All across the country, fast food and retail workers are fighting for better pay and dignity at their workplaces. Workers are calling for a living wage that honors their work and relieves many of them from the day-to-day struggles to provide for themselves and their families. Workers in more than 60 cities across the U.S. are also calling for the right to form unions without fear of retaliation from their employers. Some workers are calling on the President to make sure the government does not condone wage theft and poverty wages with an executive order that would require government-contracted businesses to pay a living wage.
While corporate executives are receiving huge compensation packages, many of the very workers who make these fast food joints and retail shops profitable struggle to provide their families with basic necessities. As people of faith, we believe that all people who work should be honored for their economic contributions and earn a wage that provides for their everyday needs. At Interfaith Worker Justice, we're supporting the many Fast Food Forward and Fight for $15 campaigns across the country. We're standing with the government workers calling for a Good Jobs Nation. People of faith are standing in solidarity with these workers in the hopes of bringing about an economy that reflects our values!
"There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer."
—The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.