IWJ is active in multiple campaigns targeting well known corporations that have standardized poor working conditions, low pay and stifling collective bargaining rights. We're working with our allies on the following campaigns:
For Respect and Dignity at Walmart
More than 1.4 million Walmart workers in the United States are earning poverty wages and work in dangerous environments with limited access to insurance and benefits at Walmart. IWJ is involved with the Making Change at Walmart Campaign and calling for Jubilee at Walmart.
Fair pay for fast food and retail workers
While corporate executives are receiving huge compensation packages, many workers who make these fast food joints and retail shops profitable are struggle to provide their families with basic necessities. IWJ is supporting the many Fast Food Forward and Fight for $15 campaigns across the country and standing with the government workers calling for a Good Jobs Nation.
Support Hospitality Workers
In hotels across the country, thousands of housekeepers struggle to survive on poverty wages, and suffer injuries at higher rates than others in the service industry and face retaliation when seeking to form unions. IWJ urges congregations and denominations to support these workers by including protective language in contracts when hosting events at hotels and other venues.
Justice for Retired Mine Workers
People of faith are calling on executives from Patriot Coal to protect the healthcare benefits and pensions of retired union coal minors who worked for Peabody Energy. Peabody Energy created the company Patriot Coal in 2007 and the company took on $1.3 billion of Peabody’s healthcare and pension obligations to retired union mineworkers. Although Peabody is making soaring profits, Patriot Coal is filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company now is looking to terminate benefits in the union contract for more than 20,000 retired Peabody mineworkers who never worked a day at Patriot Coal. Click here for a report by faith leaders.
There is a critical role for the religious community to stand alongside workers as they call for justice from their employers.
—Ryan Wallace, IWJ Seminary Summer intern, 2012