Press Release Archive

Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Laura Barrett on Donald Trump’s pick to lead Department of Labor

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Contact: Ian Pajer-Rogers ipajer-rogers-at-iwj-dot-org

CHICAGO - (December 8, 2016) “As advocates for worker justice focused on ending wage theft and improving pay, benefits, and safety for all working people, we have serious concerns about the president-elect’s nomination of Andrew Puzder to lead the Department of Labor.

“Mr. Puzder is the chief executive of a restaurant empire that thrives under a business model based on low wages and the abuse of overtime protections. Mr. Puzder’s restaurants have been accused of wage theft on numerous occasions.

“Over the past year, IWJ affiliated worker centers and faith-la...

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Industry challenges to President Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order would double-down on broken federal contracting system

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Contact: Ian Pajer-Rogers ipajer-rogers@iwj.org

(October 11, 2016) Washington, DC - Late last week, lobbyists representing more than 400,000 federal contractors quietly filed a lawsuit intended to block President Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which would protect low-wage workers on federal contracts from serious labor law violations like wage theft.

"In an economy where working people lose tens of billions of dollars to wage theft every year, the federal government should be the standard-bearer for fair labor practices, not playing catch-up," said Rev. Doug Mork, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice. "The president's executive order would ensure that those working people who are...

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Workers mobilize for national Hungry For Justice month of action

Ian Pajer-Rogers |

Labor, religious, and progressive allies planning ongoing actions for a living wage, better working conditions, end to wage theft, and more

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Media Contacts:

Ian Pajer-Rogers, 603-988-9775, ipajer-rogers@iwj.org

Sung-Yeon Choimorrow, 312-513-2289 schoimorrow@iwj.org

CHICAGO (November 2, 2015) — Thousands of workers who are fed up with poverty wages, unsafe  and unreliable working conditions, and tired of being victims of wage theft will take action throughout the month of November to show elected officials and corporate executives that they are Hungry For Justice. 

The month of action will include a mass...

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Interfaith Worker Justice’s Rudy López releases statement on the conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Ian Pajer-Rogers |

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Media Contacts:

Cathy Junia, cjunia[at]iwj.org

Ian Pajer-Rogers, ipajer-rogers[at]iwj.org

CHICAGO (October 5, 2015) — The White House announced early Monday that the United States and eleven Pacific-rim nations have reached a final agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

In response, IWJ’s Executive Director Rudy López released the following statement:

After years of secret negotiations, the American public will fina...

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Hundreds of prayers sent to Congressional leadership, urging action after Pope Francis’s visit

Ian Pajer-Rogers |

Prayers ask for a national living wage, paid sick and parental leave, and an end to wage theft.

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Media Contacts:

Cathy Junia, cjunia[at]iwj.org

Ian Pajer-Rogers, ipajer-rogers[at]iwj.org

WASHINGTON, DC (September 28, 2015) — Calling on Congress to heed Pope Francis’s message of taking on economic inequality and ending the cycle of poverty that so many Americans suffer under, Interfaith Worker Justice today delivered hun...

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IWJ Welcomes Senate Immigration Bill, Urges Congress to Include for Strong Worker Protection

For Immediate Release, April 17, 2013

Contact: Cathy Junia
Phone: 773-710-9837
E-mail: cjunia@iwj.org

National – Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) welcomes the Senate “Gang of 8” immigration reform bill as an important and historic first step towards real and humane reform.

“Our elected officials have a great opportunity –and responsibility - to overhaul a broken system that tears families apart and leaves workers vulnerable to abuse,” IWJ Executive Director Kim Bobo said.  “Passing comprehensive immigration reform and creating a path to citizenship is clearly the way to “welcome the immigrant” and “love our neighbor.”

The...

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Community Leaders Recommend Invstigation into Allegations of Wage Theft at Music City Center

For Immediate Release, March 12, 2013                                              

Contact:
Cathy Junia, IWJ
Phone: 773-710-9837
E-mail: cjunia@iwj.org

Nashville, TN – A group of Nashville community leaders and worker advocates are asking city officials to conduct a formal investigation into allegations of wage theft at Music City Center, one of the city’s biggest and most expensive public construction projects.
At a community hearing, Satu...

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Community Hearing on Wage Theft: Music Center Construction Workers Tell All

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February 28, 2013

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Contact:
Cathy Junia
Phone: 773-710-9837
E-mail: cjunia@iwj.org

Nashville, TN – While Nashville takes great pride in the construction of its new convention center, construction workers struggle to make ends meet as their wages are stolen from them. 

Over the last two years, workers and worker allies have exposed misclassification and underpayment practices by some Music City Center sub-contractors. On March 9, a group of local faith leaders will join workers in bearing witness to stories of injus...

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Faith Leaders Applaud Obama’s Call for an Increase to the Federal Minumum Wage

For Immediate Release, February 13, 2013
Contact: Cathy Junia, cjunia@iwj.org / 773-710-9837

National – Interfaith Worker Justice joins people of faith around the country in applauding President Obama’s recent call for a federal minimum wage increase during last night’s State of the Union address.

“Raising the minimum wage is the clearest and fastest way to lift families out of poverty,” said Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Kim Bobo. “It also stimulates the economy by increasing spending in our communities.

IWJ-19 states have already established minimum wage rates higher than the current federal rate of $7.25. Congress last voted toraise the federal minim...

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Faith Communities Encouraged by Growing Momentum for Meaningful Immigration Reform

For Immediate Relaese, January 28, 2013

Contact: Cathy Junia
Phone: 773-710-9837
E-mail: cjunia@iwj.org

National – As the White House and Congress lay out plans to reform the country’s broken immigration system, faith communities voice strong support for a comprehensive immigration reform program that includes a path to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, and protects the rights of all workers, regardless of immigration status.

Responding to recent immigration reform announcements, Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, said, “Immigrants come to the U.S. to work, and yet when they are kept in the shadow...

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