Welcome to the Faith Labor Committee 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.
Upcoming Event — Faith and Why Unions Matter
Why do unions and social justice matter to people of faith? What is the relationship between declining labor unions and increasing income inequality? Come out and join us at this September Forum and find out!
Sunday September 23, 2-4pm
Westminister Presbyterian PDX
1624 NE Hancock St. Portland 97212
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Join the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance!
At the Faith Labor Breakfast three months ago we talked about what it might mean to reclaim moral power.
We want to invite you to join a new initiative that JwJ is excited to support: the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance. It reminds us of what was talked about at that breakfast, the emergence of a justice that Dr. Cornell West says is what love looks like in public. It’s the love that all of our faith traditions speak of, a love that kindles a desire to show up and speak out against oppression in all its forms.
There are many important faith coalitions and tables in Portland. This Alliance promises to bring information about goal centered faith activism together in one place—ensuring that when opportunities arise where you can really make a difference, you will know about them! This new Alliance will also explore areas of common concern where faith leaders are not yet engaged, expanding and complementing the work already being done. Together we can move more people of faith across the Portland metro area to take action.
At JwJ we know the importance of being in strong coalition and the difference that faith leaders in Portland have made for workers across countless campaigns. This venture aligns with our values and our practice. We knew that it was a vision we wanted to get behind!
In the spirit of solidarity… or in solidarity with spirit ; ) we invite you to join us in helping to shape this vital work in our community.
Thank you to everyone who came out and made our 16th Annual Faith Labor Breakfast such an amazing and powerful event. We broke bread, shared stories, celebrated victories, and continue to grow in our resolve to reclaim moral power in support of justice and dignity for all workers!
Check out the video of Pastor E.D. Mondaine of Celebration Tabernacle leading the room in a gospel song about the importance of jobs with justice!
Photos from our 16th Annual Faith Labor Breakfast
Our Other 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!
If you would like to get involved with the JwJ Faith Labor Committee please contact us by submitting the form below.