Press Release Archive

Trump's repeal of Obama-era immigration protections is a monstrous appeal to the most bigoted corners of his base

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Media contacts:

Ian Pajer-Rogers | ipajer-rogers@iwj.org

The following statement can be attributed to Laura Barrett, Executive Director at Interfaith Worker Justice:

Today, President Trump announced that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is a signature initiative by the Obama Administration that gave hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth the opportunity to work legally, become homeowners, attend college, and more without fear of detention and deportation.

With the repeal of DACA, the lives and livelihood of 800,000 young people and th...

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Interfaith Worker Justice continues international investigation into outsourcing of Nabisco jobs

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Media contacts:

Gordon Mayer | gordonmayer@gmail.com | (312) 307-0133
Jeremy Orr | jorr@iwj.org |  (773) 391-5543
Ron Baker | rbaker@BCTGM.org| 724-479-2071

RIVERDALE (September 5, 2017) — Interfaith Worker Justice (“IWJ”), the largest faith-based organization in the United States focused on worker issues, will hold a press conference to announce its ongoing investigation and issuance of subsequent reports into Mondelēz’s/NabiscoR...

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Interfaith Worker Justice statement on decision to kill Obama-era overtime rule

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Media contacts:

Ian Pajer-Rogers | ipajer-rogers@iwj.org 

The following statement can be attributed to Laura Barrett, Executive Director at Interfaith Worker Justice:

"Today, a Texas Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant declared invalid an Obama-era Department of Labor rule which would have expanded the threshold that determines whether working people qualify for overtime. This ruling is the result of millions of dollars spent in corporate lobbying against the rule and what...

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Case Farms Poultry Workers Demand Basic Dignity — Bathroom Breaks

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Media Contact: Hunter Ogletree | 828-575-3830 | hunter@wncworkerscenter.org

MORGANTON, NC (August 14, 2017) — Responding to widespread reports from employees of the Case Farms poultry processing plant in Morganton, those same employees have launched a campaign to win the right to use the bathroom at work.

On Monday, August 14, those workers, alongside the Western North Carolina Workers Center, Interfaith Worker Justice, and other allies will demonstrate and share testimony about experiencing this indignity in front of the Case Farms plant and deliver a letter to Jason Arnold, a Case Farms manager, demanding a reasonable policy for ...

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Chicago To Rally at German Consulate to Denounce Abuse of Domestic Workers by Diplomat

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Media Contacts:

Ian Pajer-Rogers, Interfaith Worker Justice | ipajer-rogers@iwj.org

CHICAGO (August 7, 2017) — Two Filipina domestic workers and members of Damayan Migrant Workers Association are suing German diplomat Pit Koehler and his wife Mareike Koehler. In court documents, the workers — who were lured to the U.S. with the promise of a good job that included room, board and a legal wage — allege they were forced to work six days per week, for more than 90 hours, and were paid well below the minimum wage. The women were recruited through a website and brought into the country by Koehler, who at t...

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Faith Leaders Affirm Boycott of Wendy’s; Deliver Letter Demanding Rights For Tomato Farmworkers

DES PLAINES, IL (July 9, 2017) — 75 faith and labor leaders from Interfaith Worker Justice, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers were joined by working people and allies from across Chicagoland in a spirited Boycott Wendy’s picket and rally this morning in Des Plaines.

The action included the delivery to the store manager of an open letter to Wendy’s President and CEO Todd Penegor urging him to join every other major fast-food and retail chain in the nation by signing onto the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program and committing to better working conditions and human rights for the farmworkers who supply the mega-corporation’s tomatoes.

The rally included a number of testimonies from fai...

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Trump Administration moves to kill vital health and safety training program

CHICAGO (June 27, 2017) — "On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies heard testimony from Labor Secretary Alex Acosta regarding the FY2018 budget request for the U.S. Department of Labor. Despite Secretary Acosta’s assurances that the Administration is committed to the Department’s mission to defend the welfare of working people, the details of the budget changes to DoL speak for themselves.

“These budget cuts, amounting to a 20% reduction to the department’s overall budget, would make working people less safe and prevent them from exercising their rights to recourse when they face abuse at work.

“The bulk o...

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U.S. House must reject latest attack on Sanctuary movement

CHICAGO (May 25, 2017) — "On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 2431, a piece of legislation sponsored by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) that would allow states and localities to enact and enforce immigration laws in line with federal statutes and in defiance of Sanctuary legislation intended to protect undocumented people from unjust detention and deportation.

"Overwhelming evidence shows that when local law enforcement openly cooperate with ICE, the community as a whole is less safe. Anyone with a modicum of common sense should understand that if undocumented people are afraid to report crimes they have witnessed or been a victim of for fear of deportation, police are unable to properly do their jobs.Read more

The Working Families Flexibility Act will mean less flexibility and less pay for working people

CHICAGO (May 3, 2017) — “As early as today, Congressional Republicans will introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act, a bill that would give working people the opportunity to opt out of overtime pay in exchange for comp time off. This is a false and unnecessary choice: Working people need both.

“Like many pleasant-sounding Republican initiatives, this law is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing, designed to enrich corporations and their executives at the expense of working people.

“Should this law be enacted, working people who opt for comp time will have no guarantee that their requests to actually use that comp time will be honored. In fact, employers can simply decide on ...

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Working people nationwide will use Workers’ Memorial Day to highlight Trump’s draconian cuts

CHICAGO (April 27, 2017) — Affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) and the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) have organized a series of actions from coast to coast on Friday, April 28 in commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day. The actions are intended to call attention to heavy-handed cuts proposed by the White House to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency dedicated to protecting the safety of working people on the job.

“Every single day, 150 working people in the United States leave for work and never come home,” said Laura Barrett, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice. “With nationwide actions today, we ho...

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