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.
Our Recent Work
This past month Rev. Andrew Guthrie, pastor of Lynchwood Christian Church and a member of the JwJ Faith-Labor Committee, recently emceed the press conference at which New Seasons workers publicly announced their organizing efforts and their new organization, New Seasons Workers United. Watch the video from the press conference right here:
In October members of the Faith-Labor committee joined with Legacy Emanuel workers, UFCW 555, and Unite Here Local 8 to deliver a letter signed by 26 local faith leaders. Legacy Emanuel hospital was refusing to offer it’s own employees decent and affordable health insurance. Health care for health care workers is a moral issue! With this delegation, the determination, passion and action of the workers, and the threat of a strike, in early November Legacy workers won and approved a new contract with huge improvements in their healthcare coverage!
Annual Faith-Labor Breakfast
Save the date: Our 2018 Faith-Labor Breakfast, “Reclaiming Moral Power,” will be held on Tuesday February 20th, 7:30am at St Andrew’s Catholic Church.
Thank you to everyone in the community who came out and helped make our this past year’s 15th Annual Faith-Labor Breakfast a huge success! 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.