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.
Each Labor Day weekend, Interfaith Worker Justice ( IWJ ) and the AFL-CIO sponsor events to highlight the shared goals of the faith community and the union movement for a new vision for justice in our communities. Union members serve as guest speakers in congregations to speak out about their faith, work and the union movement. Some AFL-CIO central labor councils use this program as an opportunity to host a faith and labor meeting in which participants discuss important issues facing workers in their communities and reaffirm their shared commitments to social justice.
In Chicago, about 100 Labor in the Pulpits services are planned and in the Baltimore area about 50 churches will have labor-related services.
While plans for most Labor Day services are likely already made, IWJ does offer Labor in the Pulpits tool kits for pastors and people of faith. Click here for materials for Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist services.
For other Labor Day events and action, visit our new “ You Work Hard. You’ve Earned It ” Labor Day website.