Mid-South communities struggle with poverty. Charity may help people get through short-term crises. We must also answer tough questions of social justice to find the long term solutions to poverty. To wrestle with these questions of justice, Workers Interfaith Network needs your help.
To tackle the problem of poverty, one issue you and I cannot ignore is workplace justice. Consider these facts:
• Despite hard work, an estimated one in four Memphis workers is paid less than a living wage.
• Two out of three low-wage workers have experienced the illegal theft of their wages in the past workweek.
• In thirty percent of union organizing drives, employers illegally fire workers who are trying to make their working conditions better.
But we can stop injustice in the workplace.
Each of us has something to contribute to the struggle for justice. By taking action together, workers, people of faith, and community activists are making living wages and fair working conditions a reality in Memphis.
Learn about the issues
Find out more about the issues you can work on through Workers Interfaith Network: living wages, stopping wage theft, keeping workers safe on the job, and upholding the right of workers to organize.
Hear workers’ stories
• Luis experienced the harsh reality of wage theft as a dishwasher in a Memphis restaurant.
• Emma is campaigning for a living wage because she can’t make ends meet as a University of Memphis custodian.
• Juan is teaching his fellow workers what to do when the boss wants the job done quickly, but not safely.
Learn about your rights as a worker
Find out more about what rights you have on the job, and how you can protect those rights.
Faith teachings on justice for workers
How are faith and justice in the workplace connected? Learn more and find worship and study resources for your congregation.