Welcome to the Faith and Labor page.
The Faith- Labor Committee of Portland Jobs with Justice is made up of labor and faith activists and leaders who come together to build sustained relationships between the labor community, and individuals and congregations in the faith community. Based on these relationships, the committee works to develop and implement outreach strategies to facilitate the faith community showing up in support of the struggles of working people in our city.
We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm at the Portland Jobs with Justice office located at 1500 NE Irving Street, Suite 585.
Join the JwJ Faith-Labor and Portland Rising Committees for a panel and discussion on why unions matter to people of faith.
Panel members include:
-Imam Muhammad Najieb of the Muslim Community Center of Portland
-Diana Lobo, homecare worker & SEIU Local 503 member
-Marty Hart-Landsberg, economics professor emeritus, Lewis & Clark College
The last few decades have been marked by aggressive attempts to weaken if not actually destroy labor unions in order to roll back the gains that they have won for their members and the broader community. One consequence of these attacks is that families today are facing a world shaped by diminishing employment opportunities, ever more precarious working conditions, deteriorating social services and growing social divisions.
With national “Right to Work” looming at the federal level, we have never needed to strengthen public understanding of and support for unions more than right now.
Historically, faith leaders and fatih communities have played vital roles in important social movements. The same is true today. Pope Francis has called inequality “the root of social evil” and consistently defends workers against a profit-first mentality. Other faith traditions also have strong roots in justice for workers and the rights of families to just living conditions.
Why do unions matter? Why do unions and social justice matter to people of faith? Why should we defend unions from attack? What can faith leaders and faith communities do to help strengthen local labor and social justice movements?
Join us for a panel and discussion of these important questions.
Faith Leaders Speak Out Against Immigration Ban
15th Annual Faith-Labor Breakfast
Thank you to everyone in the community who came out and helped make our 15th Annual Faith-Labor Breakfast a huge success this year! Faith and labor leaders and activists from around the Portland area gathered to listen to and discuss how we can show up in solidarity for marginalized populations of working people who are at greater risk in the current political environment. And we were honored to awarded the 3rd Annual Lucinda Tate Activist Award to Augustana Lutheran Church, for the amazing work their congregation has done leading the Oregon Sanctuary Movement.
To contact the Faith-Labor Committee please use the form below.