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November 18, 2011

Winner and Loser of the Day
Winner: Interfaith Worker Justice — Along with others, fighting against the significant problem of wage theft.

November 18, 2011

Faith and labor groups rally against wage theft
Interfaith Worker Justice, national faith and labor coalitions, workers’ centers and congregations across the country have organized “actions and services calling for Just Jobs,” from Nov. 17 through Nov. 20.

November 17, 2011

Interfaith Worker Advocates Strike Out Against Wage Theft, Join Occupiers on National Day of Action
Huge crowds are expected at Zuccotti Park and in cities across the country later today to celebrate the two-month anniversary of the Occupy movement. Interfaith worker advocates will be there. But, first, they are taking care of business – and taking on unethical business owners who cheat their workers, the government and their ethical competitors by committing wage theft. Workers Centers in the Interfaith Worker Justice network are holding actions in 20 cities today on the third annual National Day of Action against Wage Theft. The theme of this year’s day of action is Just Jobs.

November 17, 2011

Interfaith Workers Strike Out Against Wage Theft
“Everybody agrees that we need jobs,” says Kim Bobo, Executive Director of IWJ. “But we need just jobs – jobs with pay and benefits you can support a family on, with an employer who doesn’t steal your wages from you.” Bobo is a national expert on wage theft; she testified before the US House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections last week.

November 17, 2011

Houston workers demand justice for wage theft
Thursday's protest, sponsored by the Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, was an attempt to raise awareness about a growing problem and to put pressure on unscrupulous employers. "Labor abuse is not just in Third World countries," said justice center director Laura Perez-Boston. "It's in our own neighborhoods."

November 17, 2011

Workers say they have not been paid for work on Camillus House project
A 2010 report from the Research Institute for Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) at Florida International University revealed that construction workers are the second-most vulnerable group to wage theft, after the hospitality and food service industry, in South Florida.

November 16, 2011

Interfaith Worker Justice Stands With Occupiers Who Face Eviction
IWJ’s network of workers centers and labor-religion groups have spent months planning a National Day of Action for Just Jobs on Nov. 17. The attempted evictions at Occupy Wall Street and in other cities, however, prompted IWJ to join their efforts with the occupiers…

November 16, 2011

Wage Theft Rampant At Chicago's Car Washes
Organizers for Arise Chicago made multiple attempts prior to the day’s action to contact the owner of the car wash. Calls and letters were not returned. The owner was not present yesterday and the manager refused to call him, according to Arise Chicago. The organization is working with Ruiz and Montoya to determine the next steps in reclaiming their stolen wages.

November 15, 2011

Guest Viewpoint: Wage theft a pervasive problem in New York
Nov. 17-20 mark "Wage Theft Days of Action," promoted by the national organization Interfaith Worker Justice. Our local Labor-Religion Coalition of the Finger Lakes will join thousands of people around the country to raise awareness about this hidden but pervasive crime.

November 8, 2011

The Vatican and Occupy Wall Street Agree on a Just Economy
Working for a more just economy is not limited to Catholicism, however. Interfaith organizations such as Interfaith Worker Justice and PICO focus on wage theft, globalization, workforce development, and low-income housing. In light of the high rate of unemployment, IWJ has launched “Faith Advocates for Jobs,” a campaign to help the unemployed and underemployed by providing assistance in job training and searching, as well as in navigating the means for government aid.

November 5, 2011

Faiths unite to pray for workers
Karen Krause, social justice chairman of the Toledo Area Jobs With Justice Coalition, emphasized that the service is to look at worker justice "through the lens of faith," with no political overtones.

October 25, 2011

Organizations of All Beliefs Join in Protest Against Inequality
Such inclusive spirituality is echoed in the work of national faith-based groups such as Faith in Public Life and Interfaith Worker Justice. FPL organized religious leaders and promoted their role in the movement, while IWJ created congregational discussion guides and resources for interfaith prayer services.

October 24, 2011

Congregations invited to observe a 'Wage Theft Sabbath'
Looking for a simple way to educate your congregation about the crisis of wage theft? Then encourage your congregation to observe a Wage Theft Sabbath during your regular worship service on Nov. 20.

October 24, 2011

Religion Joins 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement
Although no single religious institution has publicly decried or endorsed Occupy Wall Street or any of the associated groups, Interfaith Worker Justice, a Chicago-based religious group, distributes an interfaith prayer service guide for all the movements.

October 23, 2011

Religion claims its place in Occupy Wall Street; some faith leaders cautious about involvement
Interfaith Worker Justice, has published an interfaith prayer service guide for occupation protests nationwide. Clergy who support the protests say they are a natural fit with many faiths, because they share traditional concerns about economic injustice. They also point to history, including the civil rights movement and abolition.

October 23, 2011

IWJ plans moral economy prayer service
A prayer service reflecting on a moral economy has been published by Interfaith Worker Justice. Doug Cunningham has more on the story.

October 23, 2011

Faith Communities Say They Belong at Occupy Wall Street Camps
A Chicago group, Interfaith Worker Justice, has published an interfaith prayer service guide for occupation protests nationwide. Clergy who support the protests say they are a natural fit with many faiths, because they share traditional concerns about economic injustice. They also point to history, including the civil rights movement and abolition.

October 18, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Gains Momentum
But Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, an Illinois-based alliance of religious leaders dedicated to advocating for workers, said that Occupy Wall Street provides a “teaching moment” to religious congregations on the issues of social justice and workers’ rights. “The core issues here are the growing inequality in the nation, the lack of responsiveness to that and the job crisis,” Bobo said. “There is a growing frustration with what people have witnessed in Congress, which almost had a total meltdown this summer and couldn’t get anything done at all. People are just like ‘What are our options right now?’ We’ve got to get attention from our policymakers on these issues.”

October 13, 2011

The Occupy Movement: 'We are here. We have already won.'
Similiar faith-based support is occuring in Philadelphia, where Quakers are providing meeting and kitchen space, and Hare Krishnas have delivered hundreds of plates of food. And clergy at Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago have put together congregational discussion guides on the “Occupy” events for Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.

October 12, 2011

Detroit area clergy denounce push to end teacher union requirement
Detroit — About a dozen religious leaders united Wednesday to denounce proposed legislation that would remove the state law that requires teachers to join a union — a push by GOP lawmakers that critics say is a means to weaken the power of organized labor in labor-heavy Michigan. Leading the group of clergy men and women in a small news conference on the front steps of Sacred Heart Catholic Church was the Rev. John Pitts Jr., president of Interfaith Worker Justice — Metro Detroit

October 12, 2011

It's a Tremor, Not a Quake. Yet.
An example of tremors setting off new tremors is the plan of the Interfaith Worker Justice coalition to demand "just jobs" during a four-day protest, November 17-20. This group, led by a tiny handful, was arrested for praying in the U.S. Capitol during the deficit debate this past summer. Their protest achieved a media opportunity, and now it might take on a much greater scale.

October 12, 2011

PEOPLE OF FAITH PETITION DELIVERED TO VERIZON HEADQUARTERS; VERIZON WORKERS SUPPORTED AS “iWONT” CAMPAIGN BEGINS
New York - Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition's Rabbi Michael Feinberg and the Rev. Dr. Earl Kooperkamp delivered a People of Faith petition with 2000 signatures, collected by Interfaith Worker Justice, to the Verizon headquarters in Manhattan yesterday.

October 11, 2011

Unemployed Hold Prayer Vigil Before Jobs Bill Vote
Laid-off health care providers and unemployed short-order cooks gathered in the Hart Senate Office Building late this afternoon, holding a prayer vigil ahead of tonight’s jobs vote in the Senate. The prayer was led by Rev. Paul Sherry, director of the Interfaith Worker Justice Public Policy Office, in support of the jobs bill, urging senators to pass the bill this week.

October 11, 2011

The Crisis at Avondale
Leading the march was Rev. Jim VanderWeele of New Orleans Interfaith Worker Justice, which co-organized the Pray for Avondale campaign. Signs throughout the march read "Mitch Landrieu Don't Know, Don't Care," with others substituting Gov. Bobby Jindal or Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, for Landrieu's name. Chants broke out: "For our families, we work hard. Help us save Avondale Shipyard."

October 7, 2011

Women’s studies conference brings international issues to Athens
The keynote speaker for the conference, Kim Bobo, founded Interfaith Worker Justice, where she is the executive director. IWJ is the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, especially those in the low-wage economy.

October 6, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet: The Faith Factor
Slowly but surely, as media coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations in New York and across the country continues to grow, attention is turning toward what the spiritual/religious/faith elements are to the larger political/social/cultural story.

October 6, 2011

St. John's Looks at Fairness in Workplace
NEWPORT - As workers organize on Wall Street and around the country, a group of local churches will take a deeper look at what their faith has to say about worker justice.

October 5, 2011

From Wall Street to Main Street: Occupy Iowa wants a level playing field
It’s the 99 percent. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? They are the folks who did as they were asked, who followed the rules, who believed this really was a country where any Average Joe or Jane could make good. But as they peer over stacks of unpaid bills, commute to their second or third job and watch the influence of the most wealthy Americans grow and of everyday Americans diminish, they have gained a new perspective and can no longer sit silently.

October 5, 2011

US Faith Activists Back the Occupy America Movement
The campaigning group Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) has announced its support of the Occupy America movement, which started on Wall Street in New York City and is spreading to other cities across the United States. IWJ has also produced a discussion guide to help congregational members talk together, within the context of their shared faith, about the meaning and implications of the protests.

October 5, 2011

IWJ Stands with Occupy America: Releases Congregational Discussion Guides
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) has announced its support of the Occupy America movement, which started on Wall Street in New York City and is spreading to other cities across the United States. IWJ has also produced a discussion guide to help congregational members talk together, within the context of their shared faith, about the meaning and implications of these protests

What immigrant workers can teach us

April 12, 2011

What immigrant workers can teach us
Source: Chicago is the World, a project of the Community Media Workshop

Ballpark workers cry wage foul

March 24, 2011

Ballpark workers cry wage foul
An article about wage theft in Cincinnati, highlighting the work of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (an IWJ affiliate)

Fired for the Crime of Working

March 23, 2011

Fired for the Crime of Working
IWJ's affiliate in Minneapolis, the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, is mentioned in this great article by veteran labor journalist/photographer/organizer David Bacon (in the piece only their English name, the Center of Workers United in Struggle, is used)

February 25, 2011

Attn: Clergy and Faith Leaders Concerned About Workers Rights
Source: Standing on the Side of Love (Unitarian Universalist Association)

Religious leaders step up to defend workers

February 24, 2011

Religious leaders step up to defend workers
Source: Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)

February 22, 2011

Jews joining union showdown in Wisconsin over gov’s proposal
Source: JTA - The Global News Service of the Jewish People

Discussion centers on worker justice

February 19, 2011

Discussion centers on worker justice
Source: The Daily Record (Wooster, Ohio)

February 19, 2011

Religious leaders offer sanctuary to senators
Source: La Crosse Tribune

Jobs: Gifts We Really Need

January 16, 2011

Jobs: Gifts We Really Need

The 2010 Worth Remembering

January 1, 2011

The 2010 Worth Remembering

The 2010 Worth Remembering

December 31, 2010

The 2010 Worth Remembering

Wage Theft Complaints on the Rise in D.C.

November 22, 2010

Wage Theft Complaints on the Rise in D.C.
This article alludes to IWJ and the National Day of Action Against Wage Theft without mentioning either explicitly: the press conference it describes in front of the Metropolitan Police Department was organized by DC Jobs with Justice/Interfaith Worker Justice of Greater Washington.

Workers protest Lakewood company after three weeks with no pay

November 19, 2010

Workers protest Lakewood company after three weeks with no pay
Source: Newark Star-Ledger

Wage theft targets undocumented immigrants

November 19, 2010

Wage theft targets undocumented immigrants
The Workers Defense Project is an affiliate of IWJ's national network of worker centers.

Labor wants wage theft law

November 19, 2010

Labor wants wage theft law

Safeguard the Minimum Wage

November 19, 2010

Safeguard the Minimum Wage

Employees Rally Over Unfair Wages

November 18, 2010

Employees Rally Over Unfair Wages
Report on an action organized by Food AND Medicine/Worker Center of Eastern Maine, an IWJ affiliate.

Downtown Rally Held To Stop 'Wage Theft'

November 18, 2010

Downtown Rally Held To Stop 'Wage Theft'
Report by an action organized by the Madison Workers Rights Center and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin, both IWJ affiliates

Labor group calls for meeting with New York State Fair over working conditions

November 18, 2010

Labor group calls for meeting with New York State Fair over working conditions
Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard

National Day of Action Against Wage Theft Press Conference

November 18, 2010

National Day of Action Against Wage Theft Press Conference
Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard
Video of a press conference in Syracuse, New York organized by the Workers' Center of Central New York and the Central New York Labor-Religion Coalition, both IWJ affiliates

November 18, 2010

Workers stage protest over lost wages outside Oorah company in Lakewood
Source: APP.com/Asbury Park Press
This article alludes to IWJ without mentioning it explicitly: New Labor is affiliated with IWJ's national network of worker centers and the event the article describes was part of the National Day of Action Against Wage Theft.

Thou shalt not steal

November 17, 2010

Thou shalt not steal

November 16, 2010

National Day of Action Against Wage Theft
Source: Construction Citizen

Mobilize Against Wage Theft

November 12, 2010

Mobilize Against Wage Theft

Did veterinarians extort pay from undocumented workers?

October 30, 2010

Did veterinarians extort pay from undocumented workers?
A shocking case of wage theft exposed thanks to the organizing efforts of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, an IWJ affiliate.

October 6, 2010

Hare Introduces New Bill To Staunch Wage Theft
Source: PROGRESS ILLINOIS

September 14, 2010

Fayetteville mayor decries wage theft
Source: Arkansas Times Blog

Ten Things the Past Can Teach Us Today

September 2, 2010

Ten Things the Past Can Teach Us Today
The Arise Chicago Worker Center, a member of IWJ's national network of worker centers, is mentioned in this piece.

Labor Day religious lessons

September 2, 2010

Labor Day religious lessons

Seek Interfaith Justice This Labor Day Weekend!

August 2, 2010

Seek Interfaith Justice This Labor Day Weekend!
Source: Shalom Rav: A Blog by Rabbi Brant Rosen

Protests Of Arizona Immigration Law Lead To Arrests

July 30, 2010

Protests Of Arizona Immigration Law Lead To Arrests
This story quotes Dan Moore of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (an IWJ affiliate), though without mentioning the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center by name (alas).

AZ immigration-law protests lead to arrests, street closures

July 30, 2010

AZ immigration-law protests lead to arrests, street closures
This article quotes Noel Andersen, an organizer with the Arizona Interfaith Alliance for Worker Justice (IWJ's affiliate in Phoenix), but only identifies him as a ministry intern at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita.

July 28, 2010

Judge blocks Ariz. law; faith leaders, Senate Democrats respond
Source: Associated Baptist Press

Inside the Beltway

July 28, 2010

Inside the Beltway

Presbyterians join Arizona boycott because of immigration law

July 9, 2010

Presbyterians join Arizona boycott because of immigration law
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

Daughter of illegal immigrants struggles against the odds to graduate from Huron High School

June 13, 2010

Daughter of illegal immigrants struggles against the odds to graduate from Huron High School
Source: AnnArbor.com
A moving profile of Jasmine Franco, a part-time organizer with the Washtenaw County Worker Center (http://workercenter.org/), an IWJ affiliate.

May 26, 2010

Worker Justice Reader
Source: RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY: A Group Blog on American Religious History and Culture

April 26, 2010

Interfaith Worker Justice's new reader
Source: Chicago Muckrakers blog

Combating Wage Theft In Miami

February 19, 2010

Combating Wage Theft In Miami

February 15, 2010

Wage Theft: A Radio Interview with IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo
Source: KBOO Community Radio - Portland, Oregon

Employee fleecings ignored

November 19, 2009

Employee fleecings ignored

November 19, 2009

Rallying against wage theft
Source: Wisconsin Radio Network

The Cost of Building Austin

November 18, 2009

The Cost of Building Austin

Stop Wage Theft This Week!

November 18, 2009

Stop Wage Theft This Week!
Source: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Kim Bobo

October 19, 2009

Kim Bobo
Source: Community Media Workshop

October 1, 2009

"Ya esperé mucho" ("I've waited a long time")
Source: La Raza Newspaper

Building a Better Austin from Below

September 21, 2009

Building a Better Austin from Below
From the September/October 2009 issue of Dollars & Sense, an article on the Workers Defense Project / Proyecto Defensa Laboral in Austin, Texas -- a member of IWJ's national network of worker centers.

September 4, 2009

Program links social justice with religion on Labor Day weekend
Source: Chi-Town Daily News

September 4, 2009

Workers claim Builders Center owes them nearly $8,000
Source: Chi-Town Daily News

Wage Theft In America

September 1, 2009

Wage Theft In America

Wage theft reports on the rise

August 28, 2009

Wage theft reports on the rise
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
This article spotlights the work of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers' Center, IWJ's affiliate in Cincinnati.

Bad economy sparks more complaints of wage theft

August 17, 2009

Bad economy sparks more complaints of wage theft
A story about wage theft that quotes IWJ public policy director Ted Smukler and several members of IWJ's national network of worker centers and religion-labor affiliates.

Important Anti-Wage Theft legislation Introduced in Congress

July 31, 2009

Important Anti-Wage Theft legislation Introduced in Congress
IWJ Public Policy Director Ted Smukler on new national legislation to prevent wage theft.

A Brief Review of <i>Wage Theft in America</i>

July 30, 2009

A Brief Review of Wage Theft in America
"The single largest category of larceny in the United States each year is the billions of dollars stolen from workers by failing to pay them the legal minimum wage, misclassifying them as independent contractors to avoid paying for overtime or the employer share of payroll taxes, or other tactics. Yet, this corporate crime goes largely unpunished. The director of Interfaith Worker Justice documents this abuse and describes in detail what individuals, community organizations, religious groups, and the Obama administration can do about it."

The pope and unions

July 8, 2009

The pope and unions
IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo responds to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

June 22, 2009

Blacks and Latinos have shared experiences in post-Katrina N.O.
Source: The Louisiana Weekly

Mayday for the middle class

May 21, 2009

Mayday for the middle class
Source: New York Daily News

Wage theft victims fight for rights

May 18, 2009

Wage theft victims fight for rights
Source: Marketplace - American Public Media
A segment about wage theft on the public radio program Marketplace, featuring an interview with IWJ Executive Editor Kim Bobo.

Employers Face Tougher Enforcement of Wage and Hour Laws

May 12, 2009

Employers Face Tougher Enforcement of Wage and Hour Laws
IWJ Public Policy Director Ted Smukler quoted in The Kiplinger Letter

Online Forum on <i>Wage Theft in America</i>

May 11, 2009

Online Forum on Wage Theft in America
The week of May 11-15, the TPM Café Book Club is hosting a running discussion of IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo's Wage Theft in America, with a distinguished ensemble of economists, journalists, and policy experts offering commentary on the book.

All in a Day’s Pay: Conversations with Chicago’s Day Laborers

May 1, 2009

All in a Day’s Pay: Conversations with Chicago’s Day Laborers
An interview with Sergio Zetina, an active member of IWJ affiliate ARISE Chicago (www.arisechicago.org)

God's Work: What can faith-based activism do for labor?

April 27, 2009

God's Work: What can faith-based activism do for labor?
An essay in the May/June Boston Review on Kim Bobo's Wage Theft in America and how IWJ's work could influence the Solis Department of Labor.

One Nation, off the Clock

April 20, 2009

One Nation, off the Clock
A review of IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo's Wage Theft in America in the Spring issue of Dissent (web version available in full to Dissent subscribers only -- click here for PDF).

New-Fashioned Unions: A Profile of Arise Chicago

April 15, 2009

New-Fashioned Unions: A Profile of Arise Chicago
IWJ's Chicago affiliate (formerly the Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues)

Mugged by the Boss

April 10, 2009

Mugged by the Boss
A review of IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo's book Wage Theft in America by New York Times labor and workplace reporter Steven Greenhouse (PDF).

Not Our Department

April 8, 2009

Not Our Department
Chris Hayes of The Nation has a piece in the magazine's April 27 issue on the GAO's alarming report on wage theft, in which he quotes IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo. Alas, the online version contains only the first three paragraphs, with the rest behind a subscriber-only firewall, but the full text appears on IWJ's blog here.

Stolen Wages, Stolen Hopes; Gov't Lets Down U.S. Workers, Probe Finds

March 25, 2009

Stolen Wages, Stolen Hopes; Gov't Lets Down U.S. Workers, Probe Finds
IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo was interviewed for a segment on wage theft that aired on ABC's Good Morning America. The link above takes you to both the transcript of the segment and the video.

March 18, 2009

Alternative Break Immersion: Interfaith Worker Justice
Source: The Phoenix (Loyola University Chicago student newspaper)
A moving personal testimony by a college student who participated in IWJ's Alternative Break Immersion program.

March 8, 2009

Biz (off)beat: Web site targets workplace abuse
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Disabled worker hearings set for Monday

March 8, 2009

Disabled worker hearings set for Monday
Source: Des Moines Register

Can My Boss Do That?

March 5, 2009

Can My Boss Do That?

Can My Boss Do That?

March 5, 2009

Can My Boss Do That?
From the blog of Dollars & Sense Magazine

Help wanted: Long hours, no pay

March 5, 2009

Help wanted: Long hours, no pay
Source: Albany Times Union

Thou Shalt Not Steal

February 27, 2009

Thou Shalt Not Steal

Woman crusades against epidemic of wage theft

February 13, 2009

Woman crusades against epidemic of wage theft
Source: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Litigation

February 11, 2009

Jobs With Justice and the Progressive Revolution
Source: GRITtv with Laura Flanders
IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo discussing her book Wage Theft in America with a roundtable panel on GRITtv with Laura Flanders

February 5, 2009

Expert: education key to fair wages
Source: Arizona State University Campus Newspaper

Labor Bill Could Have Big Impact in Illinois

January 28, 2009

Labor Bill Could Have Big Impact in Illinois
IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo on the Chicago Public Radio program City Room making the case for the Employee Free Choice Act (both transcript and audio available). For more IWJ resources on the Employee Free Choice Act -- including perspectives from religious leaders and a guide to organizing a delegation to your Senator -- click here

Revolt on Goose Island: Kim Bobo on Wage Theft

January 28, 2009

Revolt on Goose Island: Kim Bobo on Wage Theft
Source: Moby Lives

January 27, 2009

Thievery All Around
Source: Crisis? What Crisis?

January 27, 2009

The Future of Labor Organizing
Source: City Voices podcast -- Community Media Workshop & WNUA in Chicago
An interview recorded on January 13th on Chicago's WNUA, featuring IWJ Organizing Director Renaye Manley

January 12, 2009

Thieving Employers
Source: Dissident Voice

January 9, 2009

Book by Chicago workers advocate explores wage theft
Source: Chi-Town Daily News

January 9, 2009

Wage Theft Warrior Kim Bobo’s New Book
Source: Jeff Kelly Lowenstein’s Blog

January 8, 2009

Bobo's Blueprint for Boosting Economic Justice
Source: BeyondChron.org
A review of IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo's book Wage Theft in America by Randy Shaw, author of Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century.

Author interview with Kim Bobo

January 7, 2009

Author interview with Kim Bobo
10 Questions & Answers with IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo about her book Wage Theft in America

What enforcement strategy?

January 2, 2009

What enforcement strategy?
A Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post by IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo in response to a dubiously credulous article on outgoing Labor Secretary Elaine Chao

December 30, 2008

Tom Colicchio: Top Chef or Top (Wage) Thief?
Source: Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate: An Economist’s Travelogue
How are the TV show Top Chef and IWJ's wage theft campaign related? Read this interesting blog post to find out.

Wage Theft Is Widespread In U.S. - Workers' Centers Fighting It

December 22, 2008

Wage Theft Is Widespread In U.S. - Workers' Centers Fighting It
Blog post based on an interview with IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo about her book Wage Theft in America

December 22, 2008

"Spiritual Stimulus Package" for Kentuckians
A Public News Service report on IWJ's "Spiritual Stimulus Package"

 A Spiritual Stimulus Package

December 19, 2008

A Spiritual Stimulus Package
Dave Belden, Managing Editor of Tikkun magazine, on IWJ's new toolkit of resources for congregations and faith communities coping with unemployment and the economic crisis.

December 16, 2008

Is the GOP Risking the Economy to Win the PR War Against Unions?
An excellent Huffington Post piece on the union-bashing campaign currently underway in the media. IWJ executive director Kim Bobo is mentioned about a third of the way in.

Helping Workers Now

December 9, 2008

Helping Workers Now
The Nation cites IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo in discussing two new Center for American Progress reports on the need for the Department of Labor to beef up its enforcement of labor laws.

Hurricane Ike cleanup workers report wage theft

December 3, 2008

Hurricane Ike cleanup workers report wage theft
Hundreds of workers hired to clean up debris, repair damaged roofs and restore flood-soaked buildings say they were robbed of wages, stranded with nowhere to stay and injured on the job.

Championing the rights of workers

December 3, 2008

Championing the rights of workers
The Chicago Reporter recently spoke with Bobo to talk about her work.

Nonprofit helping Ike workers recover wages

December 2, 2008

Nonprofit helping Ike workers recover wages
Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center says that lack of payment for hourly workers is often found in construction trade.

Wage Theft in America: A Crisis We Can Solve

November 25, 2008

Wage Theft in America: A Crisis We Can Solve
AFL-CIO Now senior writer James Parks interviews IWJ executive director Kim Bobo about her book Wage Theft in America.

November 25, 2008

Sweet and Sour
Workers allege bakery owner still owes them thousands in back pay. -Chicago Journal

Obama must crack down on wage theft

November 20, 2008

Obama must crack down on wage theft
Columnist Errol Louis discusses IWJ executive director Kim Bobo's book Wage Theft in America in his New York Daily News column.

Wage Theft: A National Epidemic

November 17, 2008

Wage Theft: A National Epidemic
James Parks discusses IWJ executive director Kim Bobo's book Wage Theft in America on the AFL-CIO's blog.

Wage Theft Exposed

November 14, 2008

Wage Theft Exposed
Isaiah J. Poole, executive editor of the Campaign for America's Future blog/website/forum/clearinghouse ourfuture.org, interviews IWJ executive director Kim Bobo about her book Wage Theft in America in this video podcast.

November 13, 2008

The Hidden Crime Wave
Ben Garlock reports on the November 12 press conference at the U.S. Department of Labor about IWJ executive director Kim Bobo's book Wage Theft in America for UNION CITY, the e-zine of the Metropolitan Washington Council (Central Labor Council) of the AFL-CIO.

November 11, 2008

Interview: Kim Bobo On How Billions Are Stolen From Workers
Mackenzie Baris of DC Jobs with Justice - Interfaith Worker Justice of Greater Washington interviews IWJ executive director Kim Bobo about her book Wage Theft in America.

Activist upholds battle on wages

October 25, 2008

Activist upholds battle on wages
Activist upholds battle on wages Social activist Kim Bobo knows she has a cause that the American public can support. First, though, she needs a chance to explain it to them. Bobo, the founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice organization, will be in Des Moines today at the 2008 Ecumenical Poverty Summit to talk about wage theft as part of the broader issue of how communities, specifically the faith community, can mobilize around social justice issues.-Des Moines Register

Vote Your Values 2008: A Guide for Faith-Based Voters

October 16, 2008

Vote Your Values 2008: A Guide for Faith-Based Voters
It's not what you think. The best evidence that Obama has broken the GOP hold on the meaning of "faith-based" came today from the organization Interfaith Worker Justice, a "nonprofit, nonpartisan religious organization that educates and mobilizes the religious people of all faiths in the United States on issues important to working people" -Daily Kos

September 20, 2008

Protesting Pulte
Construction workers for one of the largest developers in the United States, Pulte Homes, are being forced to work for substandard wages and in dangerous conditions, according to a May report by Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice -Multinational Monitor

 Faith-based community organizers upset by Palin putdown

September 2, 2008

Faith-based community organizers upset by Palin putdown
"Contrary to Palin's disparaging remarks, organizers have major responsibilities for creating policy changes. Feeding the hungry and housing the homeless are clearly responsibilities of people of faith. We do that by providing food and shelter and more importantly, by organizing to address the causes of injustice and inequity which lead to hunger and homelessness," said Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a congregation-based community organization in Chicago. -Reuters

Group eyes revival of 'Labor Day Sundays'

August 29, 2008

Group eyes revival of 'Labor Day Sundays'
American houses of worship should commemorate Labor Day weekend not as the last hurrah of the summer but as a time to celebrate the "sacred link between faith, work and justice," says a national social justice advocate.

Sermons to tackle labor issues

August 29, 2008

Sermons to tackle labor issues
Connecting his Jewish faith with his support for workers' rights, Ted Smukler sees the beginnings of the labor movement in the Old Testament.

July 18, 2008

Union Man: Whither the Labor Department under Obama
Tuesday's House labor hearing on "Wage Theft" was supposed to be pretty lively. Left-wing advocacy groups had brought grievances against the Bush Department of Labor to the sympathetic chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. George Miller (D., Calif.). -National Review Online