Mission & Vision
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) is a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs.
IWJ envisions the religious community, acting on its values in creative and strategic ways, as a powerful leader in creating and sustaining a nation where all workers share in the prosperity of our society, enjoy the fundamental human right to organize, and lead dignified lives as a result of their labor.
IWJ envisions a nation where all workers enjoy the rights to:
- Wages, health care, and pensions that allow workers to raise families and retire with dignity;
- Safe working conditions;
- Organize and bargain collectively to improve wages, benefits, and conditions without harassment, intimidation, or retaliation;
- Equal protection under labor law - regardless of immigration status - and an end to the practice of pitting immigrant and U.S.-born workers against one another;
- Fair and just participation in a global economy that promotes the welfare of both domestic and foreign workers.
In addition to enjoying these rights, IWJ also believes workers are responsible to:
- Be in solidarity with other workers in the pursuit of workplace justice; and
- Live in harmony with people around the world.
Employers have a responsibility to respect these rights; and elected officials have a responsibility to create public policies that promote and enforce these rights.
To ensure that employers respect these rights and that workers can exercise their responsibilities, new and creative partnerships among the religious community, organized labor, immigrants' rights groups, government agencies charged with protecting workers' rights, and other segments of society are needed. IWJ engages clergy, lay people, and future religious leaders of diverse faith traditions to participate fully and creatively in these partnerships.