In July of 2008, IWJ had several summer interns along with IWJ co-founder Rabbi Robert Marx attend an interfaith rally in Postville to protest the largest workplace raid in American history. IWJ founder, Kim Bobo wrote the following reflection piece on the Postville raids which offers a haunting narrative of that day and the following weeks. Postville: Ground Zero for the Intersection of Immigrant and Workers' Rights
"Let the voice of the people be heard!" Albert Parsons spoke these last words in 1887 right before he and 3 other men were unjustly hanged for the Chicago Haymarket Bombing. The Haymarket affair is widely considered the origin of international May Day events for workers. Read more about the history of May Day.
This May Day, take to the streets to voice your support for all working people. Today, more than ever, we need to make sure human rights are protected. We choose to show our love and solidarity by standing together and caring for one another independent of race, religion, o...
Workers Memorial Day Events
April 27, San Diego, CA
Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County
Workers Memorial Day Service, 11 am-12 pm
April 27, Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Worker Justice Center
Workers Memorial Day State Ceremony, 11 am - 1 pm
April 27, New York, NY
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
The risk of asbestos was realized as early as 1918, but is still legal in more than 70% of the world today, including the United States.
As the Supreme Court heard the pivotal union case, Janus v. AFSCME, on Monday, an unacknowledged presence haunted its chambers: that of Sylvester Petro.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has rejected a National Chicken Council petition to increase line speeds in poultry processing plants. This is a significant victory for thousands of poultry workers across the country and a direct result of the worker-led coalition of IWJ affiliates and allies that have been organizing tirelessly for years on the issue.
Just last month IWJ affiliates, staff, and coalition leaders met with USDA officials...
All members of Congress must do better or this cycle of short-term stopgaps and legislation that hurts working people will continue unabated.
by Maxine Phillips
Four years ago I shivered with a handful of people in front of a McDonald's in midtown Manhattan agitating for a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers. The only news outlet that covered the demonstration was Al Jazeera, which had a U.S. office at the time. The demonstration was part of a national campaign of one-day strikes by workers in fast-food restaurants in an effort to improve conditions in an industry marked by high turnover and low wages.
After a four-month international investigation that resulted in the release of the Interfaith Worker Justice report Breaking Faith: Outsourcing and the Damage Done to our Communities alongside Congressman John Lewis in December, Mondelēz executives will soon receive at home a package including the Read more
"Right now workers are suffering a lot from repetitive motion injuries so the faster the line is going to go the more of these motions they're going to be repeating over and over. "