‘Labor in the Pulpit’

Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) emphasizes that Labor Day weekend provides a unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds. These common bonds are social justice, equality, the Common Good, dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice, and fair treatment in the workplace, according to IWJ.

IWJ encourages faith communities during to honor the sacredness of work.

For more than 15 years, people of faith have invited workers, union leaders and worker advocates to speak at places of worship during Labor Day weekend. Accordingly, IWJ has prepared resources for faith communities to use in preparing for its Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar program. The resources enable shared learning about issues important to workers in their communities during Labor Day weekend.

IWJ encourages faith communities during to honor the sacredness of work, inspire one another to take action to raise the minimum wage, and make sure all workers are treated with dignity and respect at work.

IWJ suggests you invite workers, union leaders and worker advocates to speak at your place of worship during Labor Day weekend.

Examine issues

IWJ resources will help you both examine the issues through your faith lens and also explore how to support specific worker-justice campaigns. Faith resources are available in Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim versions.

IWJ is also willing to help you plan a Labor in the Pulpits program. Go to Contact Us or call (773) 728-8400.

Issue- and campaign-specific resources for teacher support, dignity and respect at Walmart, comprehensive immigration reform, wage theft and other worker issues.

Editor's note: Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) has been a leader in economic and worker justice in the United States since 1996. There are more than 70 affiliated organizations in the IWJ network, including a variety of interfaith groups and more than two dozen worker centers. Congregations across the nation rely on IWJ to provide worship and educational resources for both special and everyday events that draw people into the movement for worker justice. IWJ works with partners and allies to influence the conversation at both the local and national levels on core issues: wage theft, Jobs, paid sick days and workplace standards, and protecting the right of workers to stick together in labor unions.

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