To educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community on issues and campaigns to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers in low-wage jobs.
Interfaith Worker Justice’s programs include:
• Organizing local interfaith committees that reach out to the religious community to create religion-labor coalitions focused on specific worker justice issues.
• Developing workers’ centers that provide safe havens where workers can gather, learn about their rights, and plan ways to improve their working conditions.
• Sponsoring Labor in the Pulpits, a national program that organizes labor leaders to speak at religious congregations over Labor Day weekend to promote support of worker justice issues as a way of putting faith into action.
• Creating and maintaining working relationships with government agencies charged with protecting workers’ rights to improve processing of worker abuse complaints and to highlight industry-wide worker abuses.
• Supporting public policy initiatives that promote worker justice, e.g. legislation to increase the minimum wage, and promoting civic participation through voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities.
• Coordinating internships for college students, seminarians, future imams, and rabbinical students to train future leaders about worker justice issues. Seminary Summer is a joint program of IWJ and the labor movement which places future religious leaders in internships with unions. Undergraduate interns are placed with local interfaith committees.
• Leading the Religious Perspectives on Work Project to develop worker justice curriculum for religious training institutions. These classes will train future religious leaders about their faith’s teachings regarding workers’ rights and the role they can play in promoting these values.
1. All people have the right to economic iniative, productive work, to just wages and benefits, to decent working conditions, as well to organize and join unions.
2. A job should keep you out of poverty not put you into it.