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Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) believes that religious communities are consistent with their values when they work in partnership with the labor community to help workers achieve justice. We also believe that strong religion and labor partnerships at the local level are key to building a strong movement for worker and economic justice. Across the country, local groups affiliated with IWJ have formed to address economic injustice in their communities. Although the groups have various names and structures, they share similar goals and values.
The affiliate network of Interfaith Worker Justice includes more than 45 Religion-Labor Groups throughout the country. These local organizations work to organize the religious community in support of issues facing low-wage workers. Religion-Labor Groups support workers' efforts to form unions, work to establish partnerships between local faith communities and the labor movement, and advance public policy initiatives intended to promote and secure workers' rights.
Established in 2004 to cross educate Workers' Centers around the US, the network aims to pool resources and build power for workers in both their workplaces and the broader community by collaborating on national organizing, policy and education campaigns. There are currently 21 workers' centers within the network.
Interfaith groups of future religious leaders and supporters work together to confront injustices in the workplace through Seminarian for Worker Justice groups. Calling upon their religious values, they strive to be in solidarity with workers who are oppressed and to speak out with the goal of affecting positive change within their faith communities. They believe that their faiths require direct action, and as future religious leaders, they seek to incorporate that knowledge into their ministries and in the world. Seminarians for Worker Justice groups are available to work with religious communities and unions on events and campaigns that support workers, especially low-wage workers.