Founded in 1996 by religious leaders passionate about justice for workers, IWJ calls upon core religious tenets and traditions in support of workers’ rights.
Kim Bobo, IWJ’s current Executive Director, founded the organization using her bedroom as an office and a $5,000 bequest from her grandmother. Despite these humble origins, she had mighty helpers as part of her original Board of Directors.
This founding group included Rabbi Robert Marx, Bishop Jesse DeWitt, Monsignor George Higgins, Monsignor Jack Egan, Rev. James Lawson, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Michael Rouse, Rev. Addie Wyatt, Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, Monsignor Phil Murnion, Rev. Wayne Stumme, Bishop James Malone, Sr. Nancy Sylvester, Rev. Jim Sessions, Ms. Evely Laser-Shlensky, Mr. Thomas Shellabarger and Mr. J. Chris Sanders.
Today IWJ includes a national network of more than 70 local interfaith groups, worker centers and student groups, making it the leading national organization working to strengthen the religious community's involvement in issues of workplace justice.
IWJ members celebrated their 15th anniversary by marching with hardworking hotel workers trying to persuade Hyatt to treat them with the dignity they deserve.