most low-wage worker concerns require local religious involvement and assistance. IWJ works with interested religious leaders to form ongoing local organizations to help educate and involve the religious community on worker justice issues, and to support the work of the network of local committees and Religion-Labor groups. For more information, contact Renaye Manley.