All religions believe in justice. Interfaith Worker Justice strongly supports the community partnership initiatives of the AFL-CIO.
Faith and labor share core values. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” “An injury to one is an injury to all.” Shared values.
Faith and labor want deep relationships. We don’t want “dial-a-priest,” “rent-a-collar” or perfunctory opening-prayer relationships. We want long-term, deep and honest connections. We want to jointly create strategies, outreach to workers, and challenge unethical employers. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we want to go into the fire together as true friends and colleagues.
Faith and Labor must tell the truth. We need shared prosperity. The economy is not working. “Thou shalt not steal, wages.” Walmart: “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Oh yes, we must be the prophets of this nation.
Workers need faith and labor partnerships. Workers don’t organize just for money. Workers feel God’s spirit and presence, which supports their courage, resolve and leadership. Workers need us to work together.
Like a tree that’s planted by the water, faith and labor together:
- Sharing core values
- Building deep relationships
- Speaking the truth
- Supporting and standing with workers
Amen. Together doing God’s Work.
IWJ's Kim Bobo joined labor leaders this week at the AFL-CIO's national convention. The AFL-CIO proposed an initiative to strengthen relationships with community allies like Interfaith Worker Justice. At the convention, Kim spoke to support the proposal which was resolved on Tuesday.