The Right to Organize
The Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal labor laws. Most came about to correct past workplace abuses. From wages to workplace safety to the WARN act for workplaces that are closing, Labor offers a one-page guide to the law and rulemaking processes here. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.
Laws alone are not enough; they must be enforced. We help working people know their rights and provide a moral voice in the community to hold employers accountable for how they operate. It’s no secret the job market of today looks very different than it did even just a few years ago with contingent and contract work for the day laborer, the domestic worker, the free-lance writer or adjunct professor. We help Worker Centers to represent workers on the front lines of the new marketplace.
Across the country, employers have made unions a major focus of their attacks on workers. Our work began in labor solidarity and we also educate, organize and mobilize people of faith to stand with our labor unions as the strongest force for employees we have. In Minnesota, IWJ affiliate CTUL won union rights for retail janitors who had been organizing for years.