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Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Labor in the Pulpits: What People of Faith and Union Members Have in Common

Every year on Labor Day weekend, people of faith and people concerned with social and economic justice come together to celebrate Labor Day and the contributions America's working families have made. 

We know that communities of faith aren't so different from workers who come together on the job for a voice and a better life. That common thread is solidarity. 

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Labor and Faith Come Together in the Pulpits

Labor and Faith Come Together in the Pulpits

Labor Day weekend provides a unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds: social justice, equality, the dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice and fair treatment in the workplace.

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Labor Day, Homelessness and Neighborliness

Interfaith Worker Justice

As people of faith and faith leaders across the country prepare for Labor Day weekend, many are planning to bring issues important to low-wage workers to the attention of their congregations and faith communities through Interfaith Worker Justice's Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar program. Each year thousands of congregations talk about important worker justice issues affecting their community through the lens of their faith.

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More and More Workers Demanding Paid Sick Days

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According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, more than 40 million Americans work in jobs where they have no access to paid sick days. In addition to the potential loss of wages and jobs for working families, the lack of paid sick days forces many people to go to work when they are contagious and get co-workers and customers sick and decreases productivity for workers who show up unable to perform to their normal level of ability. More and more cities and states are recognizing the realities of the damage having a workforce without paid sick leave does to workers and to the economy.

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Chicago Workers Win Tough New Wage Theft Protection

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Chicago now has one of the nation’s strongest anti-wage theft laws after the City Council last week unanimously passed a bill that the Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) affiliate Arise Chicago, immigrant workers groups and unions supported. The new ordinance could revoke business licenses for businesses found guilty of wage theft.

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Interfaith Worker Justice: Madison Affiliates Publish 'Just Dining' Guide

Interfaith Worker Justice: Madison Affiliates Publish 'Just Dining' Guide

Madison Affiliates Publish 'Just Dining' Guide is a cross-post from Interfaith Worker Justice.

The Workers' Rights Center of Madison (WRC) and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice (ICWJ) teamed up to publish a "Just Dining" guide that informs customers and workers about the employment standards and conditions for the people who cook, prepare and serve food in the downtown restaurants of Madison, Wis. The guide focuses especially on the working conditions in central Madison restaurants.

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Celebrate Workers and Join a Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar Event

Celebrate Workers and Join a Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar Event

What are you doing this Labor Day weekend to celebrate everything workers do to make our lives better and our communities strong?

Here are a couple ideas.

First, thank someone you know for all his or her hard work.

Next, take time out to honor the sacredness of work by joining with faith communities and union members through a Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar event.

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Overtime Wage Theft Complaints Soar

Illustration by Arenamontanus/Flickr

Not only are corporations sitting on more than $1 trillion in cash and refusing to hire workers, now it appears employers who are making fewer workers do even more aren’t paying their overtime wages. The number of overtime wage theft complaints, filed by workers in the first half of this year, matches last year’s total filed under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a new report.

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Most States Flunk Wage Theft Test

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A new report from the Progressive States Network (PSN) finds that workers in 44 states have little to no protection against wage theft. “Where Theft Is Legal: Mapping Wage Theft Laws in the 50 States" reports that:

States’ wage theft laws are grossly inadequate, contributing to a rising trend in workplace violations that affect millions of people throughout the country.

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Prayer Vigil Calls on Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Now

Holding white carnations high above their heads to symbolize the nation’s millions of jobless workers—including the 6 million facing the loss of their unemployment insurance (UI)  benefits Dec. 31—more than 2,000 union, faith and community activists committed their faith and action to demand Congress act now to extend the emergency lifeline for the jobless.

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