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Tikkun logoThe Revolt of the Elites and the Moral Deficit

A compelling meditation by one of IWJ's founding board members, Rabbi Robert Marx, in Tikkun magazine. (Watch A Practical Faith: Rabbi Robert Marx, a short video about Rabbi Marx's life and legacy produced by IWJ.)

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Rev. Lillian Daniel, an IWJ board member and Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Illinois, describes her experience of the WE ARE ONE rally in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Hotel


Workers' compensation reform: abuses and fraud committed by employers and the true challenges faced by injured workers

In this response to a Chicago Tribune editorial, IWJ's national health and safety coordinator Claudia Henriquez argues that "Any plans for workers' compensation reform should meaningfully address employer fraud and abuse, illegal actions by employers against injured workers and policies that cause workers not to receive proper care and treatment for workplace injuries."

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A moving first-hand account of the Battle of Madison by Rev. C.J. Hawking, executive director of Arise Chicago (an IWJ affiliate), in the April 2011 issue of Response, the magazine of United Methodist Woman




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Maine's dangerous effort to erase labor's past

Georgetown history professor and IWJ board member Joseph McCartin argues that in ordering the removal of a mural depicting workers and the labor movement, Maine's governor is attempting to "rewrite the nation's history, erasing unions from it" -- itself an intervention in the current battle in Maine (and several other states) over labor unions and the rights of workers


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An Islamic Call to Action in Support of America's Workers

Hussam Ayloush, IWJ board member and the Southern California Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), makes an impassioned Muslim case for the WE ARE ONE mobilization April 1-4



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Faith That Creates Jobs

Rev. Darren Cushman Wood, IWJ board member and the author of Blue Collar Jesus: How Christianity Supports Workers Rights, argues for "trusting in the Lord rather than the lords of Wall Street"


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Two Undeclared Wars Dr. King Would Have Disapproved Of

Rev. Lillian Daniel, IWJ board member and Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Illinois, argues that Martin Luther King would be marching during the April 1-4 WE ARE ONE mobilization


Paul Sherry speaking at the National Press ClubRev. Paul Sherry Speaking at the Summit on Jobs & America's Future

Video of Rev. Paul Sherry, Director of IWJ's DC office and coordinator of the Faith Advocates for Jobs campaign, speaking at the Summit on Jobs & America's Future at the National Press Club in Washington on March 10, 2011. (Paul's co-panelist was Van Jones, co-founder of Green For All and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Click here to see his talk.)


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Turning Points: An Address to the AFL-CIO Executive Council

IWJ board member and Georgetown historian Joseph McCartin recently delivered these remarks to the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO




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Convenient Scapegoat: Public Workers under Assault

IWJ board member and labor historian Joseph McCartin in the Winter 2011 issue of Dissent









The Divine Presence in a Holy Place: A US-2 in Wisconsin

Joe Hopkins, IWJ Workers Center Network Assistant and United Methodist Church US-2 missionary, reflects on a week in Madison


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"It's Up to Us to Save Ourselves": What Wisconsin is Teaching Us

IWJ board member Rabbi Jill Jabobs on the spiritual meaning of the standoff in Wisconsin


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What Religion Looks Like, Wisconsin Edition

IWJ's Executive Director Kim Bobo surveys the statements and positions of various denominations and faith bodies on the battle over the rights of public sector workers


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Wisconsin Chicanery: A Short History Of Public Employees' Right To Negotiate

IWJ leaders shaping the national debate: this article by board member Joseph A. McCartin on what the Battle of Madison is really about was quoted and discussed at length by a panel of governors on Sunday, February 27, on the ABC News show This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Watch the segment here (go 4:30 into the segment for the part on Professor McCartin's article).

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Rotten Tomatoes: Trader Joe's and the Jewish Ethic for Farmworker Justice

By IWJ Board member Rabbi Jill Jacobs


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Immigrant Construction Workers Routinely Injured

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo's pointed Letter to the Editor in the Chicago Tribune in response to a harrowing article about an undocumented immigrant worker who became quadriplegic as a result of a work accident and was moved to Mexico against his will. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, or read it here.


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The Meaning of Christmas When You Are Unemployed

A poignant meditation by IWJ board member Lillian Daniel on Christmas and the jobs crisis


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Jobs: Gifts We Really Need

IWJ Board Vice-President Edie Rasell on the vital need for good jobs (this is the text of her address at the launch event of IWJ's Faith Advocates for Jobs campaign)


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Thou shalt not steal: The Crisis of Wage Theft and the Imperative of Ending It

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo, writing in the online forum of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), connects wage theft to Catholic and other religious teachings


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Chicago Math and Science Academy: Great Academics, Ugly Unionbusting

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo on a top Chicago charter school that has done great things for students, but won't recognize strong teacher support for a union


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Catholic bishops, cardinals decry Arizona immigration law

Bishop Gabino Zavala, President of IWJ's Board of Directors, offers a Catholic perspective on SB 1070


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A Primer on Activism from Unitarian Universalists

Want to know how to run a successful protest? Kim Bobo, of Interfaith Worker Justice, takes us to school.


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‘Go Ahead, Try and Make Me Pay You': Wage Theft and S.B. 1070

IWJ Communications Coordinator Danny Postel and Public Policy Director Ted Smukler analyze the impact of Arizona's draconian new immigration law on workers rights


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A Covenant for Workers

IWJ's Union & Congregational Outreach Director, Renaye Manley, on the need for a new "Covenant for Workers" (PDF)

Prism Magazine | July-August 2010


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Citizen Wealth

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo reviews the book Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families by veteran organizer Wade Rathke


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Psalm 20 and the Massey Mining Disaster

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo reflects on how Psalm 20 speaks to the anger, frustration, and betrayal felt by mine workers who've watched 52 fellow miners killed in Massey Energy coal mines over the last 10 years, 29 of them in the April 5 disaster at Upper Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.


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A Psalm for Mine Worker Justice

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo reflects on how Psalm 20 speaks to the anger, frustration, and betrayal felt by mine workers who've watched 52 fellow miners killed in Massey Energy coal mines over the last 10 years, 29 of them in the April 5 disaster at Upper Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.


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Jobs and justice high on interfaith activist's agenda

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo speaks to The Oregonian newspaper


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The Department of Labor and the Common Good

Bishop Gabino Zavala, President of IWJ's Board of Directors, makes an impassioned plea that the U.S. Senate must confirm two key nominees to the Department of Labor so that it can do its job of protecting workers.


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Overdue Confirmations for the Department of Labor

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo on why President Obama's nominees for two key posts in the Department of Labor should be confirmed immediately.


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Could a Prophet Be Confirmed to the US Department of Labor?

Two of the Obama administration's picks to staff the Department of Labor are coming up for confirmation this week. M. Patricia Smith and Lorelei Boylan face opposition by right-wing business forces, who don't appreciate the kind of advocacy they represent.


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Want to Love Your Neighbor? Pay Fair Wages

On this Labor Day, consider the results of a new report that reveals the pervasiveness of wage theft in the United States: from less-than-minimum wage pay to unpaid overtime to the refusal of meal breaks, many workers are being matter-of-factly robbed. By IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo

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An Economy of Faith

IWJ National Organizer Jonathan Currie reflects on the papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity - or Love - in Truth) in the magazine Social Policy (PDF).


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Who is David? Who is Goliath?

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo's contribution to an online forum on Marshall Ganz's book Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement


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Employee Free Choice Act Needed to Stop Employers from Bearing False Witness

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo connects Bearing False Witness to the Employee Free Choice Act

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On the Matter of the Secret Ballot

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo responds to an article in the Chicago Tribune about the Employee Free Choice Act


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Building the Interfaith Worker Justice Movement

From the journal Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, an in-depth interview with IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo, conducted by the Georgetown University historian Joseph McCartin.



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When a worker's salary is lighter: Many employers are involved in wage theft, an unspoken nationwide crime wave

Op-Ed in the Albany (New York) Times Union by IWJ executive director Kim Bobo and Brian O'Shaughnessy, executive director of the New York State Labor Religion Coalition.



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A New Vision for the Department of Labor

An excerpt from IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo's new book Wage Theft in America outlining what the DOL needs to do to put an end to the national epidemic of wage theft



Hilda Solis: Great Choice for Labor

IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo on the challenges facing the new Secretary of Labor



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‘I'm Not Dangerous'

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a letter opposing workplace immigration raids in the wake of the largest such raid in the country's history.

Danny Postel | December 19, 2008

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Helping workers survive the hard times

The new US jobless figures emphasise the need to put workers at the forefront of plans to stimulate the economy

Ted Smukler | December 6, 2008

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Stop the Great American Wage Rip-Off!

Wage theft is a widespread crisis affecting millions of U.S. workers from whom billions of dollars are stolen each year.

Kim Bobo | December 5, 2008


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Giving Thanks -- and Taking Action

A call to put the meaning of Thanksgiving into action

Kim Bobo | November 27, 2008


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The New Administration Can Stop Wage Theft--and Stimulate the Economy

A road map, from Day One to the First Year through the First Term

Kim Bobo | November 25, 2008


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The Crisis of Wage Theft

An excerpt from Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid -- And What We Can Do About It

Kim Bobo | November 24, 2008


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The Day After: A Call to Action for Worker Justice

Religious communities must be be vocal in the call to improve conditions for the American worker

Kim Bobo | November 9, 2008

Bishops Lead the Cry to Stop Workplace Raids

Religious leaders urge the government to implement a humane approach to immigration reform

Kim Bobo | October 23, 2008



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Help Wanted: A Secretary of Labor Who Cares About Workers

We need a Labor Secretary like Frances Perkins, whose top priority was to help working people

Kim Bobo | October 21, 2008


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Tough on workers, but not employers

The roundup of hundreds of workers in Laurel, Mississippi is a symptom of America's broken immigration policy

Bishop Gabino Zavala | September 1, 2008


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Can't Get Away: Labor Day Reflections

How a family vacation illuminated workplace conditions across the American landscape

Kim Bobo | August 31, 2008

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Putting Some Labor Back in Labor Day Weekend Services

Labor in the Pulpits reinserts the core values of work and economic justice

Kim Bobo | August 28, 2008


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Eid Wars: Muslim workers and anti-immigrant outrage in a Tennessee town

A major union's Labor Day concession to Muslim workers sparks outrage in Shelbyville, Tennessee

Kim Bobo | August 17, 2008


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Postville: Ground Zero for the Intersection of Immigrant and Workers' Rights

Jewish, Catholic and community leaders converge on a rural Iowa town to protest the largest immigration workplace raid in U.S. history

Kim Bobo | August 6, 2008

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Rabbis for Worker Justice

A controversial new ruling from an up and coming rabbi in Conservative Judaism charts a course for a greater focus on worker justice

Kim Bobo | July 17, 2008


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Making Work Pay

When not all workers share in the common good, when not all can raise their families in dignity, people of faith need to speak out for worker justice

Kim Bobo | May-June 2008


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The Big Squeeze

Steven Greenhouse's engaging new book exposes the crisis of low-wage work

Kim Bobo | May 27, 2008


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Imperfect Match

The Bush administration's latest effort to appear tough on illegal immigration will result in massive, unjustified firings of lawfully employed workers

Ted Smukler | April 2, 2008


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Is that Sharia? Islamic Investing and Worker Justice in Indianapolis

Kim Bobo | March 14, 2008


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The Man Who United Labor and the Environment

Tony Mazzocchi was a leader in the movement to make industrial production less harmful to workers and the natural environment

Will Tanzman | January 3, 2008