Resources and Organizations
- Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), 548 S. Spring St., Suite 630,
Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213) 486-9880; CLUELA @Earthlink.net.
- Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), 548 S. Spring St., Suite 630,
Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213) 486-9880; CLUELA @Earthlink.net. CLUE, working with the
Southern California Ecumenical Council, has developed a principle for Religious
Institutions and the Living Wage. It calls on religious institutions to pay all of
their employeesincluding full-time, part-time, or contracteesa "living
wage" and urges regional and religious bodies to help their constituent members
implement this through administrative training, religious education, and financial
planning. (See also pages 34-36.)
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee, 1221 Broadway St., Toledo, OH 43609; (419)
244-1265; fax: (419) 243-5665. FLOC focuses on improving work and living conditions for
farmers and former farm workers as well as developing just compensation for work through
self-organization, public actions, collective bargaining, and advocacy. FLOC encourages
legislation for those who are excluded from labor legislation. (See also pages 42-43.)
- Highlander Research and Education Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN 37820;
(423) 933-3443. Highlander is a private, non-profit popular education center with a unique
program of assisting activists and communities that seek solutions to pressing social
problems. In conjunction with Jobs With Justice, Highlander recently hosted "Building
a More Powerful Movement for Social Justice: Labor-Community-Religious Coalitions," a
training focused on the right to organize and rank-and-file activism within the context of
building coalitions with the religious community.
- Jobs With Justice: A Campaign for Worker's Rights, 501 Third St. NW,
Washington, DC 20001-2797; (202) 434-1106. Founded in 1986, Jobs With Justice is a
national campaign for human rights, dedicated to defending our standard of living,
fighting for job security, and protecting our right to organize and strike. Local
coalitions in communities across the country provide a national infrastructure of
community, labor, and religious activists committed to broad-based mobilization campaigns.
JWJ's Religious Action Kit on jobs, worker rights, and economic justice will be
available September 1998. The kit will include worship and action-advocacy materials from
a variety of faith-based organizations.
- International Labor Rights Education and Research Fund (ILRF), 733 15th St. NW,
Suite 920, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 347-4100; email@example.com. Founded in 1986,
ILRF is a non-profit action and advocacy organization that uses new and creative means to
encourage enforcement of international labor rights. ILRF takes legal and administrative
actions on behalf of working people, creates innovative programs and enforcement
mechanisms to protect workers' rights, and advocates for better protections for workers
through publications, testimony before national and international hearings, and speeches
to academic, religious, and human rights groups. For more information, visit ILRF's Web
site at www.laborrights.org.
- The Labor Institute, 853 Broadway, Room 2014, New York, NY 10003; (212) 674-3322.
For 20 years, the Labor Institute has produced training curricula and conducted research
for unions, community groups, and government agencies on a wide range of subjects,
including occupational safety and health, the environment and the economy, corporate power
and American workers, and discrimination issues such as sexual harassment.
- Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210; (313) 842-6262;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Instead of providing corporate-driven labor coverage in the
mainstream press or the "official" union versions, Labor Notes offers the
straight stories from the ranks of union members themselves about issues important to
working people, offering a valuable resource for learning about the struggles, strategies,
and solutions within the labor movement today. (See also page 40.)
- Labor Heritage Foundation, 1925 K St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006; (202)
842-7880. This non-profit organization is dedicated to strengthening the labor
movement through the use of music and the arts. Their most recent Catalogue of Music,
Art, Books, & Video was released in July 1998.
- Labor in the Pulpits. This guide created by the Field Mobilization Department of
the AFL-CIO and the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice is a manual for
organizing a Labor Day weekend program in your faith community. It includes a wide range
of worship resources, presentation aids for union speakers, sample press releases, and
recruitment forms. Contact Regina Botterill, (773) 381-2832.
- National Interfaith Committee on Worker Justice, 1607 W. Howard, Suite 218, Chicago,
IL 60626; (773) 381-2832. NICWJ is a network of 37 local groups, committed to educating
and mobilizing the religious community on issues and campaigns to improve wages, benefits,
and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers. NICWJ produces a
bimonthly newsletter, Faith Works. (For information on their Seminary Track
internship program, see page 26.)
- People of Faith Network, c/o Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford
St., Brooklyn, NY 11217; (718) 625-2819. People of Faith unites local congregations,
clergy, and activists nationally to fight the growing inequality and mean-spiritedness
that are linked to changes wrought by economic globalization. PFN seeks to win concrete
advances through targeted campaigns and, in the process, to reinvigorate religious
communities. A November 1996 Hard Copy video on Nicaraguan sweatshops, and Made
in China: Behind the Label, a report by the National Labor Committee, are available
through PFN. (See also page 31.)
- Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, Radcliffe College, 69 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA
02138; (617) 496-3478. Radcliffe Public Policy Institute's research project, "New
Economic Equation," is an examination of economic and work change in America and
effects on family and community life. A 27-page summary of the findings is available, as
well as "The New Economic Equation 10-Step Guide," a pamphlet featuring 10 key
steps for creating workplaces that reflect Americans' integrated work, family, and
- United Farm Workers, 519 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076; (408) 763-4820;
www.ufw.org. The mission of the UFW is to promote and create economic independence for
agricultural and agricultural-related workers through the collective bargaining process.
UFW focuses on empowering workers, developing and implementing comprehensive contract
campaigns, and providing a viable means for donors and supporters to participate in
nonviolent social action. (For information on UFW's strawberry workers' campaign, see page
- United For a Fair Economy, 37 Temple Place, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02111; (617)
423-2148; www.stw.org; email@example.com. A national organization founded in 1994 to focus
public attention and action on economic inequality in the United States, United For a Fair
Economy provides educational resources, works with grassroots groups, and supports
creative and legislative action to reduce inequality. Their quarterly newsletter, Too
Much, focuses on the implications of inequality on American life and labor.
- Welfare, Workfare and Jobs: An Educator's Guidebook. This resource, created by a
coalition of union activists and welfare rights advocates, aims to educate union members,
students, and community groups about the issues of welfare and work. The guidebook is a
multiexercise curriculum including group activities, selected readings, and photos.
Contact Urban Justice Center Organizing Project, 666 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY
10012; (212) 533-0540.
- Workfare Campaign of Resistance: Congregational Resource Kit. This packet of
study materials on the workfare issue, compiled by Judson Memorial Church and the Urban
Justice Center, contains a wealth of resources on what the Bible and various faith
traditions have to say about work and about the treatment of the most vulnerable in
society. The kit includes history of the teaching of faith traditions, liturgical
resources, thought experiments, and action ideas. Contact Peter Laarman, Judson Memorial
Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012; (212) 477-0351. (See also page
- Working USA. This substantial bimonthly publication aims to benefit unionists
with current research and thinking from campuses and elsewhere on labor issues, as well as
to provide a forum for pro-labor intellectuals to engage with real-world dilemmas facing
unionists under siege from the corporate Right. Contact M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1-800-541-6563.
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