Headlines from the front lines
Worker and labor issues are everywhere in today’s economic news. IWJ curates news, shares stories from our network, and shares its own news releases and other content on a weekly if not daily basis; read here.
Faith Works Newsletter
We publish a newsletter highlighting developments among our affiliates, our collective work, and the worker justice movement twice a year. Read the latest or catch up with previous issues.
Founded in 1996, Interfaith Worker Justice is a national nonprofit organization that advances the rights of working people by unifying diverse faith communities into action through shared principles, such as justice, dignity, and respect. As the spearhead of a national campaign against Wage Theft, IWJ is shaping national, state and local policies. With more than 60 local affiliates, including 26 worker centers, IWJ is the leading national organization working to strengthen the religious community's involvement in issues of workplace justice.
What is IWJ?
With more than 60 affiliated groups, Interfaith Worker Justice is the largest faith-based organization in the United States focused on worker issues and one of the only multi-sector worker center network in the nation. Interfaith committees typically bring local religious and labor leaders together to educate and advocate for workers’ issues. Worker centers organize and serve working people who are most often non-union, working low-wage jobs, or are undocumented.
What denominations are involved?
Every faith tradition affirms the dignity of work and supports the right of working people to organize for justice. Our staff and board reflect the whole spectrum of Christianity, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Unitarian Universalist and other faith traditions; and those who identify as spiritual but not religious. We are committed to working together with all people who share the values of dignity and worker justice.
What value do you bring to workers?
IWJ’s national network has shone a spotlight on the wage theft crisis in America – helping recover millions of dollars in back wages for working people who have been cheated by unethical or inept employers. We have stood with working people on strike, bringing a moral voice to the fight for a right to organize and negotiate together for fair working conditions. And we are working to make creating just jobs the number one priority in this country. But, every single day, IWJ affiliates touch the lives of individual working people and their families who need support or resources.
Where do you get your money?
As a 501-c-3 non-profit, all donations to IWJ are tax-deductible. Our supporters include individual donors, congregations, national denominations, foundations committed to social and economic justice, and corporations and labor unions that believe in our work.
Are you a union?
No. However, we are proud of the partnership we have with all of our union allies. Like every other institution (including religious ones), unions aren’t perfect – and, in some ways, are in need of real reform. But we have labor unions to thank for the weekend, for child labor laws, the 40-hour week, the minimum wage, retirement funds, and other benefits that most people take for granted. They continue to be the best way working people have of to make sure their voices are heard.
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Top row, L to R: IWJ Organizer Joe Hopkins plays his trumpet at a Take Back Chicago march, Candid shot of a protest action
Bottom row, L to R: Clergy leading action in Madison (spring 2011), IWJ interns at a Hyatt action in Chicago