The IWJ affiliate network is comprised of coalitions, committees and community groups of interfaith worker advocates, congregational members and clergy, and worker centers across the nation.
What does the interfaith network do?
Groups have various names and structures but similar purpose and values – to organize the religious community in support of workers’ issues, especially low-wage workers. IWJ affiliate groups have been on the front lines standing alongside workers in the restaurant and retail sectors, getting tough anti-wage theft laws passed across the nation, starting and supporting worker centers, sponsoring Labor Day for Worker Justice programs, reaching out to the local and state media to raise awareness of worker justice issues, and more. There are more than 30 affiliate interfaith groups in the IWJ network. More form each year.
What does the worker center network do?
Worker Centers help low-wage, non-union workers organize for better wages, benefits and workplace dignity. The IWJ Worker Center Network is one of the largest and the only non-sector specific network in the U.S. The worker centers serve more than 16,000 workers each year. Although their main focus is on serving workers in their local area and effecting policy changes at the local and state level, these worker centers also join together to shape the national conversation and move national policy initiatives forward on behalf of worker justice.
Why should your interfaith group or worker center join the IWJ network?
As a member of IWJ’s affiliate network you join other interfaith groups and worker centers in addressing the root causes of economic injustice and tackling day-to-day injustices working people face on the job. And you get tools to organize around worker justice issues, including wage theft, worker safety, unemployment, and immigration. Regular trainings from our organizing team help keep your group learning and growing. IWJ's national staff offers technical assistance to members of the network, including hands-on and ongoing support for interfaith groups and worker centers. Assistance can come in the form of communications support, board facilitation, leadership training, peer-to-peer training, fundraising and grant writing assistance, and more.