From the Frontlines

USDA Prioritizes Corporate Profits Over the Health of Workers

Julian Medrano |


On Tuesday the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule to “modernize” pork slaughter plants and it’s even worse than anticipated. This rule would not only jeopardize food safety but will increase the risk of serious and permanent injury for workers in the processing plants. 

The rule will remove 40% of the government food safety inspectors from the hog slaughter plants and turn over their responsibilities to untrained plant employees. This is a story that w...

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The Stories We Choose

Rev. Doug Mork |

braided sweet grass

I’ve been thinking a lot about stories lately, the ones we hear, the ones we tell, the ones that shape us. In her extraordinary book, “Braiding Sweetgrass,” Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about the power of the stories of her Potowatomi tradition, how they have shaped her understanding of the world and even informed her life as a plant scientist. She writes of her people’s teachings about the earth as gift, the gift economy, and the potential transformation this can bring in the relationships between humankind a...

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Labor Day 2019

Labor Day is around the corner and it's not too late to start planning Labor in the Pulpits/Minbar/Bimah activities.

Labor Day weekend provides a unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds: social justice, equality, the common good, dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice, and fair treatment in the workplace. As Interfaith Worker Justice, we believe that people of faith are an integral part of t...

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House Passes Raise the Wage Act

Julian Medrano |

We did it! Today, the House of Representatives made history by passing the Raise the Wage Act. This critical bill would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.00 per hour by 2025. By automatically tying the minimum wage to the median national wage this bill also ensures that the American people never go another 10 years without a raise.

This bill would give 40 million hard-working people larger paychecks – an average of $2,800 for the affected year-round worker. It would reduce income inequality and eliminate the discriminatory tipped wage. 

Any way yo...

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It's Time to Give Working People a Raise!

Julian Medrano |


It has been 10 years since Congress raised the minimum wage. That’s the longest period in history – since it was implemented in 1938 – without an increase. Millions of Americans across the country are still struggling to get by on $7.25 an hour; not to mention tipped workers trying to make it on just $2.13 an hour. The first step in changing this could happen as early as next week when the Raise the Wage Act goes to the House floor for a vote. But before that happens, we need a few more supporters and you can help!

To get this b...

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Voices from the IWJ Network