Real wages have fallen steadily since the 1970s, leading to the greatest economic inequality in America since at least the Great Depression. All elected officials should support the Fight for $15 and a living minimum wage, indexed to inflation.
There is a direct relationship between the decline of unionization and declining real wages. All federal and local elected officials should support the right of workers to collectively bargain, including public employees.
Medium wages for workers of color are slightly more than half that of white workers. In addition, the unemployment rate for these workers is consistently more than double that of white workers. All elected officials must support targeted worker training programs, as well as targeted economic development programs for poor communities and communities of color.
Jobs are being replaced by technology, placing workers in a precarious position of being unemployed, underemployed, redundant or exploited and causing everyone to navigate global economic forces. All elected officials should support a fair trade policy that will end the global "race to the bottom" for workers, promote employment and high wages at home and abroad, and share the great wealth of our global economy fairly.
WATCH THE GATHERING ON LABOR RIGHTS
Live from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove co-hosted The Gathering on September 3, 2017 to discuss the moral issue of labor rights in partnership with Fight For $15. We heard from Fight For $15 organizers Eric Winston and Wanda Coker, and special guest Rev. Stephen Green from the #Cville2DC March To Confront White Supremacy.
LISTEN TO THE GATHERING PODCAST ON LABOR RIGHTS
TESTIMONIES OF IMPACTED PEOPLE
SCRIPTURAL & PROPHETIC REFERENCES
All the workers you’ve exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of God.
– James 5:4
Allah's Apostle said, "Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, "O Allah's Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?" The Prophet said, "By preventing him from oppressing others."
– Hadith Source: Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 43, Number 624
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
– Constitution of the United States, 14 Amendment, Section 1
“If a man doesn't have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"When working people stand together in unions, they can achieve incredible things."
– Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
TAKE ACTION FOR LABOR RIGHTS
JOIN THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.
The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.