IWJ in the Media
November 18, 2011Winner and Loser of the Day
Winner: Interfaith Worker Justice — Along with others, fighting against the significant problem of wage theft.
November 18, 2011Faith 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, 2011Interfaith 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, 2011Interfaith 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, 2011Houston 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, 2011Workers 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, 2011Interfaith 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, 2011Wage 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, 2011Guest 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, 2011The 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, 2011Faiths 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, 2011Organizations 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, 2011Congregations 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, 2011Religion 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, 2011Religion 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, 2011IWJ 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, 2011Faith 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 21, 2011Ministry with the Poor: Breaking the Silence
October 18, 2011Occupy 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, 2011The 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, 2011Detroit 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, 2011It'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, 2011PEOPLE 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, 2011Unemployed 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, 2011The 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, 2011Interfaith Worker Justice Stands With Occupy America: Releases Congregational Discussion Guides
October 7, 2011Women’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, 2011St. 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, 2011From 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, 2011US 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, 2011IWJ 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
August 31, 2011CONGREGATIONS TACKLE LOCAL ISSUES IN SUPPORT OF WORKER JUSTICE THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND
April 27, 2011Blank Sabbath: Sens. Sponsor Bill to Curb Wage Theft
April 12, 2011What immigrant workers can teach us
Source: Chicago is the World, a project of the Community Media Workshop
April 8, 2011The Religious Right Deems Unions Sinful
April 4, 2011Remembering MLK: Honor the Dignity of Workers
April 3, 2011Time for Faith Community to Take Stand for Workers
April 1, 2011Faith Groups Stand With Workers
March 30, 2011Calling the Faithful to Support Workers
March 29, 2011Faith, Civil Rights Groups to Stand With Workers on April 4
March 29, 2011New Wage Theft Laws Protect Workers
March 25, 2011Accidentes laborales instan a latinos a tomar acción
March 24, 2011Ballpark workers cry wage foul
An article about wage theft in Cincinnati, highlighting the work of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (an IWJ affiliate)
March 23, 2011Workers’ Centers: A Clubhouse for Struggle, Support
March 23, 2011Fired 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)
March 20, 2011In labor debate, Church leaders more muted than in past: Compared to past, bishops offer variety, nuance in statements on public-sector union dispute
March 14, 2011Labor, religion and the state of Wisconsin
March 13, 2011# Will the Religious Side with Workers?
March 10, 2011Safety Hazards Plague Low-Wage Workers (ARTICLE + VIDEO)
March 4, 2011WISCONSIN: Episcopalians participate in state fiscal-policy debates - Bishops, others weigh in on protests
March 1, 2011AUDIO: Kim Bobo and Robby Jones on State of Belief
March 1, 2011From the Capitol Dome: Media Malpractice in Madison
March 1, 2011Supporters from across Ohio gather for the Rally to Save Ohio's Middle Class Continue reading on Examiner.com: Supporters from across Ohio gather for the Rally to Save Ohio's Middle Class - Columbus Unitarian Universalist | Examiner.com http://www.e
Source: Columbus Unitarian Universalist Examiner
February 28, 2011About 600 stalwart protesters allowed to stay in Capitol overnight
February 27, 2011Demonstrators Can Continue Overnight Stays in Wisconsin Capitol
February 27, 2011Protesters remain despite 4 p.m. deadline
February 27, 2011Wisconsin Protests, Sunday, February 27, 2011
February 25, 2011Bigger than Unions, Bigger than Wisconsin
February 25, 2011Poultry workers meet to 'talk' with industry, community
February 25, 2011Attn: Clergy and Faith Leaders Concerned About Workers Rights
Source: Standing on the Side of Love (Unitarian Universalist Association)
February 25, 2011People of Faith Called to Support Workers' Rights
February 24, 2011Religious leaders step up to defend workers
Source: Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)
February 23, 2011Madison Protesters Find Religion, Solidarity, and Free Pizza
February 23, 2011Religious voices enter Wisconsin union debate
February 22, 2011Jews joining union showdown in Wisconsin over gov’s proposal
Source: JTA - The Global News Service of the Jewish People
February 21, 2011Wisconsin Protests: God's Advocacy and Concern For Laborers
February 19, 2011Discussion centers on worker justice
Source: The Daily Record (Wooster, Ohio)
February 19, 2011Religious leaders offer sanctuary to senators
Source: La Crosse Tribune
February 17, 2011Thousands Continue Wisconsin Action for Workers’ Rights
February 15, 2011Immigrant Construction Workers Routinely Injured
February 7, 2011Glimmers of Hope on Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
January 28, 2011A Review of A Worker Justice Reader
January 16, 2011Jobs: Gifts We Really Need
January 1, 2011The 2010 Worth Remembering
December 31, 2010The 2010 Worth Remembering
December 31, 2010Labor group: Get answers before giving blood. Churches urged to question Red Cross about staffing, processing.
December 21, 2010The Walmart Mom Goes to Washington
December 21, 2010The Meaning of Christmas When You Are Unemployed
December 20, 2010Interfaith Worker Justice kicks off national effort for jobless
December 20, 2010Wage Theft: The Crime Wave No One Talks About
December 17, 2010New York Wage Theft Law Raises the Bar
December 12, 2010It's wrong when employers cheat
December 9, 2010Wage Theft: Thou Shalt Not Steal From Your Workers
December 6, 2010Unemployment Rises, Faithful Fighting Back
December 3, 2010Worker Centers and COSH Groups Find Ways to Work Together
December 2, 2010Faith Groups Join with Senators to Fix Unemployment
December 2, 2010Faith Groups, Unions Join In Jobs Campaign
December 2, 2010Wage Theft: Thou Shalt Not Steal From Your Workers
November 22, 2010Wage 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.
November 22, 2010Chicago workers fight back against stolen wages
November 22, 2010Concern grows over wage theft from low-income workers
November 22, 2010Concern grows over wage theft from low-income workers
November 21, 2010Trabajadores latinos exigen el pago de salarios que le adeudan
November 20, 2010Hyatt protests point to renewed intersection between religion, unions: Labor movement, religious community team up in tough times
November 19, 2010Win In Chicago On National Day Of Action Against Wage Theft
November 19, 2010Counterfeit populism and its real cost
November 19, 2010Nationwide Actions Shame Wage-Stealing Bosses
November 19, 2010Workers Stage Protest Over Lost Wages Outside Oorah Company in Lakewood
November 19, 2010Workers protest Lakewood company after three weeks with no pay
Source: Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2010National day of action against wage theft
November 19, 2010Wage theft targets undocumented immigrants
The Workers Defense Project is an affiliate of IWJ's national network of worker centers.
November 19, 2010Labor wants wage theft law
November 19, 2010Safeguard the Minimum Wage
November 18, 2010Today: National Day of Action to Stop Wage Theft
November 18, 2010At Chicago Car Wash, Wage Theft Protest Yields a Check, But No Cash, for One Worker
November 18, 2010Employees Rally Over Unfair Wages
Report on an action organized by Food AND Medicine/Worker Center of Eastern Maine, an IWJ affiliate.
November 18, 2010Downtown 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
November 18, 2010Shelby County D.A. Joins Fight Against Wage Theft
November 18, 2010Labor group alerts public to wage theft
November 18, 2010Labor group calls for meeting with New York State Fair over working conditions
Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard
November 18, 2010National 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, 2010National Day of Action Against Wage Theft: Today!
November 18, 2010National Day of Action Against Wage Theft today
November 18, 2010Workers rally at City Hall to protest employers who cheat them
November 18, 2010Federal suit filed against Family Dollar stores for alleged wage theft
November 18, 2010Activists Push City Council To Punish LA Wage Theft
November 18, 2010Cotton Candy and Slavery at the State Fair
November 18, 2010Workers 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.
November 18, 2010Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis Stages an Action
November 18, 2010Unwinding a String of Lost Wages
November 17, 2010Workers speak out as state's wage-theft claims rise
November 17, 2010Don't let employers rob their workers: Government needs to crack down on wage theft
November 17, 2010Thou shalt not steal
November 16, 2010In South Florida, wage theft at all levels
November 16, 2010Comisión ataca robo de salarios en Miami-Dade
November 16, 2010Miami-Dade declares Nov. 18 a ‘Day Against Wage Theft’
November 16, 2010National Day of Action Against Wage Theft
Source: Construction Citizen
November 15, 2010The Great Wage Theft Caper -- IWJ Executive Director Interviewed on The Thom Hartmann Radio Program
November 13, 2010Revelations of Extreme 'Slave-Like' Working Conditions and Billions in Wage Theft Drive Nationwide Protests
November 12, 2010Mobilize Against Wage Theft
November 12, 2010BREAKING: 'Slave-like' State Fair Scandal, Wage Theft Epidemic, Spur Nationwide Protests
November 2, 2010National Day of Action Against Wage Theft
October 30, 2010Did 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 17, 2010Iowa workers feel pay theft pinch
October 6, 2010Hare Introduces New Bill To Staunch Wage Theft
Source: PROGRESS ILLINOIS
October 2, 2010Worker Justice Center successful at going after 'wage theft'
September 29, 2010Major Legislation to Combat Wage Theft Introduced Today
September 14, 2010Fayetteville mayor decries wage theft
Source: Arkansas Times Blog
September 14, 2010Fayetteville, Arkansas Issues Proclamation against Wage Theft
September 7, 2010Bishops: "A good job at good wages" a "moral priority"
September 6, 2010Labor Day Read: Kim Bobo, Wage Theft in America
September 2, 2010Ten 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.
September 2, 2010Labor Day religious lessons
August 26, 2010On Labor Day: Let’s Celebrate What’s Been Achieved!
August 12, 2010Learning to Play the "Ground Game"
August 5, 2010Why Don't Americans Have Longer Vacations? Explaining the gap between Europe and the U.S., for better or worse.
August 3, 2010In Illinois, Wage Thieves Will Pay
August 2, 2010Seek Interfaith Justice This Labor Day Weekend!
Source: Shalom Rav: A Blog by Rabbi Brant Rosen
July 30, 2010Ill. penalizes employers who shortchange workers
July 30, 2010Protests 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).
July 30, 2010AZ 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 29, 2010Faith Leaders Protest Arizona Immigration Law
July 29, 2010For Faith Leaders, SB 1070 Ruling Is Bittersweet
July 29, 2010Wage Theft by Employers Surging in Wake of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law, Even as Judge Blocks Implementation of Key Provisions
July 29, 2010Religious groups, who claimed a major victory in the ruling, vow to press on (in "Thursday’s roundup")
July 29, 2010Emotions Flare After Immigration Law Is Blocked
July 28, 2010Faith Leaders Protest Anti-Immigrant Arizona Law
July 28, 2010Judge blocks Ariz. law; faith leaders, Senate Democrats respond
Source: Associated Baptist Press
July 28, 2010Arizona vive tensa calma en víspera puesta en vigor de ley sobre inmigración
Source: EFE News Services
July 28, 2010Inside the Beltway
July 26, 2010From Michael Moore & Friends Blog: Report Finds that Ascension Health Has Strayed from its Mission
July 21, 2010Review of A Worker Justice Reader: Essential Writings on Religion and Labor by Interfaith Worker Justice
July 19, 2010Report asserts that Ascension Health hospitals engaged in anti-union activity Read more: Report asserts that Ascension Health hospitals engaged in anti-union activity
July 15, 2010Interfaith Worker Justice issues report alleging workers' rights violations at Ascension Health facilities including Genesys Regional Medical Center
July 15, 2010Teamsters, Religious Leaders Call for Justice, Compassion at Ascension Health Following Report Alleging Workers Rights Violations
July 9, 2010Presbyterians join Arizona boycott because of immigration law
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal
June 13, 2010Daughter of illegal immigrants struggles against the odds to graduate from Huron High School
A moving profile of Jasmine Franco, a part-time organizer with the Washtenaw County Worker Center (http://workercenter.org/), an IWJ affiliate.
May 26, 2010Worker Justice Reader
Source: RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY: A Group Blog on American Religious History and Culture
May 20, 2010Exploited immigrants, unaware of labor laws, afraid to fight mistreatment
Source: Medill Reports
April 29, 2010Illinois House Passes Wage Theft Bill
April 29, 2010Kindly eateries honored for treating workers well
April 26, 2010Interfaith Worker Justice's new reader
Source: Chicago Muckrakers blog
February 25, 2010NY Boutique Boss Arrested, Faces 4 Years in Jail for Stealing Wages
February 25, 2010Protecting Workers, Not Corporations
February 22, 2010Florida’s Miami-Dade County Passes Landmark Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance
February 19, 2010Combating Wage Theft In Miami
February 15, 2010Wage Theft: A Radio Interview with IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo
Source: KBOO Community Radio - Portland, Oregon
December 31, 2009Review of Kim Bobo's Wage Theft in America in Labor Studies Journal
November 23, 2009In Chicago—And Around U.S.—Workers Continue Wage Theft Fight
November 20, 2009Bill aims to help workers due pay
November 20, 2009Can My Boss Do That? – Stop Wage Theft
November 20, 2009Wage theft: the forgotten crime wave
November 20, 2009Taking Action Against Wage Theft
November 19, 2009Employee fleecings ignored
November 19, 2009Miami-Dade leaders to fight wage theft
November 19, 2009Today: National Day of Action to Stop Wage Theft
November 19, 2009Rallying against wage theft
Source: Wisconsin Radio Network
November 19, 2009CO Workers Stand Up Against Wage Theft
November 18, 2009The Cost of Building Austin
November 18, 2009Stop Wage Theft This Week!
Source: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
November 18, 2009Theft of wages hurts all workers
November 17, 2009National Mobilization to Combat Wage Theft
November 12, 2009The Tempification of the American Workforce
October 21, 2009Forgotten Corners of the Economy
October 19, 2009Kim Bobo
Source: Community Media Workshop
October 16, 200950 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World
October 14, 2009The GOP vs. Labor Law: Why Republicans are blocking the nomination of Patricia Smith
October 1, 2009"Ya esperé mucho" ("I've waited a long time")
Source: La Raza Newspaper
September 22, 2009Maintenance Workers Fight for Lost Wages in Chicago
September 21, 2009Building 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 13, 2009Rhode Island’s Fuerza Laboral pursues employers who don’t pay their workers
Source: Providence Journal
September 9, 2009They Pick Empty Pockets: Study Finds Wage Theft Rampant
September 4, 2009Program links social justice with religion on Labor Day weekend
Source: Chi-Town Daily News
September 4, 2009Workers claim Builders Center owes them nearly $8,000
Source: Chi-Town Daily News
September 4, 2009Report: Wage Theft, Labor Law Violations Widespread Across Country
September 2, 2009Hot Button: Labor in the Pulpits
September 2, 200968 Percent Of Low-Income Workers Report Pay Violations
September 1, 2009Wage Theft In America
August 28, 2009Wage theft reports on the rise
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
This article spotlights the work of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers' Center, IWJ's affiliate in Cincinnati.
August 17, 2009Bad 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.
August 16, 2009Semana News - Firmes contra el abuso
July 31, 2009Important Anti-Wage Theft legislation Introduced in Congress
IWJ Public Policy Director Ted Smukler on new national legislation to prevent wage theft.
July 30, 2009A 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."
July 29, 2009Labor Dept. Fails the Wage Theft Test
July 24, 2009Anti-Wage Theft Legislation Introduced
July 16, 2009Worker justice network decries wage theft
July 8, 2009The pope and unions
IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo responds to an article in the Chicago Tribune.
June 22, 2009Blacks and Latinos have shared experiences in post-Katrina N.O.
Source: The Louisiana Weekly
May 31, 2009Shilling on the Corporate Dollar
May 21, 2009Mayday for the middle class
Source: New York Daily News
May 20, 2009Car wash workers settle wages suit
May 18, 2009Wage 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.
May 12, 2009Employers Face Tougher Enforcement of Wage and Hour Laws
IWJ Public Policy Director Ted Smukler quoted in The Kiplinger Letter
May 11, 2009Online 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.
May 9, 2009Review of Wage Theft in America
May 9, 2009Kim Bobo's "Wage Theft in America"
May 1, 2009All 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)
April 27, 2009God'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.
April 20, 2009One 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).
April 15, 2009New-Fashioned Unions: A Profile of Arise Chicago
IWJ's Chicago affiliate (formerly the Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues)
April 10, 2009Mugged 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).
April 10, 2009Religious Leaders Rally To Support Employee Free Choice Act
April 8, 2009Not 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.
March 25, 2009Stolen 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 24, 2009Labor Enforcement Agency Is Failing Workers, Report Says
March 18, 2009Labor must take stand against wage theft: 40-hour fast brings attention to plight of underpaid workers
Source: New York Teacher
March 18, 2009Alternative 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 16, 2009Inequality Could Keep Economy from Full Recovery
March 12, 2009New Yorkers need to fight a wage war
March 10, 2009Religious Organizations and Faith Groups Working Hard for the Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act
March 8, 2009Biz (off)beat: Web site targets workplace abuse
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 8, 2009Disabled worker hearings set for Monday
Source: Des Moines Register
March 7, 2009Worker-rights site launched as jobless claims soar
March 5, 2009Can My Boss Do That?
March 5, 2009Can My Boss Do That?
From the blog of Dollars & Sense Magazine
March 5, 2009Help wanted: Long hours, no pay
Source: Albany Times Union
February 27, 2009Thou Shalt Not Steal
February 13, 2009Woman crusades against epidemic of wage theft
Source: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Litigation
February 11, 2009Jobs 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, 2009Expert: education key to fair wages
Source: Arizona State University Campus Newspaper
February 5, 2009Review of Kim Bobo's Wage Theft in America
January 28, 2009Labor 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
January 28, 2009Revolt on Goose Island: Kim Bobo on Wage Theft
Source: Moby Lives
January 27, 2009Thievery All Around
Source: Crisis? What Crisis?
January 27, 2009The 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, 2009Thieving Employers
Source: Dissident Voice
January 9, 2009Book by Chicago workers advocate explores wage theft
Source: Chi-Town Daily News
January 9, 2009Wage Theft Warrior Kim Bobo’s New Book
Source: Jeff Kelly Lowenstein’s Blog
January 9, 2009Departing Secretary of Labor Fends Off Critics
January 8, 2009Bobo's Blueprint for Boosting Economic Justice
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.
January 7, 2009Author interview with Kim Bobo
10 Questions & Answers with IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo about her book Wage Theft in America
January 2, 2009What 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, 2008Tom 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.
December 22, 2008Wage 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"
December 19, 2008A 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, 2008Is 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.
December 9, 2008Helping 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.
December 3, 2008Hurricane 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.
December 3, 2008Championing the rights of workers
The Chicago Reporter recently spoke with Bobo to talk about her work.
December 2, 2008Nonprofit helping Ike workers recover wages
Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center says that lack of payment for hourly workers is often found in construction trade.
November 25, 2008Wage 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, 2008Sweet and Sour
Workers allege bakery owner still owes them thousands in back pay. -Chicago Journal
November 20, 2008Obama 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.
November 17, 2008Wage Theft: A National Epidemic
James Parks discusses IWJ executive director Kim Bobo's book Wage Theft in America on the AFL-CIO's blog.
November 14, 2008Wage 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, 2008The 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, 2008Interview: 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.
October 25, 2008Activist 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
October 16, 2008Vote 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, 2008Protesting 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
September 2, 2008Faith-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
August 29, 2008Group 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.
August 29, 2008Sermons 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, 2008Union 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